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BI News: February Edition

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February 2014

Business Intelligence News

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Welcome to the February Issue of Business Intelligence News!

Self-service business intelligence is an important topic for most BI leaders today. The concept has been around for years. What it means and what it can deliver has evolved over time. However, this does not change the primary mission of business intelligence – to help organizations run better by connecting people to information they need in order to make better decisions. In this edition of the BI newsletter, we have pulled together several articles to help organizations run better with self-service BI. We hope you enjoy the read and stay tuned for next month’s issue in which we will cover the next wave of SDKs and partner integrations..

Deepa Sankar, Director of Marketing – Business Intelligence


The idea of self-service business intelligence has been at the core of the BI promise – transforming raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes – for more than 15 years. But new technological advancements, changing expectations, and new business demands have made it a hot topic again. Should you ignore the buzz and just go on with your business?

(3)datageek.pngInfographic Recap of Data Geek 2.0 – The Rise of Dark Data

In 2013, Data Geek 2.0 – The Rise of Dark Data challenge launched. Since then this challenge has made a tremendous global impact. This infographic offers a summary of the Data Geek journey and some interesting insights about the participants that defeated the Lord of Dark Data.

Relive the journey of Data Geek 2.0 »

(4)275725.jpgAre you a BI Champion?

If you are championing business intelligence within your organization, you probably want some help from SAP. This blog offers useful tips and resources to evangelize BI across your organization.

(5)27380l.jpgDo-It-Yourself Marketing: Visuals Speak Louder than Words

Transform your Big Data with highly interactive visual tools to get marketing insights with beautiful visualization, without help from IT. Be prepared for your meetings to avoid jolts.

(6)272486.jpg“Simplify Everything” with SAP

There is a fundamental shift going on at SAP to bring even more focus to the line of business and industry audiences. In this blog, Mario Farag from the Analytics Routes to Market team, talks about SAP’s journey to “simplify everything” and what that means for partners and their engagement with SAP.

(7)274647.jpgAchieve BI Nirvana – Enterprise vs. Departmental BI

The ideal BI program consists of a complex federated organization. When properly aligned, the BI program reconciles opposites, spans business and IT staff, enterprise and divisional boundaries, and top-down and bottom-up BI. But achieving this type of BI nirvana is not easy.

(8)275713.jpgSA Power Networks – A Dashboard Success Story (Part Two)

In Part One of this blog, an Australian utility company used BI best practices to drive a dashboard project which resulted in a 3% savings of spend. Now learn how the BI team drove a fast and efficient prototyping process and used data visualization best practices for an elegant and usable final result.


(cs)272110.jpgAt North America Marketing, there is an entire team of analysts dedicated to enabling better decision making through data. Lauren Crepack and Dr. Lauren Miltenberger used SAP Lumira to shed some new light on a real-life research question about the nonprofit sector.

See how SAP Lumira has shed light on the subject »

Anders Reinhardt, Head of Global BI at Velux, explains how SAP is helping the company run better. Velux is a global manufacturer of roof windows. Their brand is one of the strongest brands within the industry with 15 factories, 14 sales offices, and 10,000 employees around the globe.


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March 24-27: BI2014 – Orlando, FL

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January: 2013 Highlights

December: BI Strategy

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