»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, June 13th, 2008

Numbers are good. (But sometimes none are better.)

Numbers are an aspect of reports. If you don’t understand the background, however, they fall short of their purpose. For Audi and Peugeot, it’s the same story tomorrow in Le Mans.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Sports and sparklines

Germany’s Bundesliga soccer season is officially over. Bayern Munich remains the record champion; their local rivals in Nuremberg have also won a record – as the most relegated team. Our graphical review shows the ups and downs of the 2007/2008 season.

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, February 1st, 2008

An arrow is no plus sign!

When managers and statistics collide, less is often more. In general, however, there are not enough statistics in data visualizations. The only requirement is that they need to be robust.

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Surveying is not analyzing

Presenting information in the context of space often goes awry. It’s so easy to manipulate the reader. Even though maps are nice to look at, it is not easy to create visualizations that are suitable for analysis. The New York Times provides some interesting examples.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Sure-fire ways to spoil data, rule #13

We already explored 12 rules for making terrible charts. After reading my Sunday paper, I now have to add a postscript: Embellish whatever you want to say with numbers that tell a different story!

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Even more smart indicators

Last week we automatically identified similarities over time with the help of a computer. Today, we will define an indicator that will help us analyze differences among different demographic groups.

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Can we stop traffic lights?

Decision-makers who receive a traffic light for support really don’t have anything more to decide. The report author already made the judgment call. Worse yet, decision-makers don’t even have the opportunity to try to understand it. But why, when are so many better options…

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Sure-fire ways to spoil data, Part II

And if that weren’t enough, Howard Wainer has a few more tips that are guaranteed to drive your chart consumers crazy!

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Galileo, the world’s first information designer (Art and data analysis, Part II)

In the days of modern, high-resolution photography, it’s sometimes hard to believe that Galileo’s tools were limited to pen and paper. His observations of the moon are sketched with the precision of a scientist and the artistic prowess of a Michelangelo. His drawings are the data material for his analysis. It’s the artistic prowess of the reproduction – and not the mere ornamentation – that distinguishes first-class information graphics.

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.