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Dashboards have become strategic tools for delivering decision making information. And ideally, those dashboards are automatically updated to reflect daily, weekly or monthly trends. Furthermore, much of the information should be KPI based. If properly constructed, the KPIs should immediately inform how things are trending and what action is needed.

To properly deliver on these promises, dashboards need to be visually effective. They don’t necessary have to look attractive, but need to be impactful and allow for interpretation without too much effort. In Stephen Few’s 2006 book, Information Dashboard Design, he stated that: “A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objective; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.”

Following on that premise we offer seven ways to make your dashboards as visually impactful and useful as possible. (More…)


Most businesses today recognize that a compelling online presence is critical to their success. Without an effective website, chances Strat are you’re losing valuable business and customers to your competitors who do have effective and active online presences. A successful website should be an asset to your business that more than pays for itself either in the amount of business or customers it converts, or in the amount of money it saves by encouraging self-service. Is your website successful? To determine this, you need to first define what success is for your organization. Then you need an effective web analytics strategy to measure your website’s performance relative to your defined success factors or goals. If you don’t have a solid strategic plan, you can’t expect to achieve your website goals, and if you don’t measure your website’s performance, you won’t even know if you have achieved your goals!

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War (More…)


Karen 5:11 pm on Nov 24, 2014 Reply
Tags: dashboard seminar, , tableau seminar, toronto seminar   

Toronto Skyline

I would like to extend a thank you to everyone who attended our Tableau Data Visualization & Dashboard Seminar last week in Toronto! With record attendance, you helped to make it our best seminar ever! Held at downtown Toronto’s St. Andrews Club and Conference Centre, the seminar drew 106 people. I believe the increase in attendance (up 55%) reflects the surging interest in data visualization and in Tableau specifically as well as the apparent need for guidance, education and training when building dashboards. (More…)


Peder 2:10 pm on Oct 14, 2014 Reply
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Homeless
Why Ontario’s Plan to Eliminate Homelessness is Hopeless

The Ontario provincial government has just stated that they plan to eliminate homelessness in Ontario! What a ridiculous statement. Do they really think voters and other observers will accept such a nebulous goal?

While this is an honourable commitment, it’s a hollow plan if it doesn’t set out what the level of the current problem is, by when it will be eliminated and by taking what action. And when asked, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said that none of those are either known or would be shared. Perhaps it’s typical of a government that makes empty promises, but it’s frustrating to me as I want to see performance measured. A goal is meaningless if you don’t outline what actions you will take to accomplish it. It’s equally absurd to say, “We are going to end all wars”. By when and by doing what? (More…)


Karen 10:10 am on Oct 6, 2014 Reply
Tags: BI buyer trends, BI purchases, BI software, , , ,   

The ever escalating hype on “business intelligence”, “analytics” and “big data” has made it very difficult to uncover the information that is truly valuable and useful. I recently came across a survey that provides what I consider to be pragmatic information if you are looking to upgrade, supplement or replace your Business Intelligence software, or purchase it for the first time.

BI buyer trend blog

The survey, conducted by BI researcher Software Advice among prospective Business Intelligence software buyers, provides insight that may assist your BI purchase decision such as: What’s trending in BI software? What are other BI software buyers looking for? Why are they looking for new BI software? What tools and features are at the top of their “must have” list? (More…)

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