»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The legend of Amazon

The recommendation lists at Amazon are legendary, and how they work is almost as big a secret as the Coca-Cola formula. Just kidding – it’s not, of course. We’ll explain the “magic formula” because it’s crippling (not to mention, annoying) when everything is declared a mystery. If you’re waiting for a magician to pull a rabbit out of his hat, you are the one who is becoming a rabbit that is facing down a snake.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Big Data, big Spock, bigger Kirk!

Today, we will take a look at a few more ways how we can use the momentum of Big Data to make companies more data-driven. We already know that business professionals should guide IT when it comes to Big Data. Or as Trekkies would say, you need a whole lot of Kirk and not just Spock to prevent Big Data from becoming a galactic flop.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Big Data, Big Impact?

Whether it’s hype or not, Big Data is the revival of data mining – and one that has been long overdue. Big Data is bringing new momentum into data-driven corporate cultures. But knowledge alone is not enough, which is why our battle cry is: Look. See. Do. So let’s get moving – so that the hype doesn’t turn into a big flop.

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Time flies – from left to right

Thinking is strenuous and expensive – but it gets less strenuous and less expensive with practice. Habits can also develop through practice. So which habits can improve Business Intelligence? Here’s one: earlier lies to the left of later.

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Getting a pig in a poke

You can only tell if something is worth reading after you have already read it. But then you don’t have any more time to read the things that you should. The time we have to read and think is limited and we can’t get all the pigs out of the poke. So how can we, at least, see through the poke?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

One glance should be enough… for what?

It is hard to top all of the praise and adoration given to infographics. They are supposed to help us understand numbers better by transforming them into images. Is that true? Do financial controllers need to be infographic designers so that people understand their data better? Or has someone just misunderstood how people understand things the best?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

You still can’t wrap a fish in an iPad

Does BI need the iPad? Form and content shape the substance of things. If the question of form, however, is degraded to a question of which platform, content will suffer as a consequence. Is that something that we also have to worry about in Business Intelligence, where formats are being squashed to fit on devices that don’t use a mouse or keyboard?

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Standard risk – not a risk standard

Information has to be fluctuation-proof – especially when it deals with risk: Oftentimes, people who produce information today are new in the office, new at doing it, or only do it sporadically. And I think it shows. Let us use more norms and standards – at least business ones.

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Let them look less

Is the end of dashboards near? Because visualizations with unrelated content are too complex for our “narrow” human minds? Because we literally cannot see through things because the eye sequences get too confusing? Here’s what neuroscientific research has to say.

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Time for bullet time?

Animating statistical data can be tricky. Nevertheless, motion pictures are a step up from photos. We want to get closer to the action. We don’t want to just see results; we want to see how we got there. Here’s an idea – straight from Hollywood.


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.