ElegantJ BI Blog https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog Simply Smarter! Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:44:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.25 You Can Use Analytics to Perfect Your eCommerce Results! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/07/analytics-perfect-ecommerce-results/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/07/analytics-perfect-ecommerce-results/#comments Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:44:20 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7249 Continued]]> shopify-ecommerce-with-analytics-is-the-perfect-combinationImagine an eCommerce World Where You Can Really SEE Results to Make Decisions!

When an eCommerce or online business undertakes a review of product or service offerings, pricing, marketing campaigns and channels, sales results and planning for the future, it is often hard to gather all the data and details and see the way forward clearly.

If you are using Shopify as an eCommerce solution, you have plenty of features to use to promote your products or services and to keep your content evergreen. You can manage your search engine optimization and payments and many other aspects of your work but a deep dive into analytics may be outside the scope of your activities and skill.

There are opportunities for your team to achieve clear results and to use those results to make decisions about the future of the business, the products, and the specific activities and tasks for which they are responsible. And your team members do not have to be data scientists or business analysts and they don’t have to have sophisticated technical skills.

The beauty of this approach is that business users who have adopted and understand the Shopify solution do not have to learn a complex new advanced analytical solution, nor do they need to have data science skills. There is a solution that allows for integration of augmented analytics into the eCommerce arena with pre-built reports to reveal sales performance to track your orders, the average order value for a customer, gross, net and total sales and more.

You can see sales trends with key performance indicators (KPIs), weekly and cumulative sales and data by country, brand, and customer. Business users can use customer dashboards to see data by customer, orders averages and customer value and leverage information on customer lifetime value, how long your customer stays on the site and the value of the customer for  particular period of time. A product dashboard allows for visualization of data about products, brands and product variables. And, pre-built BI Reports allow for drill down analytics and viewing and export to CSV to understand sales by country, SKU or source, new vs. returning customers by country and more.

If you are looking for a way to really understand your data and use that insight to make the best, most accurate decisions for your business,  you can easily implement analytical capability using a solution that Integrates Shopify With Augmented Analytics, and provide your users and business a meaningful way to compete and succeed, and you can evaluate the solution in a free trial to determine the business benefits.

Contact Us to today to find out how SmartenApps for Shopify can help you achieve your goals.

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Innovation Fatigue Can Kill Your Business! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/07/innovation-fatigue-kill-business/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/07/innovation-fatigue-kill-business/#comments Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:29:58 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7246 Continued]]> innovation-fatigue-can-kill-your-businessIf a business wants to remain relevant, change and innovation are crucial. This is especially true in technology companies. Yet, ‘innovation fatigue’ is common in many businesses and companies often become complacent in their success and falsely cling to the belief that they have conquered the market and that their victory is undeniable and permanent.

When a business management team decides that they have had enough of investing in research, and trying to engender the constant churn of creativity, when a business decides to rest on its laurels, the match usually goes to the completion and, more often than not, that competitor is a young, hungry upstart, rife with excitement and ideas!

And, so it goes!

The market shifts, customer allegiance wanes and businesses like Nokia and Kodak find themselves in an untenable position. The field is littered with businesses that once dominated their market and went on to go bankrupt, to be acquired. In some cases, a company is successful in recognizing the slide, and fighting their way back to success but the road can be long and along the way, the business will lose customers, and be forced to rebuild their brand, and their reputation.

Consider the evolution of 8 track tapes to CD’s, VCRs to DVD players, land lines to car phones to smart phones – there are so many examples of evolution and innovation that one only has to look back over the last decade to see how rapidly things have changed, and how many big successful companies have lost momentum by failing to embrace change!

There is a reason that the Total Quality Management (TQM) concept includes a continuous improvement process. If an executive team fails to recognize the constant shift and change of their world, their market, and their customer buying behavior, that executive team will steer the company off a cliff!

I have spent my career in the technology business and I have watched as the pace of change gains speed. It is exciting and somewhat daunting to see how new ideas and approaches challenge our assumptions and force us to rethink products, services, business models and competitive efforts.

We started with JavaBeans development components, then PDF library, then Charting library, then Reporting to BI and now we have transformed to Augmented Analytics.

Though investment was never easy for us being a small company, we would have been no one today in the analytics market, if we had not done this transformation.

Not recent, but certainly a famous event.

During a Press Conference to announce the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, the Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop said, “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow we lost”. One can interpret his statement as a defense of his management decision to ‘stay the course’ and, whether the word ‘wrong’ is appropriate to use in this instance or not, the truth is that a decision to stay the course, especially in a technology business, is a decision that will negatively impact the company and its competitive position.

As I said at the beginning of this article, change and innovation are crucial to business success. There are many factors involved in ‘innovation fatigue’ and in the decision to ignore the need for change.

Here are just a few:

  • Complacency and a belief that the business ‘owns the market’
  • Ignorance of the competitive environment
  • Limited customer relationship and awareness of customer buying behaviors and expectations
  • Unwillingness to accommodate trends and patterns driving future growth and technology
  • Limited research budget and/or resources
  • Inability to attract young, research oriented talent and foster innovation in the team
  • Bureaucratic culture and approval policies that discourage and restrict innovation

Whatever the situation, whatever the business, whatever the market, one thing always hold true: Change is constant and in today’s world, it is more rapid than ever. A wise business strategy will always incorporate and recognize change in its success equation!

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Citizen Data Scientists CAN Get Help! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/02/citizen-data-scientists-help/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/02/citizen-data-scientists-help/#comments Fri, 02 Apr 2021 08:26:59 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7238 Continued]]> attention-new-citizen-data-scientists-there-is-helpIf You Are a Newly Minted Citizen Data Scientist, You Don’t Have to Do it Alone!

As a newly minted Citizen Data Scientist, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain how to proceed. As with any other transition and new responsibility, the first order of business is to understand what is expected of you and what the boundaries and obligations of your new responsibilities will dictate. It is also important to learn how to use any new tools that may be important to your new role.

Unfortunately, many businesses embrace the concept of self-serve analytics and data democratization without a full understanding of what it takes to transition a business user with average technical skills (and virtually NO analytical training) into a Citizen Data Scientist! But, not to worry. If your business is one of these and is struggling to implement this concept, there is a way to succeed.

Remember, you don’t need to be a data scientist, a business analyst or an IT professional to participate in and be a champion for analytics. Here’s what you DO need:

  • An understanding of your new role and how to collaborate with others
  • Clear direction on when and how to engage a data scientist or business analyst when data must be refined or results must be 100% accurate
  • Access to a robust augmented analytics solution that has sophisticated features, yet is easy to use
  • A basic understanding of analytical techniques you will use
  • A willingness to be a champion of the Citizen Data Scientist concept, and of increased data literacy

Of course, we understand that, as a business user, you do not necessarily have control over how the business introduces and supports the Citizen Data Scientist concept but we encourage you to share this article and others that define, describe and recommend the best approach to this type of program. Here, we have listed several articles you may find helpful as you create a learning foundation for the Citizen Data Scientist experience:

The bottom line is that, if you have already been identified as a Citizen Data Scientist, you don’t have to do this alone! Contact Us to today or Click Here to explore training for Citizen Data Scientists, designed to help you begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey.

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Analyze, Report, Publish and Share with BI Reporting! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/01/analyze-report-publish-share-bi-reporting/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/04/01/analyze-report-publish-share-bi-reporting/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2021 08:07:28 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7229 Continued]]> modern-bi-reporting-self-serve-easy-and-elegantGet Easy-to-Use, Elegant BI Reporting Designed for Business Users!

So you are dreaming of a business intelligence solution that will bring together all the data in your enterprise and make it easily accessible for analysis and now it’s time to look at BI tools and solutions. For starters, you’ll want self-serve business intelligence. You don’t want to have to deal with restrictive dashboards and environments designed by your IT team. Your IT team certainly means well, but they can’t possibly imagine all the ways you’ll want to use the system, so you want something that is flexible enough for YOU to use the way YOU need to use it today – a solution that will accommodate what you will need tomorrow too!

And, while we are dreaming, we definitely want the ability to engage in our own BI Reporting. We don’t want to have to wait for IT, a business analyst or a data scientist to pull together that information and produce a report. We need it NOW!

When you are shopping around for that perfect self service business intelligence solution, be sure to consider the features and functionality that are included in their out-of-the-box reporting capability.  Here’s what you’ll want:

  • Access that is 100% browser based and ensures a seamless user experience across desktops, tablets and mobile devices.
  • NO requirement for programming or SQL query knowledge
  • Interactive dashboards that allow users to dive deep in to data and find and report on that data
  • Easy for every user (no matter their technical skills) and practical to implement
  • Point and click, drag and drop functionality that allows users to instantly create a report
  • Personalized reports and automated delivery and publication via email
  • BI objects, dashboards, report, cross-tab and graphs published and delivered to keep users abreast of issues, problems and opportunities

Traditional business intelligence solutions used to be static and restrictive. Modern BI is a different story! You don’t have to sacrifice cost or productivity. You can have it all with business intelligence reporting software that is cost-effective, easy to implement and easy to use.

Choose a modern business intelligence solution that allows every user to create elegant BI Reports with cross-tab analysis and self-serve reporting tools that make it easy to gather, analyze, present and share results.

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What is Random Forest Regression and How Can it Help Your Business? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/random-forest-regression-business/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/random-forest-regression-business/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2021 11:02:17 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7178 Continued]]>

This article describes the analytical technique of random forest regression.

What is Random Forest Regression?

Random Forest Regression creates a set of Decision Trees from a randomly selected subset of the training set, and aggregates by averaging values from different decision trees to decide the final target value.

Random Forest Regression is limited to predicting numeric output so the dependent variable has to be numeric in nature. The minimum sample size is 20 cases per independent variable.

To further clarify the use of the Random Forest Regression model, let’s look at a sample analysis to optimize house pricing, based on numerous variables:

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How Can Random Forest Regression Help Your Business?

Explore the use cases below, to better understand the value of Random Forest Regression.

Business Use Case – House Price

Business Problem

A real-estate brokerage company wants to measure the impact of locality, the number of rooms, the area(sq. yards) etc. on a house price. The goal of this statistical analysis is to help us understand the relationship between house features and how these variables are used to predict house price.

Target: House Price

Predictors: Area with carpet, Rainfall, city, parking, distance from hospital, distance from shopping, etc.

Business Benefit

  • The business can determine which predictors have a significant impact on house price.
  • Pricing strategies and recommendations will be more accurate and result in quicker sales.
  • If the number of rooms or the distance from shopping or schools are significant factors, these factors are given more focus when searching for a house that fits a client budget and affects profit.

Business Use Case – Agriculture

Business Problem: An agriculture business wants to measure the impact of weather, market price, quality of crop, land used etc. on the crop price.

Input Data: Predictor/Independent Variables

  • Weather
  • Demand
  • Crop health

Dependent Variable: Crop Price

Business Benefit

  • Business can clarify which factors have a significant impact on crop price.
  • Pricing strategies can be refined to improve accuracy and meet targeted crop pricing and revenue.
  • If crop health and climate are significant factors, these factors would receive more focus when deciding crop price.

Business User Case – Compensation Policies

Business Problem : A business wishes to measure the salary of employee based on position, experience, degree, level, productive hours etc.

Input Data: Predictor/Independent Variables

  • Position
  • Years of experience
  • Productive hours

Dependent Variable: Salary of Employee

Business Benefit

  • The business can clarify which predictors have a significant impact on employee salary.
  • Salary policies and strategies can more accurately reflect employee value and targeted salaries.
  • If productive hours and experience are significant factors, these factors would be given more focus when developing salary policies.

About Smarten

The Smarten approach to augmented analytics and modern business intelligence focuses on the business user and provides tools for Advanced Data Discovery so users can perform early prototyping and test hypotheses without the skills of a data scientist. Smarten Augmented Analytics tools include assisted predictive modelingsmart data visualizationself-serve data preparation, Clickless Analytics with natural language processing (NLP) for search analyticsAuto Insights, Key Influencer Analytics, and SnapShot monitoring and alerts. These tools are designed for business users with average skills and require no specialized knowledge of statistical analysis or support from IT or data scientists. Businesses can advance Citizen Data Scientist initiatives with in-person and online workshops and self-paced eLearning courses designed to introduce users and businesses to the concept, illustrate the benefits and provide introductory training on analytical concepts and the Citizen Data Scientist role.

The Smarten approach to data discovery is designed as an augmented analytics solution to serve business users. Smarten is a representative vendor in multiple Gartner reports including the Gartner Modern BI and Analytics Platform report and the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Report.

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What is Gradient Boosting Regression and How is it Used for Enterprise Analysis? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/gradient-boosting-regression-enterprise-analysis/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/gradient-boosting-regression-enterprise-analysis/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:54:45 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7180 Continued]]>

This article describes the analytical technique of gradient boosting regression.

What is Gradient Boosting Regression?

Gradient Boosting Regression is an analytical technique that is designed to explore the relationship between two or more variables (X, and Y). Its analytical output identifies important factors ( Xi ) impacting the dependent variable (y) and the nature of the relationship between each of these factors and the dependent variable.

Gradient Boosting Regression is limited to predicting numeric output so the dependent variable has to be numeric in nature. The minimum sample size is 20 cases per independent variable.

To understand Gradient Boosting Regression, let’s look at a sample analysis to determine the quality of a diamond:

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How Can Gradient Boosting Regression Be Helpful for Your Enterprise?

If we consider the use cases below, we can see the value of Gradient Boosting Regression.

Business Use Case – eCommerce

Business Problem: An eCommerce business wishes to measure the impact on product sales by product price, product promotions during  a festival or season.

Input Data

Predictor/Independent Variable(s)

  • Product price
  • Product promotions and discounts
  • Dates fall within or outside Season/Festival

Dependent Variable: Product Sales Data

Business Benefit

  • Sales Managers can analyze which of the Predictors included in the analysis will have significant impact on product sales
  • Targeted sales strategies will include consideration of appropriate predictors to ensure accuracy
  • If promotions and seasons/festivals are significant factors, with a positive coefficient, these factors can be included in a marketing strategy to improve sales

Business Use Case – Agriculture

Business Problem: An agriculture production business wishes to predict the impact of the amount of rainfall, humidity, temperature etc. on the yield of a particular crop.

Input Data: Predictor/Independent Variables

  • Amount of rainfall during monsoon months
  • Humidity levels/measurements
  • Temperature measurements

Dependent Variable: Crop production

Business Benefit

  • The business can understand the impact of each predictor on the target variable
  • If temperature and rainfall have a positive significant impact but humidity has a negative significant impact on crop yield it can adjust crop production to accommodate high temperature and rainfall levels and low humidity levels to produce the desired crop yield.

About Smarten

The Smarten approach to augmented analytics and modern business intelligence focuses on the business user and provides tools for Advanced Data Discovery so users can perform early prototyping and test hypotheses without the skills of a data scientist. Smarten Augmented Analytics tools include assisted predictive modelingsmart data visualizationself-serve data preparation, Clickless Analytics with natural language processing (NLP) for search analyticsAuto Insights, Key Influencer Analytics, and SnapShot monitoring and alerts. These tools are designed for business users with average skills and require no specialized knowledge of statistical analysis or support from IT or data scientists. Businesses can advance Citizen Data Scientist initiatives with in-person and online workshops and self-paced eLearning courses designed to introduce users and businesses to the concept, illustrate the benefits and provide introductory training on analytical concepts and the Citizen Data Scientist role.

The Smarten approach to data discovery is designed as an augmented analytics solution to serve business users. Smarten is a representative vendor in multiple Gartner reports including the Gartner Modern BI and Analytics Platform report and the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Report.

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Self-Serve Data Preparation Prepares You for the Future! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/25/self-serve-data-preparation-prepares-future/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/25/self-serve-data-preparation-prepares-future/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2021 08:12:49 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7171 Continued]]> self-serve-data-prep-is-your-new-best-friendDon’t Be Afraid of Self-Serve Data Preparation! It’s Easy. You Can Do It!

Oh, the mysterious world of data preparation! It is daunting and confusing and…wait, no! It doesn’t have to be. If you aren’t employed as an IT professional, a business analyst or a data scientist, you probably see this arena as confusing and intimidating and you probably want nothing to do with data preparation. BUT, when you need a report, or you have to provide a recommendation to your boss in a staff meeting, you desperately need that data and that analysis, don’t you?

So, what if you could do the data preparation yourself? Self-serve data preparation can actually make your job easier and give you the information you need more quickly and with accuracy and clarity. And, if you don’t think your business (or your boss) will be all that interested in this opportunity, consider these Gartner predictions: ‘By 2023, overall analytics adoption will increase from 35% to 50%, driven by vertical- and domain-specific augmented analytics solutions.’ and, ‘Through 2025, 80% of organizations seeking to scale digital business will fail because they do not take a modern approach to data and analytics governance.’

What does that mean, exactly? What it means is that, as an employee or team member, you will be expected to jump into the digital transformation initiative with both feet and that a self-serve data prep tool will become your new best friend!

Augmented data preparation features allow business users with average skills to perform data preparation and to transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language. These self-serve data prep tools allow users to extract, transform and load (otherwise known as ETL) data for analysis, so you don’t have to wait for IT or for a data scientist to help you prepare data and perform analysis.

You can use sophisticated, intuitive tools to compile and prepare data for use in analytics to test hypotheses, visualize data and create and share reports with other users and machine learning capability within the solution will provide guidance to determine the best techniques and the best fit transformations for the data you want to analyze, so you can better understand the data. You can search data, profile and catalogue, connect and mash-up data appropriately, and collaborate with other users to get the results you need.

If you are ready to take on the world of Self-Serve Data Preparation, and combine powerful Self-Serve Data Prep tools with Smart Data Visualization and Predictive Analytics, you can start today!

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – March – 2021! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/24/smarten-support-portal-updates-march-2021/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/24/smarten-support-portal-updates-march-2021/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2021 06:30:19 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7162 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-march-2021We invite you to explore our latest knowledgebase articles and to join the Smarten user community on Smarten Support Portal.

