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Data Models That Build Themselves

Self-service BI is about bridging the knowledge gap that has historically separated business professionals from their data. It’s about doing away with intimate knowledge of information systems as a prerequisite for finding out last quarter’s growth margin. And when it comes to replacing SQL statements with friendly drag-and-drop graphical elements,…

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Safeguarding Against the Risks of Self-Service Data Preparation

Let me be the first to acknowledge that agility is important. BI products should be predicated on the idea that end users should have direct control over their own data. I believe that it’s better for business professionals to answer their own analytical questions than to inundate IT staff with…

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Four Features to Incorporate in Your Next Reporting Dashboard

As dashboards become increasingly commoditized, it’s easy to lose track of what makes them mission-critical business tools. The number of dashboard tools available is growing, and many are marketed to highlight their long lists of features and functions. Those features might be helpful individually,…

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4 Boxes to Check Before Investing in a New Business Intelligence Solution

If your company is similarly looking to upgrade its BI capabilities, you’ll need a few key functions in-house. Don’t settle on a platform until your company meets certain requirements.

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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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Virtues of the Client Advisory Board Meeting

Going Beyond the User Conference The user conference (UC) is ubiquitous among SaaS providers, but comparatively few companies hold additional Customer/Client Advisory Board (CAB) meetings. This, in my opinion, is a missed opportunity. Both events give customers the opportunity to network, share resources, and bring new information back to their…

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Which Analytics Do You Really Need?

Descriptive? Diagnostic? Predictive? Prescriptive? Here’s how to design your own analytics agenda. Originally published with Entrepreneur. A Boeing 787 aircraft generates half a terabyte of data on an average flight. That’s an enormous amount. Though it’s filled with meaningful insights, the sheer quantity can make it seem like an endless…

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Endowment Dollars for Data: An Ad Hoc Reporting Case Study

Originally published with Dataversity. The vast majority of knowledge workers utilizing Business Intelligence via their hub SaaS application, regardless of vertical, will likely never build their own reports from scratch. According to Eckerson Group’s “A Reference Architecture for Self-Service Analytics” (2016), 90% of knowledge workers in an organization use BI…

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How to Adopt a BI Tool for Every Tier of the End-user Pyramid

Originally published with Innovation Enterprise. In an age when everyone feels busy all the time, adopting a business intelligence (BI) tool can seem daunting. To be sure, each BI tool is different and higher levels of adoption require specialized training to master. The good news: There are multiple levels of…

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Exago’s Growth, in Fireworks and Lasers

In the wake of last week’s release of v2018.2, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate how far Exago BI has evolved since its inception. To celebrate all the incredible work this team has put in over the years, we’ve run Gource against our project repository, generating this animation…

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