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15 ways to get more from Business Intelligence data
Before you tackle Big Data, there is much you can do to present the information you've got better

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Before you tackle Big Data, there is much you can do to present the information you've got better.

Companies have invested heavily in Business Intelligence systems for many years, to aid decision making, but do they really get value from the information they collect and present?

Typical data presentation

There are commonly three key trends in the creation of BI reports:

1. Manual comparison

Many management packs' have pages of tables of numbers that require readers to manually compare one month, region, or product with another to try to identify trends, patterns or outliers. This is both time-consuming and hard work.

2. Confusing charts

Where charts are used (usually pie or doughnut) the eye is naturally poor at comparing areas and angles, so the reader usually struggles to make proper comparisons and must refer to the legend.

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Credit: Computerworld UK

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