Sharing my app’s download progress and a BIG surprise I found. #analytics #mobilebi #startup

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In June of 2016, I began the effort of building a new mobile business intelligence app called Atlas Insights.  Atlas allows you to take your business metrics and also public metrics with you wherever you might be.  Basically, having your most important metrics available whenever you need them is the mantra .   In October I launched my beta and finished up in December of 2016.  Pretty amazing development speed huh?!  I’ll have another blog on that later.  As I have built this business, I have tried to be transparent and informative via my blog on the startup and software development process as I go along.

In all my years of designing and developing software, one metric all developers want to monitor closely is downloads.  Now with having to support so many platforms from Apple, Google and Microsoft, tracking these stats is actually pretty easy.  Today, I spent time visiting all the app store reporting pages to get a gauge on the downloads for Atlas and I came across VERY surprised.

The following chart is “Installs by Platform“.  Right away you see an amazing slice for Apple!  Now I would say I’m a bit Microsoft biased because I worked there and then I built a business off of them.  Even in my marketing, I’m very balanced in that I market each company platform basically the same.  But I’m just SHOCKED that 75% of my downloads are on the Apple platform.  iPhone you may be thinking?

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So let’s break it all down to get an understanding of what makes up those slices of the pie. The next chart is “Installs by Device“. Because Apple made up so much of the pie, if we look at the slices you’ll be shocked to see that MAC/OSX has 57% of the installs!  In all my years of doing analytics and dashboards, the MAC users where never on the minds of the developers.  I saw this as an opportunity and produced a MAC client of Atlas Insights and I’ve been overwhelmed with the response.

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Isn’t that pretty awesome!?  I’m going to continue to build for all platforms, but I will push the BEST business intelligence experience on the MAC/OSX that there has ever been!

Enjoy, Patrick

Want a better performing business? Simple. Scorecards! #makebusinessgreatagain

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Here is a good definition a friend sent to me.

Dashboards Monitor and Measure Processes. The common industry perception is that a dashboard is more real-time in nature, like an automobile dashboard that lets drivers check their current speed, fuel level, and engine temperature at a glance. It follows that a dashboard is linked directly to systems that capture events as they happen and it warns users through alerts or exception notifications when performance against any number of metrics deviates from the norm.

Scorecards Chart Progress Toward Objectives. The common perception of a scorecard, on the other hand, is that it displays periodic snapshots of performance associated with an organization’s strategic objectives and plans. It measures business activity at a summary level against predefined targets to see if performance is within acceptable ranges. Its selection of key performance indicators helps executives communicate strategy and focuses users on the highest priority tasks required to execute plans.

Whereas a dashboard informs users what they are doing, a scorecard tells them how well they are doing. In other words, a dashboard records performance while a scorecard charts progress. In short, a dashboard is a performance monitoring system, whereas a scorecard is a performance management system.

With the launch of Atlas Insights, we created a MOBILEFIRST experience for managing the performance of your business utilizing scorecard concepts and indicators.  Now you can move your business forward with data instead of looking at it in the past.

Here’s the deal, ask ANY leader in your company which metrics are important to them and I bet they may say about 7 to 10 metrics and they are known metrics that have been around for years.  Yep, that is it.  Why?  Because that is the heartbeat of the business that is important to them and their department.  Also, the best thing about defining and labeling your KPIs is that your business logic is contained in that metric that everyone can now trust the source.  Try to do that with some random bar chart someone created in a self-serve analytic tool.

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Visit http://www.AtlasBI.com, download our app and try our app for FREE with a 3 month subscription just for signing up.

Enjoy, Patrick

Using the Google Cloud for data? Use it to make your business agile. AtlasBI.com #mobilebi

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Like most businesses, you are probably using the Google Cloud or Google Apps for your business data.   Well, we made Atlas Insights the easiest mobile business intelligence platform on the planet on getting your cloud data into our app and out to your employees anywhere they are.  Seriously, it takes just a minute or less and saves your business 10’s of thousands of dollars in an instant.

If you have your data in the Google Cloud, you can quickly access it with our Plus and Pro subscriptions of Atlas Insights.  You’ll take that process of weeks and months of moving data and building old lame dashboards, throw them out and make your business great again with our mobile apps for iOSAndroidWindows and OSX.  It costs nothing to try and we are super simple to setup and use.

For a limited time, we are offering a FREE 6-month Basic Subscription.

Visit http://www.AtlasBI.com for more information

Enjoy, Patrick

PS:  If you want a demo, just contact me as I would love to take you through the app.

