»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, June 13th, 2008

Numbers are good. (But sometimes none are better.)

Numbers are an aspect of reports. If you don’t understand the background, however, they fall short of their purpose. For Audi and Peugeot, it’s the same story tomorrow in Le Mans.

Friday, May 9th, 2008

When making analogies, think digital

The KPIs that managers need to drive their business are nothing more than numbers. Speed is measured in numbers, too. That’s why professional pilots only use digital (and not analog) speedometers.

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Road signs, not red lights

Traffic light functions belong to the same category of dubious analogies as the dashboard. What are the alternatives to this infamous paradigm? How else can we give managers an efficient orientation guide?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Dashboard vs. Sparklines

“Executives want their data condensed, their information all on one page.” Rolf Hichert puts it in a nutshell. But people obviously like to misinterpret him, as the marketing offensive for management speedometers shows.

Essays

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.