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Dashboards vs Reports (And When to Use Which)

Business intelligence is all about the creation of reports and dashboards; but for those new to BI, it can sometimes be hard to tell how they differ in construction and purpose. If it has tables, is it a report? If it fits all on one page, is it a dashboard? Which is better for reporting…

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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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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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Exago Inc. Unveils New Dashboard Designer in v2019.2 of Exago BI

Exago Inc. has released version 2019.2 of its embedded business intelligence software, Exago BI. In keeping with the company’s focus on self-service and customer success, this release is geared toward optimizing user experience in all areas of the application, with a revamped dashboard designer leading the charge. “Our goal was to make dashboards more intuitive…

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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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Can Your Data Viz Tool Do THIS?

Data visualizations and dashboards have always been hot ticket items in business intelligence (BI). We get why — they offer quick insights and engaging interactivity all while being fun to look at. Many BI platforms have even focused their offerings solely on dashboards and data visualizations because of the sizzle they add to sales. Unfortunately,…

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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

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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