If you have not registered yet, Click Here to obtain your login credentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledgebase Articles

  1. Assisted Predictive Model: Handling Outliers Using Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling
  2. Others: Handling UTF Encoding for Metadata database

Forum Topics

  1. Dashboard: My user list is empty while publishing any object?
  2. SSDP: Dataset Action Editor – Action item status (active or inactive) is not saved permanently

Usecases

  1. SSDP: Derive monthly closing balance of various items from yearly opening balance and their monthly transactions data
  2. SSDP: Get day wise new addition of counts from the data with day wise closing balance of counts

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

URL: Smarten Customer and Partner Community
Email: support@Smarten.com

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How Do I Improve Results for My Small eCommerce Business? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/22/improve-results-small-ecommerce-business/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/22/improve-results-small-ecommerce-business/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2021 07:51:44 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7158 Continued]]> can-analytics-help-me-improve-my-ecommerce-businessSmall eCommerce Businesses Can Improve Results with Analytics!

If you are a business owner with an eCommerce or online shopping site, you probably spend a lot of time trying to understand your business results. There are numerous surveys that address the market and the activity in online shopping. Regardless of which survey you read, you are probably surprised to know that more than 2 billion people shop online. But, those numbers don’t tell the whole story. It is also important to understand that people will often check prices online while they are standing in a retail store just to see if they can find something at a better price. So, they don’t always buy your services or products just because they visit your site. And, you are probably not surprised to know that your competition is growing every day. You know that better than anyone.

So, as a small business owner, with a limited budget and a limited number of employees, how do you accurately and effectively analyze your results and use that analysis to improve your site, your products and your customer engagement? No matter how small your business is, you can afford an analytics solution and simply and easily integrate that solution so that your users don’t have to be a data scientist to understand how to use the analytics to make decisions and so that they will not be required to learn a complex analytics system in order to get the information they need to make changes, leverage opportunities and solve problems.

A simple, user-friendly, integrated analytics solution can provide information on sales trends and patterns, provide measurable key performance indicators (KPIs) to make fact-based decisions on what is working and what needs to change, and help you understand your customer buying behavior and the lifetime value of a customer. Keep a customer and you will not have to spend the money to acquire a new one to replace that customer. It’s that simple. So, once you have your customer engaged, you want to keep them happy.

If you are a small business owner with an eCommerce site, you can easily implement analytical capability using a solution that Integrates Shopify With Augmented Analytics, and provide your users and business a meaningful way to compete and succeed, and you can evaluate the solution in a free trial to determine the business benefits.

Contact Us to today to find out how SmartenApps for Shopify can help you achieve your goals.

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Data Agility and Popularity vs Data Quality in Self-Serve BI and Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/19/data-agility-popularity-data-quality-self-serve-bi-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/19/data-agility-popularity-data-quality-self-serve-bi-analytics/#comments Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:24:28 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7153 Continued]]> data-agility-and-popularity-vs-data-quality-in-self-serve-bi-and-analyticsOne of the most valuable aspects of self-serve business intelligence is the opportunity it provides for data and analytical sharing among business users within the organization. When business users adopt true self-serve BI tools like Plug n’ Play Predictive AnalysisSmart Data Visualization, and Self-Serve Data Preparation, they can apply the domain knowledge and skill they have developed in their role to create reports, analyze data and make recommendations and decisions with confidence.

It is not uncommon for data shared or created by a particular business user to become popular among other business users because of a particular analytical approach, the clarity of the data and conclusions presented or other unique aspects of the user’s approach to business intelligence and reporting.

In fact, in some organizations, a business user can get a reputation as being ‘popular’ or dependable and her or his business intelligence analysis and reports might be actively sought to shape opinion and make decisions. That’s right, today there is a social networking aspect even in Business Intelligence.

Think of it as Social Business Intelligence or Collaborative Business Intelligence. It is a new concept that we can certainly understand, given the modern propensity for socializing and sharing information that people want to share, discuss, and rate and they want to understand the context, and views and opinions of their peers and teammates.

By allowing your team members to easily gather, analyze and present data using sophisticated tools and algorithms (without the assistance of a programmer, data scientist or analyst), you can encourage and adopt a data sharing environment that will help everyone do a better job and empower them with tools they need to make the right decisions.

When considering the advantages of data popularity and sharing, one must also consider that not all popular data will be high-quality data (and vice versa).

So, there is definitely a need to provide both approaches in data analysis.

Create a balance between data quality and data popularity to provide your organization and business users with the best of both worlds.

You may also wish to improve the context and understanding of data among business users by leveraging the IT curation approach to data and ‘watermarking’ (labeling/tagging) selected data to indicate that this data has been certified and is dependable.

Business users can then achieve a better understanding of the credibility and integrity of the integrated data they view and analyze in the business intelligence dashboard and reports.

As the organization builds a portfolio of reports and shared data it can better assess the types of data, formats, analysis and reports that are popular among its users and will provide more value to the team and the enterprise.

Encourage your team members to share their views and ratings, with self-serve data preparation and BI tools and create an environment that will support power business users. While self-serve data prep may not always produce 100% quality data, it can provide valuable insight and food for thought that may prompt further exploration and analysis by an analyst or a full-blown Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) or Data Warehouse (DWH) inquiry and report.

There are many times when the data extracted and analyzed through self-serve data preparation is all you will need; times when the organization or the user or team needs solid information without a guarantee of 100% accuracy. In these times, the agility of self-serve data prep provides real value to the business because it allows your team to move forward, ask questions, make decisions, share information and remain competitive without waiting for valuable skilled resources to get around to the creating a report or performing a unique inquiry or search for data.

If you build a team of power business users, and transform your business user organization into Citizen Data Scientists, your ‘social network’ of data sharing and rating will evolve and provide a real benefit to the organization. Those ‘popular’, creative business users will emerge and other users will benefit from their unique approach to data analysis and gain additional insight This collaborative environment turns dry data analysis and tedious reporting into a dynamic tool that can be used to find the real ‘nuggets’ of information that will change your business.

When you need 100% accuracy – by all means seek out your IT staff, your data scientists and your analysts and leverage the skilled resources to get the crucial data you need. For much of your organization, your data analysis needs and your important tasks, the data and analysis gleaned from a self-serve data preparation and business intelligence solution will serve you very well, and your business users will become more valuable, knowledgeable assets to your organization.

By balancing agility and data ‘popularity’ and democratization with high quality, skilled data analysis, you can better leverage all of your resources and create an impressive, world-class business ‘social network’ to conquer the market and improve your business. To achieve a balance between data quality and data popularity, your organization may wish to create a unique index within the business intelligence analytics portal, to illustrate and balance data popularity and data quality, and thereby expand user understanding and improve and optimize analytics at every level within the enterprise.

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Handling Outliers Using Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/18/handling-outliers-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/18/handling-outliers-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling/#comments Thu, 18 Mar 2021 11:32:01 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7112 Continued]]> handling-cors-issues-with-api-in-google-chrome1. Outlier, an Outsider!

Outliers, also referred to as anomaly, exception, irregularity, deviation, oddity, arise in data analysis when the data records differ dramatically from the other observations. In layman’s terms, an outlier can be interpreted as any value that is numerically far-flung from most of the data points in a sample of data.

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About Outliers

 

2.  Understanding an Outlier is more important than finding it!

      In real world scenarios, we all have come across Outliers in many observations and made such statements as:

  • This number is too big. It can’t be right!
  • Why are there so many zeros?
  • Since everybody else answered the survey with an 8 or a 9, how come this guy put in all 1’s and 2’s?
  • If they only earned $300 last year, I don’t care about it.

People tend to believe that numbers tell the story, but the truth being that there underlies a story behind every number! Basically, it is of utmost importance to deal with the outliers in the data pre-processing steps for any kind of data analytics problem statement as a lot of parametric statistics like mean, correlation as well as many machine learning models like Linear Regression, ANOVA, K-Means Clustering, Support Vector Machines to name a few are sensitive to outliers and if not treated well, they may mess up with our data analysis.

3.   Dealing with Outliers: A secret ingredient for success of data analysis

Before we get too into the weeds of dealing with Outliers, let’s understand the basis of their occurrence. Some of the major occasions while we come across such data are:

  • Mistake in recording, entry or processing (such errors can occur in measurement, in data entry as well as while undergoing sampling.
  • Observational Error (for instance, say a balance showing non-zero value even when no weight is placed on it. This might be because of surrounding environment)
  • Natural entry (not an error, novelties in data)

        The most common techniques to deal with outliers is:

  • Remove Outliers
  • Replace Outliers

4.   Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling: Take the Guesswork out of Planning!

Every organization must plan and forecast results. If the enterprise is to succeed, it must strive for accuracy and identify trends and patterns in the market and industry that will help it to predict future results, plan for growth and capitalize on opportunities. Smarten Insight provides predictive modeling capability and auto-recommendations and auto-suggestions to simplify use and allow business users to leverage predictive algorithms without the expertise and skill of a data scientist.

5.   Become one with the data!

When it comes to data pre-processing, Smarten has provision to suffice the data pre-processing steps intelligently without much of the efforts to be put from the end users. Out of the many data operations taken care of, Smarten has a quick mechanism for handling the outliers from any dataset before the data is provided for any further analysis. Let’s gradually go through the Smarten mechanism for Handling Outliers!

Any kind of analysis initiates by looking upon the data. Keeping a note that we already have a predefined dataset uploaded to Smarten, let’s get started slowly but surely by opening a dataset to be pre-processed using Smarten.

  • Steps to Open a loaded dataset in Smarten:

            1. Go to Open -> Data in top right drop-down in Smarten

            2. Search for the dataset to analyze 

            3. Examine the dataset

Let’s cite the most trending dataset in today’s date to add flavor to our data processing! Hereby, we shall be dealing with the Covid-19 dataset for daily reported cases for each of the Indian states and the required attributes and carry forward with our study.

On opening the dataset, we will be able to view the attributes (columns) for the ‘Corona_Statewise_India’ dataset and be able to draw some superficial insights.

 

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View the Dataset in Smarten  

 

A gaze at the dataset reveals the following attributes of concern:

  • Date
  • Name_of_State_UT
  • Total_Confirmed_cases_Indian_National
  • Total_Confirmed_cases_Foreign_National
  • Total_Cases
  • Cured_Discharged_Migrated
  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Death
  • Avg_Temp

    Considering the above attributes, we can frame handful of use-cases like:

  • Predicting Total Covid-19 positive cases in India or Foreign for a given time span
  • Forecast the number of cured/discharged/migrated cases from the provided data
  • Forecast the number of confirmed cases for a given state or union territory or a given region based upon Latitude and Longitude attributes
  • Examine the relationship between Death rate per day based upon average temperature, region and state
  • Examine the fluctuations in Total number of Covid-19 positive cases based upon other influencing factors. 

In order to build an appropriate predictive model for any data and to obtain satisfactory results, we need to get rid of the outliers beforehand at the data processing stage.

6.   What to Do? Let Smarten handle the Out,Liar!

Smarten intelligently handles Outliers in data with the users having to do just a couple of steps.

The highlighted icon depicts the Outlier feature in Smarten:

 

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Outlier Icon
 

The next straight-thinking step is to click the outlier icon and to understand what it offers. The following panel opens up on clicking the outlier icon:

 

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Outlier Window opens on clicking the Outlier Icon
 

The outlier panel provides users an option to select the columns (i.e., attributes) from all the available attributes to process the outliers. Not all the attributes need to be processed and many of the attributes strongly require that the outliers be discarded before proceeding to any further data analysis and operations. So as a user, one must have a basic understanding upon which attributes need to be dealt with. However, Smarten makes this brainstorming task easier by providing an option to the users to by default select all the attributes and then makes provision for further insights which assists the users in designating their set of attributes to be processed.

 

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Selection of Features to be dealt with Outliers
 

As indicated in the figure, the icon besides each attribute in the available column leads them to the selected columns which are to be processed for outlier treatment. Similarly, users have flexibility in removing them from the selected column by the – icon. In case of selecting all the available attributes for outlier processing,  icon at the top serves the purpose.  icon serves the purpose of deselecting all the selected attributes. Apart from this, Smarten also has a provision wherein the users can directly search for the attributes to indulge in Outlier handling tasks from the search bar. This essentially helps when there is a huge number of available attributes and users want only a handful of them to be quickly pre-processed.

Upon making the mind on the attributes to be dealt with for Outlier processing, click on the Apply button which leads us to the following window.

In order to reduce the friction in understanding, let’s at first only select one attribute (i.e., Total_Confirmed_cases_Indian_National) and look upon what all Smarten has to provide. 

 

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Outlier Feature-wise Panel opens on clicking the Apply Button
 

The window is clearly suggesting to us that out of the total number of records in the dataset, 20 records (constituting 5.9% of the total number of records) seems to have been detected as outliers while considering the Total_Confirmed_cases_Indian_National attribute with 100% accuracy!

  •  How to know the total number of records in our dataset?

Smarten comprises a feature of enable record count which assists us to swiftly know the number of records at any given instance in our dataset. On clicking the icon as demonstrated in the image below, smarten displays the total count of records available at present instance in our dataset.

 

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Enable Record Count feature in Smarten
 

7.   Before thinking about what is on the edges, it is important to think of what lies at the midway! Box plots assists to explain the outlier behavior!

A box plot is a graphical representation of statistical data based on the lower bound, lower quartile, median, upper quartile, and upper bound. On a mouse hover upon the box plot we obtain all of this details for the data of the selected attribute.

 

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Taking insights from the Box Plot
 

The outliers are the data points extending beyond the upper and lower bounds. The red bubble is indicative of the extreme outlier which lies farthest from the median data point. The figure below is indicative of the fact that our data contains a record with 87 cases in Total_Confirmed_cases_Indian_National which is farthest from our stated median value for total cases being 3. This helps the user understand the variability caused in the data and make appropriate decisions to deal with the outlier by either removing them or replacing them. 

 

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Smarten Highlights Outlier with extreme value with a red bubble
 

8.   Download and View the Outlier Data

Smarten has a provision wherein the end users can get to download and view the outlier data for the selected attributes by simply clicking on the Click here to download URL.

 

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Download and View the corresponding Outlier Data
 

On clicking the URL to download the data, we are provided with the excel file recording the 20 records detected as the outlier data from our entire dataset for the selected attribute (here Total_Confirmed_cases_Indian_National).

 

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Excel file constituting the Outlier Data for the chosen features
 

It can be hereby recalled that the outlier data consists of all the records with Total_Confirmed_cases_Indian_National attribute values lying beyond the upper bound (i.e., 29).

9.   Shall an outlier be removed or replaced from analysis?

The answer to this is seemingly straightforward but not simple! Sometimes, an outlier can be a genuine data point and in such a scenario removing them will not be a great option. But an outlier may also be a misrepresentation or an error and in such an occasion, it’s wiser to remove them entirely from our data. Also, while making such a strategy, one must also take into consideration the number of outliers in the data, if there is a high quota of outlier data in our dataset, removing them will shrink our data considerably leading to less data for making analysis. In such a context, replacing the outlier offers to be a recommended option. Furthermore, when something unusual happens in our data, something important might have happened to our business! Outliers in such scenarios, empowers us in making meaningful decisions. Say for instance, the number of Covid-19 positive cases has shown an abrupt hike because of businesses and schools reopening. Now this can genuinely be correct data and treating them as outliers and removing them may not allow us to recognize the causes for increase in number of cases. So, such variables shall be retained as it is in our data. The crux of the discussion is that one must be aware of their data and the use-case to be dealt while dealing with the outliers!

Smarten equips us in making the remove and replace operations for outliers easily at one click!

 

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Remove Outlier from the Data Option
 

On clicking the Remove Outliers button, we get a confirmation pop-up in order to reconsider our decision. Once made the decision, the records containing outliers in the chosen attributes are totally removed from the dataset and we obtain our processed dataset. One can also check the count of the new dataset obtained by selecting the enable record count feature and note the amount of data loss for the advancing data analysis steps.

 

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Replace Outlier from the Data Option
 

On clicking the Replace Outliers button, we obtain confirmation pop-up in order to think over our decision. Smarten replaces the value of the outlier data of the selected attributes with the median value of that attribute. This option retains the data count of the dataset and the user has to make no compromise upon the amount of data provided to the model for further analysis.

10.     Better data beats fancier algorithms.

If you are with me so far, and you have done your homework in understanding Outliers and their effect and impact on our data, you might have comprehended that better data does not always mean more data. Though having more data, both in terms of a greater number of records and more features to study is a blessing, one must always invest in directing efforts towards improving the data. Many a times, lot of attempts are made in building fancier algorithms to tackle use-cases in order to attain high accuracy matrix. But a better data shall always beat fancier algorithms so its recommended to get rid of outliers in the initial pre-processing steps so that our algorithms can furnish better outcomes. However, on a closing remark, data is very important for analysis, but data without sound approach is a noise in itself! So, Smarten apart from making a provision in achieving better data, also provides us with sound machine learning algorithms to attain the requisite outcome without taking much of the user’s efforts!

 

Note: This article is based on Smarten Version 5.1.1. This may or may not be relevant to the Smarten version you may be using.

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Auto Insights Provide Simple Answers for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/15/auto-insights-provide-simple-answers-business-users/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/15/auto-insights-provide-simple-answers-business-users/#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2021 07:03:30 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7105 Continued]]> auto-ml-npl-and-clickless-analytics-help-your-business-usersHow Can I Make It Easier For Business Users To Perform Analytics?

When a business wants to roll out advanced analytics to its business users, it must consider the average skill level and understanding of analytical techniques and ensure that the solution it chooses will support its project goals. One of the most important factors of business user analytics is user-friendly, simple analytics in an augmented analytics environment.

