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Top BI Trends Moving into 2015


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>>


Responsive Design – Helping Solve the BYOD Phenomenon


Over the years, there have been several forces behind the surge of mobile devices. With the influx of devices in today’s market, unlike the limited options you were once faced with, now there is something for everyone no matter your style, color, or operating system preference. On top of this is the introduction of Quadcore to tablets, 4G, and the continuous adoption of HTML5. This proliferation of devices gave rise to the phenomenon of BYOD.

With the emergence of this trend, businesses realized they had decisions to make and quickly: Do they stick to their current policies and only support company issued devices? Do they adjust their current strategies and infrastructure to support new BYOD policies? In hindsight, with the growth of BYOD, lurks the inevitability of having to create apps for each screen for the large number of devices, which is not only time consuming but requires resources. In the end, companies want end users to be happy and productive while ensuring your IT departments sanity.

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5 Business Trends for Dashboards in 2014


dashboard trendsDashboards are the most tangible deliverable from business intelligence providers. Not everyone can fathom what “guided analytics” are, or how collaboration capabilities can help their business, but dashboards make sense to people. They’re still a hot trend, even in 2014, and getting hotter as mobile BI – which usually takes the form of mobile dashboards – becomes more prevalent. Companies of every size want dashboards and decision makers at every level need them to stay on top of their key metrics. But what are the business trends that will influence dashboard purchases in 2014? Let’s look at the top 5:

1) Business users will drive dashboard deployments
Line of business users will play a more dominant role in evaluating and selecting dashboard software while IT departments will play a diminishing role in 2014. Traditionally, IT-chosen platforms are highly governed and provide trickles of information that seldom keep up with the demands of the business. By contrast, business-led dashboard projects have different requirements including self-service capabilities, direct access to data and short implementation timelines.

2) Full-service self-service…

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Business Intelligence Trends 2014: Why Apple, Amazon and Google are the Real BI Trend-Setters


bi-trends-2014-apple-amazon_smThe end of each year warrants a look at the key trends that may take hold in the coming months. Mobility, cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and big data topics are clearly influencing the business intelligence industry. However, major market players such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and others are producing the technology to make these developments possible. The question becomes: are the trends paving the way for these companies to produce the technology, or is the existence of the technology influencing the trends? I believe the latter – that Amazon, Apple, Google and Samsung are the true pioneers of the BI industry.

In 2014, we’re not going to see much in the way of wholly new trends, even though some experts are already forecasting more innovations. Gartner, for example, has singled out voice-controlled BI as a hot topic. However, the idea of being able to control BI processes by voice instead of through user interfaces is more of a fantasy than a realistic business requirement. Instead, the focus for 2014 will be on developments that are already possible and how to integrate these into the corporate IT environment. Big data for one has been a subject of discussion for years. In 2014, there will be more talk about the benefits and value provided by the increasingly larger amounts of data. Primarily though, it is the underlying technical innovations created by industry giants such as Amazon and Apple that are driving the development of BI and the requirements of the market.

Mobile BI Thanks to Tablets and Smartphones

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On-Demand Webinar: A Visual Guide to Customer Analytics


View-WebinarCheck out arcplan’s latest on-demand webinar: 30 minutes on the metrics that will give you a 360 degree view of your customers and what chart types best tell that story.

A Visual Guide to Customer Analytics
Recorded Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Speaker: Dwight deVera, SVP of Professional Services at arcplan

About this webinar:

It’s been popular for a number of years to talk about having a “360 degree view” of your customers, but achieving it in our world of silo’d data has been another matter. You know how difficult it can be to connect individual silos of information into one integrated view. You likely have many systems and technologies in place at your organization, and it falls on you, the decision maker, to waste time assembling the pieces necessary to come up with a view of your customers from these different systems.

This webinar is a back-to-the-basics, practical guide to getting a 360 degree view of your customers. We cover how to combine metrics in self-service dashboards that give everyone in your company a better understanding of your customers, and the ability to spot trends, identify opportunities to cross-sell, up-sell or simply target them more effectively, and ultimately optimize your customer relationships.

In this webinar, we present:

  • The sales, operations, financial, and customer support metrics you should be looking at
  • A way to leverage available systems and technology to remain nimble with your metrics (prioritizing and subscribing to them)
  • A solution for pulling together silo’d data into one integrated view

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