Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan
26Jan/150

Gaining the Edge over Competitors with Business Intelligence

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First let me start off by defining Business Intelligence as defined by Business Journal International Weekly. “Business Intelligence is a set of theories, methodologies, processes, architectures and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes.” Over the past 10 years business intelligence has soured in popularity to what is now, a $15.8B a year business, with an estimated 55 percent of companies today using some form of Business Intelligence or Business Analytics solutions. According to Gartner, “by the year 2020 researchers show an estimated 75% of companies globally will rely on Business Intelligence to run their companies.” Who would have thought this number would get so high? Continue reading this post>>

1Jan/150

Understanding Data Visualization

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The term Data Visualization loosely refers to the techniques used to communicate data or information by creating visual objects that are contained in graphics. The end goal is to communicate information clearly and efficiently to users via the information graphics selected, such as tables and charts. In his 1983 book “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”, Professor Edward Tufte defines ‘graphical displays’ and principles for effective graphical display in the following passage: “Excellence in statistical graphics consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency. Graphical displays should: Continue reading this post>>

16Dec/140

Top 5 Electronic Gifts for Christmas 2014

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With the Christmas season fast approaching us and the stress that comes with getting this year’s shopping done really weighing on you, one has to be thinking “what am I going to get everyone this year?” Take a look at this year’s hottest electronics that any gadget lover would love to add to his/her collection of toys. With hundreds and thousands of different electronics out there how is anyone supposed to know what the best gift to get is or which electronic is on everyone’s list of must haves this year. Let’s take a closer look into this year’s top 5 must have electronics for Christmas 2014. Continue reading this post>>

25Nov/140

3 Reasons to Make the Move to HTML 5!

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As someone who interacts day-to-day with BI developers, consumers and the IT folks who make the whole BI infrastructure function, I have firsthand, in-depth knowledge of the range of logistics that’s required to successfully bring an application from server to client user, regardless of whether the user is sitting in a corporate cubicle or perched on a coffee house stool, somewhere downtown.

I like to break these logistical things down into 2 categories. Continue reading this post>>

14Nov/140

Top BI Trends Moving into 2015

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With 2014 coming to an end faster than anyone could ever imagine, the time to start thinking and planning for 2015 has fast approached us. With the start of a new year comes a number of technology changes to consider. With the following new BI Trends, Business Intelligence (BI) should not be on the long list of things for any organization. While some of these trends are already being implemented, with the potential to expand over the next year, there are a number of proposed changes that could fundamentally shift business processes. Below we will uncover what to expect when looking into BI trends for the year of 2015. Continue reading this post>>