Board of directors’ dashboards – Navigation or naiveté?

Have you ever wondered about how well boards of directors do their job? I have. And I do not have a good answer. But I was stimulated by an article written by Donald Delves, President of The Delves Group, titled “Dashboards for Boards.” Ever since the Enron meltdown and numerous […]

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A Craigslist advertisement for analytics

Did you see the recent Craigslist website advertisement? It said: “Clueless managers seeking business analytics. Need to be easy to use and reliable. Impostors (e.g., gut feel and intuition) should not reply.” What would motivate an organization to place such an ad with the Craigslist website? My guess is it […]

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Request to Complete Howard Dresner’s BI Market Survey

Unlike my regular blogs that share my feelings about enterprise performance management, this one is a brief appeal for those organizations using business intelligence (BI) software to complete a survey for Howard Dresner. Howard, previously an IT analyst with the Gartner Group, is an internationally recognized subject matter expert in […]

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Bending the Curve – With a Fist, BI, or Analytics?

One of the common phrases bantered about in the USA’s debate about health care reform involves “bending the cost curve.” The phrase refers to concerns that any legislated solution must address reducing the continual increase of the USA’s health care delivery costs. What are the issues with “bending the cost […]

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Predictive Performance Management

In Peter Evans-Greenwood’s recent blog, Inside vs. Outside, he builds a case that it is not sufficient to shift from an organization’s internal historical view of information to react to towards a predictive view of information. To clarify, he means that awareness of external forces, such as changes in market […]

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James Taylor’s Explanation of Analytics

James Taylor, one of the IT analyst thought leaders of the broadening scope of business intelligence, has written a thoughtful piece titled Analytics simplify data to amplify its value. In his article James states that he likes his article’s title as a succinct description of analytics. He states: (Simplifying data […]

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Rescue Squad – A Validation of Performance Management Software

IT blogger Rick Sherman, founder of Athena IT Solutions, provides empirical research that validates the contributing role of Performance Management software in preparing organizations to emerge stronger and smarter from the economic downturn. His research appears in his blog titled Business Intelligence (BI) Index: Treading Water. His headline is misleading […]

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What Can You Learn from Subject Matter Experts?

I was recently invited by Peter Traynor of Dashboard Insight, a webportal dedicated to enterprise performance management, to participate at a business intelligence (BI) meeting. It was not a conference for the public, but rather an opportunity for a group of enthusiastic advocates and subject matter experts to learn from […]

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Is Business Intelligence a subset of Performance Management?

In an Enterprise Systems portal article titled Four Steps to Effective Performance Management, Leah McMillan states, “Increasingly, companies are shifting away from segmented business intelligence (BI) initiatives toward a more pervasive, all-encompassing performance management (PM) strategy for driving overall organizational success.” I agree with her and in April, 2006 I […]

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My 2007 Christmas Gift Letter to Santa Claus

December 19, 2007 TO: SANTA CLAUS; North Pole Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this past year. I believe that qualifies me for 100% order fulfillment of my following Christmas presents requests. (And I promise there will be no returns and exchanges like last year.) My top Christmas […]

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