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Choosing The Perfect Chart For Your Data

Choosing the perfect chart to display your data can be a tricky task. There are so many options! But there’s always one that’s a perfect fit, transforming your data into visual insights. Your goal is to make your charts as easy to understand, clear, and attractive as possible. We are sharing this infographic with you to help you achieve effective visualization in a minute.

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Why You Should Become an Insights-Driven Organization

In today’s world, every business should be digital. But we don’t necessarily mean that you should be selling software. We mean that you should be taking full advantage of technological advances by exploiting the huge amounts of data generated every day. The digital era brought with it an enormous amount of data. This data has the potential to transform your business into an insight-driven organization. Every day we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, can you see the potential insights? If you do, then you understand that every business’s goal should be to become insights-driven.

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BI for Workforce Efficiency: Big Data is not Big Brother

I just reread George Orwell’s 1984 for the first time since high school. I must admit that his idea of ‘Big Brother’ watching us all feels so much more real today than it did when I first read the book. Browser cookies, social media tracking, geolocation apps, the NSA and Edward Snowden all give me the willies. I admit that my laptop’s Webcam is covered with one of my business cards and a piece of duct tape (luckily both are black and match the case). But I still worry about my microphone (testing testing). Continue reading

World of Analysis on the World Cup

Similar to a world champion Olympic sprinter, the Spanish national team seemingly stumbled out of the blocks so badly that their tournament was over almost as quickly as it had started.

The spectacular and quite unexpected surprise of this year’s World Cup was the level of parody between power-house and underdog teams with a special mention to Costa Rica. They were unarguably this year’s overwhelming underdog of the tournament, surprising everyone! (ie. A bet of $1 on Costa Rica reaching the quarter final would have won $180).

We can see that there was a technical superiority of the European teams, as Europe was the continent with the most goals scored. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean the South American teams were punished with more yellow cards than any other continent. However, an interesting trend was noticed when the lower tear teams were facing a superior team, they would raise their level of aggressiveness on defense in an attempt to offset the superior teams’ offensive prowess. Although the “Fair Play” award was given to Colombia, in general every team behaved accordingly during the tournament with only a few minor exceptions. Most notably, the infamous Suarez bite.

Overall America as a continent was the great winner of this World Cup in terms of teams from that region being able to qualify for the second round.

The highest possible percentage of teams (66.7%), followed by Europe (53.8%) and rounded out by Africa (40%).

There is no doubt that Germany deserved the glory! Throughout the World Cup they lead in attacking statistics. Known for being a sport that is turning into tactical and at times offers fans just plain boring games has a hope, the old way of playing is still very exciting and valuable.

Visualization can help translate analytics insights

What good is data if no one can understand it? Business intelligence suites were created to answer that very question, turning huge amounts of corporate data into useful material for decision-making. However, in some cases, processes may not go far enough. Answering business questions with a string of incomprehensible figures won’t solve anyone’s problems. Organizations need to find a way to not only process a huge range of information sources but also present the results in a coherent and sensible way. Data visualization techniques, employed by some of today’s leading BI suites, may be the answer to this quandary, representing an evolution of the analytics concept.

The case for visualization
ARC Advisory Group recently explained that difficulty of use is keeping some businesses away from using BI. This is a huge problem, as the technology can provide expert guidance and seems on pace to become an industry standard. The source went on to note that there is little time to get users up to speed on solutions that aren’t immediately resonant. If the technology fails to catch on at many levels, it may end up having a minimal impact on company culture. ARC explained that this is where interactive graphics come in, resonant to look at and updated often.

The perception of analytics without a visual element may be poor. According to ARC, managers may not prioritize learning to read a stream of raw insights from BI processes that are not user-friendly. This makes sense in a way, as there are many things for these leaders to take care of today. Still, if there’s one source of information that should be heeded, it’s the output from BI. Graphical interfaces and vibrant visuals can take several forms, and companies should choose the one that’s right for them. While ARC suggested a few that were limited in either functionality or industry, other solutions are more universal.

