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Dashboards vs Reports (And When to Use Which)

Business intelligence is all about the creation of reports and dashboards; but for those new to BI, it can sometimes be hard to tell how they differ in construction and purpose. If it has tables, is it a report? If it fits all on one page, is it a dashboard? Which is better for reporting…

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Some Assembly Required: The Third Route to Embedded BI

Some Assembly Required The Third Route to Embedded BI All roads to embedded business intelligence (BI) software begin with the same question: should we build our own analytics solution or buy something we can just plug into our SaaS product and bring to market right away? It’s the classic build-or-buy conundrum, and the vast majority…

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Calculating Your ETL ROI

How to cut the costs and boost the benefits of your ETL program. There are many resources that explain how to calculate the ROI of a data warehousing project, but few isolate just the ETL slice of the pie. Extract, Transform, and Load processes make up a significant portion of any data warehousing operation and…

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How to Fast-track Your BI Implementation

In a perfect world, every SaaS provider embedding BI into their application would have ample time and resources to invest in the project: a dedicated team of developers and data experts, a UX/UI designer or two, business analysts ready to build your report library, a generous runway with time to spare…but we know this just…

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The Hallmarks of a HIPAA-Compliant Embedded BI Solution

Since the Final Omnibus Rule was added to HIPAA in 2013, software companies serving the American healthcare sector have grown used to double-checking their business partners for compliance with federal privacy regulations. Where once only healthcare providers, insurers, and other “covered entities” (CEs) were held accountable under HIPAA, now any business associates (BAs) and/or business…

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How to Better Educate Your Staff About Business Intelligence

Self-service analytics garners praise as a hallmark of modern business intelligence (BI), but some still consider it to be a contradiction in terms. How can something as intricate as BI be self-service? Aren’t there whole college degree programs dedicated to the topic? There are, and I think the reason people find the idea of self-service BI confusing…

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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, the majority of BI solutions…

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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 reporting requests, creating that growth-stunting…

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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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Investing in Business Intelligence

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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