Category: BI Briefs

  • Targeting People Who Suck At Data Analysis

    As somebody who has spent the last few decades urging people to do better data analysis, I despair each time I see people fall for appalling misinformation. For example, those “one weird trick” ads? They’re basically designed on the same principles as the Nigerian scam emails: they’re deliberately bad. The idea is that if you’re […]

  • Marketing People in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

    InformationWeek Executive Editor Doug Henschen takes Oracle to task for having the gall to criticize his article about Microsoft’s new in-memory solution while being less than candid about their own in-memory solution: Oracle Spotlights Its Database Memory Gap. The result of Oracle’s action is an article that explains in detail the gap between Oracle’s marketing […]

  • Beware What You Call Gambling

    A lot of the literature about performance management likes to assume that the world is a perfectly ordered place, that the right actions will result in increased performance, and that bad performance indicates there’s a problem. But the real world is a place where sheer randomness has big effects, and is especially prevalent hanything to […]

  • Bad BI Marketing

    I received this as a comment on one of my posts: “Although every enterprise is definitely unique, they all share the common challenge of keeping up-to-date with the ever-increasing speed of business. Today, most companies must operate on tight budgets, improved efficiencies, and an ever-changing marketplace. An enterprise’s ability to compete is directly linked to […]

  • Ignoring Facts and Hoping for a Miracle Cure

    PowerBalance, provider of trendy bracelets that are “designed to work with your body’s natural energy field”, have admitted that there’s “no credible scientific evidence that supports [their] claims and therefore [they] engaged in misleading conduct.” Duh! Evolution has apparently hard-wired us to LIKE superstition. We don’t want to live in a world without magic cures […]

  • Twitter Adds Analytics

    Twitter is introducing free analytics for its users

  • The Great Dysfunctional Corporate Budgeting Process

    It’s that time of year again, and I just happened to stumble across this wonderful post by Dave Kellogg from a year ago, and it’s still the best post on corporate budgeting I’ve think I’ve read: The Great Dysfunctional Corporate Budgeting Process Here are some tools to help you do it better (but the problem […]

  • Expanding BI One Department at a Time

    Shawn Lester has written a nice post on Analytics » Expanding BI One Department at a Time on the SAP Analytics Blog, including a handy list of business pains that you might consider as part of needs analysis: Executive KPIs: What is top of mind for the executives? Often this may fall into some type of […]

  • SAP.Info on SAP StreamWork

    SAP.Info has a nice piece on SAP StreamWork Including information about the new chat function: The brand-new Enterprise functionality: And new options for Administrators:

  • Microsoft’s Dallas Copies BusinessObjects Information OnDemand

    Microsoft creates a new Information Services Business, a variation on BusinessObjects Information OnDemand store created two years ago.