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Ten Tips for Better BI Reporting

BI’s Value: BI Reporting

Business intelligence is only as good as the information it can provide to the organization—and providing that organization in a clear, understandable way is your responsibility. This presentation on IT Business Edge shares ten tips for making the process of reporting better.

The first tip (and one that almost everyone can benefit from) is to consider design. As the presentation points out, reports that are visually hard to understand will not be read by the very people the report was created for. Make sure you include a “road map” of where the viewer of the report should look next—and summaries of what they are looking at.

Other tips include:

  • Allowing users to select how and how often they receive reports
  • Provide context

  • Use third-party data to enhance reports

  • Include unstructured data (social media)

  • Make the most of what you already have

In Memory Processing

And this tip about using in-memory processing:

In-memory processing takes advantage of the speed of RAM to decrease the response time for queries, significantly enhancing the end user's experience. It allows report creators and consumers to engage with large data sets quicker than ever before, which results in faster and more proactive decision-making thanks to more immediate, interactive analysis. Most reporting platforms include in-memory capabilities, but only some address security (making sure only the right sets of users have access to certain data and queries).

Another great tip is to make reports searchable. The more metadata you have, the easier it will be for users to find what they’d like to see (and the more likely they are to find value in the reports you provide them).

View the full presentation here:

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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