This type of environment provides support to achieve the right visualization, prepare the data in the correct way for analysis and choose the right analytical techniques. In this way, business users can leverage predictive analytics and produce results that are clear and easy to understand – all without asking the user to create complex searches or to understand the deep and broad details of analytical techniques.

The goal is to provide insight and help users make a decision without frustrating them or taking up a lot of their time! To do this, the augmented analytics solution uses machine learning, Auto ML, and natural language processing (NLP) to help the user collect and analyze data with the guided assistance of a ‘smart’ solution. Users don’t have to select data columns or choose analytical techniques like classification or clustering. All they have to do is select the dataset they want to analyze. The system will interpret the dataset, select important columns of data, analyze its type and variety and other parameters and then use intelligent machine learning to automatically apply the best algorithm and analytical technique and provide data insight.

The augmented analytics solution can apply correlation, classification, regression, or forecasting, or whichever technique is relevant, based upon the data the user wishes to analyze, and the results are displayed using visualization types that provide the best fit for the data, with data presented in simple natural language. So, business users do not have to be data scientists or spend a lot of time gathering, analyzing and trying to understand results!

If you want to make confident business decisions with automated data insights into your data, explore the benefits of the Auto Insights, Augmented Analytics features, and Contact Us to get started.

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Mobile BI for All Users and All Devices! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/11/mobile-bi-users-devices/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/11/mobile-bi-users-devices/#comments Thu, 11 Mar 2021 07:23:59 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7101 Continued]]> mobile-business-intelligence-must-suit-all-devicesNot Just Any BI Tool! You Need Mobile BI for Every Device AND Great Performance!

If you are considering a modern business intelligence solution, there is a real necessity to choose an option that provides mobile business intelligence access and capability. Today’s workforce is mobile and team members expect to have seamless access, no matter the device they choose to use. Mobile BI solutions enable data sharing, fact-based decision making and optimize productivity. No matter where your team members are, in or out of the office, they should have access to critical business intelligence in order to keep your business moving and fulfill their roles and responsibilities.

The solution you choose should not dictate or restrict the device, the screen size or the setting but rather provide access to your critical business intelligence data on any device you choose with a responsive user interface (UI) and high performance. In order to perform tasks, analyze information, solve problems and share information, users need integrated business intelligence tools that provide access to data in an interactive, personalized view and enable data sharing, identification of trends and patterns and user empowerment and accountability.

While you are compiling your requirements, don’t forget to look at licensing and training considerations. If you want your team members to adopt the solution, you’ll want a simple tool that requires minimal (or no) training and is easy and intuitive to use. AND, you’ll want a mobile business intelligence tool that has an affordable licensing structure that will allow you to easily and cost-effectively expand your user base.

Choose a business intelligence solution that allows every user to have access to critical BI tools and information in the office and on the road. Mobile BI

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With Support, Citizen Data Scientists Can Be Successful! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/08/support-citizen-data-scientists-successful/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/08/support-citizen-data-scientists-successful/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2021 10:00:22 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7094 Continued]]> how-can-your-citizen-data-scientists-succeedCreate an Environment that is Suitable for Citizen Data Scientists!

When a business user takes on the new role of Citizen Data Scientist, it is often with misgivings and concerns. If their business and management team have not adequately explained the expectations of this new role, or made the workflow and cultural changes required to ensure that this new role is successful, the business user and team member is likely to fail, and the Citizen Data Scientist initiative is likely to fail.

When a business considers how best to improve data literacy and implement digital transformation, the transition of business users and team members to Citizen Data Scientists is a crucial part of this new environment. In order to succeed, businesses must take a careful, thorough look at how the business used to work, how it must now work and how roles will change in order to successfully implement these changes. Here are just a few of the areas that must be addressed:

  • Comprehensive communication of new roles and responsibilities and enforcement of these new roles with appropriate empowerment and accountability for managers, team members, IT, data scientists etc.
  • Basic, foundational training on new workflow, new systems and solutions and new processes to ensure that all team members understand how to use the tools and processes to add value and accurately complete tasks.
  • Basic training on analytics techniques to ensure that team members are not intimidated and will willingly adopt and use the augmented analytics tools and the techniques involved in analytics.
  • Adapted hiring, training, annual evaluation and feedback processes to support, encourage and reward business users and team members as they take on this new role.
  • Review and changes for business analysts, data scientists and IT to re-focus roles toward more strategic responsibilities and establish appropriate connections and collaborative work processes between Citizen Data Scientists and analytical teams as there is a need for more accuracy and strategic focus in day-to-day analytics.
  • Assessment and changes to the systems and solutions, workflow and processes used to communicate with suppliers, partners, stakeholders and customers and leverage the possibilities of digital transformation and data-informed decisions across the enterprise.

With the right attention to detail and processes and support for these new roles and approaches to business, the enterprise can assure its success and the success of its Citizen Data Scientists and reap the benefits of this approach to business.

Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey.

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Are You Greedy for Customers? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/05/greedy-customers/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/05/greedy-customers/#comments Fri, 05 Mar 2021 07:42:45 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7088 Continued]]> are-you-greedy-for-customersSometimes it is hard to ignore the distractions that threaten to take you off course and scuttle your business success. One such distraction happens when we give in to temptation and reach for more customers or new customers without regard for the fact that these customers are not a good fit for our products, our services, our team or our phase of growth.

If we overextend our resources, our staff or our focus, we risk losing our core business and our loyal customers as well as the targets we SHOULD focus on. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you try to expand your customer base at the expense of stability and focus.

 

  • You might assign staff or expand locations to target these new customers and in so doing, deplete the resources and funds you need to retain existing customers or target customers that better fit your product or service profile.
  • You might target a risky customer base that will not pay bills on time because they don’t have the funds or because they are not dependable.
  • You might close a deal that requires you to provide a different product or service or expand in a way that will challenge you to meet your obligations and this could affect your reputation, and your ability to stay in business.
  • You might deviate from your core business and competency and be seen as a company that does a bit of everything but doesn’t do any one thing well!
  • You might stretch the boundaries of your products, services or staff and provide ‘good enough’ rather than ‘excellence’ so that your customer satisfaction decreases.
  • You might substantially change the role, or success of a sales person, a team member, or a manager and, by doing so, you might lose good employees.
  • You might find yourself dealing with a customer account or market segment that will cause you to deviate from your product road map…..

Any or all of these things can happen when you overreach and try for customers that are not a good fit, or attempt to expand a market to include a customer base that doesn’t satisfy your target market. When temptation looms, you have to turn back to your bedrock mission, vision and core competencies and carefully assess the advisability of taking this leap.

I have seen it happen many times with large and small companies and it is never pretty! It happens when a large enterprise acquires another company to expand its customer base by offering new products and services it cannot support and doesn’t understand. It happens when a small company tries to reach into a competitor’s market share and steal customers who do not want the features or products they offer. It happens when a business sees a market segment and a group of customers they think they can target and ignores the fact that these customers do not fit their company profile. This is a common misstep and it happens when an organization decides that winning a particular customer will influence other customer decisions. The thought process goes something like this, ‘Customer X is influential in the market and if I can get them on board, other customers will follow suit.’

In order to get these customers on board, you will have to use precious resources, and you might have to deviate from your product roadmap, you will incur expenses, and you just might change your fortune with existing customers and market reputation.

Do what you do well, focus on the core, and find and retain the customers that are most likely to buy your products or services – those who want and need what you have to offer and are willing to pay for what you provide.

When we give in to temptation, it is usually because we are greedy. We want more but more isn’t always better.

Be prudent and logical and look at new customers as you would any new relationship. Is this person going to like what you have to offer? Are they going to make you happy? Can you make THEM happy?

Don’t give in to greed or set impractical expectations. Stay the course, and expand and grow organically.

Don’t force success!

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Plan Precisely with Predictive Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/01/plan-precisely-predictive-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/03/01/plan-precisely-predictive-analytics/#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2021 07:54:57 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7081 Continued]]> predictive-analytics-lets-you-dream-and-planIs Predictive Analytics Real or Does it Promise More Than it Delivers?

Why would anyone want or need to use predictive analytics? What good is forecasting anyway? Doesn’t it always end up being wrong? Well, no! That’s why wise businesses use these techniques to plan and forecast and to understand how a change they are considering might impact their business success. Nearly every organization today is using analytics to improve productivity, competitive positioning, market presence, financial investment strategies, price point planning, risk mitigation and many other business factors.

Here are just a few of the ways in which you can use predictive analytics to refine your business strategy, discover opportunities and plan for the future. These examples may give you some insight into how your own business might benefit from predictive analytics and the use of augmented analytics within your teams:

  • Banking, Financial Services, Insurance: Risk and fraud mitigation helps the business to mitigate fraud, refine loan approval processes, improve business results and develop and sustain fraud detection to enable operations monitoring.
  • Retail, Small Business Services: Understanding customer churn and how to sustain a customer relationship rather than having to replace a lost customer. Businesses can also plan for demand and accommodate seasonality or other factors with adjustment of supplies, inventory and resource plans.
  • Research, Medical, Wellness: Targeting clients and customers in a particular demographic or with particular characteristics or traits to anticipate the need for additional supplies, resources, and develop key messages to attract and inform the right market or segment.
  • Manufacturing, Production, Supply Chain, Infrastructure, Logistics: Plan for necessary maintenance, reduce downtime, assure appropriate resources, training and more.
  • Technology, Professional Services: Anticipate the hiring, training and job satisfaction issues that will allow the business to hire the right people and retain the right talent and skills.

These are just a few of the ways predictive analytics can help your business to succeed with assisted predictive modeling, augmented analytics that are suitable for every business user and intuitive for use by those with average technical skills. Predictive analytics for business users allows your organization to test theories and hypothesize how a change might affect the outcome and bottom line. It enables business users and the management team to forecast more accurately and confidently.

If you want to benefit from Predictive Analytics And Assisted Predictive Modeling, Contact Us today. Explore our Use Cases to better understand how Predictive Analytics is used in business today.

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Give Your Business Users Simple Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/24/give-business-users-simple-augmented-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/24/give-business-users-simple-augmented-analytics/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 08:24:18 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7075 Continued]]> business-users-can-adopt-analytics-tools-with-basic-knowledgeBusiness Users Don’t Have to Be Data Scientists (But Basic Knowledge is Great)

When you launch an analytics solution within your enterprise, you are probably concerned about getting your business users to adopt that solution. If you can’t engage the business user and achieve user adoption, your return on investment (ROI) will be poor!  But, it is important to understand that the right augmented analytics solution can provide the structure and foundation for business users without requiring them to have a sophisticated knowledge of algorithms and analytical techniques.

Features and tools like Assisted Predictive Modeling, Smart Data Visualization and Self-Serve Data Preparation allow users to get auto-recommendations, suggestions and guidance that will produce clear results – results that business users will not have to interpret. The format for visualization will guide a user to the right displays and graphics based on the type and volume of data and other factors. The predictive analytics tools will allow the user to choose the right type of algorithm or analytical technique based on the type of data, what the user wants to know about the data and other factors. Self-serve data prep allows users to quickly gather and assemble data for analysis without knowledge of programming, scripting or data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) techniques.

In short, the user does not need to be an IT professional, a programmer or a data scientist to get the results they need. The only requirement (and it is an important one) is that business users have a basic understanding of analytics as follows:

  1. Understanding of the reasons for analytics and the benefits of working with fact-based data
  2. Opportunity to work with a simple, augmented analytics solution with support and guidance as required
  3. Understanding of what analytics can tell them and how it can support their day-to-day efforts
  4. Basic knowledge and exposure to analytical techniques used within the augmented analytics solution

While advanced, comprehensive training is not required to ensure that your augmented analytics solution is adopted across the enterprise, your business must have a plan in place to provide the most basic instruction and support so that business users are encouraged and eager to use the augmented analytics solution you provide.

If you want to engender confidence and ensure your users adopt Augmented Analytics, Contact Us to get started.

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – February – 2021! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/23/smarten-support-portal-updates-february-2021/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/23/smarten-support-portal-updates-february-2021/#comments Tue, 23 Feb 2021 07:40:17 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7069 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-february-2021We invite you to explore our latest knowledgebase articles and to join the Smarten user community on Smarten Support Portal.

If you have not registered yet, Click Here to obtain your login credentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledgebase Articles

  1. Assisted Predictive Model: Medical Cost Prediction Using Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling
  2. SSDP: Improve data extraction performance from database data source
  3. Working with Dashboards: Improve dashboard loading performance for dashboards with multiple objects

Forum Topics

  1. Dashboard: How to improve the dashboard loading time in Smarten?
  2. Datasource: How can the database query processing time be improved while working on a dataset?

Usecases

  1. SSDP: Handling multiple JOINs through Step by Step Procedure to create a dataset
  2. General: Merge monthly plan data with actual daily sales data and create plan vs actual data

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

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Email: support@Smarten.com

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Plug n’​ Play Predictive Analysis For Business User Data Prototyping! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/17/plug-n-play-predictive-analysis-business-user-data-prototyping/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/17/plug-n-play-predictive-analysis-business-user-data-prototyping/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2021 07:22:46 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7061 Continued]]> plug-n-play-predictive-analysis-for-business-user-data-prototypingWhether your business is a small, single location brick and mortar enterprise or a large, multi-facility organization that spans the global market, you need access to sophisticated, easy-to-use business intelligence tools in order to compete in local, regional and global markets.

When organizations undertake the process of researching and selecting a business intelligence tool, they quickly discover that the market is crowded with solutions. In determining the best fit for your organization, it is important that you consider the way in which a particular business intelligence tool satisfies your forecasting and predictive analysis needs. There is perhaps no other single factor that will affect your business future and growth as significantly as predictive analysis. You can plan all you want but if your predictions and forecasts are based on flawed data, you are not likely to succeed, except perhaps if you are very lucky – and I wouldn’t count on luck in this rapidly changing business environment!

Give your business users a solid self-serve business intelligence tool and implement a strategy designed to empower your users and hold them accountable for decisions and to allow them to become Citizen Data Scientists. This doesn’t mean your business users must be skilled at data analysis or algorithms or programming. But, it does mean you will need the right tool to provide sophisticated functionality in an easy-to-use BI tool so that your users can quickly gather, analyze and interpret data and make confident predictions.

Imagine a world where business users can easily and dependably predict and forecast results without the help of data scientists, analysts or programmers. With Plug n’ Play Predictive Analysis Tools, it is possible for business users to perform in-depth predictive analysis and forecasting on their own. In this brave new world of self-serve business intelligence business users can create their own time series forecasting, associative, clustering, classification and other predictive analytics using drag n’ drop functionality, without the assistance of a statistician or data scientist.

Business users are not data scientists, but the right BI Tool can help users enhance their understanding and make educated decisions. When it is required, your analysts and/or IT team can jump in to create data views and reports for more strategic decisions, while business users can leverage the self-serve tool on a daily basis, to create hypotheses and prototype data for a first level look at predictive analytics.

Advanced Data Discovery and Plug n’ Play Predictive Analysis take the guesswork out of planning and allows you to leverage multiple data sources to find and analyze data and clearly illustrate results and make predictions based on historical factors, using Time Series forecasting, prediction and causation algorithms, classification and prediction techniques and other traditional, standard predictive methodologies. Business users do not have to have the skills or knowledge of an IT professional or a data scientist to perform these tasks, so your analytical and technical staff will be free to focus on other activities and your business users can pursue planning activities without assistance.

No business can afford to stumble when it comes to forecasts and strategic, operational or tactical plans. Your enterprise has a lot of information but it isn’t always easy to compile and analyze and once you have the data in front of you, it may be difficult to use it for planning purposes. With plug n’ play predictive analytics, your organization and your business users can gain insight into current and future trends and patterns and assess options for investment, pricing, new products, added resources, training, sales, partnerships and competitive tactics.

Think of Plug n’ Play Predictive Analysis as your secret weapon, one that every team member can utilize to your advantage.

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Key Performance Indicators Are Crucial to Objective Metrics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/16/key-performance-indicators-crucial-objective-metrics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/16/key-performance-indicators-crucial-objective-metrics/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2021 07:20:08 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7056 Continued]]> kpis-should-be-part-of-every-business-user-dayStay on Track with Business User Access to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)!

The days of managing a business by opinion or ‘gut feeling’ are long past. Every business has competition – whether local or global or both and the only way to know that the business is performing against objectives and goals and is strategically competitive is to use measurable goals.

Metrics take the guesswork out of business management and, when these metrics are accessible to all business users in a self-serve, modern business intelligence framework, every team member is on the same page and can perform against metrics and monitor those metrics to ensure success. Expanding those tools to allow users to drill down and through data and to produce and share clear reports will allow the business to quickly understand the root cause of a problem or identify an opportunity and, where appropriate, to adjust metrics.

With the right BI tools, users can define KPI with an easy to use, powerful expression engine and set polarity, frequency, and threshold levels using a browser based interface. The business can establish and monitor KPIs at the individual, team, department, division and company level. Defined KPIs are not limited to static monitoring but rather are dynamic so that businesses can gain meaningful insight into results and adapt in real-time. KPI Analytics provide interactive options to change frequencies, dimension break downs and drill down to further analyze trends, and reasons for performance and to identify and solve problems.

If you want a solid foundation to measure and manage your results, choose a business intelligence solution that allows every user to see and to clearly understand key performance indicators and to manage tasks and activities to achieve measurable goals and objectives. Here’s where to start: Multidimensional KPI

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Medical Cost Prediction Using Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/12/medical-cost-prediction-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/12/medical-cost-prediction-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2021 08:16:32 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7019 Continued]]> medical-cost-prediction-using-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling1. A high level Overview on the Use Case :
One of the most effective use-case of data science in Healthcare is to predict medical costs of the patient based upon extensive factors contributing to higher expenditures. Rising medical costs have been a major public health concern hence getting an understanding upon the contributing factors is very crucial. Furthermore, one of the significant aspects of medical cost prediction is to identify the patients at risk to contribute to extensive costs to hospitals leading to effective resource planning. The relationship between patient’s primary medical costs and their characteristics (like age, gender, morbidity, BMI etc.) plays a vital role while investigating whether the healthcare resources are equitably allocated and to make sure that patients in equal needs are supplied with equal amount of medical care. Over and above that, it is very necessary to know how patients’ expected costs varies with respect to the commonly affecting factors.

