InetSoft Resources & Articles: What is on the Business Intelligence Roadmap?

Want to learn what is on the business intelligence roadmap? Read articles from InetSoft about BI technology trends generally and InetSoft's BI software development plans specifically:

Case Study about Enhancing Operational Efficiency in Medical Device Manufacturing through Business Intelligence Tools - A medical device manufacturer faced multifaceted challenges, including suboptimal production planning, quality control issues, lack of supply chain visibility, and limited understanding of market trends. These challenges were impeding their ability to meet demand effectively and innovate in line with customer preferences. The medical device manufacturer, a prominent player in the medical device manufacturing sector, encountered a myriad of operational challenges that necessitated a strategic intervention. One significant hurdle revolved around the intricacies of production planning, where inaccurate demand forecasting hindered the company's ability to optimize production schedules and resulted in the accumulation of excess inventory. Additionally, maintaining consistent quality across the manufacturing process posed a formidable challenge, leading to occasional defects and recalls that impacted the company's reputation...

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Case Study of Geographic Business Intelligence - Information workers at a county seat’s administrative offices are detecting a rise in juvenile crime. Costs of policing are increasing, and insurance premiums and retail confidence are being affected. The staff is asked to understand the trends and try to discern the causes. Specifically the arrest rates have risen among 11 to 15 year-olds. Now they need to understand when did the problem start? What could be the contributing factors for this rise in juvenile crime? And what possible solutions are available? Should policing be increased further? Or could youth services be improved? They started with a dashboard view that shows the statistics related to the rise in juvenile crime among 11 to 15 year-olds. The chart shows a subset of county townships and the number of crimes committed weekly over the last three years and the associated police costs. With a quick glance the chart shows the crime levels were relatively static over the first 2 years, and many towns experienced a drop off in the current year. All except for one town. There was a huge spike. Police costs mirrored the pattern...

CFOs Gain Operational Intelligence - A CFO (Chief Financial Officer) can gain operational intelligence by implementing the following strategies: Establishing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): CFOs should work with other executives to identify and establish KPIs that measure the operational performance of the business. By tracking these metrics, the CFO can gain insight into how well the business is performing and identify areas where improvements can be made. Implementing Business Intelligence (BI) Tools: CFOs can use BI tools to collect, analyze, and present data from across the organization. BI tools can help CFOs identify patterns, trends, and opportunities that might be missed through manual analysis. Collaborating with Other Departments: CFOs should work closely with other executives and department heads to gain a deep understanding of how each area of the business operates. This collaboration can help the CFO identify operational inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement. Conducting Financial Analysis: CFOs can conduct financial analysis to gain insight into the financial health of the business. This analysis can help the CFO identify areas where the business is spending too much money or where revenue could be increased...

CMOs Gain Operational Intelligence - A CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) can gain operational intelligence by implementing the following strategies: Utilizing Marketing Analytics: CMOs can use marketing analytics to gain insights into customer behavior, campaign performance, and ROI. By tracking metrics such as conversion rates, customer acquisition costs, and customer lifetime value, CMOs can optimize their marketing strategies and drive revenue growth. Collaborating with Sales and Customer Service Teams: CMOs should work closely with sales and customer service teams to gain a deep understanding of customer needs and pain points. This collaboration can help the CMO identify opportunities to improve the customer experience and drive customer loyalty. Conducting Market Research: CMOs can conduct market research to gain insights into industry trends, customer preferences, and competitor strategies. This research can help the CMO identify opportunities to differentiate their brand and stay ahead of the competition...

Changes in the Delivery of Business Intelligence - So while the survey is getting filled up, we are going to talk more about the end-users of business intelligence and some of the viewpoints on that. There are fundamental changes in the delivery of business intelligence. Instead of structured decision making, there is much more autonomous decision making, and instead of controlled and qualified access, it's open unqualified access. At the same time, these development techniques are enabling faster more iterative BI. There is a move to creating more empowerment of business people. You can call it “information democracy” where the user has a lot more ability to interact and explore than ever before. And underneath that there are four-key driving technologies that get mentioned. Higher CPU speeds and cheaper memory has helped the field of data management by enabling this kind of flexibility and access to tons of information that you can explore. Data visualization has enabled people to see and understand the data in ways never before, and if it’s interactive, it becomes the query tool to go back and drill in and slice and dice in ways that are just much easier than trying to do traditional queries on a database or whatnot...

