»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, November 30th, 2007

Management accountants should be good jugglers

Management accounting is a real balancing act. One shouldn’t make decisions for the senior management but is expected to be a consultant, an IT expert, and much more. How can management accountants learn to master this balancing act?

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Slow and steady wins the race

Speed is relative. In fact, we have known that since Aesop. Many methods show that we can learn more from our surroundings if we just take our time. When Sven Piechota talks about “decelerated” progress in Business Intelligence, however, he is being ironic. The finance professor at the University of Lüneburg and undisputed jack-of-all-trades in the BI scene doesn’t always share my optimism (as is to be expected). Read more in my interview with Prof. Sven Piechota. (German only)

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

“Half of all companies don’t calculate their numbers correctly!“

The world’s first seminar on gross margin flow analysis was held on October 17, 2006 in Nuremberg, Germany. Managers from Audi, Nordsee, Sanitop and wolfcraft shared their experiences with this innovative method of deviation analysis. The father of gross margin flow, Professor Dr. Jörg Link, held the key note speech. Some more in-depth insight into his theory and its practical reference are available in my interview with him.

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Rediscovering slowness in today’s fast-paced information society

From Sten Nadolny’s famous book we can learn that speed does not lead to the goal if it comes along with superficialness – and that slowness is the basic principle of close attention and thoroughness. Graphics in the size of a word establish this thoroughness. They are the milestone that is going to change the way we deal with numbers and data.

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.