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Dashboards and Scorecards are common tools used in business intelligence for supporting performance management. They are usually used for similar purposes and can be used at the same time but their functionalities differ. When choosing a dashboard or scorecard, one should consider the purpose of use, types of data to be monitored, and the focus on long term and strategic versus more immediate goals. Use of visualization and key metrics in both tools are common thus confusing some people on their similarities but they aim to do different functions A data dashboard is an......

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No one is perfect- and even the most seasoned employee can inadvertently invert a number on a spreadsheet. It happens to the best of us. If you or someone on your team is manually transcribing data, typographical mistakes are going to happen. Regardless as to whether your company is involved in biotech, manufacturing or IT, data entry errors can cost your organization time, money and resources. If you work in a commercial industry, data entry errors can lead to overfilled or underfilled orders. If you work in the health care industry, the......

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Companies always want to do better, and managers are constantly looking for ways to streamline processes and increase efficiency. Yet, if you’re not tracking where you’ve been, it can be hard to set goals in terms of where you’d like your team to go. Historical data The phrase “historical data” isn’t that hard to define. Put simply, it’s a collection of data that outlines past circumstances and events.  These types of reports can tell you how your sales team was performing during the market crash of 2008. It can tell you how......

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If you’ve stumbled across our blog you probably know that data can be an invaluable tool that, when used properly, can help streamline business processes and increase efficiency. You may have also heard that using real-time analytics can be a great way to help operationally. We’re here to tell you that the rumors are true. Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) In a manufacturing environment, overall equipment effectiveness is of the utmost importance. How valuable would it be if you knew, in real time, that a piece of equipment is in the very early......

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In the very changing world of data, most business are still struggling to manage it. If you can’t manage your data, it’s impossible to evaluate. If your office is living in the world of .xls spreadsheets and SQL, finding a way to marry the pair make your data management infinitely easier. A dashboard for your office When you’re in your car, your dashboard tells you a lot. You’ll know how much gas you have, when you need to get your next oil change, how fast you’re driving, your average miles per gallon......

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Do NGO's Really Need Business Intelligence?

Do NGO’s Really Need Business Intelligence? The short answer to the long question whether NGOs and Non-Profits really need Business Solutions and analytical tools is ‘yes’.  According to NGODotOrg, an NGO is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. It is task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest and perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions. They bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human......

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Growing Your Business with Business Intelligence

Regardless as to whether you’re a mid-sized business owner who is wanting to find new ways to expand, or if you’re a C-Suite executive who has been tasked with finding a way to grow your business through the use of business intelligence, you’ve come to the right place. Simply stated, business intelligence is roughly the same thing as business analytics When you begin to pay close attention to data you currently have, along with the data you plan to collect in the future, this will allow you to begin to make decision......

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Business Intelligence (BI) for healthcare would be one big issue Kenya should be looking into. There are many questions decision makers in a hospital can ask themselves concerning the day to day operations of a hospital. These questions are answered best when they are referenced from data accumulated over time. I believe the oldest health facility in Kenya was found in 1901. As a BI consultant, I believe that at the mark of 50 years, the facility must have accumulated enough data to stabilize the hospital in all management angles. Data is......

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Pathways International, a boutique Business Intelligence company, has entered into a partnership with Tableau. Tableau is a Business Intelligence software solutions company that helps the world’s largest organizations utilize their most powerful asset- their data. As the amount of business data generated continues to grow, it has become necessary to perceive data as a resource. Tableau builds software to deliver the power to use this resource to solve problems. As part of the Tableau Alliance Partners, Pathways experts help clients choose the proper software for their BI needs. Under the partnership, our......

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