Join us at #BI2017 #HANA2017 in Amsterdam this June!

Be sure to stop by our booth!

We are excited to announce this year the BI Brainz team will be exhibiting at BI2017 colocated with HANA2017, taking place on June 14-16 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. BI2017 is an annual collaboration of SAP and SAPinsider, and is the definitive industry event for professionals who use and support SAP® business […]

Anatomy of a Modern Dashboard

5 Proven Approaches to Succeed

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 […]

16: BI Awareness and Adoption Tactics that Work with Lestor Meadows of Kimberly-Clark

Discover how to create a self-sustaining BI Awareness and Adoption program for your organization

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 […]

15: Why the Key to a Data-Driven Culture is Community with Shawn Rogers

Discover to key to gaining more value from big data, BI & analytics

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 […]

Ep #14: The Four Step Path to Success with GIS and Analytics with Matt Sheehan

Discover how to apply GIS solutions to solve your data problems

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 […]

Ep #13: 3 Steps to Mapify Your KPI’s with Ryan Goodman of CMaps Analytics

Learn how to build a map solution that highlights what is important in an elegant and simple process.

This week on Analytics on Fire, our very special guest is none other than our very own Ryan Goodman. Ryan is the CEO of CMaps Analytics (formerly Centigon Solutions), co-founder of Analytics on Fire and the resident maps guy. He has spent over 12 years designing analytics business apps and harnesses all of that experience […]

Ep #12: Collective Insights: Take your Collaborative BI to the next level with Howard Dresner

Discover how to take your collaborative BI to the next level and skyrocket your user adoption!

This week, we have a special treat for you! On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring an exclusive interview with the man who coined the term “Business Intelligence” in 1989 – Howard Dresner. Today’s topic is not only special and insightful, but it is also extremely new. Howard just recently coined another term […]

Ep #11: 5 Common Big Data Myths that Most BI People Believe, Debunked with Andrew Brust of Datameer

Join ZDNet's very own Big Data Evangelist as he uncovers five common Big Data Myths

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 […]

Ep #10: What Does it take to Survive in the New BI World w/ Greg Davey of gdBI

Discover how one 25-year BI veteran was able to completely evolve his BI implementation approach

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 […]

Ep #9 Infographic: Customer’s Reaction to BI Magic Quadrant Saga

Top Quotes from David Dadoun from Aldo Group

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.

Ep #9: A Customer Reacts to Gartner BI Magic Quadrant Saga with David Dadoun of Aldo Group

Listen to this candid customer interview about the BI MQ that shook the BI world

On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we discuss a very hot topic in social media – The Gartner BI Magic Quadrant. We reached out to our good friend David Dadoun at the Aldo Group to get a customer perspective of the ongoing saga. His experience and current use of multiple BI platforms gave us […]

Ep #8 Infographic: How to Embrace BI Disruption and Love It!

Discover the Keys to Change Management with Geof Corb from Johns Hopkins University

Geof manages two completely diverse groups of users and business cases that his team has to cater to – the university information systems and the health system. Listen in to discover some of the methods they used to deal with not only the disruption, but also with promoting user adoption.

Ep #8: How Johns Hopkins IT Embraced BI Disruption and Loved IT with Geof Corb

Learn how to manage BI disruption of tools, to your advantage

This week on Analytics on Fire, we’re back again with another incredible interview; this time with the Deputy CIO of Johns Hopkins University, Geof Corb, on how he and his team learned to embrace BI (business intelligence) disruption and love it. Geof has been in IT for 17 years and now manages an IT team […]

Ep #7 Infographic: 10 Steps to Make your Big Data Investment Pay Off

Naveen Narra from TE Connectivity shares his tips for success

At TE Connectivity, Naveen Narra manages the Business Intelligence, architecture and big data solution teams for over 4,000 BI Users. Naveen and his team exemplifies “analytics success.” Their secret is a proven approach that focuses on building momentum with tactical wins. Here are 10 steps that he used to gain buy-in from executives to tackle more strategic big data opportunities using modern in-memory analytics tools like SAP HANA.

Ep #7: Case Study: How One Team’s Big Data Investment Paid Off

How Naveen Narra of TE Connectivity is driving analytics success by focusing on user adoption

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 […]

Ep #6 Infographic: 8 Tips to Revive your BI Competency Center with Wayne Eckerson

Creating a BICC is about managing people and reconciling conflicting forces. Enterprise vs departmental data, business needs vs enterprise IT needs, top down vs bottom up, efficiency vs effectiveness are key themes that require strong leadership, and a dedicated team. For organizations that can ride a wave of success to grow an effective BICC, the financial, operational, and organizational impact could be revolutionary for your organization!

Ep #6: How to Revive Any Business Intelligence Competency Center Using the Proven Federated Approach with Wayne Eckerson

Discover how to create a BI Center of Excellence that actually works.

On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we take a break from interviewing business intelligence leaders from large companies and focus on the BI Competency Center (BICC). Our today’s guest subject matter expert is Wayne Eckerson from the Eckerson Group. Wayne has been a thought leader in the BI space for over 20 years. He’s […]

EP #4: Why BI Teams Must Learn to Love Excel to Survive with Mayank Misra of Pfizer

Discover why using business activation philosophy is more important than user adoption

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 […]

Why BI team must learn to love Excel

The Ultimate KPI Guide: Access 25,000 KPIs across 350 industries

3 Sites Anyone using KPIs should bookmark

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 […]

What to Expect from Analytics on Fire in 2016

Time to change the Enterprise Analytics game

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. […]

3 Reasons Ugly BI Apps Get Rejected

Rules to get your next dashboard on the right track

An “Ugly BI App” is more than a bad color palette and poor composition. It is a negative visceral reaction that business users have to Business Intelligence. Many organizations have realized that even well-designed solutions fail to gain acceptance and adoption. The top 3 reasons why Ugly BI Apps get rejected: 1. The solution is […]

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Good, Bad, and Ugly Trends for Data Viz and BI

How your favorite BI solutions stack up in 2015

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 […]

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Is the SAP #DataGenius Webinar Series worth attending?

In-depth analysis of the who and what to help you make an informed decision

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, […]

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Top 3 Mistakes People Make when Visualizing Data

It's not what you see, but what it is

Henry David Thoreau isn’t known for visualizing big data. But he could have been. The 19th-century American transcendentalist, author, poet, philosopher, and naturalist understood what it takes to uncover a data story. He understood what most dorky data scientists, savvy IT strategists, and almighty analysts don’t get today – when he said; Capacity for clarity […]

How to Identify and Eliminate useless KPIs by following these five Simple Steps

Tired of actionless KPIs? Here is your answer.

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 […]