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Karel van der Poel

Karel van der Poel

Founder Mirror42

United States | Technology - Software Engineering

Business Intelligence or Performance Management?

Posted almost 11 years ago, 4 comments
In the 6 years I am running Mirror42, many people have asked me to explain the difference between performance management (PM) and business intelligence (BI). All BI And PM vendors talk about Dashboards, Analytics, KPIs, Reporting and yet there seem to be big differences between the different products and solutions.
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Visualization: Managing a business is not the same as driving a car

Posted almost 11 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.
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Expert? No way...

Posted almost 11 years ago, 1 comment
Of course I am not an well known expert in the field of performance management. I did not write any books, nor did I consult executive teams of fortune 500 companies.
So why am I writing as an expert on KPI Library. Well, I was forced. They made me do it. Peer pressure….
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