»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, June 12th, 2009

Report Performance Measurement

I’m jealous of people who work in technical professions. They have specific criteria to measure the quality of their output. As a business professional, I want to do exactly that. That’s why I decided to stop waiting and define a few logical quality standards for reporting.

Friday, January 9th, 2009

More pie, anyone?

This blog is for the pie haters out there. If you have a sensitive stomach, please read with caution! Nothing but pies and one is worse than the next. This time, with examples from FTD, Handelsblatt, WamS and SZ…

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Lots of froth

If you don’t have much to say, you don’t need to use a whole bunch of words – or cups for that matter. An example from the German magazine ‘Wirtschaftswoche’ shows us why.

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, August 8th, 2008

Stacking is out

People often use stacked charts to compare components – but the effect rarely works. Learn why that is and what alternatives are available.

Friday, May 9th, 2008

When making analogies, think digital

The KPIs that managers need to drive their business are nothing more than numbers. Speed is measured in numbers, too. That’s why professional pilots only use digital (and not analog) speedometers.

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 28th, 2008

Do companies need a Mission Control Center?

Yet another bank in crisis. Do companies need some type of Mission Control Center to protect them from the ominous black holes of today’s global market space?

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Low resolution can make you blind – reporting a la iPhone

We’ve already explored a laid-back approach to management reporting. For the more athletically inclined, we have a high-performance alternative. The key? Resolution.

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Can we steer cars like businesses?

We have already discussed the fact that no one in their right mind should steer a company (or a bank in particular!) like an automobile. But what about the other way around? Porsche’s Sport Chrono package has similarities with management reports. That, indeed, could be useful.

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.