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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.

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.

How do you know if your company is ready for business intelligence?

Companies in virtually any industry can benefit from business intelligence, whether they want to improve their marketing strategies, enhance overall operations or monitor production activity. There is some preparatory work that will need to be done before a firm can start effectively collecting and analyzing data with business intelligence tools.

Analyze your business’s BI readiness 
Smart Data Collective recently surveyed more than 60 chief information officers from U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses to find out how various companies were using business intelligence. The researchers asked about each company’s current BI platform and usage and calculated their scores on a scale of 0-100, then categorized responses into five categories from lowest to highest levels of BI maturity.

The results showed that 77 percent of respondents were still in the preliminary stages (nascent and low) of BI development. Nascent companies have either made plans to invest in a BI solution or were just beginning to establish methods of collecting big data. For those that fell into the low category, basic data analytics were readily available, but typically only for a select number of departments within a company.

Determine how you could put BI to use
The survey also revealed that one-third of businesses using BI do so to examine data from the past. While examining the details of sales from the previous quarter can provide insight into how well the business did, companies can also monitor real-time data to get more up-to-date information. Panorama’s latest BI software offering, Necto 14, can easily pull the latest information from a database. The ability to see and analyze data in real-time makes it easier for companies to implement changes when strategies may not measure up to expectations.

Make BI available to everyone
Data analysis can have many uses that span across a company’s operations, so it would make sense to use a BI solution that every department can put to use. Logi Analytics reported that since some employees may not be at all familiar with BI tools, such as dashboards and reporting, companies should select software that is accessible to any user regardless of their familiarity with business intelligence. Working with raw data can be overwhelming for people unfamiliar with IT and data analysis. Necto 14 makes it easy for any employee to determine which information they need, and helps them analyze and organize the information into data visualisation through the use of clear, concise infographics.

Panorama Necto Customer Testimonials

Neopharm:

“Panorama Necto is extremely easy to use and with the self service features our users can create their own private views, reports and dashboards and share the information with their teams.”

Necto has enabled us to expose relevant BI data to our major suppliers where they can analyze the data that is relevant to them. The system is extremely intuitive and most of the users go way beyond reading reports – they easily deploy a wide range of features; creating their own reports, views and dashboards

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Company: YES

Company Overview

YES is the only company in Israel that broadcasts multi-channel satellite television to subscribers, and is the first company that provided digital and interactive television services. Since its inception, the company has recruited 578,000 customers who represent about 39% of the multi-channel television market in Israel. YES currently employs around 2400 people and its annual turnover in 2010 was 1.6 billion NIS. YES broadcasts over 150 video channels, including 50 radio and music channels, and a wide range of interactive channels, games, information channels (including portals) and more. These channels also include video pay channels (pay-per-view) and over ten HD channels in i1080 format.

Business Challenge

YES has been at the forefront of technology from the start, even in comparison with giant companies in leading global markets. The company is always on the lookout for efficient and new ways to improve its decision-making process and quality.

“YES is an organization that lives and breathes data at the daily level,” explains Ido Bigger, head of BI technology and social networks in the Business Intelligence Department at YES. “The information we need includes daily analyses for services, sales, subscriber activation, faults, campaign analysis, customer care, trend analysis, meeting organizational goals, and financial models. These, as well as many other types of data, are generated and enriched continually by the Business Information Department, which is part of the Information Technology unit at YES. The data is presented and made available to users in two main ways – Relational Reports (BO) and OLAP views on the BI portal which is based mainly on the Panorama platform.”

YES choice the Panorama platform as a tool for analyzing business intelligence (BI) a few years ago. According to Bigger, the main reason for this was: “The superior capability of the Panorama to perform OLAP cube analytics in a faster, easier and simpler way than other BI tools. The Panorama platform served YES as a smart analytical tool for viewing data aggregations from cubes, easily and simply. We came to the conclusion that in-depth analyses do not have to be performed via complex reports, but rather by means of analytics tools that were specifically designed for this.” In a recent review of the alternatives in the BI area, YES came to the conclusion that Panorama’s solution continues to lead the world of Cube Analysis and decided to upgrade their platform. HighView performed the task of implementing and customizing the requirements of YES.

