Reimagine BI communication with Collaborative BI
Mark Smith – CEO and Chief Research Officer of advisory and analyst firm Ventana Research – made a call for strong change in his now infamous dissertation on The Pathetic State of Dashboards. Smith argued that current Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards had remained largely unchanged since their emergence as a primary method for displaying BI content in the 1980s.
“The early forms of dashboards appeared in the 1980s, but in my honest evaluation, today’s dashboards have not gotten much more intelligent in all those years,” wrote Smith.
It’s difficult to argue with Smith’s contention. For the most part, the way dashboards – the status quo for visualizing analytical information – communicate and display information has remained largely unchanged, failing to adapt to the shifting user base for reporting and analytics. This of course, is a big problem.
BI is swiftly busting its way out of the traditional confines of the IT department. Not that long ago, BI was the exclusive domain of propeller heads – the hardcore IT specialist or analyst.