 

2. If we have data, let’s look at it !

Now that we have a good understanding of what medical cost prediction use-case is, the next obvious step is to analyze it. Any kind of analysis initiates by looking upon the data. Keeping a note that we already have a predefined dataset uploaded to Smarten, let’s get started slowly but surely into how to open a loaded dataset in Smarten and make analysis.

  • Steps to Open a loaded dataset in Smarten:

1. Go to Open -> Data in top right drop-down in Smarten

2. Search for the dataset to analyze

3. Examine the dataset

On opening the dataset, we will be able to view the attributes (columns) affecting the use case and also be able to draw some superficial insights by pondering upon the dataset. Your dataset will look as follows:

 

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Medical Cost Prediction Dataset

 

  • Data Analysis from Elementary Point of View:

From the dataset, we can perceive that there are multiple factors (i.e. attributes or columns) which may have an effect on our target variable (i.e. charges). Charges being discrete numeric values, may have increasing or decreasing value effect from dependable attributes. Though this outcome may vary from person to person and also the type of data we use, we can definitely derive some relevance and associations among the depending features and the amount of charges.

Our dataset consists of the following features apart from our target feature charges:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • BMI
  • Children
  • Smoker
  • Region

In layman’s terms we can derive that a smoker and an aged person might have higher medical costs in typical conditions. But this calculation might differ from person to person as well as the type of data we have in hand.

In order to validate our assumptions as well as to provide extensive data insights, Smarten provides us a straightforward as well as accurate approach to draw better conclusions from our data.

Now it’s time to gear up with some amazing data analytics using Smarten!

3.  The goal is to figure out what to do with the data!

Smarten provides us a feature of Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling which reduces the time and skills required to produce accurate, clear results, quickly using machine learning. With Smarten Insights, the user will simply have to select the dataset to be analyzed and the broad category of the algorithm to be applied. That’s it!.The system will interpret the dataset, select important columns of data, analyze its type and variety and other parameters and then use intelligent machine learning to automatically apply the best algorithm in the selected algorithm technique in order to provide data insights.

Let’s gradually familiarize with Smarten Insights!

1.    Create a fresh  New Smarten Insight:

Goto New ->SmartenInsight  Menu in the drop-down provided in the top right corner of the Smarten Dashboard

 

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Create a New Smarten Insight

 

2.    What do you want to do? Choose Algorithm Technique Accordingly:

The following window opens on selecting Smarten Insight:

 

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Smarten Insight – Algorithm Technique Selection

 

Smarten has a provision wherein users can select the algorithm technique best sufficing their use case and provide quality results for the chosen technique. So in order to select the best category of algorithm, users need to have some basic data literacy.

We need to choose the best algorithm technique from the following list:

  • Forecasting
  • Classification
  • Clustering
  • Correlation
  • Regression
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Frequent Pattern Mining
  • Descriptive Statistics

Let’s put on our thinking caps and try to recognize the best suit algorithm technique for Medical Cost Prediction dataset!

The high level goal is pretty clear that we are keen in acknowledging the factors leading to fluctuations in medical charges and derive a relationship between influencing factors and medical charges. To put it in another way, we desire to describe the changes in our independent variable (i.e. charges) with respect to the influence of dependent variables (i.e. age, smoker, BMI etc.). Our target being a finite continuous numeric variable as well as dependable on various other variables, regression analysis is the most appropriate choice to get our outcomes right.

This suggests that our problem can be prototyped as a Regression Analysis and we can carry forward with our survey of getting better insights from this data using Smarten by selecting the Regression model from the list of provided algorithms techniques. Moreover, Smarten also has a provision to provide description against each algorithm technique along with a basic example to enhance data literacy and assist us in algorithm selection.

3.    Select the data for Performing Regression upon:

  • Search for the dataset (In our case it’s named Medical cost prediction-Multiple Regression-Dataset)from the search bar.
  • Select the radio button against the dataset of interest.
  • Click on the next button at the bottom to advance the procedure.

 

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Smarten Insight – Search and Select Dataset for Regression Analysis

 

4.    Wait till Smarten is predicting the targets (outcome variable) and predictors (dependent variable) for us: 

 

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Smarten Insight – Identify best Target and Predictor for chosen dataset

 

5.    Select the target and predictors based upon your choice:

After Smarten identifies the target and predictor columns as showcased below, we can change the settings as per our requirements.

 

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Smarten Insight – Screen indicating chosen Target and predictors for Regression Analysis by Smarten

 

5.1.  Target selection:

As we are keen at predicting the cost of medication, charges will be the apt choice for our target. In order to make charges our target variable, we must select it from the drop-down indicating ‘Select the target variable containing predefined classes or groups’.

 

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Smarten Insight – Modifying the Target Variable

 

5.2.  Identify relevant predictors for selected Target:

Smarten has a feature wherein it selects the significant predictors for the chosen target using machine learning techniques. In this scenario, the default target chosen was of our interest (i.e. charges) and hence smarten has     already made recommendations for significant predictors for us. The predictors highlighted in yellow indicate those which are recommended to us by Smarten auto mechanism.

5.3.  Perform amendments in Predictors (Optional):

Now that Smarten has well equipped us well with the predictors, we still have a choice to add or remove the predictor selections based upon our interest. The right side table of Predictors represents those which significantly affect the target (here charges) and the left side contains the remaining predictors. The predictors on the right side table will be fed to the machine learning model to generate outcomes. So we can make alteration in the right side list of predictors using the + and – symbols before processing further.

5.4.  Run model on full or sample data option:

Sometimes, perhaps in most cases, we have to deal with huge data. Our machine learning model may take more time to run and provide us with the required outcome. In such a scenario Smarten provides us with an option of using sampled data wherein it smartly makes a sample of data resembling the full data which may give us the same result set as we would have obtained in the full data. But in our current scenario, we can use the full data to feed to the model by selecting the radio button as follows:

 

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Smarten Insight – Sample vs Full Data Mode Option

 

5.5.  Want to run regression on entire dataset option:

Often users want to make analysis upon some filtered data. Say for instance what if we were to find the medical charges specifically for people who smoke? In such a scenario, we need to select the smoker attribute with value yes, keeping all the predictors as they are. For such filtering of data Smarten provides us with an option to run regression on the entire dataset or filtered dataset as follows:

 

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Smarten Insight – Apply Filter upon Input data attributes

 

If we have no such filtering condition in mind, we can carry further with yes option in the ‘Do you want to run regression on entire dataset?’

After well performing the above effortless process, finally click on the next button which will let Smarten designate the best fit regression algorithm using machine learning tactics for our dataset.

 

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Smarten Insight – Recommendation of Best fit Regression Algorithm for chosen dataset by Smarten

 

4.  So that was the recipe, Now let’s taste it!

On clicking the next button, Smarten leads us to the results and interpretations for our dataset without investing much of our efforts!

 

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Smarten Insight – Multiple Linear Regression

 

This audibly suggests that Multiple linear regression is the apt machine learning algorithm for our dataset and the happy face in the interpretation is indicative of the model being quite accurate in its predictions.

5.  Smarten brings boring flat data to life using Visualizations!

For multiple linear regressions, Smarten displays the following 3 visualizations in order to get catchy and clear visual interpretations for the chosen data.

  • Line Fit Plot
  • Normal Probability Plot 
  • Residual vs Fit plot

    5.1.  Line Fit Plot:

This plot is used to plot the relationship between each Predictor and Target variable to know if they are linearly correlated. This is a good visualization practice whenever one wants to know whether increasing/decreasing the parameter leads to increase/decrease in target value or no such pattern is retrieved from our data. We can select the parameter of choice to make visualizations from the drop-down provided as in figure below:

 

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Smarten Insight – Line Fit Plot for Regression Analysis

 

5.2.  Normal Probability Plot:

This plot is carried out to check the assumptions of normality in our data. This plot is helpful in adding trend line  in order to check whether the variables fit the straight line. A straight, diagonal line means that you have normally distributed data. If the line is skewed to the left or right, it means that you do not have normally distributed data. From the plot below, we can devise that our data doesn’t assume normality owing to the skewness from the normality line.

 

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Smarten Insight – Normal Probability Plot for Regression Analysis

 

5.3.  Residual vs Fit plot:

This is a scatter plot represented to detect the unequal residual variances and outliers in the data. Ideally, the point that lies outside the basic normal pattern of data is an outlier and must be removed from the data to get a better fit model! To determine this, the scatter plot must be randomly scattered among all the four quadrants for a better fit. From the figure below, we can interpret that the data is stable and there are not many outliers owing to the even distribution of the scatter plot among all the quadrants.

 

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Smarten Insight – Residual Versus Fit Plot for Regression Analysis

 

6.  Every Choice we make, has an end result!

Apart from the best fit algorithm automatically opted for by Smarten, the user also has a privilege to play around with other listed algorithms and review results produced by them for further analysis. Users can test the accuracy and other metrics of varied algorithms and make a comparative review upon all as well as make better explorations.

To make analysis and draw conclusions upon algorithms apart from the best fit one, just select the algorithm of interest on the left side menu list as follows (In case of regression analysis, we currently have at best two algorithms namely simple linear regression and multiple linear regression, limiting our choice to be grounded to one, so we can choose simple linear regression for comparative analysis under this scenario):

Note: Smarten makes sure that it’s users are well aware that the default selection is the best choice if the users want to save time upon that grounds. But if a user wants to explore other algorithms, they can select the yes option and proceed.

 

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Smarten Insight – Option to Alter Algorithm choice

 

As advised by Smarten pop-up, we cannot apply a simple linear regression algorithm for our chosen data as it consists of more than a single predictor variable.it’s not always a scenario wherein any algorithm can be applicable to any dataset. There are some regulations for every machine learning algorithm which the data must satisfy in order to perform analysis with. Smarten has provided apt pop-ups if our data is not sustainable for the algorithm selection.

7.  Simpler the Insight, more profound the Conclusion !

Out of many features provided, Smarten insight has 3 key sections which will assist us in better interpretation of our data. Them being:

  • Interpretation
  • Model Summary
  • Apply
  • Simulation

7.1.  Interpretation :

The interpretation section provides the users an in-depth insight from the dataset in easy to understand language.

 

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Smarten Insight – Interpretation Section

 

We can make interpretations regarding the significant attributes for our target(i.e. Medical charges) as well as devise the type and amount of impact they play on the target. For illustration, here we can make out that person’s age is significant in predicting the medical cost. Moreover, as the age increases, the charges increase linearly with a coefficient of 256.711.

7.2.     Model Summary:

The model summary section contains a more technical summary of the data. This is specially put to Smarten insight to provoke data Literacy. For instance, for carrying out regression analysis of the model, data scientists make conclusions by making interpretations from the obtained R square, RMSE and many other utility metrics. Smarten provides us even this feature to validate the technical aspect with the generalized interpretations.

 

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Smarten Insight – Model Summary Section

 

In nomenclature, R square is used in regression analysis to address the goodness of fit as depicted in the model summary. Apart from this, Smarten also makes the understanding upon the regression coefficient values and the significance associated with each attribute in terms of the p values and attempts to explain this jargon in easy to understand language.

7.3.     Apply the model:

Using apply feature, the users can select/enter static values of each variable on pressing the Apply button Smarten let us know the outcome (here it will be the amount of charges). This is specially used when we have predefined values of all the other variables and keen to know the target class accordingly.

 

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Smarten Insight – Apply Model Section

 

As the outcome of the apply feature, users can get to perceive the cost of medication when entered values are taken into consideration. Besides this, Smarten also illustrates the accuracy in terms of R square to cross validate our results.

 

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Smarten Insight – Result of Apply Model

 

7.4.     Simulation:

Simulation modelling feature assists in analyzing the model prototype to predict its performance in real world scenarios. It helps the users understand under what conditions the outcome will withstand a particular outcome and make predictions in real time. Say for instance, the user wants to make the settings of all the predictors in real time and make predictions, then the simulation feature can be used. We will find the icon for simulation on top right corner of the screen as follows:

 

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Smarten Insight – Simulation Section

As it’s evident from the screen that there is a default setting made for each predictor unlike the Apply feature, and also the outcome when those default parameters are selected.We can change the parameters and obtain the real time medical cost accordingly. We also obtain the line fit plot of the target with selected predicate (we can single out the predictor of our choice from the drop-down menu). The red bubble in the plot indicates our predicted outcome value keeping in consideration the selected parameters while carrying out the simulation.

8.  Ready, Set, Go!

Now that we have a made a step-by-step approach in understanding the flow of making regression analysis of the Medical Cost Prediction use-case using Smarten using a sample data and model, we are all set to make similar process in tackling any other sample data with provided predictors and targets as per business requirements and create corresponding model to analyze the outcomes as well as apply this model to provided patient’s data to estimate medication cost variation with respective affecting parameters!

Note: This article is based on Smarten Version 5.0. This may or may not be relevant to the Smarten version you may be using.

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Embrace The Citizen Data Scientist Workflow! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/11/embrace-citizen-data-scientist-workflow/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/11/embrace-citizen-data-scientist-workflow/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2021 07:55:53 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=7014 Continued]]> citizen-data-scientist-workflow-and-process-foundationThe Journey To Citizen Data Scientist Must Include New Workflow And Processes!

Gartner has rightfully predicted the rise of Citizen Data Scientists. Coming from the ranks of business users, Citizen Data Scientists continue to function in their primary roles and fulfill their responsibilities as they take on the tasks of aligning with Digital Transformation initiatives and improving data literacy. Their new role does require that they embrace some new concepts and become comfortable with analytics and with making decisions using augmented analytical tools.

As the Citizen Data Scientist takes on the new role, there are other considerations that will ensure their success, not the least of which is the new workflow and new processes in which they will engage in order to champion the Citizen Data Scientist approach and bring these concepts into their day-to-day responsibilities.

The steps in the workflow include:

  • Identifying problems and opportunities
  • Finding and preparing data for analysis to explore problems and opportunities
  • Understanding data and patterns and trends using Smart Data Visualization, Predictive Analytics and Self-Serve Data Prep
  • Build use cases and models to support the business and individual roles and responsibilities
  • Collaborate with other business users to share models and make recommendations and decisions
  • Champion the use of augmented analytics and support other business users as they adopt analytics in decision-making

Citizen Data Scientists should also expect that the organization will include the use of augmented analytics and the understanding of the analytical techniques and tools as an element of team member evaluation and should leverage augmented analytics and reporting when making recommendations to management and other team members. These measurable results will add credibility and fact-based consideration to decisions and improve the value of the business user as an asset to the organization.

Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey.

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Handling CORS Issues With API In Google Chrome! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/10/handling-cors-issues-with-api-in-google-chrome https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/10/handling-cors-issues-with-api-in-google-chrome#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2021 13:36:39 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6973 Continued]]> handling-cors-issues-with-api-in-google-chromeIssue: 

While opening embedded Smarten objects through API in any web application in the latest version of chrome (chrome 84.0.4147), it shows the error as shown in the below screenshot.

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Reason:

This is purely a CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) error that happens when Smarten is hosted at a different IP than your website or web application. The latest version of chrome(chrome 84.0.4147) blocks the same.

The CORS mechanism supports secure cross-origin requests and data transfers between browsers and servers. But CORS is subject to change in Chrome version as in the latest version, the web security roles have been changed as part of security and those must handled properly.

 

Solution:

Proper IP tunneling should be done to make this work. This has to be done differently for the applications developed in PHP, .Net, etc.

1. Application in PHP / Java

Apache web server need to be installed in the host for handling this for the sites developed in PHP / Java. After this, proxy pass setting through apache should be done. The below mentioned code has to be added in your ‘VirtualHost’ file for the same.

<VirtualHost *:80>

ServerNamelocalhost

ProxyPreserveHost On

ProxyPass /smarten http://localhost:8080/smarten(Mention Smarten URL here)

ProxyPassReverse /smarten http://locahost:8080/smarten (Mention Smarten URL here)

RewriteEngine On

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log

CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

</VirtualHost>

 

2. Application in .Net or hosted IIS web server

If the application is developed in .Net or they are hosted in IIS web server, a connector extension (AJP13) need to be installed to handle this situation.

a. Download the latest version of AJP13 from https://github.com/Bilal-S/iis2tomcat/releases/tag/1.0.42

b. Extract the .zip-file to a temp folder (AJP13_v1042.zip)

 

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EXTRACTED FILES

c. Run “dotnetfx35setup.exe” if .NET 3.5 has not been installed on the server.

d. Execute “Connector_Setup.exe”.

  • Specify the server and port of Apache server during the setup process and click Next.

 

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SERVER AND PORT DETAILS

  • Select all or specific site option as a next step.If multiple sites are hosted in IIS and if smarten has been integrated to those sites, choose the second option – “Let me choose specific sites …” and select the specific sites. Else choose the first option – “All IIS Sites …”.

 

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 GLOBAL OR SPECIFIC SITE OPTION

 

  • In Environment Configuration, select the option “Enable IIS Sub Configuration”.

 

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ENVIRONMENT CONFIGURATION

  • The setup is now ready to Install, Click on Install and Finish then after.

 

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FINAL STEP OF INSTALLER

 

e. The installer copies all the binaries and configuration files to “c:\\Windows”.

 

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f. After this, modify the content of “BonCodeAJP13.settings” as below.