Solution

The system installed at YES was the Panorama Dashboard, upgraded with a number of additions and special features. Today it is used by hundreds of users at headquarters from the rank of CEO to team managers. The system holds a broad variety of data, ranging from reports that provide a comprehensive picture of the daily situation, to high resolution in-depth analysis of fault incidents, service, sales campaigns, and so on. Bigger points out the decision to choose Panorama was a result of the high level of satisfaction of the BI staff in YES with its superior analytical capabilities and impressive visualization.

“We are talking about a platform that is simple and interactive for the end user, that provides superior analytics, collaboration, and interactive deployment of information,” said Bigger. “During the years we have worked with the Panorama solution we got the impression that it is an easy and friendly platform for implementation and maintenance, and therefore continuing to work with it was both natural and desirable.We are great believers in Cube Analysis and in our opinion Panorama is a leader in the sphere. Without a doubt, it is very convenient to analyze cubes with the Panorama engine because of its Drag and Drop feature, easy-to-use graphs, and unique analytic capabilities.”

Business Benefits

Panorama solution has enabled YES to make the most of its available human capital and technological advantages, and maintain its prevalence in the competitive market in which it operates.

Bigger said one of the benefits of Panorama is its excellent integration with other BI systems in the organization. Avner Katzman, manager of the BI Department, indicated that many of the decisions made in the company are based on the data presented by Panorama. “We are talking about strategic and ongoing tactical decisions. Panorama is an especially useful tool in the customers division where real-time data is presented from the company’s systems and from which we can respond quickly to results from the field and demonstrate business flexibility.”

YES invests in enhancing the customer experience. A central part of these efforts is in the management, measurement and analysis of the organization’s performance,” said Ronny Barnov, Vice President of Information Technology at YES. “The BI systems, and among them Panorama, enable us to provide the organization with a convenient and user-friendly visual picture, and to make knowledgeable decisions in order to improve performance”.

“Panorama is an especially useful tool in the customers division where real-time data is presented from the company’s systems, and from which we can respond quickly to results from the field and demonstrate business flexibility.”

Ido Bigger, Manager of BI Technology and Social Networks in the Business Intelligence Department at YES.

Company: Pilot Travel Centers

Pilot Travel Centers Adds $1.8 Million to the Bottom Line Using Panorama for Automated Analysis and Reporting

Company Profile

For Pilot’s store managers, a large  percentage of every Friday was dedicated to reviewing volumes of paper reports.  It was time consuming and complicated to identify sales performance issues,  Continue reading

Company: Baltika Breweries

Company Overview

Baltika Breweries has been in production  since 1990 with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, Baltika has  become the leader of the Russian beer market, the second largest brewery in  Europe, with revenues of more than 2 billion Euros, and conducting business  with more than 60 countries across the globe.

Currently, Baltika Breweries operates 12  breweries, managing over 10,000 employees and covering more than 350,000  points-of-sale throughout its massive logistic network.

Business Challenge

Baltika Breweries was on the rise when it  faced data warehousing challenges after merging with three other Russian  breweries in 2006. The merger led to a sudden influx of information that  presented obstacles in conducting successful data reports to monitor performance.  At first, the company integrated Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and  Performance Point as its business intelligence platform for data warehousing  and analysis. Pleased with the benefits of the multidimensional analysis the  platform offered, Baltika embarked on an initiative to find and deploy an easy  to use yet powerful business intelligence solution on top of the platform to  construct a unified BI infrastructure throughout the organization. After  evaluating offerings from SAP, Oracle, Cognos and other BI vendors, Baltika  selected Panorama BI suites for its advanced analytical functionality yet  simple, interactive user interface. With Panorama, Baltika Breweries was able  to improve collaboration for its logistics department across the country, as  well as successfully track key performance indicators (KPIs), which streamlined  the entire company’s productivity.