Using the DropBox for data? Use it to make your business agile. AtlasBI.com #mobilebi

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Like most businesses, you are probably using the DropBox for your business data.   Well, we made Atlas Insights the easiest mobile business intelligence platform on the planet on getting your cloud data into our app and out to your employees anywhere they are.  Seriously, it takes just a minute or less and saves your business 10’s of thousands of dollars in an instant.

If you have your data in the DropBox, you can quickly access it with our Plus and Pro subscriptions of Atlas Insights.  You’ll take that process of weeks and months of moving data and building old lame dashboards, throw them out and make your business great again with our mobile apps for iOSAndroidWindows and OSX.  It costs nothing to try and we are super simple to setup and use.

For a limited time, we are offering a FREE 6-month Basic Subscription.

Visit http://www.AtlasBI.com for more information

Enjoy, Patrick

PS:  If you want a demo, just contact me as I would love to take you through the app.

Making business intelligence Better one version at a time. Atlas Insights updated to v1.5

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We have just released version 1.5 of Atlas Insights for all platforms which includes Apple iPhone/iPad and Mac, Google Android and Windows (Desktop, Phone Hub).  Included in this new updates are scorecard enhancements to include thresholds for Green, Yellow and Red, you pick what colors are used on your charts, integration with cloud drives from Microsoft, Google and Dropbox, along with a new Web version of Atlas available to customers of the Professional subscription.

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If you are looking for a business intelligence productivity gain in your business, Atlas Insights is your best bet.  We cover every device available on all leading platforms which none of the large vendors are providing.  We also provide the quickest way of getting your data into Atlas without having a fleet of consultants to do a large data warehousing project.

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At Atlas Insights, we are innovating and focusing on a #mobilefirst experience that extends to the desktop.  Every day we think about what if business intelligence has been done wrong for the last 10 years and we create and innovate from there.  We believe you will find Atlas easier to use, easier to load your data and easier to monitor your business than any other business intelligence solution in the market place.

PS:  Ask yourself why the other big business intelligence vendors don’t show their app on all these major platforms.  The answer?  They can’t!

How’s your dashboard working for you? I bet it makes you WORK! #Data16 #bigdata

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Seriously, how many dashboards do you need to look at to have a good overview of your business?   The reason I ask is because reporting and dashboards have been basically the same for the past 20+ years!  Really, they have.  Oh sure, they have some new chart types, some animations, etc.  But you are forced to review 2, 3 or more dashboards to really try to understand what is going on in your business.  And, you have to look at certain charts you probably don’t even understand or have interest in.

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And what if you wanted to take those dashboards mobile?  Well the big vendors believe you need to squeeze those dashboards onto the phone.  Are you kidding me?  You really think I can view all that data on my phone.  That is just old-school thinking.

It’s time to take your data back from the big business intelligence vendors because they own you. It’s your data, take your business insights back.  Visit http://AtlasBI.com and see how you can control the data beast and liberate your business analytics.

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Dashboards done DIFFERENT! Next-Gen Information Workers UNITE! AtlasBI.com #analytics

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In my years of doing business intelligence, one thing has been constant.  Reporting and Dashboards haven’t changed in nearly 25 years.  Sure, there are some new chart types and animations, but that is about it.   This type of reporting solution has been fine for the Boomer Generation and half of the X-Generation, but not the Millennials.

Wow, that is a crazy statement, right?!  Nope.  This new generation of business information workers look at data differently than the previous generations.  Does this new generation of business workers get excited to sit down and fire up SAP, IBM or Oracle applications?  I don’t think so! They basically consume nearly 80% of their business information via a mobile phone which means information needs to be accurate, informational and in an instant.

“Dashboards and data have to be re-thought for the next 10 years!”

When building my new Atlas Insights app, I wanted to provide this new generation of information worker with access to metrics in minutes that other traditional vendors provide in weeks or month.  I focused on building an app for EVERY platform and that includes iOS, OSX, Android, Windows and Web so that no matter where a person might me, their metrics are available to them.  The metric tiles are instant views into the heartbeat of the business.  The metrics become your living business logic nutted down into a view you can see and understand in seconds and make the right decision.

That is why Atlas Insights is completely different than ANY business intelligence reporting solution from the BIG vendors.  As proven many times in technology history, innovation comes from the little startup that is agile and not the big elephant in the room who is slow.

Go!… NOW!!!  Download for ANY computing device you own!

Have fun!  Patrick