<Settings>

                <Port>8009</Port>

                <Server>localhost</Server>   

                <MaxConnections>200</MaxConnections>

                <LogLevel>1</LogLevel>  

                <FlushThreshold>0</FlushThreshold>

                <EnableRemoteAdmin>False</EnableRemoteAdmin>

                <LogDir>E:\LogFiles\APPLogs\BoncodeAJP</LogDir>

                <EnableHTTPStatusCodes>True</EnableHTTPStatusCodes>

</Settings>

Note: Make sure the IIS Application Pool user has access rights to ‘LogDir’ folder.

g. A folder named “bin” will be created in the root of your website. Copy the below two files to the bin folder.

  • C:\Windows\BonCodeAJP13.dll
  • C:\Windows\BonCodeIIS.dll

h. After this, specify the folders that have to be forwarded to the wildfly. For Smarten, create a new folder in the root of the website named “smarten”.

i. Copy the “bin” folder under “smarten” folder.

j. Add handler mapping in IIS after this. Go to the subfolder named “smarten” and add a new managed handler as below.

 

handler-mappings

 

HANDLER MAPPINGS

k. Specify the request path as “*”, Select type as “BonCodeIIS…” and Name as “BonCodeAll”.

 

managed-handler-settings

 

MANAGED HANDLER SETTINGS

 

l. Open the standalone.xml configuration file, and add the below mentioned parameter under the http-listener parameter.

<ajp-listener name=”ajp” socket-binding=”ajp”/>

 

mentioned-parameter-under-the-http-listener-parameter

 

m. Reset IIS after this. Run “iisreset” to reload the setting file.

After making the above changes as per the application hosting options, whenever the host sends a request to Apache (where Smarten is hosted), proxy passes the request to the tunnel and then request will be handled. Host IP and Smarten IP will be considered as the same, and this issue will not occur.

Note: This article is based on Smarten version 5.0. This may or may not be relevant to the Smarten version you may be using.

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Customer Churn Model Using Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/09/customer-churn-model-using-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/09/customer-churn-model-using-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2021 04:37:00 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6913 Continued]]> customer-churn-model-using-smarten-assisted-predictive-modelling1. About the Use Case :

Customer churn alternatively referred to as customer attrition indicates that the customer (or user or subscriber etc.)  cease to do business with the company or service provider. Higher value of churn suggests that the customer is no longer willing to purchase goods or services from your business. The ability to predict that a particular customer is at a high risk of churning, while there is still time to do something about it, represents a huge additional potential revenue source for any business. Furthermore, it is always more difficult and expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to retain a current paying customer. Being a critical metric in hindering business growth, companies must be aware about its customer churn rate in order to monitor revenue success as well as determine strategies for customer retention.

2. Data has a better idea!

Now that we have a good understanding of what customer churn use case is, the next obvious step is to analyse it. Any kind of analysis initiates by looking upon the data. Keeping a note that we already have a predefined dataset uploaded to Smarten, let’s get started slowly but surely into how to open a loaded dataset in Smarten and make analysis.

Steps to Open a loaded dataset in Smarten :

  1. Go to Open -> Data in top right dropdown in Smarten
  2. Search for the dataset to analyse
  3. Examine the dataset

On opening the dataset, you will be able to view the attributes(columns) affecting the use case and also be able to draw some superficial insights by pondering upon the dataset. Your dataset will look as follows:

 

customer-churn-binary-classification-dataset

 

Perform Elementary Data Analysis from Dataset:

From the dataset, we can see that our dataset contains many attributes/features upon which our target variable (i.e. churn) depends. Churn is evidently splitted into two categories (i.e. yes and no) based upon the depending features. The following are the features which our dataset contains:

  • CustomerID
  • Partner
  • PhoneService
  • OnlineSecurity
  • TechSupport
  • Contract
  • MonthlytCharges
  • SeniorCitizen
  • Tenure
  • InternetService

 

  • DeviceProtection
  • StreamingMovies
  • PaymentMethod
  • Gender
  • Dependents
  • MultipleLines
  • OnlineBackup
  • StreamingTV
  • PaperlessBilling
  • TotalCharges

In layman terms, we can depict that the customer churn rate has high dependency upon the Monthly Charges, Contract, Tenure, Total Charges and may be on dependents. But this calculation varies from company to company and the type of data we have.

For validating our assumptions as well as to obtain extensive insights from the data, Smarten provides a straightforward approach to understand the data better and to get the required outcome for the use case.

Now it’s time to gear up with some amazing data analytics using Smarten !!

3. The goal is to turn Data into Information and Information into Insight !

Smarten provides us a feature of Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling which reduces the time and skills required to produce accurate, clear results, quickly using machine learning. With Smarten Insights, the user will simply have to select the dataset to be analyzed and the broad category of the algorithm to be applied. That’s it!. The system will interpret the dataset, select important columns of data, analyze its type and variety and other parameters and then use intelligent machine learning to automatically apply the best algorithm in the selected algorithm technique in order to provide data insights.

Let’s gradually familiarize with Smarten Insights!

  1. Create a fresh   New Smarten Insight :

            GotoNew ->SmartenInsight Menu in the dropdown provided in the top right corner of the Smarten Dashboard.

 

customer-churn-binary-classification-dataset

 

2. What do you want to do? Choose  Algorithm Technique Accordingly:

The following window opens on selecting Smarten Insight:

 

what-do-you-want-to-do-choose-algorithm-technique-accordingly

 

Smarten has a provision wherein users can select the algorithm technique best sufficing their use case and provide quality results for the chosen technique. In order to select the best category of algorithm, users need to have some basic data literacy.

We need to choose the best algorithm technique from the following list:

  • Forecasting
  • Classification
  • Clustering
  • Correlation
  • Regression
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Frequent Pattern Mining
  • Descriptive Statistics

Let’s put our thinking caps on and try to recognize the best suit algorithm technique for Customer Churn dataset !

The high level goal is pretty clear that we are keen to predict whether the given customer will churn provided other parameters. So we are basically interested in splitting (or categorizing) our outcome based upon whether the customer will churn (yes) or not (no). This suggests that our problem can be prototyped as a classification task because our outcome domain is finite (i.e. outcome has only two values, churn and non-churn).

Acknowledging this study, we can carry forward with our process of getting insights using Smarten by selecting the Classification model from the list of other algorithms. Smarten also has a provision to provide description against each algorithm technique along with a basic example to enhance data literacy and assist us in algorithm selection.

 

3. Select the data for Performing Classification upon:

  • Search for the dataset (In our case it’s named Customer Churn-Binary Classification-Dataset) from the search bar.
  • Select the radio button against the dataset of interest.
  • Click on the next button at the bottom to advance the procedure.

 

select-the-data-for-performing-classification-upon

 

4. Wait till Smarten is predicting the targets (outcome variable) and predictors (dependent variable) for us: 

 

wait-till-smarten-is-predicting-the-targets-outcome-variable-and-predictors-dependent-variable-for

 

5. Select the target and predictors based upon your choice:

After Smarten identifies the target and predictor columns as showcased below, we can change the settings as per our requirements.

 

select-the-target-and-predictors-based-upon-your-choice

 

5.1Target selection:

We would want Churn to be our target variable so we can select that from the dropdown indicating Select the target variable containing predefined classes or groups’.

 

target-selection

 

5.2 Identify recommended predictors for selected Target:

Smarten has a feature wherein it selects the significant predictors for the chosen target using machine learning techniques. If you want to select the significant predictors by Smarten mechanism, there is a pop up recommending us to use them as follows:

 

identify-recommended-predictors-for-selected-target

 

After selecting Yes option we have to wait till Smarten automatically obtains the significant predictors.

5.3 Perform changes in Predictors (Optional):

Now that Smarten has well equipped us well with the predictors, we still have a choice to add or remove the predictor selections based upon our interest.

 

perform-changes-in-predictors-optional

 

The right-side table of Predictors represents those which significantly affect the target (here Churn) and the left side contains the remaining predictors. The predictors on the right side table will be feeded to the machine learning model to generate outcomes. So we can make alteration in the right side list of predictors using the + and – symbols before processing further.

5.4 Run model on full or sample data option:

Sometimes, perhaps in most cases, we have to deal with huge data. Our machine learning model may take more time to run and provide us with the required outcome. In such a scenario Smarten provides us with an option of using sampled data wherein it smartly makes a sample of data resembling the full data which may give us the same result set as we would have obtained in the full data.

But in our current scenario, we can use the full data to feed to the model by selecting the radio button as follows:

 

run-model-on-full-or-sample-data-option

 

5.5 Want to run classification on entire dataset option:

Often users want to make analysis upon some filtered data. Say for instance what if we were to find the customer churn rate only for females? In such a scenario, we need to select our gender to be female, keeping all the predictors as they are. For such filtering of data Smarten provides us with an option to run classification on entire dataset or filtered dataset as follows:

 

want-to-run-classification-on-entire-dataset-option

 

If we have no such filtering condition in mind, we can carry further with yes option.

After well performing the above effortless process, finally click on the next button which will let Smarten designate the best fit classification algorithm using machine learning tactics for our dataset.

 

classification-algorithm-using-machine-learning-tactics-for-our-dataset

 

4. So that was the recipe, Now let’s taste it !

 On clicking the next button, Smarten leads us to the results and interpretations for our dataset without investing much of our efforts!

 

so-that-was-the-recipe-now-lets-taste-it

 

smarten-leads-us-to-the-results-and-interpretations-for-our-dataset

 

In a broader sense, Classification is the root algorithm technique but there are numerous algorithms which come under classification category. Smarten automatically works upon a list of widely used classification algorithms and designates the best choice model for our dataset. In the above case, we can see that Smarten has suggested to us the Classification Tree to be the best choice algorithm for our data selection.

Smarten not only provides its users with easy to grasp visualizations but also provides us with a handy straightforward interpretation in layman language for better understanding upon the outcome so that its users can make business decisions effectively.

5. Every Choice we make, has an end result!

Apart from the best fit algorithm automatically opted for by Smarten, the user also has a privilege to play around with other listed algorithms and review results produced by them for further analysis. Users can test the accuracy and other metrics of varied algorithms and make a comparative review upon all as well as make better explorations.

To make analysis and draw conclusions upon algorithms apart from the best fit one, just select the algorithm of interest on the left side menu list as follows (say for instance Support Vector Machine selection):

Note: Smarten makes sure that it’s users are well aware that the default selection is the best choice if the users want to save time upon that grounds. But if a user wants to explore other algorithms, they can select the yes option and proceed.

 

smarten-makes-sure-that-its-users-are-well-aware-that-the-default-selection

 

On selection, we will be driven to all the results, visualizations and interpretation of the use case as illustrated by the Support Vector Machine Algorithm.

 

support-vector-machine-algorithm

 

It’s evident from the first gaze that SVM is not the best choice for our data owing to its lowered accuracy score compared to previously chosen Classification Tree algorithm by Smarten.

One can perform almost identical operations like lookup the interpretation, model summary etc. in all the algorithms and take the beneficial insights.

Also, it’s not always a scenario wherein any algorithm can be applicable to any dataset. There are some regulations for every machine learning algorithm which the data must satisfy in order to perform analysis with. Smarten has provided apt pop-ups if our data is not sustainable for the algorithm selection. For illustration, K-nearest neighbor algorithm is only applicable for numeric variables and with outcome category to be more than two (but we only have two categories in this case i.e. churn yes and churn no):

 

k-nearest-neighbor-algorithm-is-only-applicable-for-numeric-variables-and-with-outcome-category-to

 

6. Simpler the Insight, more profound the Conclusion !

Out of many features provided, Smarten insight has 3 key sections which will assist us in better interpretation of our data. Them being :

A. Interpretation

B. Model Summary

C. Apply

D. Simulation

 

A. Interpretation :

The interpretation section provides the users an in-depth insight from the dataset in easy to understand language.

 

the-interpretation-section-provides-the-users-an-in-depth-insight-from-the-dataset-in-easy-to-unde

 

For current scenario, the interpretation provides us with the entire profile of predicted classes based upon the selected predictors. Furthermore, it provides us the effect of each and every attribute on the target (i.e. churn) both qualitatively (using tabular representations) and quantitatively (with average measure values). Having a look upon the interpretation section would help us acknowledge the key predictors as well as impact of underlying classes if any of the predictors on the target and the average measure values for our targeted outcome.

B. Model Summary :

The model summary section contains a more technical summary of the data. This is specially put to Smarten insight to provoke data Literacy. For instance, for carrying out classification of the model, data scientists make conclusions by making interpretations from the obtained confusion matrix, accuracy score and the error rate. Smarten provides us even this feature to validate the technical aspect with the generalized interpretations.

 

model-summary

 

C. Apply the model :

Using apply feature, the users can select/enter static values of each variable on pressing the Apply button Smarten let us know the outcome (here churn yes or no). This is specially used when we have predefined values of all the other variables and keen to know the target class accordingly.

 

model-summary

 

C. Apply the model :

Using apply feature, the users can select/enter static values of each variable on pressing the Apply button Smarten let us know the outcome (here churn yes or no). This is specially used when we have predefined values of all the other variables and keen to know the target class accordingly.

 

apply-the-model

 

As the outcome of the apply feature, users can get to know the residing category (in this case churn yea or churn no) when the entered values are taken into consideration. Apart from this, we also come to the accuracy percentage with which we can assure our result.

 

users-can-get-to-know-the-residing-category

 

D. Simulation :

Simulation modelling feature assists in analyzing the model prototype to predict its performance in real world scenarios. It helps the users understand under what conditions the outcome will withstand a particular outcome and make predictions in real time.

Say for instance, the user wants to make the settings of all the predictors in real time and make predictions, then the simulation feature can be used. We will find the icon for simulation on top right corner of the screen as follows:

 

simulation

 

On clicking the simulation button, we will be landed to a screen for making our simulations as follows:

 

screen-for-making-our-simulations

 

As it’s evident from the screen that there is a default setting made for each predictor unlike the Apply feature, and also the outcome when those default parameters are selected. One can change the parameters from the simulation and obtain the resulting category accordingly along with the most influencing combination leading to that particular category selection.

7. Ready, Set, Go!

 Now that we have a made a step-by-step approach in understanding the flow of making analysis of the Customer Churn use-case using Smarten using a sample data and model, we are all set to make similar process in tackling any other sample data with provided predictors and targets as per business requirements and create corresponding model to analyze the outcomes as well as apply this model to provided customers data to understand who is at risk to move away from you!

Note: This article is based on Smarten Version 5.0. This may or may not be relevant to the Smarten version you may be using.

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NLP Makes Every Business User More Comfortable With Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/04/nlp-business-user-comfortable-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/04/nlp-business-user-comfortable-analytics/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2021 07:11:14 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6888 Continued]]> business-users-will-adopt-an-nlp-solution-for-analyticsNatural Language Processing Defeats User Trepidation About Augmented Analytics!

Your business users probably fight you on improving data literacy and on implementing digital transformation. Many business users have a fear of analytics and envision having to become a business analyst or a data scientist in order to fulfill the vision of the business and its Citizen Data Scientist goals.

When presenting these concepts to business users, it is important to make them comfortable with the ideas and the concepts. When a business undertakes a program like this, it can build confidence by demonstrating tools and techniques to business users and showing them how easy it is to leverage augmented analytical tools. Explain how new technologies like natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning can take the worry out of the analytical process. These new solutions do much of the work for the business user and allow them to reap the benefits of the analytics in their day-to-day work without having to learn sophisticated techniques.

Providing a real-time demonstration of common use case applications for their business is a good way to show business users how easy it is to get answers to question they ask every day. Whether a sales manager is trying to find trends and patterns to plan for the coming year, or a production manager wishes to develop a maintenance schedule that will mitigate downtime and address equipment issues before they become problems, there are many ways you can demonstrate these results. Show loan managers how to predict which customer profile will default on loans. Demonstrate effective techniques to fitness trainers to reveal which programs and regimens have the most success for a client with a particular demographic, body type etc.

When business users can ask a question, using normal language and get a response that they can clearly understand, it will take a lot of the hesitation and trepidation out of the process and they are more likely to adopt the tools and use them in a way that will fulfill your goals and objectives.

If you want to discover the benefits of our Clickless Analytics approach and Natural Language Processing (NLP), Contact Us today.

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – January – 2021! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/03/smarten-support-portal-updates-january-2021/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/03/smarten-support-portal-updates-january-2021/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:27:52 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6881 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-january-2021We invite you to explore our latest knowledgebase articles and to join the Smarten user community on Smarten Support Portal.

If you have not registered yet, Click Here to obtain your login credentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledgebase Articles

  1. Assisted Predictive Modelling Usecases: Customer Churn model using Smarten Assisted Predictive Modelling
  2. SSDP: Improving performance for fetching data from the database
  3. Embedded / API Integration: Handling CORS issues with API in Google Chrome
  4. General: Handling UTF Encoding for Metadata database

Forum Topics

  1. SSDP: How can I split columns using Regex:
  2. Dataset: While rebuilding a cube with comments in the cube query is throwing the below error of ‘Incorrect syntax’. Whereas my other cubes with comments in the query are getting rebuilt properly.
  3. General: How to add SSL certificate to the Smarten BI Portal?

Usecases

  1. SSDP: Split the dataset columns using Regex
  2. General: Find out the frequency of repetition of dimension value combinations – e.g. frequency of combination of bread and butter from sales transactions

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

URL: Smarten Customer and Partner Community
Email: support@Smarten.com

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Wake Up India! Our Educational System Is NOT As Glorious As You Think! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/03/wake-india-educational-system-glorious-think/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/03/wake-india-educational-system-glorious-think/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:19:44 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6876 Continued]]> wake-up-india-our-educational-system-is-not-as-glorious-as-you-thinkA recent India Times Article revealed that students in India rank second to last (ranking only above Kyrgyzstan) when tested against a global student population. These results are jarring but many Indian citizens may believe they could not be true. After all, we have proudly proclaimed our elevated status for decades. But, test results don’t lie!

So, how is it that we could have been so wrong about our educational system and the caliber of students it produces? In truth, the misperception is a result of numbers. It is true that India is considered a powerhouse of engineering and software and other skills around the world. India’s citizens hold visas and work around the world in technology businesses with great success.

