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Arguing with Charts

Data Talks, Episode 21 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, journalist and professor Alberto Cairo joins us for a discussion on data democratization, data literacy, and the role charts play in the art of persuasion. Cairo has authored several books on data visualization, including The Functional…

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The Anatomy of a Data Story

Stories are how people make sense of the world, so it follows that they’d also be our way of making sense of data. As much as technology can facilitate data storytelling, it cannot (yet) perform the pivotal step of placing data into the human context. That’s our job, and we’re really good at it. We’re […]

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Dashboard Design Cheat Sheet

It’s a bunch of charts and tables. How hard could it be? The answer: deceptively hard. Dashboards do the tricky work of presenting complexity as if it were anything but. Organizing information so that it delivers well to the intended audience requires attention to detail and considerable revision. It’s like that old adage: “If I…

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The Information Design Matrix

Data Talks, Episode 20 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, we’re joined by Scott Berinato, Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review and author of both Good Charts (2016) and The Good Charts Workbook (2019). We broaden our understanding of data visualization to include other types of…

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How to Pick Embedded BI KPIs That Actually Matter

Last month, Data Talks hosted Designing for Analytics founder Brian T. O’Neill for a discussion on human-centered design in data (and if you haven’t listened to the episode yet, grab a basket of laundry and settle in; it’s a good one). The interview is full of little aha moments, but my favorite is around 34:00…

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Empathy in BI Implementation: Delivering Outcomes, Not Output

Data Talks, Episode 19 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, we’re going to learn how to maximize the return on your BI implementation by empathizing with your user. Joining us for this conversation is designer, speaker, and founder of Designing for Analytics Brian T. O’Neill, an…

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Exago Champions BARC Recommendations for Implementing BI

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) is one of the leading analyst and consulting firms for business intelligence software. Headquartered in Germany, it’s spent the last twenty years conducting industry research, evaluating providers and products, charting trends, and advising companies in the market for BI. Its most well-known project, however, may be its ongoing web-based…

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Build or Buy Embedded BI

Build or Buy a BI Solution

  Don’t take our word for it: find out what industry experts have to say on the decision to build or buy business intelligence.   The Bottom Line Choose the route that best meets your requirements, takes the least time, and uses the fewest resources. “At its highest level, this decision process now is no…

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Doctors Without Dashboards

Inside Healthcare BI with Newport Credentialing Things change slowly in the healthcare industry, but according to Newport Credentialing VP Technology David Meier, they are changing—and for the better. Before the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) became law in 2010, patients, care provider groups, and insurance…

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The Role of BI in Precision Medicine

For many, precision medicine calls to mind cutting-edge technologies like genomic sequencing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence: ultra-high tech for ultra-keen diagnoses. These aspirational technologies are poised to play a crucial role in modern healthcare, but their impact is precluded by logistical problems around data generation, storage, and transmission.  The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) calls…

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