»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Bean counter … and proud of it

Controllers are bean counters – and that is a good thing! After all, good entrepreneurs are as well. And too many captains on one ship spoil the course.

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Your circles disturb me

Since the death of Archimedes, everyone knows that drawing circles brings nothing but trouble. JP Morgan shows us why … as if it didn’t have enough problems already.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Rough cut bars may hurt

Stacked, pie and area charts are very common, yet very useless in management reports, presentations and mass media alike. Bars can add meaning…but only if they show variances instead of raw data.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers? Part II

In Part I, we reviewed Bella’s law of proportionality, measured it with the lie factor, and tried to save the world through standardization. Today, we will tame the tiger for good.

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers?

Some people place logarithmic scales on the same level as rabid tigers. Without them, however, every second chart would have the wrong scale. In part one of this two-part series, we will show how you can tame the beast.

Friday, June 27th, 2008

The seventh dan: Put it in writing

If you are comfortable enough with presenting data in tables and charts, the next challenge is putting that information into words. The way that Peter Singer backs his positions is an excellent example.

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, April 25th, 2008

BI, Robot

Automation is the key to efficient reporting. Forget control robots or Artificial Intelligence – all you need is common sense and just a bit of programming.

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Pimp my chart, Bill!

Graphical elements are supposed to focus your attention on what is important. What they actually show, however, is often misleading. How can you avoid embarrassing mistakes? For starters, just steer clear of Excel chart wizards.

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Death to business charts!

Dense, straightforward charts are rare. As a student, I was amazed how the graphic designers at management consultancies worked with such meticulous detail. Years later, I am convinced that we simply have to bid standard business charts farewell. They will die out slowly but surely…or to word that a bit more positively, they will be replaced by efficient graphical tables. All we need to do is follow twelve simple steps…

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.