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Pandera Introduces Agile Analytics, Taking the Agile Methodology to Whole New Levels

Over 60% of companies have become Agile, a method that was once used primarily for software development processes, but is now being used across the board, in areas such as marketing or human resources. With significant investments being made into adopting the Agile methodology, the big question is how do we know how those investments are really impacting the business?

Pandera is transforming the way companies use Agile by combining key executive goals, the Agile mindset, and analytics to drive change within the most important investment of a company: its people. This transformation of combining analytics with traditional Agile services will drive measurable change within a company’s human capital to drive realtime team productivity, velocity, quality and a team’s self-managing maturity. This method connects analytics with team performance in an Agile environment to truly drive the key measures of an enterprise.


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New Year. New Goals.

We all have new goals and resolutions for 2017, and Pandera’s goal is to help you revitalize your analytical tools this year. If your BI implementation is not meeting expectations, we’re offering a series of free assessments to help you revive your analytics.

We currently have several assessments to pick from, including:

  • Infrastructure Assessment – We’ll determine if cloud-based infrastructure is right for you.
  • BI Readiness Evaluation – We’ll help you understand issues affecting your BI performance.
  • Upgrade Assessment – We’ll provide a step-by-step guide to navigate you through this often complex process.
  • UI/UX Audit – We’ll evaluate usability, user experience, and visual design in your existing tools.

Head over to our free assessments page, pick an assessment to get started, and let us know how we can help you keep your 2017 analytics resolutions.

 

Visual Storytelling: Best Practices for Data Visualization & Dashboard Design

If a picture is worth a thousand words, one can imagine what the strategic use of good data visualization is worth in analytical toolsets. Data visualizations tell a more complete story in a dashboard than simply displaying raw data, so it’s important to use them effectively to support business objectives and data-driven decision making. Data visualizations should always simplify and clarify information, and be presented within the context of the user’s workflow, while avoiding confusing the viewer or leading to mistaken data interpretation.

Pandera’s Visual Sciences & Innovation team has released a whitepaper covering understanding the dashboard’s users, choosing the right visualization types, optimizing typography, and using colors strategically to tell a story through data. We’ve even included some examples of common dashboard design patterns to help you get started!

Download the Data Visualization & Dashboard Design Best Practices whitepaper here.

 

Finding Your Inner Unicorn: How Your Data Makes You Unique

There is a phrase in my home that my teenagers hear all too often…”don’t be a sheep”. Personally, I fully support free-range kids and try to raise them to be capable of vast independent thought, revolutionary ideas and leading the next generation into a higher level of understanding. I want them to be unicorns reaching beyond their perceived limits and understand how extraordinary they are and not blindly follow the pack. Yet, their response is almost always “can I go hang out with my friends now?” along with a series of eye rolls.

It doesn’t matter if we are discussing children, ourselves, or the companies that employ us, we all want to be seen as unique, yet fit in with the pack. I am frequently asked “what do you see others doing in this space” or “how different are we than others you have worked with”. The reality is, each industry has very similar key performance metrics to measure operational, financial, and regulatory compliance. So if we are all measuring the same things, how do we turn ourselves from sheep into unicorns?

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Improving BI Usability through Improved Information Presentation

In the first article in the series, “Any Fool Can Know. The Point is to Understand” we discussed how utilizing an Information Centric Approach can improve decision making capabilities. Now we will discuss how information presentation design fosters insight.
Many companies’ BI solution design still feature a very hierarchical, structured information presentation, which can disrupt people’s natural analytical methodology and hinder their path to insight. Rethinking the display methodology, to both prioritize the information, and to emphasize issue identification, validation and investigation significantly improves overall usability, and retained knowledge. This need to focus is further magnified, as users increasingly access and consume this information on mobile devices.

A mature, fully functional BI system is able to apply analytics to transform large amounts of data into information, providing insight and spawning action. As a Retail Practice Advisor, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of companies at different points along their BI maturity lifecycle, and have seen many struggle with efficiently transforming information into knowledge.

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The 5 Main Reasons Your Enterprise Projects Could Fail

Projects can fail in your organization more frequently than you would like to think or admit. There can be many factors leading to project failure, but there are a few recurring reasons in almost every project that leads to failure. These common pain points can originate from the start of a project and should be considered red flags.

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Improving BI Capabilities Using an Information Centric Approach

Delivering actionable information to improve decision making capabilities, should be an implicit and fundamental goal of any Business Intelligence initiative. In my role as Retail Practice Advisor, I have seen many companies fall well short of this goal, largely due to their underlying approach.

Companies need to consider, and approach, BI as an enabling technology and seek to integrate all available data and develop the relevant analytics, unfettered by their existing reporting portfolio. Utilizing an information centric approach to guide the design, measurements and solution architecture enables quantum advances in business insight and analytic capabilities.

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Don’t Move to the Cloud: We Bring the Cloud to You

Many organizations have thought about moving to the Cloud but quickly get overwhelmed with all the options and decide to either wait and deal with it later, or simply not make any changes at all. Pandera’s cloud management experts specialize in evaluating your current environment and migrating it quickly, cost effectively and choosing which Cloud solution best fits your environment.

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Self-Service Quick Tip: Create a Rolling 3-Day Timeframe Within Visual Insight 10 Without IT’s Help

The addition of “Derived Attributes” constitutes a massive upgrade to the v10 Visual Insight tool, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around it conceptually. It wasn’t until I ran into a couple of specific situations where I really started to understand some new possibilities that weren’t available in the old Visual Insight. Hopefully, this post helps you see a situation or two where derived attributes might save you some headache.

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