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business intelligence rollout

Recommendations for a Phased BI Rollout

One of the top challenges enterprises face in deploying business intelligence solutions is lack of resources. With other high-priority projects going on, it can be hard for teams to bring their ideal BI implementations to fruition on deadline. Something’s got to give, and sometimes that something is the deadline, but…

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BI Implementation Challenges

Top 3 BI Implementation Challenges

With all the resources companies pour into finding the right business intelligence solution, it might come as a surprise that the most prevalent roadblocks to implementation actually arise from within those enterprises rather than the solutions they adopt. An ongoing survey conducted by the Business Application Research Center (BARC) lists…

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Exago No-Code ETL

Decision Tree: Is Exago ETL Right For You?

Figuring out how to prepare your data for analytics can be tricky. Should you do it all in programmatic data objects like views and stored procedures? Should you hire someone to hand-code your data warehouse or rely on a consultant? What about all the ETL solutions out there? We’re big…

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calculating saas kpis

The Right Way to Calculate 3 Critical SaaS KPIs

Data Talks, Episode 16 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. Did you know there are 43 different ways to calculate churn? This month, we get some much-needed guidance from CloudKPI co-founder Maeve Kneafsey on counting customers, measuring churn, and calculating customer acquisition cost…

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data quality audit

Using BI to Audit Data Quality

Data Talks, Episode 15 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. When most people think of BI, they think about extracting insights from their data, not about their data. This month, George Firican explains why BI can be a surprisingly effective tool in data…

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data lake vs data warehouse

Lakes, Swamps, Ponds, and Other Bodies of Data

Lakes, Swamps, Ponds, and Other Bodies of Data 11/09/2017 • by Nicole Hitner • 0 comments In our continued effort to demystify analytics-related jargon, this post will define all data collections named after types of buildings and bodies of water. Figurative language is nice and a helpful mnemonic device, but some of these terms are...

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dashboard visualizations

Building Dashboard Visualizations for Clients

Data Talks, Episode 14 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, we talk to data visualization expert Allison Torban about preparing dashboards and their components on clients’ behalf. As a Data Visualization Designer for the American Enterprise Institute and host of the…

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24 Must-Have Dashboarding Features

24 Must-Have Dashboarding Features

If you’ve ever shopped for software before, you know that after about three product demos, the details start to bleed together. Keeping track of one product’s features is hard enough; keeping track of multiple usually results in your brain abandoning you to whatever notes and/or vague feelings you managed to cultivate over the course of...

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Sales dashboard and visualizations

How to Build a Killer Sales Dashboard

Data Talks, Episode 13 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, VanillaSoft CMO Darryl Praill and his decades of marketing experience joins us to talk about sales metrics and how to build a high-performing sales dashboard tailored to a spectrum of stakeholders.…

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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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