»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

When CI rules

Dear marketing, we business people don’t need ISO norms or balance sheet guidelines to understand things better. Therefore please leave the color red to us. Because it means something. The same thing that it means everywhere else – namely, danger.

Friday, January 9th, 2009

More pie, anyone?

This blog is for the pie haters out there. If you have a sensitive stomach, please read with caution! Nothing but pies and one is worse than the next. This time, with examples from FTD, Handelsblatt, WamS and SZ…

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Traffic light charts – A black-or-white world (just in color)

Traffic lights in charts are junk. They portray the world in black or white – just using red and green instead. Because they use a bit of threshold voodoo, some people consider them to be an “intellectual” form of chart junk. That makes them even more dangerous – for report authors and consumers alike. And the worst part of it all? The alternatives are so simple.

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Why dense information makes us smarter

What else can we gain from all the extra space won through compact charts and information-dense visualizations? Insight, of course!

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Information Design from Gaudi and Cocteau

The nice thing about Information Design is that there are so many role models for us to admire. Although we rarely see them in the office, we can at least view them in beautiful venues such as Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonian region of Spain.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Can we steer banks like cars?

Sachsen LB could have at least tried to. Their board of directors trusted a few traffic lights. They were usually green, but now all German taxpayers see is red.

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Graphic tables … simply breathtaking!

Graphical tables are just amazing. They combine the advantages of tables and charts while avoiding their disadvantages to revolutionize the way we create management reports. In fact, they even entice managers to sit back, take a deep breath and a few minutes to examine them thoroughly – with or without their feet up.

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Smoke signals aren’t enough – using the gross margin flow analysis, Part I

Gross margin flow analysis breaks down a margin variance by its components to deliver important clues about the underlying causes. This way you determine if a price increase really leads to higher sales discounts.

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Are sports fans smarter than managers?

Every sports fan gladly takes up a lot of information from data-dense league standings printed in news papers. The same persons as managers fall for bright and shiny information deserts termed “dashboards” to provide them with essential information about their business. What went wrong here?

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Good reporting is boring

“Good management is boring” says Peter Drucker and “If you want excitement, don’t go to a good management information system.” We should reflect on this statement if we do not want to amuse but to inform executives.

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.