»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Self-Service BI: A problem or solution?

Self-service BI is allegedly one of the current trends in Business Intelligence. I certainly hope not! That would mean that financial controlling, IT and senior management have capitulated to Business Intelligence. So how much do-it-yourself intervention can Business Intelligence handle?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Are control bodies out of control?

Time and time again, supervisory boards fail miserably. But why? Our guest author Murat Suner wanted to know and asked the business information systems expert Prof. Peter Mertens, the brain researcher Prof. Gerhard Roth, and me.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Emotional Management Information

That was the name of our event in Berlin. 180 people from reputable companies came to experience Jutta Kleinschmidt, Prof. Gerhard Roth, Bechtle, Leica, Porsche as well as our own ideas live in person. So what did rally racing, brain research, and Business Intelligence have in common that day?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Rationality needs emotional signals

Wow! The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” mocks business economists because they believe in human rationality. The international controller organization ICV says that controllers defend the rationality of management against managers who are too intuitive. We say that management information has to be emotional. What’s right?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

And you still can’t wrap a fish in an iPad

Is the mouse an endangered species? Are iPads and iPhones making their users computer illiterate because they now only use things that they can operate with their thumbs? And is this good or bad news for Business Intelligence? That depends on how consequent people are.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The legend of Amazon

The recommendation lists at Amazon are legendary, and how they work is almost as big a secret as the Coca-Cola formula. Just kidding – it’s not, of course. We’ll explain the “magic formula” because it’s crippling (not to mention, annoying) when everything is declared a mystery. If you’re waiting for a magician to pull a rabbit out of his hat, you are the one who is becoming a rabbit that is facing down a snake.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Big Data, big Spock, bigger Kirk!

Today, we will take a look at a few more ways how we can use the momentum of Big Data to make companies more data-driven. We already know that business professionals should guide IT when it comes to Big Data. Or as Trekkies would say, you need a whole lot of Kirk and not just Spock to prevent Big Data from becoming a galactic flop.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Big Data, Big Impact?

Whether it’s hype or not, Big Data is the revival of data mining – and one that has been long overdue. Big Data is bringing new momentum into data-driven corporate cultures. But knowledge alone is not enough, which is why our battle cry is: Look. See. Do. So let’s get moving – so that the hype doesn’t turn into a big flop.

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Time flies – from left to right

Thinking is strenuous and expensive – but it gets less strenuous and less expensive with practice. Habits can also develop through practice. So which habits can improve Business Intelligence? Here’s one: earlier lies to the left of later.

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Getting a pig in a poke

You can only tell if something is worth reading after you have already read it. But then you don’t have any more time to read the things that you should. The time we have to read and think is limited and we can’t get all the pigs out of the poke. So how can we, at least, see through the poke?


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.