Getting the right visual features
One major benefit of visualization is the potential to expand BI use well beyond power users and place the software in everyone’s hands. Solutions such as Panorama Necto 14 leverage these techniques to this end. The software can deliver a number of different selections of data in a visual format, either tailoring the graphs to the specialized needs of business department staff members or the more trained eyes of the longtime analysts. There are also ways to ensure that many employees see a current infographic, allowing leaders to spread their findings to every department that can benefit from them.

Does Business Intelligence Continue to Grow in Health Care Industry

Business intelligence can be put to use in any industry, as it has near-limitless applications as long as there is data to be analyzed, and it is growing increasingly popular among health care facilities. The latest market research report from MarketsandMarkets indicated this sector of BI is growing nearly twice as fast as the overall BI market. As more health providers begin to take advantage of data analysis, it is likely that they will find even more ways to put collected data to work to improve everything from patient care to hospital administration and cost-savings.

Health care market embraces business intelligence
A report released in February by Research and Markets predicted that the overall BI market would see a compound annual growth rate of 8.9 percent between 2013 and 2018. While this is impressive, the health care sector’s expected growth outshines it dramatically. The MarketsandMarkets research found that the market for BI in the health industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.8 percent in the same period.

It’s likely that the health care industry will show more interest in mobile BI and cloud BI, as technologies in the field are expanding in these directions as well.

Putting data analysis to work in health care field
“We, as a society, need to start creating our own metrics for how health care quality is defined,” said Dr. Anil Jain, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Explorys, according to InformationWeek. “In the sense of looking at costs, we know where there’s avoidable cost in health care. We just need to get folks the data they need to avoid those pitfalls.”

Analyzing patient data can give medical professionals insight into everything from daily emergency room admission rates to rehospitalization risks that can help them improve care delivery, cut costs and create a better environment for doctors and patients. InformationWeek highlighted the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which used data analysis to predict whether patients would need long-term care, emergency services or repeat appointments. By examining the patient data, the hospital was able to improve patient care.

Health care professionals interested in getting the most out of data analysis might want to look for a BI solution like Necto 14. Panorama’s latest software offering puts the power of analytics into the employees’ hands. The dashboard is intuitive and user-friendly, which makes it easy for anyone to collect and manipulate data, even if they are not data experts.

Panorama Software Announces Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

TORONTO, CANADA – May 13, 2014 – Panorama Software today announced it has integrated support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 into the Panorama Necto 14 software solution. Integration with the SQL Server Platform enables users to analyze and visualize data in a unified, self-service environment.

The foundation of Microsoft’s comprehensive data platform, SQL Server delivers breakthrough performance for mission critical applications, using in-memory technologies, faster insights from data to any user in familiar tools such as Excel, and a resilient platform for building, deploying and managing solutions that span on-premise and cloud.

Necto 14 incorporates support for SQL Server 2014’s in-memory engine, analysis service cubes, as well as use of SQL Server 2014 as the Necto operational database and data source for an in-memory model. Necto 14 also allows users of SQL 2014 to add dynamic Infographic visualizations that reflects the “language” of their business.

This announcement of continued support for SQL Server builds on Panorama Software’s long-standing partnership with Microsoft. Panorama has provided out of the box integration with all major Microsoft Business Intelligence technologies since 1996, and the company’s flagship product, Panorama Necto is optimized for the SQL Server Platform, supporting both OLAP and BISM modes.

“We are pleased to announce our continued support for the SQL Server Platform,” says Tomer Paz, Product Manager for Panorama Software. “Customers deploying or migrating to the 2014 edition of SQL Server will enjoy a seamless upgrade experience and be able to use it with Necto 14 to utilize all its great benefits of Infographics Visualizations, suggestive technology, collaborative capabilities in a single governed platform.”

For more information, please visit www.panorama.com.

About Panorama

Panorama is a leader in Business Intelligence 3.0, facilitating the next generation of self-service business intelligence solutions. Panorama’s Necto product is a BI platform which is context aware allowing any type of user to interact intuitively with data within an intelligent collaborative environment. Panorama recently released Necto 14, the market’s first Business Intelligence data discovery solution to offer Infographics for Dynamic Data Visualization.

