Pandera is looking forward to sharing our latest developments and new trends that will continue to re-shape the way businesses interact with data. Here’s just some of the things we’re excited to share with you this year.
The MicroStrategy World after party, hosted by Pandera and MicroStrategy
We always say nobody parties like BI professionals, and year after year, you prove us right! If you haven’t been to one of our previous MicroStrategy World parties, you’ve probably heard enough about them to know you won’t want to miss it. Pandera and MicroStrategy have teamed up to ROCK your WORLD with live music, and of course, an open bar. This year, the party is at Bobby McKeys and Cadillac Ranch (side by side venues), right across the street from the MicroStrategy World conference center. Join the party and be prepared for a night of live entertainment, and of course, an open bar.
Your complimentary tickets are waiting for you with the Pandera team at booth #301. We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd night of MicroStrategy World (Wednesday, April 19, at 9 PM) for a night we guarantee you’ll remember!
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.
Last week, Pandera and REV co-sponsored the first Orlando Tech and Beer event, providing a platform for the local Orlando community to discuss and take action in accelerating the growth of technology and innovation in Orlando. Overall the event was a success, and attendees left satisfied not only with the great food and drinks, but with the connections and great conversations they had with other local technology advocates. Joshua Sutton, Pandera’s CEO, summed the event up by saying:
“Orlando Tech and Beer is about helping the tech community one conversation at a time. It’s about great people finding great opportunities, great leaders being amazing mentors, and innovators getting aligned with real support.”
We look forward to the next Orlando Tech and Beer on February 23rd, and hope that you can join us for food, beer, and great conversations amongst our local tech community.
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 and business intelligence strategy.
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.
In addition to hosting the Carolinas MicroStrategy User Group Meeting in July, Pandera will also be sponsoring the highly anticipated London leg of the MicroStrategy Symposium Tour, featuring all the latest in big data analytics, data visualization, dashboard design, mobile app development, and more. The agenda is packed with content designed to help you discover and unlock the full potential of MicroStrategy 10.
The full-day event will be completely jam-packed with keynote presentations, industry-specific sessions, hands-on workshops that dive deep into enterprise data discovery, customer-led sessions showcasing how leading companies drive performance with MicroStrategy, and technical sessions that feature the latest platform features and functionality.
Join us in Charlotte, NC on July 13 at Knight Theater, Wells Fargo Auditorium for the Carolinas MicroStrategy User Group Meeting. MicroStrategy customer speakers will be sharing their experience and knowledge, sharing their valuable success stories and learnings. With the recent announcement of the new MicroStrategy 10.4, a hot topic will be the new features and enhancements available. Pandera partner Paxata will be presenting their interactive, self-service adaptive data preparation solution.
The meeting will conclude with roundtable break out discussions for Big Data / Hadoop, MicroStrategy V10 upgrade experiences, Mobile, SDK, and MicroStrategy Training.
Directly following the event, there will be a reception, where you can connect and mingle with other MicroStrategy users, partners, and your account reps over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. (more…)
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!
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?
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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