But, the idea that our educational system produces superior students and candidates should not lead us to the conclusion that all of our students are successful. Those who excel and succeed are a small percentage of our huge population of more than 1.3 billion people.

If one looks only at an absolute total count of successful students, as opposed to a percentage of our population, the numbers do seem large! With such a large population, absolute numbers always look good compared to countries having much lesser population than India, but ratio in percentage to total population, for ratios such as number of graduates, number of engineers, number of people employed in IT and engineering, number of research papers published out of total population of 1.3 billion is not impressive.

You can read the details of this global student ranking and India’s comparative results here: India Times Education Article

If we are to improve our global competitive position and the opportunities for and potential of India’s students and young people, we need a comprehensive educational reawakening. That reawakening must include a review of our curriculum, public funding, private sector participation in the educational system, and pay scales and support for our teachers and professors. If we want to rise in the global ranks, we must take on these issues and resolve them.

The time has come to face the truth. We can no longer afford to promote misconceptions. Our students, our businesses and our country will benefit from a reimagining of our educational systems.

Good enough is NOT good enough!

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Your eCommerce Pros Can Easily Use Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/02/ecommerce-pros-easily-augmented-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/02/ecommerce-pros-easily-augmented-analytics/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2021 07:30:43 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6847 Continued]]> ecommerce-analytics-for-shopify-is-accessible-to-all-user-rolesShopify eCommerce Analytics is Important for all eCommerce Pros!

eCommerce and online shopping businesses employ professionals in many roles including sales managers, marketing professionals, social media experts, product and service professionals and others. Together, every role in a business is designed to create a team that will ensure business success and, with eCommerce exploding, it is easy to think that the right people can get the job done.

But, there is another component to success, especially today. Given the competitive environment and market with thousands of eCommerce sites and apps, it is imperative that the business have a measurable, fact-based view of results and enable its team members (no matter their role) to access tools and solutions that will give them the information they need to succeed, to improve results, to come up with new ideas for products and services, to target customers appropriately, to bundle products, to shift pricing and marketing approaches and more!

But, eCommerce business users do not have the time or the inclination to adopt new technology and software. They are often overwhelmed with tasks and responsibilities so, making it easier for them to understand and analyze results is crucial. An augmented analytics solution that integrates with an eCommerce solution like Shopify can provide pre-built templates, reports, KPIs and in-depth analysis of customer lifetime value, customer cohorts, trends, sales results and other important aspects of eCommerce business.

It is easy to implement analytical capability using a solution that Integrates Shopify With Augmented Analytics, and provide your users and business a meaningful way to compete and succeed.

Contact Us to today to find out how SmartenApps for Shopify can help you achieve your goals.

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Citizen Data Scientists Need Support to Succeed! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/01/citizen-data-scientists-support-succeed/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/02/01/citizen-data-scientists-support-succeed/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2021 07:14:51 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6840 Continued]]> citizen-data-scientists-cant-do-it-aloneYou Can’t Wave a Wand and Change a Business User into a Citizen Data Scientist

Most business executives and managers have, by now, read the Gartner predictions wherein the average business user will be (or already has been) nominated to become a Citizen Data Scientist. Gartner defines a Citizen Data Scientist as “a person who creates or generates models that leverage Predictive or Prescriptive Analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.” It is true that a Citizen Data Scientist is NOT a Data Scientist, but some businesses incorrectly expect the same results and anticipate being able to reduce the need for business analysts or data scientists as these new roles are assumed.

Here is the simple truth: Citizen Data Scientists are business users with average technical skills who are expected to adopt and champion the use of analytics to make fact-based decisions and who will support the advancement of data literacy and digital transformation. But, they are NOT expected to be analysts or data scientists.

Still, the average business user will need support and a bit of training in order to embrace the new role and succeed in that role. That doesn’t mean they have to go to school for weeks or months. It means they need a foundation. Training to help them understand their new role, how to collaborate with others, how to leverage augmented analytics and analytical techniques in their day-to-day work – that is an imperative if you want your initiative to succeed.

Don’t leave your newly minted Citizen Data Scientists to flounder. Look for training and course work that they can complete quickly online or in a day-long workshop, so business users can get started with confidence and an understanding of what is expected of them.

If you are ready to leverage the benefits of the Citizen Data Scientist approach, you can find training for prospects here: Citizen Data Scientist Workshop, In-Person And Online.

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Can Smart Data Visualization Help My Business Users? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/28/smart-data-visualization-business-users/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/28/smart-data-visualization-business-users/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:49:13 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6832 Continued]]> smart-data-visualisation-software-makes-every-job-easierWithout Smart Data Visualization Tools, Business Users Will Not Embrace Analytics!

If you want your business users to have access to analytics tools that are easy enough for the average user to understand, you will want to select augmented analytics that are easy to use with guidance and recommendations to help the user achieve the results they want AND help the user understand those results once they finish the analysis.

Data visualization can be difficult to understand but the benefits of advanced analytics are readily apparent when a user can leverage smart data visualization tools. These tools provide step-by-step guided recommendations so users can choose the most appropriate visualization techniques based on data type, volume, dimensions, patterns and nature of data.

Business users can interact with analytics software to build a view that tells a story and makes results abundantly clear. Team members can use this guided visualization technique to produce clear reports and visuals for presentation and staff meetings and to share with other users to support decisions. They can identify relationships, patterns, trends and opportunities and explore detailed data with simple drill down and drill through tools to gain insight into data from all sources.

If your business users are frustrated by complex, confusing analytics, reporting and visualization tools, they will not embrace analytics as part of their role and you will lose the value of a shared, collaborative environment where all team members are comfortable with augmented analytics solutions and tools and can use those tools to develop strategies, make recommendations and discuss issues and opportunities.

If you want to explore the Benefits of Smart Data Visualisation SoftwareContact Us today.

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – December – 2020! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/27/smarten-support-portal-updates-december-2020/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/27/smarten-support-portal-updates-december-2020/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2021 07:22:20 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6822 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-december-2020We invite you to explore our latest knowledgebase articles and to join the Smarten user community on Smarten Support Portal.

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Knowledgebase Articles

  1. General: Configuring SSL Certificate for Smarten
  2. General: Handling UTF Encoding for Metadata database

Forum Topics

  1. General: How to add SSL certificate to the Smarten BI Portal?
  2. General: Smarten meta-data such as object title, object properties, etc. with special characters are not displayed properly in Smarten. How to make them work?

Usecases

  1. General: How to derive the MTD achievement based on monthly target and daily sales data on various dimensions

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

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Compete at a Higher Level with Self-Serve BI Tools! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/21/compete-higher-level-self-serve-bi-tools/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/21/compete-higher-level-self-serve-bi-tools/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2021 08:00:44 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6808 Continued]]> democratize-bi-tools-and-empower-business-usersPut the ‘I’ in Business Intelligence with Bi Democratization!

If you think Business Intelligence solutions are just for business analysts, data scientists or IT professionals, you are missing the real intent of business intelligence. Business Intelligence is, by its nature, supposed to inform the business and make it easier to make the right decisions and drive your business forward but if 90% of your users have no access to real, clear information, you are missing most of the advantages and tying up your team in red tape, delayed decisions and endless requests for information. You are shackling your analysts, data scientists and IT team by burying them under those requests for information and using precious time they might be spending on strategic and crucial initiatives.

When you democratize the use of BI tools, you are expanding the reach of critical data and empowering every team member with the information they need to make decisions, share, and collaborate. Whether your users are in Sales, Marketing, Production, Inventory, Finance, HR, Help Desk, Purchasing or any other function, the access to data that is integrated from systems across the enterprise, can provide a complete and clear picture and ensure fact-driven decisions that will benefit the organization.

Today’s enterprise culture must encourage accountability and empowerment and leverage all resources and assets to remain competitive and to better serve customers and retain valuable team members. Democratizing business intelligence and enabling a data literate culture will ensure your success and the success of your employees.

To democratize data and improve data literacy, you’ll want to choose business intelligence tools that are designed for business users with BI tools that are easy to use and intuitive. Ready-to-Use Business Intelligence

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What Is Assisted Predictive Modeling And Is It Suitable For Business Users? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/20/assisted-predictive-modeling-suitable-business-users/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/20/assisted-predictive-modeling-suitable-business-users/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:41:50 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6794 Continued]]> What-is-Assisted-Predictive-Modeling-and-is-it-Suitable-for-Business-UsersWhat is Assisted Predictive Modeling?

Assistive Predictive Modeling incorporates complex, sophisticated analytical and forecasting techniques in a self-serve environment where business users can employ tools to guide them through recommended techniques and report formats and ensure that the methods and reports they choose are appropriate to the type of data and information they need.

Users select the data they want to analyze and use the self-serve tools to point them in a clear direction, so they can illustrate patterns and trends and use auto-suggest and recommended analytical techniques to determine the best approach. These tools take the guesswork out of forecasting and business results predictions and make it possible for business users to produce clear, accurate information without the assistance of IT or data scientists.

Is Assisted Predictive Modeling Suitable for Business Users?

Gartner Report (ID G00326012), entitled ‘Augmented Analytics is the Future of Data and Analytics’, Gartner analysts predict that ‘ By 2020, augmented analytics — a paradigm that includes natural-language query and narration, augmented data preparation, automated advanced analytics and visual-based data discovery capabilities — will be a dominant driver of new purchases of business intelligence, analytics and data science and machine learning platforms and of embedded analytics.’

The reason for this analytics evolution is simple. Every business is operating in a rapidly changing competitive environment and market. Business users must have the tools they need to analyze data, draw conclusions, predict results and help the organization achieve its goals. No enterprise has the time or the luxury to wait for IT or professional analysts or data scientists to produce reports. There is too much information and there are too many data sources to make these old analytical and forecasting paradigms work today. What every organization needs is a clear guide to results – one that every business user can leverage without expensive, time-consuming training or special skills.

With the right combination of sophisticated tools and easy-to-use navigation, drag and drop flexibility and personalized dashboard capabilities, every one of your users can have the power and flexibility of predictive analytics, so they can plan and make decisions, share data and analyze like a pro!

The right Self-Serve Advanced Data Discovery and predictive modeling solution is easy to implement, easy to personalize and easy to use. It incorporates complex, sophisticated algorithms and analytical methods into the back end and enables intuitive, integrated, interactive dashboards on the front end, so business users can predict future values with time series forecasting, and use simple linear, least square and multiple linear regressions for causation and prediction, as well as Bayes classification, associative, decision tree and K-Nearest Neighbour techniques for classification and prediction. These methods are applied to produce reports and clearly illustrate results, taking the guesswork and complication out of the process of planning and forecasting.

Assisted Predictive Modeling allows for planning and forecasting at any point in time, and enables business users and enterprises to test assumptions and theories in a risk-free environment so that the planning process is no longer restricted to an annual or quarterly process but rather is dynamic, active and meaningful.

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – November – 2020! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/20/smarten-support-portal-updates-november-2020/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/20/smarten-support-portal-updates-november-2020/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:29:09 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6799 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-november-2020We invite you to explore our latest knowledgebase articles and to join the Smarten user community on Smarten Support Portal.

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Knowledgebase Articles

  1. Embedded / API Integration: Handling CORS issues with API in Google Chrome

 

Forum Topics

  1. Datasource: How to avoid data filter issues in real-time object due to numeric precision limit?
  2. Embedded / API Integration: Why am I not able to access embedded Smarten objects through API in the latest version of Chrome (chrome 84.0.4147)?

 

Usecases

  1. General: Find out the frequency of repetition of dimension value combinations – e.g. frequency of combination of bread and butter from sales transactions

 

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

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Increase Data Literacy And Enable Digital Transformation! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/18/increase-data-literacy-enable-digital-transformation/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/18/increase-data-literacy-enable-digital-transformation/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2021 07:10:48 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6784 Continued]]> how-to-enable-digital-transformation-and-data-literacyEnable Data Literacy & Digital Transformation With Augmented Analytics!

If your business wishes to enable Digital Transformation, it must create a roadmap to achieve results using new or modified technologies, streamlined workflow and processes that will leverage these technologies to enhance information sharing and ensure a consistent, uniform approach to business objectives and goals. It must also encourage and advance Data Literacy within the ranks of its teams. Why is data literacy important?

If your business wants to succeed in Digital Transformation, it is important that all team members understand the importance and the value of making data-driven decisions and that they understand how and when to use technology and analytical tools to analyze and share data that is integrated from sources across the enterprise. If a user is not comfortable with technology, it is unlikely they will adopt the new tools or processes and it IS likely that they continue to try to find workarounds, thereby causing your Digital Transformation initiative to fail.

Look for Augmented Analytics solutions that use machine learning (Auto ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) so that your systems will communicate with your users in a way that makes sense to them. These solutions leverage natural language so users can ask a question using normal sentence formats and words and receive an answer in the same way.

NLP Search Analytics allow users to gain comfort and confidence using the tools you want them to use so that you can implement new workflows and processes and institute new procedures for data sharing, reporting and decision-making. Support for Digital Transformation is necessary if your business wishes to succeed with these initiatives. One cannot simply declare that the transformation take place. One must create a roadmap that includes a review of existing technology, manual and automated workflow and processes and user confidence in data and tools, and then support the changes by requiring that all team members and managers use the new tools and techniques to complete tasks, perform analysis and share data.

As business users embrace analytical tools and techniques and new technologies, they will become more comfortable with the new environment and data literacy will improve across the organization.

If you want to engender a Digital Transformation and encourage Data Literacy adopt and use augmented analytics tools that support business users and provide an environment that will increase use and confidence in technologies and data.  Contact Us to get started.

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – October – 2020! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/13/smarten-support-portal-updates-october-2020/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/13/smarten-support-portal-updates-october-2020/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2021 07:08:19 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6774 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-october-2020We invite you to explore our latest knowledgebase articles and to join the Smarten user community on Smarten Support Portal.

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Knowledgebase Articles

  1. SSDP: Improving performance for fetching data from the database
  2. Basics of JOINs: INNER JOIN
  3. Basics of JOINs: LEFT OUTER JOIN
  4. Basics of JOINs: RIGHT JOIN
  5. Basics of JOINs: FULL JOIN
  6. Basics of JOINs: SELF JOIN
  7. Basics of JOINs: CROSS JOIN / CARTESIAN JOIN

 

Forum Topics

  1. Datasource: When I create a dataset from CSV / Excel files using upload file from my desktop option, do I have to upload it every time when there are any changes in the file?
  2. Datasource: How to improve performance for fetching data from the database
  3. Dataset: While rebuilding a cube with comments in the cube query is throwing the below error of ‘Incorrect syntax’. Whereas my other cubes with comments in the query are getting rebuilt properly.
  4. Dataset: Dataset extraction in progress message is displayed while editing the joining condition

 

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

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A Business Use Case Overview of Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/07/business-case-overview-augmented-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/07/business-case-overview-augmented-analytics/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2021 08:55:08 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6766 Continued]]> business-use-cases-help-you-see-augmented-analytics-valueHow Can I Decide Whether My Team Would Actually Benefit from Augmented Analytics?

Sometimes it is difficult to imagine how a new process, technique or software solution might help your business. You see the demos, you read the marketing messages and you wonder if there is true value in adopting these new ideas and concepts.

When it comes to Advanced Analytics and the benefits of predictive analytics, the same conundrum can often present itself to an enterprise. How do you decide whether this is the right idea to move your business forward, to help your team members and to provide the right decisions for your business to compete in the market and keep your customers, partners and suppliers happy?

That’s where Use Cases come in!  When you read a Use Case, you can see your own business in the content and gain insight and inspiration into how augmented analytics tools, new techniques and culture changes within your enterprise can help you to grow and thrive.

If you are wondering about the advantages of advanced analytics, whether your business users can embrace these tools, and if the concept of Augmented Analytics will truly help your users to adopt these tools and find meaningful uses within their own roles and responsibilities, take a look at this list of Use Cases and see if you can find one or more that apply to your issues, challenges and focus.

Customer Churn – The cost of acquiring and interacting with customers is one a business must fund and, every time the business loses a customer (customer churn), it must spend more money to replace that customer.

Fraud Mitigation – Businesses must work to mitigate fraud to improve business results and develop and sustain fraud detection processes to enable operations monitoring.

Quality Control – Businesses that fail to control quality will lose customers and market share and, in some cases, expose the organization to legal risk and liability.

Demand Planning – Businesses cannot afford to use guesswork in the planning process. There are many factors that influence business success and a business must anticipate and plan to accommodate.

Product and Service Cross-Selling and Up-Selling – Business managers strive to leverage customer satisfaction to cross-sell and upsell products and services, thereby increasing revenue and brand loyalty.

Maintenance Management – A business must focus on maintenance to keep equipment up and running and reduce downtime as well as perform anticipating required resources, hours on the job and the types of training required.

Customer Targeting – If a business can identify the things that cause a particular customer to buy a particular product or service, it can create products, marketing messages, advertising and outreach that will target specific customer buying behaviors and needs.

Human Resource Attrition – To retain employees, the organization must understand what makes a team member leave a position, what makes them want to stay and invest in the future of the business and what types of issues will create dissatisfaction.

Loan Approval – The cost of dealing with ‘bad’ loans is high and it reduces profitability and productivity. To succeed, businesses must have a dependable process for attracting the right clientele and reviewing, approving and managing loans.

Marketing Optimization – Businesses create targets and goals but, without a fundamental understanding of what affects sales and what kind of decision process customers use to choose a product or service, the marketing and advertising process is based only on guesswork.

Predictive Analytics Using External Data – The ability to integrate data from sources outside the enterprise is crucial to many businesses. Analysis of external data is tedious and time consuming if it is not easily handled by an augmented analytics solution.

Online Target Marketing – In order to optimize available marketing funds and resources, the enterprise must understand what works and what does not work, where to put its messaging and the ideal profile and demographic for its targeted customers

If you are ready to leverage the benefits of augmented analytics and predictive analytics, and the powerful potential of your business users, you can start here, Analytics for All.