Circle Packing Charts - Definition, Example, and How to Make Them - This page will discuss the uses of Circle Packing Charts, show you how to create them in InetSoft, and provide access to a free online tool for creating Circle Packing Charts as well as complete functioning business intelligence dashboards...

Changing the Game with New Data Visualization Capabilities - Francois, one of the questions I have for you is, what are you seeing as far as the visualization capabilities? With all of this consumerization of BI, itís the experience that the user has from having the data at their fingertips. Itís about how the data becomes real to them and how it informs them better. What you are seeing is real demand in this space, because data might be served faster, but it still may just be a bunch of rows and columns. So how is that visualization really helping the adoption and changing the game...

Choosing InetSoft Style Intelligence Over IBM Cognos - InetSoft’s Style Intelligence is built upon an enterprise data mashup platform, while Cognos is based on an ETL and data warehouse approach. Enterprise data mashup refers to the ability to pull source data from any location and in almost any format and mash it up on the fly for dynamic information requests. The result is a structured virtual data model that consists of reusable data blocks that can be queried in real-time for presentation in Style Intelligence dashboards and reports, or used by 3rd-party applications. InetSoft's data mashup functionality is available to both business and IT users which helps maximize self-service. Through a drag-and-drop design interface, business users can create interactive visual analyses, dashboards, and reports to answer unanticipated questions without IT's help. In contrast, any unanticipated data manipulation in Cognos requires significant IT intervention to redefine data models. InetSoft enables further levels of self-service for less sophisticated users such as point-and-click personalization and modification of IT-built dashboards and analyses...

Choosing InetSoft Style Intelligence Over TIBCO Spotfire - Like Spotfire, InetSoft's Style Intelligence features visualization technologies as the foundation for interactive exploration and discovery. But unlike Spotfire, InetSoft Style Intelligence doesn’t stop at interactive visualization but includes very sophisticated traditional reporting capabilities. Information publishing and dissemination often require reports with codified, sophisticated business logic and/or pixel perfect formatting. In addition, scheduling abilities and high throughput batch processing in the supporting infrastructure are required. Advanced features include archiving, versioning and auditing. InetSoft’s Style Intelligence integrates visualization into all modes of information delivery which unifies analysis, reporting and dashboards into one seamless environment...

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Cloud Healthcare Business Intelligence - Are you looking for a good healthcare business intelligence solution? InetSoft's pioneering dashboard analytics application produces great-looking web-based dashboards with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop designer. Get cloud-flexibility for your deployment. Minimize costs with a small-footprint solution. Maximize self-service for all types of users. No dedicated BI developer required. View a demo and try interactive examples...

Cloud-based On Demand BI Solution - Looking for an on demand business intelligence solution? InetSoft is a pioneer in self-service BI with a turnkey option in the cloud. InetSoft is highly rated by users for customer support. View a demo and try interactive examples...

Cloud and Turnkey App Annie Dashboards - Cloud based App Annie dashboards and reports offer instant snapshots of application key performance indicators (KPIs) and provide real time trend reporting, with the freedom of ad hoc editing. Users gain a clearer understanding of app performance and what will help grow the apps usage or help their department build a better one. Because of drill down capability, users can move from a summary level of data down into greater detail, allowing them to really get to the root of pressing issues. Users can even create dashboards on an ad-hoc basis, without needing an IT administrator. They can customize and format data to their liking, modifying reports to aid in any business decision...

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Cloud and Turnkey Appfigures Dashboards - Cloud based Appfigures dashboards and reports offer instant snapshots of application key performance indicators (KPIs) and provide real time trend reporting, with the freedom of ad hoc editing. Users gain a clearer understanding of app performance and what will help grow the apps usage or help their department build a better one. Because of drill down capability, users can move from a summary level of data down into greater detail, allowing them to really get to the root of pressing issues. Users can even create dashboards on an ad-hoc basis, without needing an IT administrator. They can customize and format data to their liking, modifying reports to aid in any business decision...

Cloud Dashboards - Looking for a convenient way to access and analyze your data wherever, whenever? Want to connect to multiple data sources, including those on premise, to a customized BI platform in the cloud? Whether you are looking to build dashboards in the cloud yourself, or have them built by seasoned BI professionals, InetSoftís BI solution is perfect for real-time business dashboards and reporting in the cloud. InetSoft offers itís flagship product, Style Intelligence, as a possible cloud-hosted standalone fully customizable solution. Another option is InetSoftís turnkey dashboards, where technical experts will connect to data sources and build any and all desired visualizations and reports on a cloud server. At InetSoft, we strive to help our users prosper by offering them easy, agile, and robust software. Allow us to be your solution to cloud dashboarding...

