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7 Key Differences Between Exago BI and Spreadsheets

The key to user adoption is making your application as simple as possible for your end users. That’s a challenge when your offering is packed with powerful features that your users have never seen before. The trick is giving them a familiar point of entry. For Exago BI, that comfort…

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18 Data Quality Issue Attributes You Should Be Logging

If you’ve already started or are planning to start a data governance program to support your data quality improvement goals, you need a structured way of tracking your data quality issues and their status. There are different ways of doing this, of course, with either the help of dedicated data quality…

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What Is Ad Hoc Reporting?

Ad hoc means “for this” in Latin and refers to something done for a specific purpose. Ad hoc reporting, then, is the process of creating reports for a specific occasion (as opposed to for general use). In business intelligence, ad hoc reporting supplements regular reporting by enabling end users to either duplicate and edit premade...

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5 Advantages of an ETL Tool: Taming Your Data

It’s nearly impossible to talk about the benefits of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) data processing without first considering the alternatives. So let’s set the stage: you’re a SaaS provider, and you’ve got data in different formats coming in from a variety of sources—SQL Server, MySQL, PostGres—and business users who need…

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How to Evaluate Embedded BI in 5 Easy Steps

If wading through a sea of embedded BI solutions in search of the perfect fit for your product sounds daunting, it should. Wading really isn’t what you want to be doing, but it’s what SaaS providers end up doing when they launch a product search without a plan. They may…

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5 Red Flags to Avoid When Selecting an Embedded BI Solution

Finding the right business intelligence (BI) solution to embed in your software is often difficult. With so many options on the market, knowing which choice is best can overwhelm even the most experienced software professional. Depending on the customization options and specific tools you want, there are certain features you’ll…

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5 Things You Should Expect from Tech Support

Good technical support is crucial to running a successful SaaS business, which is why it can be scary to commit to embedded BI when that also means committing to their Support team. To help you understand what to expect from your future (or current) BI provider’s support team, we put…

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How to Not Get Overrun by Your Data Overrides

Large-scale enterprises rely heavily on market and consumer data sourced from outside vendors, but that information comes at a cost. In addition to intermittent issues with the data quality itself, consumers of vendor data can face timeliness problems, non-standard formats, coverage gaps, and lags in technical support. Despite these and other…

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A SaaSy Introduction to Lean UX

Lean UX, sister discipline to the agile development method, is user experience design and usability testing for fast-paced software teams. UX designers build flowcharts, construct wireframes, and conduct user research to help teams design new product features. A UX designer working with an agile team would do all these things while adhering to…

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5 Characteristics of a SaaS-Focused BI Application

There are hundreds of business intelligence (BI) solutions on the market, but not all of them are well suited to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment. Some are intended as standalone products, others designed for on-premises (“on-prem”) deployment, and still others built for use by individual consumers rather than whole businesses. As a SaaS…

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