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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Understanding Audiences For Self-Service Consumption
    users support management and provide analytics that aid in decision making and daily operations Because of this self service capabilities need to be flexible enough to address daily challenges that may not have been accounted for in design Since each use case cannot be defined in advance it might not be possible to identify how information will be needed or why After all static reports or views will provide limited insight that will most likely require broader analytics to understand in depth Since data scientists understand the underlying information structure and business needs this level of self service is understandable Business user Business users on the other hand require a more guided experience This means that self service refers to user experience Ease of use guided design governed data access to ensure accurate analytics and pre defined views are all aspects of this level of self service Too much flexibility can actually lead to invalid analytics based on incorrect inferences and joins that may be based on similar field names but that aren t connected Therefore part of self service involves providing pre defined access while still maintaining flexibility to slice and dice and one click analytics to give users quick results Organization specific Although these two audiences are the most common other consumers also exist Organizations may have targeted self service audiences that require specific capabilities or levels of interactivity These unique requirements should be considered when audiences fall outside of the general types discussed above Having successful self service requires solutions that provide the level of self service the user needs If this isn t provided accurately then self service interactivity may not be successful This post was brought to you by IBM for Midsize Business and opinions are my own To read more on this topic visit

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/07/14/understanding-audiences-for-self-service-consumption/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » #SMB4Cloud Spreecast Event: The future of cloud and SMBs
    not always have the resources to build solutions like this internally many turn to the cloud In most cases SMBs are already familiar with cloud offerings because they have data hosted by outside providers and are comfortable with the concept of the cloud due to a lack of internal IT infrastructure As the cloud becomes a more central component to SMB adoption analytics adoption will also become more prevalent in the cloud This is already happening as many solution providers offer cloud BI If they don t already it is in their roadmap In addition to this app stores are becoming more prevalent due to the fact that the way people are adopting solutions are transitioning to a more self service methodology The Spreecast announced IBM s new app store and many other vendors offer analytics style app stores to make adoption easier Instead of requiring approval through an acquisitions department a credit card can be used All of these market transitions will eventually make it easier for SMBs to apply broader analytics applications without the roadblocks associated with traditional deployments Even for organizations choosing to keep solutions in house the increasing prevalence of self service applications and ease of use and deployment associated with the cloud will translate into expectations that extend to the way solutions are deployed in house Consequently solutions will have to shift to meet the needs of SMBs more readily through increasing ease of use lower costs and ease of deployment This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet I ve been compensated to contribute to this program but t he opinions expressed in this post are my own and don

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/06/30/smb4cloud-spreecast-event-the-future-of-cloud-and-smbs/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Achieving Time to Value
    other hand want to take what is provided and make better decisions address business problems and maintain competitive edge and do so right away Both are important for BI and software project success Achieving both means making sure that expectations from both IT and business units can be met It also means that organizations understand what those expectations should be The IT development effort should be driven by business need For instance creating customer facing dashboards and analytics to let customers gain access to their data and plan better will be different than developing self service data discovery dashboards to increase efficiencies in marketing spend SMB specifics Small and mid sized businesses are actually driven by time to value more than their enterprise counterparts The reality for these businesses is that they have more to lose Resource constraints and smaller budgets mean that SMBs have to get their project choices right and make sure that they can achieve value quickly Otherwise they risk losing money and not being able to get back on track without major trade offs In many cases I ve seen expectations about both implementation times and achieving value not met because of IT resources working on multiple projects and not being able to plan accurately At the same time business users lack the understanding of the development efforts required and expect that their BI project will be looked at as the main priority In order to avoid these risks project stakeholders need to work as a team define their goals develop realistic expectations and make sure that the value proposition of the solution s can be realized based on these aspects This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/06/22/achieving-time-to-value/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Intelligence, Integration, and Integrity – my takeaways from Information Builders Summit 2014
    and exploration Information Builders is starting to focus more on this area to provide broader interactivity for their customers with new solutions coming to market this year Data discovery coupled with information integrity is the future of BI interactivity and access Although a little late to the game because customers can leverage iWay capabilities as well they may actually have an advantage in the long term by ensuring that what is analyzed is valid The ability to explore data and provide self service BI access is only effective when the data can be guaranteed to be reliable All of these themes provides the basis for a strong analytics framework Leveraging data sustaining integrity and providing access to analytics to all those who need it are the goals of this level of integration In addition to those general themes I also spent time speaking with current customers to get their insights These were the most sited reasons for selecting Information Builders Privately held company iWay enables organizations to manage their data more thoroughly without having to look for additional products through a one suite approach as opposed to looking at Informatica or other data integration products to move and manage information A continued feeling of partnership with Information Builders even long after implementation Easy to install upgrades All customers were satisfied with their solutions Some areas to take note of are Professional services PS expertise with version 8 0 as it is a new product and the PS staff is still getting up to speed If using this approach it is important to make sure that adequate support is available with the PS team onsite What solutions to take advantage of that are not on the market yet and what if any the implications of adding or switching products will be

