posted by Jack Santos
Business Intelligence (BI) is an area that gets sporadic, almost schizophrenic funding in most business organizations. Some businesses do it well, often led by a visionary business leader that understands the need for insight derived from real, accurate data. Most businesses define BI departments, which become a focal point for analysis and report tools (like Cognos), or degenerate into a repository for standard reports. Data warehouse bloat is a side effect of the lack of commitment to world class BI.
Sometimes the vision for BI in an organization gets mired in the muck of data. I have been reviewing our research into data and information management technologies – and there is a lot of good advice there (I’ll be writing about it in an upcoming EAP document).
But for a real eye-opener about data, information, and how to mine and display it (especially with readily available public sector databases) – no video does it better than this one (Thanks to Burton Group CEO Jamie Lewis for bringing it to our attention).
In the video, Hans Rosling’s insights raises up the quality of discourse about public sector policy; he also shows off what the result of effective BI could look like for most businesses. The tool/techniques are further explored at Gapminder.org, and really brings longitudinal studies to life. It’s in Google spreadsheets NOW, and shows that the desktop office software market is undergoing some renewed competition and innovation, due in part to Google Docs. No doubt the specific tool will be an add-on to Excel next year…