»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The fundamentals of management information (3)

We are continuing on with our glossary of the most important terms and topics in management information and Business Intelligence. In doing so, we hope to help managers communicate better with the IT experts, controllers, and data scientists in their companies.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The fundamentals of management information (2)

Why do people talk about traffic lights, gauges, and dashboards? Is PowerPoint really dangerous? More on the questions that have shaped us – and our software – for years.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The fundamentals of management information (1)

When it comes to management information, where do we need to be careful? What topics are driving the scene? What roles do resolution, eyespan, and scaling play in creating quality reports? Why do people talk about traffic lights, gauges, and dashboards? Is PowerPoint really dangerous? These are questions that have shaped us – and our software – for years.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Colors bring joy, but less is more

Colors make the world bright and happy. They are a pleasure for both our eyes and souls. They grab our attention and help us remember things. The human brain perceives colors separately from form and movement – ultrafast and simultaneously. In financial controlling, however, less is more.

Friday, January 17th, 2014

A subtle, yet bold statement

Effective reports first grab your attention and then guide you to understanding, step by step. That’s a complex task because something called “change blindness” stands in the way. That means if you delve too deeply into one thing, you oversee something else. Here’s more on the downsides of attention.

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Last but not least, good news comes first

Reports need to be smart, appealing, and understandable in order to have an effect. Yet in order for reports to have the right one, they must be read at the right time and in the right order. That is a lesson that we can learn from neurobiology.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


People want to present themselves. They want to show who they are, what they think, and what they can do. That can have a big impact on Business Intelligence. Here are some thoughts after a walk through the bungalow complex of Munich’s Olympic village.

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The electronic boss (2)

A person’s facial expression sends very strong signals. Can we leverage this knowledge with the help of software to fill the notorious motivational deficits among employees? Can an animated version of the boss trigger the same feelings as the real one? Here are more of our thoughts on the electronic boss.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The electronic boss (1)

Employees want more recognition. Bosses want more time. Can computers help? Could an avatar of the boss trigger the same emotions in employees as the real boss would? Perhaps. Here are my first thoughts about an idea that could fill motivational deficits among employees.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Is relative relatively irrelevant?

I have already dampened the enthusiasm for fans of self-service BI, the promise of do-it-yourself analyses on all levels of a company. Now here is more food for thought: Working with KPIs is tricky and requires experience if you want to do it right. Senior-level managers have that experience and shouldn’t give up that power. Here are some tricky thoughts about percentages.


Death to business charts!
Why business charts must die

Graphic tables
Lay back and control

Industrial reporting
Production-like efficiency for management reporting

Can we drive companies
like we do cars?

Against dashboards, speedometers and traffic lights in Controlling

Business Intelligence 2.0
modest, serious, sincere

Rediscovering slowness
Sparklines make us John Franklins in management information.

Good reporting is boring
Looking for excitement?
Try a night on the town instead.

Are sports fans smarter
than managers?

Management reports need to become more dense and dashboards more rare

The myth of data mining
Why men don't buy beer and diapers at the same time.

Numerical blindness?
I wouldn't see a doctor, if I were you.