»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, November 28th, 2008

Sailing under a pirate flag

Right now, it’s pretty safe to be a pirate – even though navies around the world are already sharpening their grappling hooks. As far as reporting is concerned, it also pays to be a buccaneer … and the Wall Street Journal agrees.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Test: Are you a good manager?

To read management information correctly, you often need good visual judgment. Take the test and see how you rate!

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, 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…

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Surveying is not analyzing

Presenting information in the context of space often goes awry. It’s so easy to manipulate the reader. Even though maps are nice to look at, it is not easy to create visualizations that are suitable for analysis. The New York Times provides some interesting examples.

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Beautiful evidence for debating executive salaries

Management salaries are a hot topic nowadays. The usual “evidence”, however, is either manipulated in one direction or the other. Good information design can help make the discussion more objective. The New York Times shows how.

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Art and Data Analysis I

Data analysis is a true art form. To present your results effectively, you need craftsmanship, creativity and drive. Appropriately, I find that exhibitions and books about art are a source of inspiration for anyone who deals with data analysis.

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.