Let Me Guide series: how to create stunning dashboard with self-service BI

Let me introduce you to the first episode of a number of “Let Me Guide You” articles sharing my experience and best practices on data visualizations. This one is about creating top-notch story and dashboard using self-service BI. Select the appropriate BI components and off you go. Infographics and story-boards act as icing on the cake. When you have finished your data explorations and data insights, you end up deciding what type of visualization to use reflecting insights to the best possible way. We discussed this earlier here. You also have to decide on what visualizations to bring onto the storyboard and how you structure and lay-out them. The key questions here to answer are: What is th

Let me guess: your BI strategy consists of ONE architecture slide

Let me guess: of course you have thoroughly thought about your business intelligence strategy and have it available …. On ONE slide …! Your strategy to execution, business needs, governance model, BI objectives and needs, information categories, components and architecture, sponsorships, measurement, training, support and metadata management … they all fit on your magical one-slider …. Let me smile This is not an argument about the importance of a solid BI Strategy; there has been written plenty about it. This is about how you can start with one in a few clearly outlined steps. They guide you to a rock solid base for your BI Strategy with limited investment in terms of time and effort. I am

Let me live the analytics dream: a look into the very near future of analytics in the cloud

The difficulty is that companies nowadays need the majority of these components. This causes an infrastructure with various software products that run simultaneously but also interact with each other. Think also about the governance that they need to secure to ensure everybody uses the same definitions and only acts with data where one is authorized to. If I – on top - remark that most of these components overlap in functionality, you know that choosing the right BI components for the right user, is a challenge. That’s why I created a great tool to help you make the correct and funded choices. Cloud models can cover part of the complexity described above. Cloud saves companies from maintain

Squeeze your DataViz to the ultimate insight

Science teaches us that the human brain can get a sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10th of a second. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. And most impressive: visuals are processed 60.000x faster in the brain than text. All of this helps us understand the value and power of data visualizations when interpreting company performance or insights. Data visualizations and infographics are your best choice for helping business users quickly and accurately understanding their performance drivers. They pin-point the users attention immediately to the things that require action or further analysis ……… but, …… do they really? ……… well,.. they do, if you create your visualizatio

Choosing the right BI component: tool to help you out choosing which BI component best needs end use

Choosing the right BI component for your user can be a difficult exercise. BI-users tend to ask the maximum of features and functions, whereas their requirements for logical BI functionality might outline otherwise. I can help you with these choices. Therefore the BI component selection tool might be of use to you. Simply select the logical BI functionalities that apply to your users, and the tool narrows down the best suited BI components. This video shows you a little demonstration of the tool. Interested ? Go to download LUMS file choosing a BI component and download the LUMS file. To use the tool you will need SAP Lumira. The free Personal Edition of Lumira can be downloaded here. An exp

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