Barry Devlin’s new book: Business unintelligence

This important book (TBP October 2013) succeeds in finding the common ground between rationality and intuition, intelligence and insight, stability and innovation, business and IT. From rightful criticism of today’s data-centric BI, you are taken into broader contexts such as working with information rather than data and coping with both big data and the insides of people’s heads. The target is the “biz-tech ecosystem”, not just EDW/BI. We, the information-driven, move up to the enterprise level. Yes! Full of good recaps of history and technology the end-result is a direction-setting, holistic architecture on two levels – indeed an impressive tour de force!
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BI Requirements Elicitation Tool Inaptness

BI Business Analysis is information-driven. See an interactive radar chart, which compares the tools requirements of "Perfect BI" with various tools used for elicitation: business concept mapping site. Comments are most welcome! Read More...

Big Data Visualization and Concept Mapping

On May 25th, I presented at the Big Data Viz seminar in Copenhagen. Talking about concept mapping in the big data context. Read More...

Humanizing Business Analysis: Visualizing Meaning through Business Concept Maps

After only 4 days my latest article has more than 2000 views, all 5-star reviews and some excellent and thoughtful comments! The article is called "Humanizing Business Analysis: Visualizing Meaning through Business Concept Maps" and it is published at Modern Analyst Read More...

eLearning Business Concept Mapping

I am happy to announce my brand new courses about Information-driven Business Analysis - The "New Nordic" Style of Business Analysis! Read More...

On: Wayne Eckerson's book Secrets of Analytical Leaders

The key issue is how to manage data and people so that you can turn data to insights and then to action (most importantly). "Analytics, like life, is evolutionary; you must pass through all the phases before you achieve the desired end state…"

It is a people thing: "But the biggest factor that determines analytical success does not involve technology; rather, it involves leadership".

Wayne has made some excellent "everything on one page" schemes. One is for assessment of analytical IQ and another is for the new analytical ecosystem. But there are more innovative visualizations in the book.

I particularly like the propositions of Tim Leonard (one the analytical leaders portrayed). He emphasizes more than once that you need to understand the business and talk its language. "Are you a technologist or an accountant? That's when I know when I'm succeeding. I work hard to talk the language of business". Yes!

The term "data asset" is used a number of times as a natural, given, pre-requisite for success. Could not agree more. Combine that with "BOBI teams" (business-oriented BI) and you are home safe.

Add to that there are many excellent propositions about how to "scrummify" BI.

An excellent read!
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On Wayne Eckerson's book Secrets of Analytical Leaders

New Year's gifts - semantic spaces and 10 good books

Like in previous years I hereby present you with an electronic gift on the first day of the new year. Read More...