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The Three Elements of Successful Data Visualizations

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Understand the audience, work within a clear framework, and tell a good story.
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Il foglio di calcolo è ancora il re delle soluzioni di Business Intelligence

Il foglio di calcolo è ancora il re delle soluzioni di Business Intelligence | Visualinfo | Scoop.it

Perché, nonostante gli sforzi dei maggiori player, il foglio di calcolo è ancora preferito (e preferibile) come strumento di Business Intelligence?

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"BI non è un aggiornamento al foglio di calcolo!"

"Smettila di cercare di usare il foglio di calcolo come strumento di BI!"

 

I fornitori di BI fanno spesso commenti del genere. La gente può quindi presumere che il foglio di calcolo è in declino, e sentirsi in imbarazzo per il fatto di utlizzare Microsoft Excel, RaqSoft esCalc, LibreOffice Calc, e OpenOffice Calc come strumenti di Business Intelligence, perché possono avere l'impressione sbagliata che questi strumenti non siano abbastanza "intelligenti" per essere classificati come BI.

 

La società di consulenza Gartner Group Inc. aveva appunto predetto che BI sarebbe il più tema tecnologico più caldo nel 2012, e il 2012 ha effettivamente visto un aumento repentino e rilevante delle applicazioni di BI.

Inaspettatamente, però, il foglio di calcolo risulta essere lo strumento più sviluppato e gradito nella maggior parte dei casi, invece di SAP BusinessObjects, IBM Cognos, Qlikview QlikTech, MicroStrateg o TIBCO Spotfire. In realtà, sotto l'aspetto delle vendite totali, base di clienti, o di incremento, il foglio di calcolo è la soluzione superiore.

 

Perché è il foglio di calcolo a governare ancora il mondo BI?

 

Uno dei fattori principali è il suo basso tecnicismo.

Il foglio di calcolo non richiede una complessa installazione e procedura di distribuzione o competenze in SQL / MDX / Java script / .Net, per non parlare di un gran numero di consulenti e di esperti tecnici pronti a fornire consigli e supporto. Il foglio di calcolo è così semplice e facile da imparare che anche le "100 Cose da fare obbligatoriamente per gli studenti americani in vacanza d'estate" include il compito di presentare i dati in Excel per i loro genitori.

Per converso, questo è l'inconveniente degli altri strumenti di BI - i requisiti tecnici di solito sono troppo alti.

 

Essere intuitivo, libero e flessibile, sono altri fattori.

Azioni semplici come query, filtraggio, il raggruppamento, ordinamento, composizione di formule,  sono il lavoro di routine comune e comprensibile a tutti. La combinazione libera di queste operazioni può portare a numerosi algoritmi.

Gli altri strumenti di BI sono invece difficili da capire, e restrittivi per le vostre idee innovative. Solo per citarne alcuni, si possono effettuare calcoli solo all'interno del modello codificato dallo strumento di BI.

 

Infine, la cosa più importante: il foglio di calcolo è business-oriented.

Qual è lo scopo della BI? Migliorare la competitività delle imprese attraverso i computer aziendali. Questo obiettivo richiede al personale di business di effettuare l'analisi dal punto di vista commerciale, quando affrontare le opportunità di business e dei rischi. Tuttavia, gli strumenti di BI non basati su foglio di calcolo sono progettati per esperti IT., che possano conoscere la regressione SQL e lineare, e sono in grado di risolvere il 20% dei problemi di BI, ma queste conoscenze non sono necessariamente a conoscenza del business.

 

E' il requisito "basso livello di conoscenza tecnologica, capacità di calcolo, intuitivo e flessibile, e orientamento agli operatori del business" che rende il foglio di calcolo ancora governare il mondo BI.

 

Traduzione adattata da http://smartdatacollective.com/raqsoft/117471/spreadsheet-king-business-intelligence-tools.

