»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, April 6th, 2007

Interview with Professor Dr. Rolf Hichert

A vehement advocate for good information visualization, Professor Dr. Rolf Hichert has successfully spent the past few years preaching his doctrine at controller conventions and seminars throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this German interview he explains that bad report design plagues companies of all sizes and industries. In addition to pointing out the cardinal faux pas of reporting, Hichert takes a critical look at consultancies and other influential industries.

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.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Dashboard or Trashboard?

Adored by the software industry and hated by visualization experts – those colorful little controlling speedometers that are supposed to, at a glance, tell executives whether the company is headed for a brick wall or staying on course. Is the dashboard metaphor really a suitable approach for visualizing key business figures?

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.