»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, December 10th, 2010

One to a thousand

Engineers and architects express their requirements in technical jargon and in numbers. They use different scales to visualize different scenarios for different tasks. We’d like that as well. Here are our first steps towards creating a scale ruler for management control.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

New ‘See’land I

No one likes to get lost in a strange place. That’s why we pay extra attention to where we are headed. In fact, I learned a lot from traffic signs on a recent trip abroad.

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Palace evolution

Controlling guerillas aren’t being turned away at palace gates anymore. Discover why that is as well as other lessons learned at our Executive Forum last Monday in Berlin.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Test: Are you a good manager?

To read management information correctly, you often need good visual judgment. Take the test and see how you rate!

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Low resolution can make you blind – reporting a la iPhone

We’ve already explored a laid-back approach to management reporting. For the more athletically inclined, we have a high-performance alternative. The key? Resolution.

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, January 18th, 2008

Death to business charts!

Dense, straightforward charts are rare. As a student, I was amazed how the graphic designers at management consultancies worked with such meticulous detail. Years later, I am convinced that we simply have to bid standard business charts farewell. They will die out slowly but surely…or to word that a bit more positively, they will be replaced by efficient graphical tables. All we need to do is follow twelve simple steps…

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Bars are the gauges for management dashboards

Although we are software designers, we can learn from 100 years of automobile history. If we focus on the right issues and are not tempted by superficial analogy. Thus, we can e.g. substitute ludicrous tachometers for managers with more meaningful gauges.

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Are sports fans smarter than managers?

Every sports fan gladly takes up a lot of information from data-dense league standings printed in news papers. The same persons as managers fall for bright and shiny information deserts termed “dashboards” to provide them with essential information about their business. What went wrong here?


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.