Data to Information Ladder

2020-07-30T08:07:48+00:00July 21st, 2020|Business Intelligence, Reporting Theory|

How to turn data into information Many organisations have a lot of data without much idea what to do with it. Converting data into useful information is a journey. The Information Ladder shows that journey, starting from the simple, all the way to complex machine learning. The difference between data and information In the workplace [...]

Tableau Developers – where should they sit within an organisation?

2020-03-18T16:57:59+00:00August 24th, 2019|Business Intelligence, Reporting Theory, Tableau|

Often large organisations struggle with where Tableau developers should sit within the organisation. This could also apply to any other reporting software, the likes of Power BI, Qlik, etc. As some technology is involved (i.e. Tableau) there is often a strong argument to lump it in with IT. However I believe this is incorrect. The [...]

Keep dashboards simple

2020-03-03T21:11:02+00:00May 13th, 2018|Business Intelligence, Reporting Theory|

Within the Tableau community I see many dashboards shared that look great. Often they are highly complex, sometimes like works of art. In reality, in my professional career I have never seen dashboards of that type. Dashboards should be simple. In the commercial environment dashboards are to provide information. Therefore dashboards should be clear and [...]

Developing a Business Intelligence Roadmap

2020-04-15T12:29:12+00:00January 6th, 2012|Business Intelligence, Reporting Theory|

In the early stages of any large scale Insights / BI / Management Information (choose whichever term suits) it’s important to provide a roadmap. Stakeholders should understand the current situation, where you want to be and the steps to get there. Communicating this BI vision is important to get stakeholders engaged. To communicate a Business [...]

Report Design – turn data into information

2020-03-09T14:12:20+00:00April 7th, 2011|Reporting Theory|

The purpose of reports is to convey information. A report converts underlying data into information. There are a number of things you need to consider when designing reports, all inter-related. One important thing that’s often overlooked is that your opinion, as the report designer/developer, is not that important. You won’t be using the report every [...]

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