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Smarten Support Portal Updates – September – 2020! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/06/smarten-support-portal-updates-september-2020/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/06/smarten-support-portal-updates-september-2020/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:29:02 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6759 Continued]]> smarten-support-portal-updates-september-2020

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Knowledgebase Articles

  1. Getting Started: Download Smarten Evaluation Version
  2. Getting Started: Create your smarten instance from AWS marketplace
  3. Crosstabs: Display filter value in the title
  4. Graphs: Plot the dynamic graph based on measure selected from the list of measures
  5. Email Configuration & Templates: Email Account (SMTP) with Two Factor authentication
  6. TeamUp: Configure TeamUp
  7. TeamUp: Archive TeamUp Data
  8. SSDP: Convert timestamp based text formats to Timestamp
  9. SSDP: Create dataset/cube using stored procedures in RDBMS instead of a query?
  10. GeoMap: Workflow to create Default geomap

 

Forum Topics

  1. Graphs: How can I plot the dynamic graph based on measure selected from the list of measures
  2. SSDP: Dataset Action Editor – Action item status (active or inactive) is not saved permanently
  3. TeamUp: How to Configure TeamUp
  4. TeamUp: How to Archive TeamUp Data
  5. SSDP: How can I convert a text like ‘20190301175527’ to a timestamp
  6. Dashboard: My user list is empty while publishing any object
  7. Crosstabs: Not able to see future or past years in timeseries section of dashboard or timeseries filter
  8. Email Settings: Unable to change the password
  9. Email Settings: Can I use two factor SMTP account for outgoing emails from Smarten server?
  10. SSDP: How can I create a dataset using stored procedures in RDBMS instead of a query?
  11. Graphs: How can I plot the dynamic graph based on measure selected from the list of measures
  12. Geomap: How can I highlight my state and cities in the map when I have State and cities columns in my dataset?
  13. Geomap: How can I highlight my cities in the map when I have only latitude and longitude available?

 

Usecases

  1. SSDP: Get day wise new addition of counts from the data with day wise closing balance of counts
  2. SSDP: Merge actual data in financial year, with Plan data in calendar year, and create plan vs actual data as per financial year?
  3. SSDP: Apply rounding logic to Time data – e.g. 1:39 PM should be 2 PM and 1:20 PM should be 1 PM
  4. SSDP: Merge monthly plan data with actual daily sales data and create plan vs actual data

 

If you don’t find what you need in the Support Portal, we hope you will contact us with your questions, comments or suggestions. We are here to help and to support your business goals and success!

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Easy Shopify Analytics with Sales Trends, KPIs and More! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/04/easy-shopify-analytics-sales-trends-kpis-more/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/04/easy-shopify-analytics-sales-trends-kpis-more/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:50:18 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6751 Continued]]> easy-shopify-analytic-single-sign-on-pre-built-templatesYou Need Not Spend a Lot of Time and Money to Get User Accessible Shopify Analytics!

When a small business (or a business of any size) decides they need analytics to assess the results of their eCommerce and online business, the IT and management teams may think it necessary to adopt and train users on a complex analytical tool and to plan for data integration in order to make information and analytics accessible to users. That idea may lead the business to provide access only to IT or analysts in order to limit the time and expense required to implement the solution and the techniques.

But, if your business uses Shopify for eCommerce, your Shopify analytics solution is much simpler than that, AND your solution will allow you to provide these tools and this information to every team member, thereby creating more value and expanding data literacy and fact-based decision making throughout the organization.

With tools that integrate analytics and overlay these tools so that users have a single sign-on point within Shopify, your business can quickly and enjoy Shopify Integration and use Shopify dashboards and reports to see Sales Trends, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Customer Lifetime Value, Product Dashboards and BI Reports. Business Intelligence Reporting allows your users to leverage pre-built report formats to get the information they need and make decisions about product bundling, product pricing, customer loyalty discounts, and more!

It is easy to implement this analytical capability using a solution that Integrates Shopify With Augmented Analytics. Contact Us to today to find out how SmartenApps for Shopify can help you achieve your goals.

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Are You Excited About Getting Vaccinated? Don’t Let Overconfidence Make You a Super Spreader! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/04/excited-vaccinated-dont-overconfidence-super-spreader/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2021/01/04/excited-vaccinated-dont-overconfidence-super-spreader/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2021 06:15:17 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6746 Continued]]> are-you-excited-about-getting-vaccinated-dont-let-overconfidence-make-you-a-super-spreaderThe global pandemic of 2020 has been challenging in many ways. As world, community and health organizations struggle to collaborate on strategies and to provide supplies and direction to citizens, each resident, refugee, adult, child, teacher, essential worker, healthcare provider, business owner, employee, neighbor and parent must make an individual decision about personal and family safety.

As we celebrate the arrival of vaccines around the world, our excitement is tempered by the knowledge that with more than six billion people on this planet, it will take a year or more (depending on the nation) to vaccinate enough people to achieve ‘herd immunity’.

The vaccine represents a ray of hope in what has been a difficult time!

While it is tempting to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, it is important to recognize that we are not there yet and that those who are vaccinated can create super-spreader events in their communities if they do not continue to follow simple mask and social distancing guidelines.

The available vaccines are demonstrating a high percentage of effectiveness and will help those who receive it to avoid getting the virus but world health officials caution that getting the vaccine does not prevent a person from spreading the virus. It is possible to have and spread the virus even though the vaccine is protecting you from the effects of COVID-19.

As the vaccine is distributed among the population, the most dangerous misconceptions relate to the need for continued caution, mask wearing and social distancing.

Those who receive the vaccine and choose to ignore their responsibility to others in their community can, and probably will, represent the greatest threat and create the great probability of a super spreader event.

While it is true that it can, at times, seem as if we have endured these virus restrictions forever, and that we are at the end of the line for a vaccine, we CAN do this. We can be strong a bit longer, we can be logical and follow the guidelines of healthcare experts to keep ourselves and our fellow humans safe and well.

So, get your vaccine, mask up and keep your distance! Be a good neighbor! Be a good friend, son, daughter, husband, wife, employer, citizen, team member…be vigilant and be well, and we will welcome 2022 together!

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Managers Should Evaluate Citizen Data Scientists Differently! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/31/managers-evaluate-citizen-data-scientists-differently/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/31/managers-evaluate-citizen-data-scientists-differently/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2020 07:17:19 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6740 Continued]]> evaluate-citizen-data-scientist-team-members-differentlyHow to Evaluate Business Users in Their New Role as Citizen Data Scientist!

When a business initiates a Citizen Data Scientist movement within its ranks, it is important to recognize the other changes that will be required in order to reinforce the value of the program by reviewing and modifying team member evaluation and merit programs to reward Citizen Data Scientists for their collaboration, use of data-driven information in decisions and recommendations and work with Data Scientists, IT and others involved in the new initiative.

When evaluating a new Citizen Data Scientist, the organization must also ensure that these business users are given adequate support for the transition. It is not an effective strategy to hold team members accountable for these expectations if the culture and expectations do not shift to support this initiative. Once these changes are made, the Citizen Data Scientist can be evaluated based on:

These metrics should, of course, be objective, and not based on opinion, so the organization will want to create new, measurable evaluation metrics with which to assess these business users as they take on their new roles.

To provide the best possible understanding for prospective business users being considered for Citizen Data Scientist roles, your business should seriously consider a simple training session like this one that will allow them to understand the new role, how they will work with others, when they will engage analysts or data scientists for assistance, how Augmented Analytics solutions work and the basics of predictive analytics and sample algorithms.

Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey.

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Business Users CAN Use Predictive Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/21/business-users-predictive-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/21/business-users-predictive-analytics/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2020 08:56:49 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6733 Continued]]> business-users-need-not-fear-predictive-analyticsPredictive Analytics is a Critical Component of an Augmented Analytics Suite!

Analytics and advanced analytics techniques can seem daunting to the average business user but they need not be. If a business wants its users to adopt and use analytics tools, an augmented analytics solution is the way to go. These solutions are easy to use and provide guidance and auto-recommendations to help users gather and analyze data using the right analytical technique.

Assisted Predictive Modeling provides the user with suggestions to help them choose the technique that is best for the type of data they want to analyze so results are clear and add value for making decisions. Predictive Modeling capability and auto-recommendations and auto-suggestions will simplify use and allow business users to leverage predictive algorithms without the expertise and skill of a Data Scientist.

These tools are designed for business users and allow the organization to apply predictive analytics to any use case. Business users can apply forecasting, regression, clustering and other methods to analyze an infinite number of use cases including customer churn, and planning for and target customers for acquisition, identify cross-sales opportunities, optimize pricing and promotional targets and analyze and predict customer preferences and buying behaviors.

If you want to provide the right tools for Predictive Analytics, and adopt and use augmented analytics tools, Contact Us.

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Citizen Data Scientists: You are a Role Model! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/17/citizen-data-scientists-role-model/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/17/citizen-data-scientists-role-model/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2020 07:26:56 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6725 Continued]]> Citizen-Data-Scientists-Take-Heed-Your-Job-is-to-LeadHow a Citizen Data Scientist Can Help Others Adjust to the New Reality!

When a business user is given the mantle of Citizen Data Scientist, they being a journey that can help to advance their career, provide leadership experience and improve visibility across the organization. But, in order to embrace this new part of their position, they must understand a number of things.

Becoming a Citizen Data Scientist means having a full grasp of the new role and how that will change the day-to-day workflow and processes, alter relationships across teams and affect the overall environment. It means gaining insight into the workings of an augmented analytical system and the basic analytical techniques that drive fact-based decision-making.

As a newly minted Citizen Data Scientist, it is important to develop a cogent explanation of your new role to help others understand how things have changed. Citizen Data Scientists must be ready to lead by example and help other business users gain a level of comfort with data, an understanding of how to read and share reports and the expectation that recommendations will be supported by this new world of data-driven, factual collaboration.

In this new world, managers, HR and other professionals must also change their expectations and the way that they hire, train and evaluate team members. A team member must bring their professional expertise and knowledge to bear in gathering and analyzing data in a way that is meaningful to their role. It is the combination of their professional knowledge and the access to data that will help them to make better decisions and produce better outcomes.

As a business considering Citizen Data Scientist initiatives or a business user candidate for Citizen Data Scientist, you will need expert support. Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey. You can ensure that your team achieves success and that your business is ready for the future!

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Do Citizen Data Scientists Need Special Analytics Tools? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/14/citizen-data-scientists-special-analytics-tools/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/14/citizen-data-scientists-special-analytics-tools/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2020 07:36:40 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6713 Continued]]> what-do-citizen-data-scientists-needData Scientists Focus on Strategy, Citizen Data Scientists Deliver Daily!

When Gartner talks about expanding data analytics to business users, they also talk about how the analytical tools must be suitable for business users. If a business wants to implement a Citizen Data Scientist initiative and encourage their business users to become more productive and valuable within the business environment, that business must provide tools that are easy enough for the average business user and will allow them to easily adopt these tools to make day-to-day decisions.

There is a difference between a data scientists and a Citizen Data Scientist. A data scientist is more productive if they can focus on those advanced analytics projects that require 100% accuracy and are strategic in nature. A Citizen Data Scientist needs Augmented Analytics Tools that provide suggestions and guidance to help them choose the best way to Visualize Data and which Predictive Analytics techniques to use to achieve their goals.

A Citizen Data Scientist must use analytics to make decisions that drive tasks and collaboration on a daily basis – solving problems and identifying opportunities and bringing those solutions and suggestions into the team environment to work more productively and more efficiently to achieve the objectives set for them. To create this kind of change within an organization, managers, HR and executives must work together to create processes, workflow, evaluation techniques and collaborative meeting and team environs that encourage and expect users to leverage data to support recommendations and conclusions.

Data Scientists take the long view. Citizen Data Scientists are in the trenches and, in order to meet those long-term objectives, they must have the right tools and information to make progress every day! If your team needs augmented analytics, you can start your journey here: Citizen Data Scientists Are The Future Of Your Business.

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What Gets You the Job? Skill or Attitude? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/10/job-skill-attitude/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/10/job-skill-attitude/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2020 07:36:27 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6708 Continued]]> what-gets-you-the-job-skill-or-attitudeMy business success is very important to me and, while I have many management responsibilities, I really try to focus on the people we hire. They are the heart and soul of our company and they are the engine of our business. I try to interview many of the employees we hire because I value the team concept and the contribution of every person. I also want to ensure that the people we hire are a good fit for our team environment, our values and the skills and knowledge we need to succeed.

As a manager, I am always looking for good team members and I want to hire a candidate who is dedicated, professional, ethical and technically skilled. As I probe for answers to these questions, I try to focus on what a candidate knows that can help our team, rather than grilling them on a subject area they don’t know.

My goal is not to ‘catch’ the candidate by finding an area of weakness and pointing out how they need to improve or change.

I DO want to know what they don’t know so that I can make an educated decision on where to place them in the organization and the kinds of training and mentoring that will best suit that particular candidate and make them an asset to the business as they grow. 

But, my real focus is on attitude and behavior.

Skills can be acquired but attitude rarely changes.

If someone is dedicated and has a ‘can do’ attitude and exhibits team behaviors, they are a much better fit in any organization. You can’t make someone WANT to succeed or to cooperate.

I would rather hire someone who has solid skills that may need to be honed, but possesses an excellent attitude, demonstrates team behavior and dedication and will grow with the business professionally and personally. Highly skilled people are great but if they come into the job with the idea that they have no flaws or weaknesses, they are not likely to succeed.

When I interview a candidate, I try to trace the boundaries of their skills and knowledge and find out what they can do well. Rather than asking them questions or testing them on domains or technical questions they can’t answer, I want to find out how they handle themselves in a situation, how they interact with others, and what they believe their role or impact might be within the organization.

Attitude is THE key!

We would all like to think that there are legions of perfect employees waiting for a job opening in our company, but there is no such thing as perfect skills, or a complete knowledge of any domain.

There is, however, the perfect employee profile!

If you understand what you need, and how candidates will fit in your organization, you will choose the right person. It sounds like an empty promise, but behavior, attitude, ethics, values and respect will help your organization to succeed.

Choose employees who want to grow and learn and who will promote growth and learning in others. Provide the right training to enhance technical and professional skills and watch your organization (and your people) thrive!

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Use Analytics to Drive Shopify Store Results! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/08/analytics-drive-shopify-store-results/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/08/analytics-drive-shopify-store-results/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2020 07:20:26 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6701 Continued]]> shopify-analytics-for-ecommerce-and-online-storesGet the REAL Information from Your Shopify Solution: Analytics is Easy!

In a time when eCommerce is exploding, a small business owner with an online store might think that all they have to do is post products or services and wait for the money to roll in but nothing could be further from the truth. There are thousands of businesses struggling to pay their bills and wondering why their beautiful online stores are not producing results.

Even if you are getting a decent flow of traffic on your site, you may not be closing the sale, or you might be missing sales to those who would bundle and buy products if they were marketed appropriately. The truth is that you can’t just wait for customers. You need good, solid information in order to plan and execute, adapt to changing customer needs and understand your customer groups and targets.

If you have a Shopify online store, you can integrate analytics in a single sign-on environment without having to learn a new analytical solution. You can use the information from your Shopify system to understand customer cohorts and groups, lifetime value of customers, sales trends and other crucial information and you can use that data to identify opportunities for cross-selling and up selling and to solve problems and close gaps in your sales closing process.

Talk to your Shopify consultants and find out how easy it is to implement this analytical capability using a solution that Integrates Shopify With Augmented Analytics and Contact Us to today to find out how this approach can help you achieve your goals.

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Business Intelligence Reporting for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/07/business-intelligence-reporting-business-users/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/07/business-intelligence-reporting-business-users/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2020 07:59:10 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6692 Continued]]> bi-reporting-for-business-users-that-is-clear-and-usefulImagine BI Tools and Reporting that Offer Personalized Views and Clarity!

One of the most important capabilities of a Business Intelligence Solution or BI tool is the ability to provide reports, both for the user who is leveraging the tool and for teams, managers and executives who want to share or make decisions based on fact-based information.

First and foremost, you need to be able to integrate data from across the enterprise so that your users are working with all the most accurate, timely information they need to perform their analytics. Secondly, you need flexible reporting tools that allow your users to personalize their views and create views, displays and reports without the assistance of IT or business analysts or Data Scientists.

You need web-based BI reports you can deliver to anyone (or everyone) in your organization within minutes! ElegantJ Those reports must be simple to use, practical to implement and affordable for every organization. Imagine BI Tools that allow your users to point-and-click and drag-and-drop and you instantly create a report to summarize performance metrics, or operational data, all in a self-serve environment without programming or database or SQL skills.

Imagine that you can produce meaningful, personalized reports with ease and simplicity. Users can automate publication and delivery of these reports via email, thereby improving productivity and ensuring that information reaches the right people at the right time. BI publishing and delivery agents can meet every need and to ensure that every business user has the Information they need. Users can leverage BI objects such as dashboards, reports, cross-tab or graphs and these are delivered automatically via email or file publishing so users stay abreast of issues, opportunities, financials, sales and other metrics

To democratize data and improve data literacy, you’ll want to choose Business Intelligence Tools that are designed for business users with BI tools for reporting that are easy to use and intuitive. Start here: BI Reporting Tools

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Advanced Analytics for Business Users = Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/01/advanced-analytics-business-users-augmented-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/12/01/advanced-analytics-business-users-augmented-analytics/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2020 07:35:53 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6686 Continued]]> dont-choose-the-wrong-approach-to-advanced-analyticsAugmented Analytics is Designed for Business Users So Analytics is Easy for All!