Collaborative BI - This world has been connected. BI systems are no different. The goal of collaborative BI is to facilitate quick decision making. The shift to a better form of collaborative BI is happening. The ability to access BI applications from mobile devices has ushered in an entirely new era of data accessibility, and yet, the large majority of collaborative BI decisions are handled through email. InetSoft seeks to change that. With it's 11.4 release of Style Intelligence, InetSoft brings users the ability to share bookmarks and annotations directly through their dashboards

Combining Data Sets for Reporting - It can be difficult to make impactful and actionable decisions for your business based solely off of once source of data. To be able to quickly gain powerful new insights into your own business, itís important to be able to acquire data from exterior sources and perform analyses with the combined data sets. By using a BI solution that can extract from multiple sources in real time, you essentially gain the ability to better predict the future and make better decisions to improve your business as a whole.Data mashup is a key feature of InetSoftís products that allows you to quickly combine data from different sources together to create dashboards and reports that easily convey powerful insights. With InetSoftís data mashup, data sources of almost any type can be worked with and combined, allowing the ease of using a single data source without the labor of constructing a data warehouse . There are many instances in which this kind of capability opens up new doors for analysis and insights. For example, if you wanted to combine conversion data from Google Analytics with data on customer accounts won from your own CRM system, you could gain new perspectives on improving upon the targeting of your companyís website. With InetSoftís data mashup capabilities, there are endless options.

Completed Dashboard Examples - Dashboards are essential data visualizations that allow users to explore and analyze their data intuitively in order to find business solutions. Easily completed dashboards benefit enterprises by enabling the fast recognition of strengths and weaknesses, as KPIs and metrics are updated to follow changing business conditions.

Computer Dashboard Software - The name of the game is Computer Dashboard Software. Designs that are easy to use and easy to deploy, conscious of the latest technologies to improve and to have cutting edge innovation. We are a business intelligence software company offering visually-compelling, interactive computer dashboard that ensures greater end-user adoption plus pixel-perfect report generation, scheduling, and bursting. We believe software should be seamless. Quick, easy, accessible. Experience our free Demo and Test Drive our dashboard with ease! We help compile and assist in the creation to optimize the use of your data...

Complete Information Management Systems - Now some people might be wondering, “how long does it take to complete an information management system?” In regards to how long the implementation should take, I imagine that there are a various number of different factors involved especially if the plan goes as planned, or it doesn’t. What would I tell a company who wanted a time estimate upfront? How long would their implementation take? You have to hit them down on the head. It really is more art than science. It’s not an algebraic equation or a recipe. It’s not a two parts data cleansing and one part training where you come up with some sort of number. Certainly a lot hinges on the scope of the project and what the client wants to do. For example, if you have a lot of customized interfaces, or they want to get under the hood of the application and really modify it, that’s a lot different than implementing something “out of the box” or going with the vanilla configuration. I often talk about how the architecture of the new system really drives how long the project will take and how complicated the project plan needs to be. If an organization is stitching together a bunch of best of breed systems along with an enterprise data management system, you probably don’t want to do too much at once but I would say it’s pressed...

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Consumerization of Business Intelligence - Ladies and gentleman, hello, and welcome once again. Itís 3 oíclock Eastern time on a Thursday, which means it must be time for DM Radio. Yes, indeed. My name is Eric Kavanagh. I will be your moderator for todayís event in which we are going to talk about one of these topics that we have been talking about for a really, really long time but, it's like, wow, we turned around and all of a sudden here it is; it has finally arrived. The Consumerization of Business Intelligence: How and Why...

