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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

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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build or buy embedded bi implementation

Some Assembly Required: The Third Route to Embedded BI

Some Assembly Required The Third Route to Embedded BI All roads to embedded business intelligence (BI) software begin with the same question: should we build our own analytics solution or buy something we can just plug into our SaaS product and bring to market right away? It’s the classic build-or-buy conundrum, and the vast majority…

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information design

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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Calculating Your ETL ROI

How to cut the costs and boost the benefits of your ETL program. There are many resources that explain how to calculate the ROI of a data warehousing project, but few isolate just the ETL slice of the pie. Extract, Transform, and Load processes make up a significant portion of any data warehousing operation and…

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business priorities

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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fast track

How to Fast-track Your BI Implementation

In a perfect world, every SaaS provider embedding BI into their application would have ample time and resources to invest in the project: a dedicated team of developers and data experts, a UX/UI designer or two, business analysts ready to build your report library, a generous runway with time to spare…but we know this just…

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human-centered design

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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