Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan

Next-Generation Business Intelligence: Search & Collaboration


It’s our belief at arcplan that next-generation BI tools should incorporate Web 2.0 functionality – the ability to search, rate, tag, and comment on information; things that we’re used to from social media sites and e-commerce sites like Aren’t you used to checking a product’s ratings before making a purchase? Why should BI be any different?

Specifically what I mean is that users should have the ability (1) to find the information they need to do their jobs more effectively and (2) to make their feelings known about BI reports, dashboards, and other business information (like data stored on SharePoint or email systems that may be relevant to decision-making). If the best information rises to the top, users begin to rely on only the best reports and admins can delete old information that isn’t useful anymore.

This is why we developed arcplan Engage. We’re in the “first customer shipment” phase of its release right now, but pretty soon, it will be widely available and will change the way BI is thought of and accessed at many of our customers’ organizations. It’s all about empowering end users, making business information more pervasive and accessible to the large majority of business users, and ensuring that their organizations perform better.

More and more, we’re going to see BI systems that have been designed with the regular business user in mind, not just BI experts or power users. That’s what arcplan Engage is all about. Take a look at this short video about it and tell us your thoughts!


Collaborative BI – What Does It Really Mean?


The focal point of many BI tools today is to get the right information to the right people at the right time so they can analyze company data and make well-informed decisions. The ‘right people’ are not only the ones at the very top of the food chain; we find that decision makers exist at all levels. Thus, the sharing and exchange of information is increasingly important in modern businesses.

Collaborative BI is a growing trend that merges business intelligence and social media tools and amounts to business users determining what the most valuable and relevant data in their organization is and sharing it to improve decision-making across the board.

Collaborative BI often goes hand-in-hand with the term “self-service BI.” It makes sense, since self-service BI tools make it easy for business users to access and analyze data without having to go through IT. These trends are all about the 85% of potential users in an organization who normally don’t partake in BI, but can benefit from it as much as the other 15%.

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