»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, May 1st, 2009

The ‘moving’ means to an end

Hans Rosling wanted to show the best statistics ever seen at a TED conference. In my opinion, it was only one of the best presentations of statistics. Here are the pros and cons for using animation in data analysis.

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Vis‑à-vis is not yet visualization

Analyzing means comparing. That is the central rule here. Placing objects next to each other, however, rarely suffices as a comparison. In order to see what there is to see, you usually you have to do some subtracting first.

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, July 11th, 2008

Killing the sacred cow of information

Do we really live in an information society? I don’t think so. Information is as rare – and disinformation, lies and overall sloppiness are more rampant – than ever before!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Why dense information makes us smarter

What else can we gain from all the extra space won through compact charts and information-dense visualizations? Insight, of course!

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Information Design from Gaudi and Cocteau

The nice thing about Information Design is that there are so many role models for us to admire. Although we rarely see them in the office, we can at least view them in beautiful venues such as Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonian region of Spain.

Friday, October 5th, 2007

How to build intelligent indicators

We already know that simple sorting functions can deliver much more information than functions based on rigid thresholds. Today, we will build an intelligent indicator that automatically uncovers conspicuous bits of information among volumes of data.

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 …

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.