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Timeless wisdom from the experts on KPIs & BI & Analytics.
Karel van der Poel

Visualization: Managing a business is not the same as driving a car

Posted by Karel van der Poel almost 10 years ago, 1 comment
In the last decade Business Intelligence vendors ran a feature race. Their focus was not how to best visualize your business data, but how to deliver the most sexy BI sales demo.
We have all seen examples of this type of ‘sales functionality’: Interactive gauges where the needles moves if you select a month, 3d stacked bars with multiple metrics in one graph, 3D pie charts with more then 6 colors and 4 area’s that are more or less the same size, dashboards where all data is updated when you move your mouse on the screen. Great for marketing, but useless when trying to manage a business.
The Librarian

Measurement frequencies and periods

Posted by The Librarian almost 10 years ago, 0 comments
One of the most commonly asked questions that we get at KPI Library is about Measurement Frequencies and Measurement Periods. Let me start by explaining the difference:
Gary Cokins

Jack Bauer, “24,” Googly, Appel, and Analytics

Posted by Gary Cokins almost 10 years ago, 0 comments
Ever watch the television serial “24” starring Kiefer Sutherland, the never-smiling Jack Bauer and counterterrorism agent? Although the network claims the show is ending with its final show this week, don’t believe it. Jack Bauer can be hooked up to power cables and never confess, but I was able to get the truth out of him.

Core Competencies and Business Analytics

Posted almost 10 years ago, 0 comments
The recent death of C. K. Prahalad, a proponent of that organizations should build core competencies, is a sad loss. He was the co-author with Gary Hamel of the book Competing for the Future. His message was that a core competency is a specific factor that a business sees as being central to the way it, or its employees, works that fulfills three key criteria:
Frank Buytendijk

BI and EPM Landscape

Posted by Frank Buytendijk almost 10 years ago, 0 comments
Most of my blog entries are not about Oracle products, and most of the latest entries are about topics such as IT strategy and enterprise architecture. However, given my background at Gartner, and at Hyperion, I still keep a close...
Gary Cokins

The Iceland Volcano Ash – A Great Way to Validate Business Analytics

Posted by Gary Cokins almost 10 years ago, 2 comments
Like many business travelers my flight home to the USA was delayed several days due to the Iceland volcano ash causing cancellations of flights across Europe. I was not alone. I was stuck in Brussels. Now, of course, there are a lot of worse places to get stuck at. In fact, a week-end in Brussels would have been many stranded travelers desired choice.