If you’re not monitoring your business metrics, kiss your job goodbye. #scorecard AtlasBI.com

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The “Be Your Own Data Analyst” has been great for software companies that provide dashboarding tools, but do they really provide the kind of insights you need to manage your goals and objectives when running your department or business?

Oh sure, you can tell me that your department has 5 or 10 dashboards that provide some insights into their performance.  But seeing historical trends is just one piece to running a truly great business.  To be one of the great companies, you need to set goals and objectives and then monitor your progress against them.  Dashboarding software doesn’t really do a good job of this.

Oh, am I’m sure someone is out there trying to selling you their new machine learning AI that will tell you what the numbers should be.  The AI will crunch through your bigdata and actually find the golden nugget. But again, that AI needs goals to be able to work it’s magic against too.

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While times are good, now is the BEST time to reassess your department and business objectives and set the goals you need to hit to meet those objectives.  Your software needs to provide a simple Green, Yellow and RED indicators on how you are against those objectives allow you to adjust in real-time and not after the dashboard refreshes next month.  It really can be as simple as that.

Browse on over to www.AtlasBI.com to download and use Atlas Insights for FREE on  iOSOSXAndroidWindows and Web platforms.  Atlas Insights is about helping your acheive your business goals and not about draining your software budget account.

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

Business Intelligence on the MAC? Yeah, we got that! #analytics #osx

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I’ve been doing business intelligence, performance management and analytics for a long time.  One of the #1 questions asked is, “Do you have a MAC client?”  The answer from every vendor was, “No, but we have a browser version you can use… and, it doesn’t quite have all the features.“.  Well that is all great, but we know doing insights is a much better and faster experience in a native app than in the internet browser on a web site.

I think we have all seen over the last 10 years how MAC laptops have grown in demand and sales because of the iPhone.  There was a time when you walked into a business, all you saw were Microsoft Windows desktops.  Not anymore, walk into nearly any business and you’ll see all those new shinny MAC laptops everywhere.  I had one executive tell me the other day that MACs account for 70% of the computers in their company!  That was from just 5% 8 years ago.  Amazing!

In keeping with my mantra of doing the opposite of the big vendors, I thought it was important to provide a MAC application.  It works just like all the other platforms which is fantastic.  That means if you are sitting on a plane, train or automobile, you can see your data on your mobile device and then when you get back to your office, you can pull up the same metric you just favorited on your phone, right on your desktop.  The same, seemless experience from mobile to tablet to desktop.

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Why continue doing it the OLD WAY, when you can do it the NEW WAY.   Patrick

You can download Atlas Insight at the MAP App Store

If you don’t know your numbers, you don’t know your business. Atlas Insights is now launched!

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Just how true is that statement?  It is probably in the top 5 issues in every business around the world. If you don’t know your numbers, how do you know you’re on budget?  If you don’t know your numbers, how do you know how much your product costs to produce? If you don’t know your numbers, how do you know what each person contributes to the bottom line? I could go on…

After 5 months of non-stop development and testing, I’m happy to announce the launch of Atlas Insights for Apple (iPhone/iPad, MAC), Google Android, Windows (Desktop, Phone, Hub).  Atlas is focus on making your business more agile when it comes to getting the data that matters most out to your employees so that they can make better decisions faster.

Browse on over to AtlasBI.com to learn more how Atlas can make your business better and download for the many platforms we support. It is FREE to use for Public metrics and a super small monthly subscription to enable the sharing of Private metrics with your business associates.

Atlas Insights will completely make you re-think the importance of having your most important data everywhere you are.

Email me your feedback and enjoy the day!   Patrick

Please visit http://AtlasBI.com to download