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What Makes An Effective Executive Dashboard?

At the risk of stating the obvious, business executives live a busy life. Last year, Harvard Business Review published a survey explaining how 1,000 CEOs spend their day. An average day-in-the-life of a CEO could be broken down into four…

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Visual Intelligence and Business Intelligence

The difference between making good decisions and bad decisions is the quality of information used to make the decision. Timely, relevant, and well-articulated data can guide decision making, but messy and incomprehensible data can stymie innovation and undermine confidence and…

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Going Paperless with Digital Technology

In 2012, a regional VA office in Winston-Salem was in so much disarray from paper that it “created an unsafe workspace for employees.” A report from the Inspector General found that there were 37,000 claims folders stored on top of…

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What it Takes to Build a Marketing Data Strategy

There is more data than ever at the fingertips of marketers. The time for an integrated marketing data strategy is firmly upon us. The concept of a marketing data strategy is not new, but it is often misunderstood. Simply looking…

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10 Things To Do With the Time You Used to Spend Pulling Reports

The life of a data analyst can be a hectic one. Pulling data, analyzing metrics, compiling reports, looking for insights, preparing presentations… it seems never ending. Some days there is barely have time for a restroom break, much less to…

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Exploring The Theories of Data Analysis: EDA, CDA, and Grounded Theory

Generally speaking, data analysis refers to the process of mining, inspecting, cleansing, and modeling data in order to reveal useful insights and information that would have otherwise been unobtainable. Most organizations that make data analysis an integral part of their…

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Using Big Data to Refine Your KPIs

Your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) should make it easier for you to keep an eye on the future of your business–but that’s not always the case. It’s tempting to track every shred of business data you can get your hands…

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Reporting Sucks. Let’s Make It Better.

Ask a business intelligence professional what they do, and they might feed you a line about finding insights hidden in data. Ply that same BI professional with a cocktail or two, and they might just tell you the truth about…

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Transparency Traps (And How To Avoid Them) 

Transparency: many of us hear this phrase all the time, and many more of us claim to want more of it. Companies want more transparency from their employees. Employees want more transparency from their employers. And customers want more transparency…

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Engage to Innovate or Innovate to Engage – Which Comes First?

CEOs and managers regularly spout the benefits of increased employee engagement. They cite the benefits of lower turnover rates, increased productivity, a safer workplace, higher profits, and less wasted expenditure as their top reasons for wanting a more involved team.…

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