»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Last but not least, good news comes first

Reports need to be smart, appealing, and understandable in order to have an effect. Yet in order for reports to have the right one, they must be read at the right time and in the right order. That is a lesson that we can learn from neurobiology.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


People want to present themselves. They want to show who they are, what they think, and what they can do. That can have a big impact on Business Intelligence. Here are some thoughts after a walk through the bungalow complex of Munich’s Olympic village.

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The electronic boss (2)

A person’s facial expression sends very strong signals. Can we leverage this knowledge with the help of software to fill the notorious motivational deficits among employees? Can an animated version of the boss trigger the same feelings as the real one? Here are more of our thoughts on the electronic boss.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The electronic boss (1)

Employees want more recognition. Bosses want more time. Can computers help? Could an avatar of the boss trigger the same emotions in employees as the real boss would? Perhaps. Here are my first thoughts about an idea that could fill motivational deficits among employees.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Is relative relatively irrelevant?

I have already dampened the enthusiasm for fans of self-service BI, the promise of do-it-yourself analyses on all levels of a company. Now here is more food for thought: Working with KPIs is tricky and requires experience if you want to do it right. Senior-level managers have that experience and shouldn’t give up that power. Here are some tricky thoughts about percentages.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Self-Service BI: A problem or solution?

Self-service BI is allegedly one of the current trends in Business Intelligence. I certainly hope not! That would mean that financial controlling, IT and senior management have capitulated to Business Intelligence. So how much do-it-yourself intervention can Business Intelligence handle?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Are control bodies out of control?

Time and time again, supervisory boards fail miserably. But why? Our guest author Murat Suner wanted to know and asked the business information systems expert Prof. Peter Mertens, the brain researcher Prof. Gerhard Roth, and me.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Emotional Management Information

That was the name of our event in Berlin. 180 people from reputable companies came to experience Jutta Kleinschmidt, Prof. Gerhard Roth, Bechtle, Leica, Porsche as well as our own ideas live in person. So what did rally racing, brain research, and Business Intelligence have in common that day?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Rationality needs emotional signals

Wow! The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” mocks business economists because they believe in human rationality. The international controller organization ICV says that controllers defend the rationality of management against managers who are too intuitive. We say that management information has to be emotional. What’s right?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

And you still can’t wrap a fish in an iPad

Is the mouse an endangered species? Are iPads and iPhones making their users computer illiterate because they now only use things that they can operate with their thumbs? And is this good or bad news for Business Intelligence? That depends on how consequent people are.


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.