The holding re-organization that  accompanied Baltika’s merger with three other breweries presented a number of  data warehousing challenges. Because of IT differences between the multiple  breweries that became connected through the merger, Baltika’s process took from  several hours to several days for analysts to receive relevant data just to  create a single report.

As a growing  business, Baltika Breweries needed a solution to help manage its information  system that consists of nearly 10,000 users and a database of over 200  terabytes of corporate data.

Baltika initially integrated Microsoft  business intelligence platform to help operate data warehousing technology  through a vast number of users. In addition to the complete BI platform, from  the most innovative and flexible OLAP engine (Analysis Services) to Reporting  (Reporting Services) and ETL (Integration Services), Baltika also selected the  Microsoft solution for its best total cost of ownership (TCO) and integration  with Office and SharePoint for data distribution – a familiar environment for  the users.

To  provide easy to use, interactive analytical tools to its managers to interact  with the data, Baltika was looking for a solution that would seamlessly  integrate into its current Microsoft-based environment. The company evaluated  solutions from Panorama Software, SAP, Oracle and Cognos.

Solution

Baltika Breweries moved forward with Panorama  BI suite for its ease of use and interactive interface for the business users.  This combination of new self-service BI capabilities fit Baltika’s needs, as it  offered a number of advantages, including extended data visualization, light  web-based environment, and tight integration with Microsoft’s platform.

Baltika quickly integrated these benefits  into its top management level and logistics departments to gain a foothold on  its diverse data warehousing needs. The company is planning to extend the  deployment of Panorama’s BI suite into other departments, such as marketing,  manufacturing, sales and the rest of supply-chain department by 2011.

Results

Consistent view on data throughout the  organization

Baltika’s goal is to use the business  intelligence solution to construct a unified infrastructure for its entire  organization, with the main objective to enable all departments to use the same  setup for BI tools and unified analytics. As the historical development  introduced a number of different individual / departmental views on how to  manage corporate data, Panorama has provided an essential tool to successfully  eliminate these challenges and provide vast self-service capabilities and data  visualization.

Panorama’s easy to use Analytics application  makes it possible to drill down to a very deep level of the data with excellent  performance, and to provide in-depth analysis with in a very short time and in  a secure manner.

Self-Service  Access to Information & Increased Productivity

With Panoram, Baltika Breweries’ executives  have improved their collaboration efforts, especially for the logistics  department that spans across the continent, and has improved business  productivity by more effectively tracking KPIs.

“We started with key performance  indicators–like profit and loss, balance sheets, sales volumes–so managers  can see where the problems are located and can drill down to the primary  document” – said Herman Epstein, CIO of Baltika, in his interview with Forbes.  “When our supply chain vice president organizes meetings for all his plant  directors, for example, they can sit in front of the same screen, the same  reports, and explain what’s going on. If there’s a red light somewhere, the  local manager can open his screen and explain why trends have gone from  positive to negative. We can do that on extremely fresh data.”

Overall, Panorama Business Intelligence suite  has helped Baltika create unified performance metrics for its entire corporate  structure and enabled important business leaders to more easily gain insight to  essential corporate data.

Solution Highlights

  • Integrated disparate BI infrastructure and applications across the  enterprise
  • Standardization on the Microsoft platform while getting the power of  self-service analytics and reporting
  • Rich BI functionality that satisfies the executive’s need for deep  and meaningful interaction with data
  • Self-service access to data for managers across the company to  improve efficiency and agility
  • Reporting time takes minutes instead of days
  • The timely detailed reports  facilitate the flow of information within the company, ensuring consistent  communication across all departments.

Company: Geocartography Knowledge Group

Geocartography changes the rules of the game in the world of organizational business intelligence, thanks to the development of an innovative BI solution on Panorama platforms

Company Overview

Geocartography Knowledge Group, one of the leading research institutions in Israel, has been offering scientific and professional expertise in the following range of divisions and Continue reading