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Businesses turn to collaborative BI to get things done

There are plenty of advantages to employing business intelligence tools in your business, and it can be even more useful when various members of the company can collaborate on projects. Of the many trends evolving around business intelligence, collaborative BI is growing rapidly as more and more enterprises embrace the team approach to data analysis. As the expression goes, two heads are better than one when it comes to putting data analytics to work for a business, as teamwork can allow good ideas to flourish whether choosing which data to use for a given project and how to interpret the analysis.

Interest in collaborative BI grows
Dresner Advisory Services recently released its third annual Wisdom of Crowds® Collaborative Business Intelligence Market Study, and the results made it clear that collaboration is key when it comes to analyzing data with a BI solution. The survey revealed that this aspect of business analytics was important to more than 60 percent of surveyed businesses around the world, according to Midsize Insider.

“… this year there is a rebound in interest in collaborative BI, placing it above such high-profile topics such as big data and social media,” Howard Dresner, the organizations founder and chief research officer, explained. “In addition, we see a much closer alignment between the tools and capabilities that users want and the features and functions that vendors are incorporating into their offerings.”

Harness benefits of collaborative BI
The ability to combine analytics with social applications and crowd-sourcing opens up a world of possibilities for using data to improve operations and strategies. Working with others on a project involving data can make it easier to interpret the information and determine the best way to use the analytics to make changes to current and future projects and operations.

It helps to have a BI solution that makes collaboration easier, and Panorama has software that can satisfy this needs. Necto 14 takes teamwork to the next level by offering options for collaboration along every step of the process from determining what raw data to use to analyzing that information to organizing it with data visualisation. The software allows multiple people to work simultaneously on the same projects, as they can make notes on various infographics, charts and other data and share instantly with their team.

Big data trends that impede business intelligence

While business intelligence is seeing continued growth, the rate of expansion has slowed due largely to the way companies approach big data. The latest Gartner report indicated that business intelligence experienced an average 8 percent growth in 2013 across the globe, but no one saw improvements higher than 12 percent. According to Data Center Dynamics, the limited amount companies and their employees know about big data is a major reason behind the slowed growth of BI.

Lack of know-how
Big data, which encompasses massive swaths of information, can seem intimidating for those unprepared to harness the potential of data analytics. The news provider suggested that part of the reason big data remains such a mystery to some is that they don’t know how to best put it to use for their businesses. This encompasses everything from knowing which data to examine when looking at a specific operation or strategy to analyzing and interpreting sets of information and how they relate to one another.

However, firms can invest in a BI solution like Panorama’s Necto 14 that makes it easier to collect and interpret relevant data. This software can suggest which sets of information may be useful for a particular inquiry, giving users the ability to gain valuable insights regarding various departments and processes.

Too much importance
At the same time as businesses are having trouble harnessing big data correctly, many are also placing far too much emphasis on this large pool of information. The focus tends to fall more on the collection and storage of big data and less on data discovery and analysis, according to Venture Beat. Having all of this information is only useful when it is then analyzed and put to use to improve a business. In many instances, this can be due to the lack of know-how when it comes to using the data effectively. The self-service BI tools available in Necto 14 allow any member of an organization to extract and interpret big data so it can serve to help departments make strategic changes to various policies and operations.

These issues will likely diminish as more companies embrace modern and intuitive business intelligence tools that can help them better harness big data. Inquirer.net reported that new applications and software that focus on making big data more accessible will put the power of data analysis in the hands of more workers.

Panorama Software and OCZ Storage Solutions Announce Extreme Performance Technology Collaboration

SAN JOSE, CA, US and TORONTO, ON, Canada – May 1, 2014 – OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, and Panorama Software, a global leader in BI 3.0 solutions, have established a technology partnership to deliver real-time Big Data analytics of data stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 databases.

