Nicole Hitner

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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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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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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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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5 Advantages of an ETL Tool: Taming Your Data

It’s nearly impossible to talk about the benefits of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) data processing without first considering the alternatives. So let’s set the stage: you’re a SaaS provider, and you’ve got data in different formats coming in from a variety of sources—SQL Server, MySQL, PostGres—and business users who need…

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How to Evaluate Embedded BI in 5 Easy Steps

If wading through a sea of embedded BI solutions in search of the perfect fit for your product sounds daunting, it should. Wading really isn’t what you want to be doing, but it’s what SaaS providers end up doing when they launch a product search without a plan. They may…

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A SaaSy Introduction to Lean UX

Lean UX, sister discipline to the agile development method, is user experience design and usability testing for fast-paced software teams. UX designers build flowcharts, construct wireframes, and conduct user research to help teams design new product features. A UX designer working with an agile team would do all these things while adhering to…

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ETL primes your data for reporting

Infographic: How ETL Primes Your Data For Reporting

There’s a lot your BI solution can do to make reporting off live data faster and more efficient; but when you’re looking for an even more substantial performance boost, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Any pre-processing you do to your data is work your system can skip when…

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