I l-o-o-o-v-e Icons! Especially flat icons! They’re small, fun and very useful when it comes to data visualizations. They foster a better user experience by making data visualizations easier for audiences to comprehend and retain. Of course, this effect only works when your icons are of a high quality to convey your message without detracting from the overall appearance of your graphs and charts.
An ugly Business Intelligence dashboard can turn your idyllic data visualization dreams into grotesque nightmares, and it’s not just a matter of aesthetic preference. If your user interface is cluttered, disorganized or downright off-putting, your ability to understand and leverage analytics will be seriously compromised.
While creating slides for an upcoming keynote on visual data storytelling I had a revelation! One of the main reasons people suck at designing ‘useful’ BI Dashboards is because they fail to #getbeyondthetrend. Have you ever noticed that 90% of BI dashboards only contain trends? They focus on why something happened, but not on how […]
Modern dashboards contain summarized and interactive visualizations, and when done correctly, should effectively communicate performance. This guiding principle hasn’t changed in the last 10 years as the popularity of dashboards and data visualization soared. However, the technology choices, features, and approaches have advanced. Mobility, cloud and data exploration technologies have helped expand the persons who can create and […]
Welcome to another exciting episode of Analytics on Fire! This week’s topic comes from one of our customers, Kimberly-Clark. Lestor Meadows, Senior Manager of Global BI Delivery for Kimberly-Clark’s Enterprise Data Management and Analytics team, discusses how he took his highly successful Awareness and Adoption program from being a regional to a global phenomenon within […]
This week on Analytics on Fire, I sat down with the godfather of BI Communities and Chief Research Officer of Dell, Shawn Rogers, to discuss a topic that is becoming critical to driving a data-driven culture, your community. Shawn gives us a clear view on what it takes to drive a data-driven culture, as well as how to convince a […]
This week on Analytics on Fire, I was away on vacation, but Ryan had an exciting one-on-one with Matt Sheehan, a pioneer in the location intelligence community. Join us as Matt breaks down how GIS (Geographic Information System) is becoming a sought after solution across a range of industries looking to make better decisions for strategic growth. Matt […]
“Mapify your KPIs”, is a process to identify existing business problems and process where location, proximity, or distance matters. The result of this process are definitions for new leading indicators and supporting analytics that align to your performance management, Business Intelligence, and analytics strategy.
Great news AoF Community! My first free online dashboard design training video is finally available. We at the BI Brainz Academy hope you enjoy the video and take full advantage of the exact design techniques that we have used for years. Ever since I started working at BI Brainz, I’ve had many first’s. Here’s a […]
You’ve probably heard a few things about BI and Big Data that everyone swears by. Well, some are true, and SOME are simply myths. This week on Analytics on Fire, we have an exciting interview with Andrew Brust (my personal Big Data go-to mentor), a 15-year Big Data veteran who not only is a Senior […]
Many of you have probably have seen or heard these eight most dangerous words in business: “Because we have always done it that way.” In order to survive in today’s competitive environment, we must always be open to new ideas, and today’s guest did just that. This week on the Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring […]
We reached out to our good friend David Dadoun at the Aldo Group to get a customer’s perspective on the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms . His experience and current use of multiple BI platforms gave us some deep insight and colorful feedback that you can’t miss.
Today’s episode of Analytics of Fire is an incredible case study with the Senior Manager for Business Analytics and Big Data Solutions for TE Connectivity (previously Tyco Electronics), Naveen Narra, on how their company’s Big Data investment paid off in a big way. If you’re in the process of elevating your organization’s BI, this episode is […]
Today, we’re excited to welcome the dynamic duo from Cisco, Kevin Taylor and Gregory Lewandowski, to discuss the topic of data visualization communities. Kevin spent 15 years working with business intelligence and now specializes in most of the major Enterprise BI tools and packages. Gregory has worked for Cisco for 15 years, and he is […]
Today’s guest is near and dear to my heart. He was my manager at Pfizer during my old Business Objects consulting days. Mayank Misra was the former Head of the Global Business Intelligence Strategy and the Center of Excellence for Pfizer. Pfizer is a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company commonly known as the maker of Viagra. On […]
Struggling to find the right KPIs? You are not alone. KPIs (key performance indicators) measure the effectiveness of a company’s strategies. Certain indicators may determine the performance of metrics such as a campaign’s profitability, the percentage of customers who are satisfied or changes in the marketplace. Having the right KPIs is critical to gain real value from […]
Happy New Year analytics tweeps! As we wrap up the first month of 2016, we know many of our loyal fans from our (previous) Everything Xcelsius community have been waiting for us to set the BI/Analytics space on fire again. Talk about pressure. Below is our ‘mission statement’ for the AoF (Analytics on Fire) community. […]
As I write this blog two weeks into the new year, I continue to wonder where 2015 went. Though we had to push a few significant announcements to 2016, below are five things that happened in 2015 that made it awesome! 1. We killed EverythingXcelsius.com… and moved on! Well technically the site is still up, […]
In 2015, most organizations are working to harness modern data visualization capabilities to bolster adoption and Business Intelligence. The sheer number of resources (books, articles, papers) for learning how to use visualization for data science, business analytics, and media are plentiful. How has data visualization changed in 2015? While the principles that guide data visualization […]
SAP’s recent move to bring some of the best minds in the data visualization industry to teach via a series of webinars is brilliant, but without proper execution can pose some challenges. First the good, and then we’ll address three issues with their approach. Disclaimer: Though we are closely associated with the SAP Analytics team, […]
No one becomes a dataviz guru without help and insight from top industry experts. Following data visualization professionals on twitter is a great way to develop your understanding of big data and analytics. We’ve compiled a list of ten amazing industry experts that all have something important to say about big data and data visualization online. As […]
KPI overload. Most enterprises suffer from it, but very few know how to overcome it. While some BI analysts recommend that a single report or dashboard should have no more than fourteen KPIs, most managers struggle to keep their KPI count below fifty. It’s no wonder that business intelligence projects are often perceived as having […]
As your enterprise conforms to an “internet of things” world, your customers, employees, and seemingly unlimited connected devices are generating tons of location data. Machine and device generated data is a breeding ground for new big data opportunities, and over 80% of this data has a location attribute. Why Location Matters? Your customers and employees […]