Context Behind the Business Intelligence Reports - So you have got to understand the context behind the business intelligence reports, the trends, the context behind the numbers so that you can either prepare for success or prevent failure. Identifying trends in quality control, is your marketing working? Are you getting more people to sign up? One problem in marketing is you can generate a lot of interest. A lot of people come, and they sign up, but they're not buying. Generally that tells you that you were targeting the wrong groups. You have got to figure out where and why and understand the context behind the numbers. Defining organization goals, you are monitoring the change within the organization. Your company wants to react to changes, right. If the economy is tanking you might need to start monitoring your customers and monitoring your pricing. We need to look at what our competitors are doing. We also want to cause change by changing buying habits or interrupting people who weren’t looking for this particular product, but now we're going to do some interruptive marketing and make them actually be interested in purchasing this product or maybe new features or new pricing. This isn't about business intelligence, right, but that's what a company wants to do. Business intelligence, though, is getting that information in the right people’s hands in a way that they can understand, that lets them understand the data quickly. So we have to allow management to be able to make the right changes. We have to give them the information that allows them to have confidence in those decisions, and we have to help them understand what changes are having the most ROI at least ROI, what needs to get cut, what needs to survive, that's what business intelligence is all about...

Contrast with the Traditional ETL and Data Warehouse Only Model - There is a ton of useful information stored in enterprise databases and employees spreadsheets that's really important. And speed of making that data available is key. I mean in hours, not months. This is key to agile BI. This is in contrast with the traditional ETL and data warehouse only model. We are responding to data requirements. This old model takes months to put in place. This is sort of the technical side. In the next few minutes we will build on this. From the survey results. it looks like the majority of people are not currently implementing an agile BI program in their organizations, and I found that quite interesting. So this webinar should be really helpful to them, and now we are going to move forward and talk about what agile BI means. For a comprehensive definition, I would say agile business intelligence addresses the broad need to enable flexibility by accelerating the time it takes to deliver value. A key theme is, be flexible and fast, and again, using some of these scrum and extreme programming techniques can get you there...

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Core Level Business Intelligence - The incorporation of business intelligence tools into software used for business processes is known as embedded business intelligence. Software with features like data visualization, analytics, dashboards, and reporting are provided by embedded BI. With embedded BI, business intelligence may be integrated right into an organization's applications as opposed to utilizing a separate application. In order to provide consumers relevant information as they work in surroundings they are used to; embedded BI also makes advantage of the data context from business applications. Instead of utilizing many programs at once, integrating BI features into a single application boosts productivity and increases the rate of user adoption. The conventional BI method relies on BI and IT teams to gather, analyze, and visualize business data as well as to offer the necessary KPIs, charts, and other visualizations to support business decisions. It takes longer to develop an output that the business users can utilize for strategic and tactical choices since this process includes several teams...

Corporate Business Intelligence Application - Looking for a good corporate business intelligence application? InetSoft is a pioneer in dashboard reporting, and our platform includes a powerful, flexible data mashup engine for generating complete views of corporate performance. View a demo and try interactive examples...

COVID Deaths Demographics - Combining different variables, like age, sex, race/ethnicity, by data mashup, this InetSoft dashboard is able to render simple and interactive charts using Style Scope, allowing users to make quick judgments about the COVID-19 pandemic by comparing different factors in COVID mortality. Public health organizations can easily explore the numbers of COVID-19 death cases or related death factors by navigating the InetSoft's COVID-19 dashboard, understanding how age, sex or race/ethnicity would affect the mortality rate of COVID by selecting different variables on the selection list and observing the change of the charts...

Creating a Business Intelligence Strategy - Now if we take one step deeper into idea of competing with business analytics, we look at what we saw in the CIO priorities survey, that the priorities are aligned with business intelligence, but within that, there is often a discrepancy between the priorities of the business versus the CIO. For example, we see that the CIO’s number one priority is to improve end user workforce productivity. This is important. This is something that should be focused on. But if we look at what the business exec’s priority is, it’s to acquire and retain customers. So how do we average this out to get a conformed focus on what the priorities are between the technology group and the business execs? Well, the first step is a to create a business intelligence strategy, and before you understand or talk about what your business intelligence strategy is, let's go to a couple of questions to make sure that you do have one. So many times you realize that you don’t have one, and we see this quite often in different organizations, and maybe see if this is similar to what you may have in your organization...

CRM Reporting Software - What are the advantages of using InetSoft Technology's Style Intelligence in conjunction with your CRM software? Style Intelligence is compatible with many different CRM applications whether having open connectivity databases via ODBC, such as SugarCRM, to more proprietary database types, including Siebel CRM and salesforce.com. InetSoft's technology design is also customized to support other software such as Infusionsoft, InTouch CRM, and Rapportive...

CRM Users' Business Intelligence Software - Looking for good business intelligence software for CRMs? InetSoft is a pioneer in self-service dashboarding with a drag-and-drop designer for business users. We are top rated for customer service by G2 reviewers. View a demo and try interactive examples...