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/06/16/intelligence-integration-and-integrity-my-takeaways-from-information-builders-summit-2014/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Common BI Newbie Mistakes
    into account the different phases of data acquisition solution development and rollout using an iterative approach Additionally even if using a centralized approach to BI development rollouts need to be incremental in nature to assume small wins before moving forward Being unwilling to take the time to evaluate internal requirements against the market Software selection tends to be a challenge for many organizations as the market is flooded with solutions that sound like they meet most business needs The reality however can be different Depending on the platform used how information will be delivered and what type of analytics required different business challenges may need separate solutions The reality is that researching the market is time consuming at the best of times and requires an understanding of product roadmaps potential implementation hurdles and capabilities and match that to the business requirements of the organization Additionally this has to happen after the business and technical requirements have been gathered making it a long process Many want to skip this process but in the end taking the necessary steps can make the difference between selecting the right solution and having to conduct a new product search after implementation Bad project planning BI is a project like any other that requires a strong project plan and management Although most organizations have some project management in place some are not prepared for the level of involvement it requires to build a BI solution In most cases failure ends up occurring when organizations try to do everything at once by bundling their BI implementations with other IT projects Whether new Website builds updating customer applications or developing a new service most BI projects need to be managed independently without having to compete with many other projects at the same time Unless enough internal developers exist

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/05/27/common-bi-newbie-mistakes/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Using Embedded Analytics for Enhanced Customer Experience
    organizations considering this added level of analytics access the first step is to understand end user requirements What data is currently being looked at where are their gaps in visibility what information do customers need to give them that added advantage and what needs to be done internally to make all of this happen These questions represent the starting point Luckily for organizations going this route there are many solution providers that offer embedded BI as a key aspect of their offerings Therefore when organizations look at evaluating software vendors one of the things they have to do is make sure that the capabilities they require are also provided within an embedded environment Once software is selected the process of acquisition and integration will mirror a traditional analytics implementation with one key difference the opportunity to monetize use Organizations need to identify whether they will provide this new service at a premium as pay per use or develop some other cost model Overall organizations want to do more than justify their expenditures they want to transform this new operating expense into revenue The ability to provide analytics to others as part of a new or added value service is one of the reasons more and more organizations are looking towards embedded analytics Aside from added revenue though the reality is that as customer expectations grow and analytics become the norm more and more businesses will start to take advantage of embedded analytics to be able to provide their customers with greater information visibility Currently providing a level of competitive edge will no longer be the case when customers start to expect this level of insight into their data This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/05/22/using-embedded-analytics-for-enhanced-customer-experience/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Understanding the BI Landscape
    time access to information In these cases operational intelligence becomes important so that relevant metrics can be updated on a regular basis with the flexibility to reflect the needs of the business This means that different use cases will have different latency requirements Advanced analytics this is a broader category and could be divided further but for the purposes of this overview it can remain a single category A variety of analytics exist Some organizations have complexities that require the management of many business rules and statistical algorithms while others want predictive and what if capabilities Certain solution providers provide targeted analytics while others are considered generalists meaning they offer general capabilities but not many niche analytics Data Warehousing although some businesses are moving away from traditional data warehousing the reality is that companies require a way to consolidate centralize and manage their analytical infrastructure In some cases a data warehouse is the most effective way Even if it s not every organization evaluating BI should look at their data to identify how it needs to be managed Data integration helps transition data from one source to another Within BI applications it also serves as a transformation engine can help provide quality control and work towards providing a cohesive view of information assets both internal and external to the organization Some or all of these areas may apply when looking at advancing a BI initiative The reality is that selecting the right solution means first getting the category right selecting a reporting solution when advanced analytics are required will only lead to failure Organizations need to be prepared to identify what their business and technical requirements are and how the market can best serve them otherwise the risks for failure are too high This post was written as part of

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/04/30/784/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Looking at the Cloud – SMB adoption is not new
    where the data resides and whether it is just hosted or if services are attached For instance I have been told by more than one organization that they do not use any cloud offerings only to find out through more analysis that a number of applications are cloud based but not hosted as a service in essence creating a differentiation between the level of control the customer has over the data they use With SMBs specifically this makes a big difference Many organizations want solutions with lower overall TCO and quicker times to implement but still want to control their access to data and the overall use of the systems they deploy Consequently for these businesses the cloud represents two levels of use the hosting of and access to data off site within a cloud environment the ability to manage that data or the applications the way the company desires or alternatively to be provided access to the data as a service through a hosted offering Basically a lot of the hype around cloud adoption and expanded offerings simply means that SMBs have more choice when identifying the best way to leverage technology and find value through their data assets This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet I ve been compensated to contribute to this program but t he opinions expressed in this post are my own and don t necessarily represent IBM s positions strategies or opinions You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site Leave a Reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/04/24/looking-at-the-cloud-smb-adoption-is-not-new/ (2016-04-27)
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