»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


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 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, August 17th, 2007

Graphic tables … simply breathtaking!

Graphical tables are just amazing. They combine the advantages of tables and charts while avoiding their disadvantages to revolutionize the way we create management reports. In fact, they even entice managers to sit back, take a deep breath and a few minutes to examine them thoroughly – with or without their feet up.

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.

Monday, May 21st, 2007

The ups and downs of soccer – illustrated by sparklines

German soccer fans don’t often agree on much. Few, however, can deny that the 2006/2007 Bundesliga season was more exciting and suspenseful than it had been for years. Sparklines illustrate the ups, downs and overall drama of the season’s 306 matches.

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Straight from the horse’s mouth?

All that is subsumed under Web 2.0 seems similar to a guerilla movement: it develops mostly unnoticed by established institutions. I analyze some consequences for your marketing and hint to weapons you should be aware of in this arena.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Numerical blindness?

When diagnosed with AIDS or breast cancer, most people feel as if they have been sentenced to death. Is this justified? Provided that he or she doesn’t belong to a high-risk group, a person only really carries the HIV virus 50 % of the time and actually has breast cancer in 10 % of the cases. The problem, however, is that most doctors tell a different story. That has to do with how information is presented. Gerd Gigerenzer offers insight to understand and interpret vital information correctly.

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.