Google guys come to shake up BI with natural language

Kindergarten may have taught you all you need to know about life. But you may need to watch “Mr. Peabody and His Boy Sherman,” an animated, 1960s-era TV series for kids, to truly appreciate an interesting new natural-language product called ThoughtSpot. ThoughtSpot’s natural-language querying represents a new stage of maturity for casual BI users —… Continue Reading

Learning from earthquake relief to design BI tools

You might say I’m crazy to see any connection between some big IT deployments and typical responses to big natural disasters — but that’s what I see. It fits a recurring theme across many disciplines of big interventions versus smaller, more humane and often more effective effort. Yesterday on the PRI program The World, Associated… Continue Reading

Data analysts’ three misconceptions of storytelling

I asked Fern Halper, director at TDWI Research, what misconceptions data analysts have about data storytelling. She and I wrote a report last fall for TDWI Research on data storytelling, and she was the data analyst on that team. 1. That data storytelling is easier that it really is. That sounds right to me. After… Continue Reading

“BI for the other 80 percent” at
Information Management

How can business survive without data? Well, 80 percent of eligible users, according to most surveys, do seem to go without. The industry salivates in anticipation of someday colonizing that territory, and it shudders in frustration because they haven’t done it yet. That topic came up last summer at the annual Pacific Northwest BI Summit.… Continue Reading