 

(image: spreadsheets and BI / shutterstock)

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The Mechanics of Data Visualization | (R news & tutorials)

The Mechanics of Data Visualization | (R news & tutorials) | Visualinfo | Scoop.it
I recently presented about the mechanics of data visualization at the CLaRI Literacy Conference to a group of researchers, teachers and school administrators. The presentation is based on the work of Few (2012; 2009).
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Il Maturity Model della Business Intelligence

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The Three Elements of Successful Data Visualizations

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What is The ROI of Ignorance?

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It’s easy to say “you shouldn’t do a business intelligence project without an ROI case.”
It is possible to build BI ROI cases (typically involving estimates of percentage improvements in part of a business process thanks to better information).
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Top 5 Business Intelligence Solutions in the Cloud

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Despite the buzz around cloud computing, the adoption rate of cloud Business Intelligence solutions is relatively low, according to recent reports.
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Dashboard and Business Intelligence competitors evaluated based ...

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As a very interesting experiment at Dashboardzone, all the business intelligence vendors are put through a text analysis evaluation and the results are visualized into bubble word clouds.
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Nice experiment; it looks like Microsoft language is much more focused than  competitors ones.

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Video: Big Data vs. Business Intelligence vs. Customer Intelligence

Pioneer Big Data analytics for sales, marketing & business intelligence platform provider using predictive analytics (Big Data vs. Business Intelligence vs.

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How to Choose the Best Chart for Your Data

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Numbers don't lie, but a bad chart decision makes it extremely difficult to understand what those numbers mean.

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Microsoft spinge l'integrazione verso la business intelligence per SQL Server 2012

Microsoft spinge l'integrazione verso la business intelligence per SQL Server 2012 | Visualinfo | Scoop.it

Via Renato Bertuol
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Tra gli aggiornamenti annunciati da Microsoft per SQL Server 2012 il supporto della piattaforma Office 2013 e passi avanti per il progetto Hekaton, una piattaforma data base in –memory studiata per le applicazioni di analytics.

Esistono stime aziendali secondo le quali il passaggio a piattaforme di tipo in-memory può accelerare le prestazioni da 10 a 50 volte rispetto alle piattaforme convenzionali.

Inoltre per l’inizio del prossimo anno Microsoft prevede di presentare Parallel Data Warehouse, una piattaforma Hadoop progettata per servizi di analisi di dati non strutturati.

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New Excel Data Explorer add-in bolsters data analysis

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Microsoft has beefed up Excel's data acquisition and manipulation capabilities with a free beta plug-in.
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DISRUPTION: Why Google+ Is Best Social Net for Content Marketers

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Play along with me here for a minute. Imagine some drunk wandering down the sidewalk at 3 in the morning. He's got a cigarette dangling from his lip and

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:40 AM

AGREE - Google Plus Disrupts
I was in a conference the other day and people actually chuckled when Google plus was mentioned, they laughed. "Perfect," I remember thinking; "no one gets it yet time to double down on Google Plus". You don't make millions online by doing things the way others are doing them. 

You make money by being remarkable, distinct and disruptive. Money is simply the currency we use to keep score. You can't make money online by setting out to make money (irony). Authentic honesty is the table stakes of online poker. 

Insincere disruption or disruptions not supported by social signals don't last long. Once you know the story you want to tell, I would tell it on Google Plus. Don't forsake the other social nets, just use G+ as your main horse, the one you ride the most and the one who gets the best oats. 

Why? More than just G+ comes from Google; Google Plus is less crowded (at the moment) and less defined. "Less defined" means common groupthink and best practices are less established. Since Google Plus is a suite of tools with many possible combinations it may stay "less defined" for a long time. 

The way you combine and use the suite of tools that make up G+ may be very different than the next user (and this is what you want). It is easier to use a suite of tools to disrupt than a platform. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have their own very defined structure, a structure largely controlled by someone else. 

Tools Rule
Google Plus is not perfect (by a long shot). Many of its elements and tools are counter-intuitive and infuriating (at first). Hang in there and keep creating, combining and re-combining and you will like the end result (eventually). 