The companies have jointly developed a solutions demonstration for the upcoming PASS Business Analytics (BA) Conference showcasing Panorama’s leading Necto BI capabilities with OCZ’s ZD-XL SQL Accelerator’s ability to accelerate SQL Server applications. The collaborated demonstration showcases how the power of data transforms businesses through data-driven insights and business intelligence and will be presented during exhibit hours in OCZ’s booth E-11 at the PASS BA Conference, San Jose Convention Center, May 7th through May 9th.

“The combination of our Necto BI solution coupled with one of the industry’s fastest acceleration cards for SQL Server delivers an advanced business intelligence solution that unleashes the value of enterprise information whether that information is structured, semi-structured or unstructured,” said Eynav Azarya, CEO of Panorama Software. “We are pleased to partner with OCZ to help solve those critical challenges associated with Big Data analysis so that efficient and relevant insights can lead to informed decision-making and invariably better business decisions.”

“We are pleased to join forces with Panorama Software to deliver real-time, self-service analytics of large database data sets that reside in SQL Server,” said Dr. Allon Cohen, Vice-President of Software and Solutions for OCZ Storage Solutions. “The ability to analyze, visualize and collaborate data in an infographic format while accelerating I/O and the application itself provides an extreme performance analytical solution from two visionary leaders in enterprise BI and storage.”

Analyzing large data sets has become a key issue in today’s enterprises as organizations have gained the ability to get access to Big Data and to make it more useful and meaningful. Advanced tools, such as Panorama Necto, enable additional data exploration and advanced analysis to be performed in a matter of minutes providing a powerful combination of in-memory performance coupled with advanced data discovery tools. Powered by in-memory engines, self-service interactive analytics, infographics and dynamic dashboards, the Necto BI solution enables business users to easily access, analyze, visualize, track performance, collaborate with colleagues, and share data for quick, efficient and relevant insights that lead to informed decision-making with minimal IT involvement.

To provide accelerated Microsoft SQL Server performance of these large database data sets, OCZ’s ZD-XL SQL Accelerator leverages its proven PCIe SSD hardware and application-tuned software to deliver low latency flash that can be deployed as a local flash volume, a flash cache for HDD volumes, or as a combination of both. It provides a potent combination of fast flash performance, a unique cache mechanism that makes advanced and statistically-optimized decisions on what data to cache, a dynamic cache warm-up scheduler that enables workloads to be placed on flash cache in advance of demanding and critical jobs, and a wizard-based GUI that enables DBAs to setup caching policies that optimize performance based on SQL Server workloads.

About PASS and the PASS BA Conference
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the global Microsoft SQL Server community. Led by a member elected Board of Directors, PASS is run by and for the community, with a global membership of more than 100,000 and growing. PASS strives to fulfill its mission by:

• Facilitating member networking and the exchange of information through local and virtual chapters, free web events and local and regional events
• Delivering high-quality, up-to-date technical content, presentations, and other educational materials for in-depth learning and professional development
• Working with Microsoft to influence the evolution of SQL Server technologies

The PASS Business Analytics (BA) Conference is a professional community-oriented gathering for business analytic professionals and established to meet the needs of a growing BA community affiliated with Microsoft technologies such as Excel, SharePoint, SQL Server, Parallel Data Warehouse, Azure, Hadoop, and more.

About Panorama Software
Panorama is a leader in Business Intelligence 3.0, facilitating the next generation of self-service business intelligence solutions. Panorama’s Necto product is a BI platform which is context-aware allowing any type of user to interact intuitively with data within an intelligent collaborative environment. Panorama recently released Necto 14, the market’s first Business Intelligence data discovery solution to offer infographics for dynamic data visualization. More information is available at www.panorama.com.

About OCZ Storage Solutions
OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company is a leading provider of high performance client and enterprise solid-state storage products and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Offering a complete spectrum of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ Storage Solutions leverages proprietary technology to provide SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces to address a wide range of applications. Having internally developed firmware and controllers, virtualization, cache and acceleration software, and endurance extending and data reliability technologies, the Company delivers vertically integrated solutions enabling transformational approaches to how digital data is captured, stored, accessed, analyzed and leveraged by customers. More information is available at www.ocz.com.

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