»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, March 30th, 2007

The eight commandments of good visualization

Thou shall honor these eight simple visualization principles of Edward Tufte – or have a darn good reason not to! They apply for the first map carved in stone over 6000 years ago just as they do for contemporary Web sites. Sometimes the best thing that information design can do is simply not to destroy good content.

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Ivy League Rock and Roll – A day with Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte, the world’s most renowned visualization expert, holds legendary information design seminars up to 40 times a year. What an experience!

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Good reporting is boring

“Good management is boring” says Peter Drucker and “If you want excitement, don’t go to a good management information system.” We should reflect on this statement if we do not want to amuse but to inform executives.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Business Intelligence 2.0

Is Business Intelligence itself only a hype without any proven benefit for companies? How can it be that successful companies existed before BI? These and other questions are discussed in an Interview with Dr. Nicolas Bissantz. In it, he sketches a modest and honest industry of BI software providers for the future.

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Do pictures really say more than a thousand words?

A picture says more than a thousand words. This charming expression is all about the magic of images. There is nothing that can cast more of a spell on us visual beings than a good picture, and nothing that can create such a lasting impression. Does this hold when it comes to transmitting business-relevant figures, too?

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Road signs, not red lights

Traffic light functions belong to the same category of dubious analogies as the dashboard. What are the alternatives to this infamous paradigm? How else can we give managers an efficient orientation guide?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Do we have to falsify data?

The map of the London Underground (”Tube Map”) runner-up in the competition to determine Britain’s greatest design icon. Between Concorde in first place and the Spitfire in third, we have an example of groundbreaking information design. Read more about it in this column.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Dashboard vs. Sparklines

“Executives want their data condensed, their information all on one page.” Rolf Hichert puts it in a nutshell. But people obviously like to misinterpret him, as the marketing offensive for management speedometers shows.


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.