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BI Roadblock #1: Data Silos

A data silo is an information repository that is either isolated from stakeholders, other repositories, or both. Though they’re easy to spot and generally known to be problematic, they’re also one of the most common barriers to good data practice.  This is in part because young silos are typically limited in size and scope. It’s…

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BI Dashboard Requirements

24 Essential BI Dashboard Requirements

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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UX Files: The Case of the “Add Tile” Button

UX Designer Bailey Costello explains how the Exago BI product team chose names for the visualization builder’s independent and dependent variables.

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Types of Ad Hoc Reporting Tools

Embedded analytics and reporting features have become table stakes for software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. More and more software end users expect their SaaS applications not only to house and organize their data, but also to make it available for exploration and analysis.  SaaS vendors confronted with this demand, however, find themselves in a bit of a…

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Real-Time Data Analytics Best Practices

What is real-time data analytics? Though it sounds straightforward and remains a longstanding priority for data-driven companies, real-time analytics is often poorly understood. Many define it as the ability to access and manipulate data immediately or very soon after it enters a system, but this definition begs an important question: How soon is “soon?” Is…

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BI Operational Reports

Report Design Cheat Sheet

Operational reports may be the workhorses of the BI world, but there’s no reason your tables can’t look as sleek and professional as your data visualizations. A few well-executed rules of thumb can take a tabular report from clunky to crisp in just a few clicks, but it saves time to know what you want…

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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Tracking Churn

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same…

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UX Files: The Case of the Indescribable Variables

UX Designer Bailey Costello explains how the Exago BI product team chose names for the visualization builder’s independent and dependent variables.

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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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