»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, March 20th, 2009

Gold mine or mine disaster?

The expectations for data mining were very high. Its new methods were supposed to automatically uncover the buried information treasures in databases. Now, the German magazine ‘Wirtschaftsinformatik’ has reprinted an article on this subject in its 50th anniversary commemorative issue. What better reason to look back at 16 years of data mining!

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Data Mining with Rankings II

In the previous parts of this series (iPod, PowerSearch) I demonstrated how simple rankings can deliver much more information than initially meets the eye. This time we will create a ranking across all data and simultaneously search for unusual combinations of characteristics.

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Data Mining with Rankings I

The analytic power of a simple ranking can even make complex analyses easier to understand. Automated comparisons of a variety of rankings and creation of meta rankings offers insight into distinctive features in complex data structures.

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Why 2.0? Welcome to Business Intelligence 7.0!

As most people in relationships know all too well (“You’re just like your mother!“), your selection of opening words will make or break any discussion. This holds true in the IT industry as well. Only there, you need to talk about something new or at least make it sound like it is. The proper terminology is equally important. But at all cost, avoid German translation. Not everybody fails as poorly as I did: Google cites 1,310,000 German pages for Data Mining and 846 for Datenmustererkennung (data pattern recognition), a term I tried to coin as repeatedly as unsuccessfully. More …

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Business Intelligence 2.0

Is Business Intelligence itself only a hype without any proven benefit for companies? How can it be that successful companies existed before BI? These and other questions are discussed in an Interview with Dr. Nicolas Bissantz. In it, he sketches a modest and honest industry of BI software providers for the future.

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The myth of data mining

Why men don’t buy beer and diapers at the same time, and what we can still learn from urban legends.

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.