»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Hearing impaired renders you shortsighted

Hearing is one of our most powerful senses. We can close our eyes but
not our ears. If we want to take data analysis to the next level, we must also use our sense of hearing. Anything else would be rather shortsighted.

Friday, June 26th, 2009

A quality measure assessing differentiation: € per Pixel

I want quality measures for information. And today, we’ll take a closer look at one of them. A mere observation shows that many graphical elements are grossly exaggerated. That’s why we’ll show how to choose the right scale and why we’ll now start writing €pP and %pP under our reports.

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, May 15th, 2009

Criss-crossing circles

There is an exception to every rule. Even circles, which we usually blame, are sometimes worthy of acclaim – especially in combination with graphical tables.

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 3rd, 2009

Bean counter … and proud of it

Controllers are bean counters – and that is a good thing! After all, good entrepreneurs are as well. And too many captains on one ship spoil the course.

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!

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Rough cut bars may hurt

Stacked, pie and area charts are very common, yet very useless in management reports, presentations and mass media alike. Bars can add meaning…but only if they show variances instead of raw data.

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers?

Some people place logarithmic scales on the same level as rabid tigers. Without them, however, every second chart would have the wrong scale. In part one of this two-part series, we will show how you can tame the beast.

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Reference bars

Last time, we piled up the arguments against stacked charts. Today, we will show a better way to compare components using graphical tables and reference bars.


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.