»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Interview with Professor Dr. Rolf Hichert

A vehement advocate for good information visualization, Professor Dr. Rolf Hichert has successfully spent the past few years preaching his doctrine at controller conventions and seminars throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this German interview he explains that bad report design plagues companies of all sizes and industries. In addition to pointing out the cardinal faux pas of reporting, Hichert takes a critical look at consultancies and other influential industries.

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Art and Data Analysis I

Data analysis is a true art form. To present your results effectively, you need craftsmanship, creativity and drive. Appropriately, I find that exhibitions and books about art are a source of inspiration for anyone who deals with data analysis.

Friday, January 12th, 2007

When purchasing gets cloudy…

Purchasing is the ugly stepchild and sleeping beauty rolled into one. If you can wake it from its spell, you will reap in treasures of information. What are we purchasing? How can we save? How much? EDS, the largest outsourcer in the world, is a specialist in the field of purchasing control. Learn in this interview with Dr. Jörg Dittrich how this came about and why DeltaMaster plays a major role in the implementation. (German only)

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Trends aren’t productive

Here is good example of information density to the extreme! Professor Dr. Peter Mertens, who was the first professor for information systems in Germany in 1968, created 5 printed pages of knowledge every workday for over 37 years. Read more in my interview with him about why he believes trends in science and business are unproductive. (German only)

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

“Half of all companies don’t calculate their numbers correctly!“

The world’s first seminar on gross margin flow analysis was held on October 17, 2006 in Nuremberg, Germany. Managers from Audi, Nordsee, Sanitop and wolfcraft shared their experiences with this innovative method of deviation analysis. The father of gross margin flow, Professor Dr. Jörg Link, held the key note speech. Some more in-depth insight into his theory and its practical reference are available in my interview with him.

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.


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.