Archive for August, 2006

Financial Intelligence

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

I’m going to share a little secret that many of us business intelligence professionals keep locked away from sight. Despite the fact that we spend much of our time supporting the information needs of finance professionals, we know less than we pretend about finance. Many of us have never taken a single course in finance [...]

DeltaMaster: German engineering for BI

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

I was recently approached by folks at the German software company Bissantz and Company because they were interested in implementing the bullet graph that I designed as an alternative to most dashboard gauges. They also wanted to let me know that they already had an Excel add-in for producing Tufte’s sparklines, which I think are [...]

Designing dashboards for “situation awareness”

Monday, August 7th, 2006

People use the term “dashboard” to mean many things, but in my mind one of the defining characteristics is that a dashboard is used to monitor what’s going on. Whether in real time or once a day, a dashboard presents the most important information that someone must monitor to do a job, making it apparent [...]