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No More Data Models

The majority of BI solutions offering ad hoc reporting require that users either build their own data models or select from a list of pre-built data models each and every time they create a report. Which would be totally fine, if admins could predict their users’ needs with perfect accuracy and if all users could […]

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How to Get the Most Out of a Product Evaluation

A successful evaluation starts with asking the right questions. Protip: “What makes [insert software application here] the best?” isn’t one of them. Just as there’s no such thing as “the best bicycle” or “the best browser,” there’s no such thing as the best BI solution. And yet, prospects ask us this question all the time, […]

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Build it Your Way: The Value of Extensibility in Third-Party Software

Many of us think of extensibility as roughly synonymous with customizability, but there’s more than a semantic distinction between terms, and understanding that distinction could be the difference between a successful software implementation and an underutilized one. Whereas customizability measures the degree and ease with which users can modify existing features, extensibility measures the degree […]

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Exago VP Customer Success & Strategy Appears on SIIA TechChats

The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) TechChats video series hosts conversations with successful industry leaders about their careers, business philosophies, and interpretation of industry trends. Last week, Rhianna Collier, VP for the Software Division at SIIA, interviewed Exago VP of Customer Success & Strategy Mark Selinger to learn more about Exago BI and the […]

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When REST is Best, Even for .NET Shops

As a .NET application, Exago BI supports three types of APIs: .NET, SOAP, and REST. While SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) once rivaled REST (Representational State Transfer) as the most commonly implemented web service API platform, its fan base has long since dwindled. These days, REST is so popular that that .NET applications hosting Exago […]

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Schedulers, and Why We Built Ours From Scratch

We didn’t have to, you know. A scheduler service just performs automated tasks in the background, and most operating systems come with one built right in. You can tell Microsoft’s Task Scheduler to run a report and email the output to CMO Bob on Monday mornings at 10 AM, and it will quietly go about […]

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The Four Types of Data Analytics

Determining Your Information Needs If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve already discovered that general terms like “business intelligence” and “data analytics” mean different things in different contexts. If you’re on a quest for the right BI platform, the only way to hack through the impeding Forest of Jargon is with a Machete […]

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In Defense of the iFrame

Like Comic Sans, the iframe is one of those things we just know we’re supposed to hate, even if we’re not sure why. We get swept up in a collective prejudice so old we don’t think to question it. If you Google “iframes are good” (go ahead, I’ll wait), the top titles returned are things […]

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The Myth of Consensus in the Search for BI

Hunting for an embedded business intelligence solution boils down to protracted diagnosis: you outline your needs, determine what needs the proposed solution can meet, and repeat the process as many times as it takes to find a perfect match. Your SaaS application is the lock, and now all you and your product team have to […]

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How to Take the Scary Out of BI and Improve End User Adoption

The good news is that user adoption of embedded BI is on the rise. The bad news is that it still has a long way to go. According to Howard Dresner of Dresner Advisory Services, “User adoption or penetration (meaning the number of BI users as a percentage of the overall population of an organization) […]

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