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.
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Have fun! Patrick
Working on a responsive HTML5 web site using Visual Studio, HTML5, Bootstrap, JScript and a few other goodies. I’m partnering with a friend on a real estate lead capture solution and having a fun time building out the site. Chrome is really an impressive when you do a Control+Shift+I to bring up the developer tools. I love that with a simple click, I can go from desktop to iPad to Mobile.
Yesterday, we talked about the bundled and rebranded suite of Power BI Office 365 and Excel 2013 tools that was announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013. This suite provides self-service Business Intelligence in the Enterprise. Today, we’ll discuss some of the new features that further simplify self-service Data Mining.
The most exciting new Power BI feature is the new Q&A query functionality, which enables natural language processing. Any non-technical, non-power user can ask simple questions and get immediate results in the form of easy-to-understand charts or graphs. Non-technical users don’t have to learn structured SQL (T-SQL), chase down an analyst or data scientist, or even require knowledge of the great new Power BI tools, Power Query or Power Pivot to get their results. They can simply ask, “What was my sales volume this year?” or, “How did my sales do last quarter?” A table or chart pops up showing the data they need to see to get their questions answered.
Mobile is all the RAGE!! Another new Power BI feature that we’re really excited about is the Connected (Mobile) BI experience. Until now, Power View created very dynamic and rich visualizations using Silverlight, which was only available on Intel-based Windows and Mac OS platforms. With Power BI on Office 365 and SharePoint, Power View now renders charts, graphs and visualizations with HTML5. That means where ever you go, as long as you have a smartphone, tablet or any of the variety of other mobile devices, you can get to your enterprise KPIs. On vacation in Maui without your laptop? Not a problem with Power BI!
And last, but not least, featuring Business Intelligence in the cloud! Power BI Sites is a new Business Intelligence collaboration platform in the cloud, which utilizes Office 365 and SharePoint. With Power BI Sites, you’ll get workspaces in Office 365 that enable sharing and collaboration of data and insights with your customers, colleagues and employees. Easily keep your team up to date with the latest charts and graphs as data refreshes from multiple data sources.
To learn more about Power BI for Office 365, register for the preview at Microsoft: http://www.office.com/powerbi
This is a really neat site showcasing Google queries and HTML5 development tools. Some of the data is kind of old news, but it is an interesting display to see what countries and talking the most about certain topics. Check it out, has some ideas I’m sure you could use in your business intelligence projects.