Customer Behavior Intelligence in Retail - Here are some ways in which Starbucks uses business intelligence data to predict and impact customer behavior: Menu optimization. Starbucks is known to align its menu with the target audience's preferences. For example, they make product decisions after analyzing data on sales from specific stores and areas Personalization of customer experience. The company's analysts keep a long of transactions that customers made in the Starbucks Rewards app and then analyze it to tailor the loyalty program to every user using predictive analytics (a customer who likes to drink a large black coffee in the morning is given an opportunity to get the second one for half price rather than a free latte, for example). Targeted marketing. By studying digital marketing trends, customer preferences, purchase history, and the activity within the app, Starbucks analysts suggest new products, generate ideas for more enticing offers, and other marketing strategy improvements to maximize engagement. So the main takeaway here is that using business intelligence and customer relationship management tools to analyze customer data can make a lot of difference by revealing people's ever-changing preferences, interests, and behavior...

Customer Dashboard Tools The advantages of using InetSoft Technology's Style Intelligence for your customer dashboards is the versatility it offers. Style Intelligence is compatible with many different CRM applications, whether having open connectivity databases via ODBC, such as SugarCRM, to more proprietary database types, including Siebel CRM and salesforce.com. InetSoft's technology design is also customized to support other software such as Infusionsoft, InTouch CRM, and Rapportive...

Customer Spotlight: NCN - In this Business Intelligence Customer Spotlight, InetSoft talks to NCN’s Business Intelligence Manager, Tadd Meyers, who reveals how Style Intelligence has impacted day-to-day operations. The first problem was that we were using Access Database to try to access data for analytics and I had to create a query and link all the tables every time I wanted a big query. So just writing the query and different versions of it was taking up a lot of my time. And, it was very slow in returning the data. We have at any one time about a million and a half rows of data for analytics we’re looking at for a full year or multiple years of data we need to compare. The next problem - once I got the information, it was taking up a ton of my time to put it in a format that was fit for analysis. And then, I would need to present this information, so it took a long time to put it in a presentation format. So those are the reasons I started looking for a better tool to pull our data...

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Dashboard for Executive and Operational KPIs - It’s probably not a good idea to mix up the audiences and intentions of dashboards. It doesn’t make sense for senior executives to drill down too granularly. Do they have time to really look at the details of every marketing campaign. Would they understand what they are looking at? Summary-level views are best for them. For instance, in customer service, how many complaints are coming in every day. What are the main sources, the call center, the agents, the field reps? Those are the summary level kind of key performance indicators that management needs to see. It’s always a good idea for an operational employee to understand the impact of their own operational performance metrics, the ones they are managed by, on the overall goals of the company to understand how they play a part in the company’s success. But they don’t need to be seeing on a daily basis how those executive level metrics are performing...

Dashboard School App -InetSoft's user-friendly analytical dashboard app provide organizations across all ranges with. A leader in dashboard, reporting, and data mashup solutions, InetSoft offers a solution that is perfect for organizations in need of an easy-to-use, yet more-than-capable software that enhances business operations...

Dashboard Software for Transportation Logistics - Looking for a dashboard software to track key performance indicators for large amounts of transportation logistics data , from one or multiple sources? Youíve found the solution. With InetSoftís Style Intelligence, analyzing Big Data is made easy, without any technical experience necessary...

Data Connectors for Business Intelligence - Next question is where can we find a complete list of the new data connectors for Style Intelligence? Katie: In terms of a new list of the data connectors, I don't believe that in the actual feature listings that we have on the website, like we mentioned that we have new connectors for the different web APIs as just like a generic note, what you would want to do is you would want to either actually look to install on your local development environment actually work on the upgrade with 2020, because you would be able to just explore that data source page directly and get to know that list. However, you can see each of those data sources documented within our documentation. That is a place that you can always look to review any available data sources that are in that listing right there...

Data Dashboard Examples - Data dashboards are usually broken down into easy to understand sections and should be done so to allow for easy and understandable use. The first thing any mangaer should do is define the specific metrics that will be used in the dashboard. Once the metrics are defined, his attention the attention should be shifted to formatting. Creating an appealing data dashboard can make all the difference when presenting information to employees or clients. When dealing with data dashboard managers must be very specific with what metrics are chosen to be analyzed. Since the metrics are the underlying component fo the data itself, choosing the correct metrics can give your company a substantial edge in terms of business analytics...

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