Google Plus is more conducive to long form content and conversations too. Don't just repost. Make sure you add some original value even if the piece started somewhere else. Can't have conversations on Twitter and Facebook friends want to hear about your children and trips. G+ is where I go to have meaningful conversations about Internet marketing.

The environment can turn contentious on strange things, but adopt the attitude that all feedback is GOOD, praise and listen and your ideas will get BETTER on G+. How disruptive is that?

 Conversation continues on G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102639884404823294558/posts/HhimtJ7CPg9 

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Naked Statistics

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Visual Business Intelligence A blog by Stephen Few ... Even in business we should be formulating and testing hypotheses rather than making judgments based on intuition alone. What is the point of learning statistics?
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Five Reasons Excel Is Your Worst Enemy for Budgeting and Forecasting - Smart Data Collective

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Five Reasons Excel Is Your Worst Enemy for Budgeting and Forecasting
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However, when using Excel for Performance Management, Excel can quickly turn into your worst enemy.
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Unless you use it as a front end for a multidimensional db like MS Analysis Server or Palo...

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Visual Business Intelligence - Are You a Data Scientist?

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Desktop BI Tools: 40+ Free Data Analysis and Visualization Tools

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A useful feature matrix comparing over 40 desktop software tools for analyzing data

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Forget big data, think content curation: Gartner

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Curated content provides grist for the social marketing mill, according to Gartner's Jake Sorofman - Page 1
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Spreadsheets: Still the King of Business Intelligence Tools - Smart Data Collective

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Spreadsheets: Still the King of Business Intelligence Tools
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spreadsheet business intelligence tool "BI is not an upgrade to the spreadsheet!" "Stop trying to use the spreadsheet as a BI tool!
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Business Intelligence reporting tools: To Pay or Not To Pay.

Our company recently implemented a BI Reporting solution intended for a retail company with both, an offline retail chain and an online web-shop.
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Very interesting, although limited in scope, comparison. I agree with their conclusion and would add that, as usual, the accumulated experience with the specific tool is often the key factor.

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How to Measure the Cost of Data Quality Problems

Ted Friedman, vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner’s Information Management team, recently hosted a webinar on improving data quality to support analytics.
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Business Intelligence Maturity Assessment

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How do you assess the overall health and maturity of your Business Intelligence initiative?

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Immense, Huge, Profitable SEO Value of Google+ Profile [INFOGRAPHIC]

Immense, Huge, Profitable SEO Value of Google+ Profile [INFOGRAPHIC] | Visualinfo | Scoop.it

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Dotty Scott's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:15 PM

I think there is way more value in a Google+ account than mentioned here.  I have seen some VERY POOR websites rank well with the help of a Google+ account.

Vinod Poyilath's curator insight, March 29, 2013 7:44 AM

Interesting stats there... Google+ being more popular in the BRIC countries.. means HUGE potential, and obviously for Indian entrepreneurs, another great tool to leverage. Interestingly, I don't see that being done enough!!

 

And looking at where it is going, the first page results are increasingly getting hijacked by Google local listings, which is both good and bad; good that your results for local searches come with maps and all contact info in one glance, and you can rank on front page with literally no SEO; bad that it becomes hard for a site with no brick and mortar office to rank for such local search terms.

Nick Mortel's comment, April 7, 2013 1:47 AM
Obvious really. Google got a grip and the resources !
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5 Steps to Turn Big Data Technology into Business Value | Business 2 Community

5 Steps to Turn Big Data Technology into Business Value | Business 2 Community | Visualinfo | Scoop.it
It’s hard to open a business or a technology publication these days without finding an article about the promise of Big Data. New technologies (Hadoop, Mongo,
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Microsoft BI Solution Builder: Business Intelligence tools and ...

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Recently, Microsoft released the BI Solution, an online tool that you can use to find out what business intelligence capabilities are available to you based on what your organization already has...
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Microsoft in Leaders Quadrant of Gartner* Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

Microsoft Business Intelligence blog covering topics such as PowerPivot, Power View, Excel, Sharepoint, Data Quality Services, business analytics and Big Data.
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