Business Intelligence

5 Red Flags to Avoid When Selecting an Embedded BI Solution

Finding the right business intelligence (BI) solution to embed in your software is often difficult. With so many options on the market, knowing which choice is best can overwhelm even the most experienced software professional. Depending on the customization options and specific tools you want, there are certain features you’ll…

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5 Things You Should Expect from Tech Support

Good technical support is crucial to running a successful SaaS business, which is why it can be scary to commit to embedded BI when that also means committing to their Support team. To help you understand what to expect from your future (or current) BI provider’s support team, we put…

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How to Not Get Overrun by Your Data Overrides

Large-scale enterprises rely heavily on market and consumer data sourced from outside vendors, but that information comes at a cost. In addition to intermittent issues with the data quality itself, consumers of vendor data can face timeliness problems, non-standard formats, coverage gaps, and lags in technical support. Despite these and other…

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5 Characteristics of a SaaS-Focused BI Application

There are hundreds of business intelligence (BI) solutions on the market, but not all of them are well suited to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment. Some are intended as standalone products, others designed for on-premises (“on-prem”) deployment, and still others built for use by individual consumers rather than whole businesses. As a SaaS…

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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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Evolution, Not Revolution: Tips for Transitioning to a Federated Database System

As enterprises scale, they develop data inefficiencies. Sometimes these inefficiencies arise internally, between departments or branches, while others emerge as the parent company acquires smaller companies, each with their own databases and IT departments. In either case, communication issues ensue as siloed databases and IT redundancies begin costing the enterprise…

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Each January, we like to look back on the previous year and do a little reflecting. Last year, we shared links to 2017’s most popular Support Lab webinars, and this year, it’s all about the blog. Based on our Google Analytics data, these are your favorite posts published in 2018,…

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Know the Lingo: 7 BI Buzzwords Explained

Originally published with BetterBuys. Finding the right business intelligence solution is hard enough without also having to decrypt industry jargon. When different software vendors use the same word to describe different (or worse, slightly different) things, it can get even trickier to find what you’re looking for. To help you get your search off on…

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Which Analytics Do You Really Need?

Descriptive? Diagnostic? Predictive? Prescriptive? Here’s how to design your own analytics agenda. Originally published with Entrepreneur. A Boeing 787 aircraft generates half a terabyte of data on an average flight. That’s an enormous amount. Though it’s filled with meaningful insights, the sheer quantity can make it seem like an endless…

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Endowment Dollars for Data: An Ad Hoc Reporting Case Study

Originally published with Dataversity. The vast majority of knowledge workers utilizing Business Intelligence via their hub SaaS application, regardless of vertical, will likely never build their own reports from scratch. According to Eckerson Group’s “A Reference Architecture for Self-Service Analytics” (2016), 90% of knowledge workers in an organization use BI…

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