When a business decides to undertake a data democratization and data literacy initiative, it is important to recognize that not all advanced analytics solutions are created equal. Business users who are expected to take on the task of analytics, will need an augmented analytics solution that can support their needs. They aren’t data scientists. They aren’t business analysts. They are business professionals who will want to use an analytics solution that can give them sophisticated output and information. It has to be easy enough to use without the need for assistance by IT or data scientists and it has to be a solution that can be personalized to produce reports and analytics that are easy for each user to leverage to make decisions, solve problems and identify opportunities.

Today’s self-serve augmented analytics solution is designed to support users across the enterprise. It enables rapid implementation and user adoption and requires very little training or transition time. Auto-suggestions and recommendations allow users to work on their own, no matter their skill levels.

No matter your role or responsibilities within your organization, you and your business can enjoy the Benefits Of Augmented Analytics and support initiatives that transform business users into Citizen Data Scientists and improve Data Literacy, data sharing and fact-based decision-making.

Whether you are a business owner, executive, manager, IT staff member, data scientist or business user, you can start using these solutions today!

If you want to explore the Advantages Of Augmented Analytics, Contact Us today.

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What Are Citizen Data Scientists and Can They Improve the Quality of Business Intelligence? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/25/citizen-data-scientists-improve-quality-business-intelligence/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/25/citizen-data-scientists-improve-quality-business-intelligence/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:55:51 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6681 Continued]]> what-are-citizen-data-scientists-and-can-they-improve-the-quality-of-business-intelligenceWhat Are Citizen Data Scientists?

Citizen Data Scientists represent a new breed of business analysts – a group of individuals with diverse business responsibilities and training, who wield sophisticated analytical tools, and employ complex methods of analysis to improve business results – all without the training or assistance of data scientists or IT team members. Citizen Data Scientists are business users who leverage the knowledge and skill they have developed through professional training and business roles to navigate business intelligence and advanced analytical tools to answer business questions, identify trends and patterns and develop new competitive strategies to support business decisions.

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Citizen Data Scientists work in a self-serve, easy-to-use business intelligence model wherein they can share data, produce reports and test hypotheses and theories. Citizen Data Scientists are not trained as analysts or technology experts. They come from every corner of the organization, from sales and marketing to finance, HR, production and purchasing and they use advanced data analytics to make decisions in support of their business team, division or unit.

Can Citizen Data Scientists Improve the Quality of Business Intelligence?

When an organization integrates data sources and enables self-serve, Advanced Data Discovery and analysis, the business can cascade knowledge and skill and make it easier for every business user to complete tasks, make accurate decisions and perform with agility in a fast-paced business environment. In a self-serve business intelligence environment, every team member is empowered to find and use clear, accurate data.

The Gartner report entitled, ‘Citizen Data Science Augments Data Discovery and Simplifies Data Science,’ states that, ‘the number of Citizen Data Scientists will grow five times faster than the number of highly skilled data scientists.’

By providing these crucial self-serve analytical tools to each team member, the business ensures that every location, business unit, division and team will work with consistent, uniform, clear data to make decisions, forecast future results and plan for market entry, new products and competitive initiatives.

Citizen Data Scientists use drag and drop tools, and features like Assisted Predictive Modelling, auto-suggestion and auto-recommendations to create, share and use predictive models to get data insights and use predictive analytics to their day to day Use Cases. These tools allow for sophisticated analysis without the assistance of precious IT and analyst resources and ensure that problems are solved quickly and that the organization can identify opportunities, and optimize resources at every level.

Citizen Data Scientists can go beyond data monitoring to discover those all-important nuggets of information that will make a real difference in business success.

Giving business users the right tools and a simple way to manage and analyze data and information encourages the adoption of business intelligence and analytical tools and assures that every team member an asset to your organization.

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Self-Serve Data Preparation: It Really IS for You! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/23/self-serve-data-preparation-you/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/23/self-serve-data-preparation-you/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:27:20 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6670 Continued]]> self-serve-data-prep-is-not-painfulPlease Don’t Make Me Think About It: Self-Serve Data Prep Really IS for Everyone!

If you are an average business professional, your eyes probably roll back in your head when you hear terms like data preparation, data extraction, transformation and loading, otherwise known as ETL, or any other term that makes you think of a pile of rubble you have to sift through to find what you need. How and why would you ever want to dive into that pile?

Well, you just might! Self-Serve Data Preparation or Self-Serve Data Prep (if you are in the know) allows you to take data from a lot of different sources and pull it together, and then easily prepare it for analysis. Since analytics is the last piece of the puzzle, you might have to swallow hard to consider jumping into THAT arena as well.

So, why would you want to do all this? Well, probably because it can help you do your job. You see, if you have an Augmented Analytics solution with self-serve data preparation, you can take that dive you are afraid to make without any risk or frustration. You can gain insight into data and make great decisions without having to guess at the outcome. You can test hypotheses and theories, find out when and what kind of training your team will need, understand sales and customer buying behavior, figure out what your competition will do next, decide when and where to open a new location, make plans to launch a new product, and that’s just scratching the surface.

You don’t have to be a business analyst or a data scientist to need or use data. You can use simple, sophisticated tools to tackle that data and dive deep into it to find just the right nugget of information that will help you succeed!

If you want to provide the right tools for Self Serve Data Preparation, and adopt and use Augmented Analytics ToolsContact Us.

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Get the Right BI Tools and Make Business Users Happy! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/19/bi-tools-business-users-happy/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/19/bi-tools-business-users-happy/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2020 07:49:45 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6662 Continued]]> the-right-bi-tools-mean-everything-to-your-business-usersWant to Improve Data Literacy and Data Democratization? Use the Right BI Tools!

When you want to democratize data and help your business users function at a higher level; when you want to improve the quality of decisions; when you want to optimize the analytical and data scientist resources you have and make them more productive, you have to look at the business intelligence solutions that are designed to support every team member. Most of your team members are professionals with specific knowledge and that knowledge should be giving you a market advantage and should be dedicated to doing the job and filling the role you need the team member to fill.

To make your team more productive, you want them to have the BI tools they need to gather information from an integrated source that includes data from all across the enterprise and use that data with easy reporting, alerts, and collaborative tools so that they can quickly analyze and understand what they are seeing and how things need to change, where the opportunities are and what is really happening in the business. They need to be able to share this data easily and produce reports and create Data Visualizations and displays that will help others understand so no time is wasted and the business can succeed and compete.

To democratize data and improve data literacy, you’ll want to choose business intelligence tools that are designed for business users – not tools that are meant for experts in analytics or data science. You CAN achieve your goals. Start here: Business Intelligence For Business Users, EasyBITools

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Be Sure You Support Your Citizen Data Scientists! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/09/support-citizen-data-scientists/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/09/support-citizen-data-scientists/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2020 08:26:41 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6657 Continued]]> how-to-support-your-citizen-data-scientist-program

Getting Started on the Citizen Data Scientist Path!

If you follow technology publications and predictions, you know that Citizen Data Scientists are the big news for business. By transforming business users into Citizen Data Scientists, the business can leverage the professional skills and knowledge of an individual team member and combine that knowledge with data analytics to get the best answers, forecast and predict, solve problems and identify business opportunities.

With the right augmented analytics solution, business users can adopt these tools and share and collaborate with others to make fact-based day-to-day decisions without the assistance of IT, a programmer or a Data Scientist. So, the business is more productive and decisions are more likely to advance the bottom line and the competitive strategy.

But, if you decide to launch a Citizen Data Scientist initiative, it isn’t as simple as getting the right software solution. You also have to change your culture to encourage collaboration, to allow data scientists to interact with business users, as and when data analytics needs to be refined for strategic purposes,

If you really want your Citizen Data Scientist initiative to succeed, you don’t need lengthy, in depth training. But, you do need to introduce the concepts and help the entire team understand the role, the purpose, the new workflow and processes, and the culture shift and you do need to introduce the techniques and tools they will use so that they are confident in the new role.

Citizen Data Scientist learning programs like this one: Citizen Data Scientist eLearning. will introduce the relevant concepts, discuss changing roles and collaboration and cover basic analytical techniques and the application of these techniques within self-serve Augmented Analytics solutions. This type of training allows organizations to identify Citizen Data Scientist candidates and provide them with a simple, timely course to give them the confidence to participate in and support the initiative.

Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey You can ensure that your team achieves success and that your business is ready for the future!

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Opportunity is Knocking! Should You Answer? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/05/opportunity-knocking-answer/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/05/opportunity-knocking-answer/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2020 06:34:06 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6646 Continued]]> opportunity-is-knocking-should-you-answerAs business people, we are often presented with what might seem like a great opportunity. Maybe we have a chance to open another location, or to buy out a competitor or to add a product or service to our existing portfolio or to acquire more customers, resources, material or equipment.

At the outset, that opportunity can sparkle in the sun like a jewel. It can cause you to ignore all rational questions and considerations and move forward with the promise of more money, more customers, more visibility, greater market share. But, like a sparkling gem on the beach, if you look closely at the jewel, you might discover that it is a piece of scrap metal or glass. I am not suggesting that you ignore every business opportunity. I am simply offering a caution.

There will be times when your best option is to stay the course; when the right thing to do is…well, nothing!

New opportunities always require change, which may mean that you have to dedicate more resources, time, money, bandwidth, etc. We get so excited about these opportunities that we ignore the practical considerations and choose to focus only on the positive aspects of that opportunity. We get greedy! We want to add that line of business, we want to open new doors, we want to close more sales, or take over a new territory or piece of the market.

When these opportunities arise, you need to take a breath! Try to take a logical approach. Consider (measure) the likelihood of success vs. the effort it will take to succeed.

Ask yourself whether:

  • you really want to work on this opportunity
  • this opportunity, market or product aligns with your core business
  • you have the money, resources and time to do this the right way
  • this opportunity will help you to better serve your loyal customers
  • the market will perceive this as a good fit or addition to your products and services
  • your team can (and will want to) pursue this opportunity and succeed
  • the proposed changes will overburden or overstretch your team and resources
  • this is an ‘organic’ (natural) growth or addition or something that feels forced

Bigger isn’t always better. More isn’t always better. Sometimes your formula for success is to continue doing exactly what you are doing now and either a) wait for the right opportunity to come along or b) accept and solidify your success in your market of choice with a great, dependable product or service and a solid team and market niche. 

Knowing when to change, how much to grow and what opportunities are real jewels (as opposed to glass in the sand) – these are the qualities of a truly gifted businessperson!

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SmartenApps for Shopify Available Now with 65%+ Discount on AppSumo Site! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/04/smartenapps-shopify-65-discount-appsumo-site/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/04/smartenapps-shopify-65-discount-appsumo-site/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2020 11:25:07 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6632 Continued]]> smartenapps-for-shopify-available-now-discount-on-appsumo-siteSmartenApps eCommerce Analytics for Shopify provides complete insight into sales trends, KPIs and more with pre-built templates/reports. eCommerce analytics has never been easier. SmartenApps allow every business user to analyze business results, and the tools can be accessed with a simple install. Within minutes, with a single sign-on and registration, you will have access to pre-built templates and reports including:  Sales Trends, Customer Lifetime Value, Customer Loyalty & Cohorts, Product Cross-sell Analysis and Business Intelligence Reports

Get insight into your business results to better understand your customers and make decisions that will help you achieve a competitive advantage and grow your business! Act now! Enjoy a discount of more than 65% AppSumo Offer

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How Can I Move From BI Tools to Augmented Analytics? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/02/move-bi-tools-augmented-analytics/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/11/02/move-bi-tools-augmented-analytics/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:27:42 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6627 Continued]]> augmented-analytics-go-beyond-bi-toolsFrom Business Intelligence to Augmented Analytics: Tips for a Crucial Transformation

As business intelligence solutions and BI Tools evolve into Augmented Analytics, business users can achieve valuable insight and take appropriate action to optimize resources and enable continuous improvement. As Gartner has predicted, the market is responding to business needs by transforming business intelligence tools into sophisticated Advanced Analytics that are easy-to-use. These augmented analytics solutions support the needs of the average business user, improve productivity and collaboration, and assure data democracy and Data Literacy across the organization.

Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your path to Augmented Analytics is smooth and successful:

  • Perform a comprehensive review of your data sources and ensure that the solution you consider will allow for integration of all data.
  • Review your existing business intelligence solution, or other analytical tools, including spreadsheets and data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) tools and compare your requirements to your needs now, and your anticipated future needs
  • Consider the skills of your average business user and the environment and collaborative processes you have in place and plan for the culture change and process and workflow improvements you will need to implement an augmented analytics initiative.
  • Compare the features of the available augmented analytics solutions to be sure you have the best support for your needs. Look for Smart Data Visualization, Self-Serve Data Prep, Assisted Predictive Modeling for Predictive Analytics, and a system that allows users to leverage Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning so users can ask a simple question and get the answers they need quickly and easily.
  • Review the available solutions to ensure features like auto-recommendations and guidance provided to users to select the right analytical technique for the data they are analyzing and/or the right visualization technique to get the best results.

Follow these guidelines in assessing your needs, and in reviewing a vendor and augmented analytics offerings, as well as making plans for implementation and roll-out of the augmented analytics solution within your enterprise.

If you want to explore the Advantages Of Augmented Analytics, Contact Us today.

You can start your journey here and now! The Rewards Of Advanced Analytics

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From Business Intelligence to Augmented Analytics: What and Why https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/29/business-intelligence-augmented-analytics-what-why/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/29/business-intelligence-augmented-analytics-what-why/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:19:07 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6621 Continued]]> Augmented Analytics is the Next Generation of BI Tools for Business Users

As business intelligence solutions and BI Tools evolve into Augmented Analytics, business users can achieve valuable insight and take appropriate action to optimize resources and enable continuous improvement. As Gartner has predicted, the market is responding to business needs by transforming business intelligence tools into sophisticated Advanced Analytics that are easy-to-use. These augmented analytics solutions support the needs of the average business user, improve productivity and collaboration, and assure data democracy and Data Literacy across the organization.

In order to understand the importance of this transformation, let’s look at the what, and why of business intelligence solutions vs. the new world of augmented analytics.

What is Business Intelligence? Business intelligence is a field of knowledge comprised of strategies and technologies used by businesses to analyze business information and make decisions to solve problems, identify opportunities and plan for the future. Business intelligence solutions provide historical and current views of operations and, in the recent past, the use of these tools moved from IT and analyst only environment with tools designed for use by business users with average analytical and technical skills. These self-serve BI tools created a data democracy transformation, supporting business users with reports, clear visualization tools and dashboards to allow for monitoring and alerts, all without the assistance of IT.

In 2019, the world-renowned technology research firm, Gartner, predicted the necessary evolution of business intelligence solutions and the emergence of augmented analytics. Gartner predicted that these tools would be necessary to support the new culture of collaboration, and business user transformation from requesting reports and analytics to a Citizen Data Scientist role that would put them front and center in the day-to-day use of data to make fact-based decisions and move the company forward.

Augmented Analytics solutions use machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) and system recommendations and guidance to allow business users to leverage sophisticated analytics and techniques in an easy-to-use environment for self-serve data preparation, smart data visualization and predictive analytics. Users can share insights and reports and easily collaborate. As Augmented Analytics evolves, the role of the Citizen Data Scientist will grow, allowing business users more and better access to analytics and enabling Data Scientists to focus on projects that require 100% accuracy for strategic initiatives.

The 2019 Gartner prediction stated that, ‘…by 2020, citizen data scientists will surpass data scientists in the amount of advanced analysis they produce, largely due to the automation of data science tasks.’ And, that prediction has proven true!

So, what exactly does it mean to become a Citizen Data Scientist?  Citizen Data Scientists are business users who are generally power users of existing software and who have a need for data in their day-to-day position within the business. They are also typically curious about new tools and taking on new roles to advance their careers and their knowledge. With the advent of augmented analytics tools, these users are leveraging their professional skills and knowledge and using data analytics to ask questions, and gain insight into trends and patterns.

With augmented analytics, business users can apply analytics to real Business Use Cases to understand changes in customer buying behavior, the need for resources and training, how and when to change pricing on a product, new product ideas, and many other issues, questions and opportunities within the organization.

Whether you are already using business intelligence tools and you want to get more from your users and your solution with augmented analytics, or your business wishes to start an augmented analytics and Citizen Data Scientist initiative from scratch, you can enjoy real value and benefits. Improve your data literacy, data democratization, productivity, collaboration and decision-making by taking this step.

In summary, the journey from business intelligence tools to augmented analytics need not be complicated or daunting and it will provide improved collaboration, data literacy and data democracy. Every organization needs business intelligence to monitor, manage and make decisions. Augmented Analytics solutions provide the tools to do just that, and then some, and users will find it easy to adopt so your business can operate at a higher level and a much more refined knowledge of customers, finances, results, processes, products and competition.

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Augmented Analytics Makes Competition Easy! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/27/augmented-analytics-competition-easy/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/27/augmented-analytics-competition-easy/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:50:58 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6614 Continued]]> improve-competitive-positioning-with-advanced-analyticsAugmented Analytics is the Secret Weapon for Competitive Advantage!

How do you compete? There are probably other businesses in the market that do what you do but your product or your services must stand out. How do you take all the data you collect on a daily basis and use that data to your advantage to point you in the right direction?

Advanced Analytics is the answer!  You and your team members must all have the tools needed to gather integrated data from disparate sources and quickly and efficiently use that data to make decisions. Whether you are analyzing external data, social media data, data from financial systems, sales systems, customer service or any other source, you need to pull that data together in a way that is meaningful to the user who is making the decision. When you expect your business users to perform at the highest level possible, it is necessary to give them the tools to get them where they need to go and to collaborate and share data so that they can all learn and grow and use that knowledge to help your business.

Competitive positioning is crucial to every business. You can’t afford to waste time trying things out in the market. If you can test theories and hypotheses, look at how price point changes will affect your bottom line and decide how and if to bundle or upsell or cross-sell products, you can avoid making missteps and put your best foot forward.

Augmented Analytics can help your business users by providing advanced analytics in an environment that can be used by anyone with average technical skills, so business professionals can get you on the right path, solve problems before they create issues and identify and leverage opportunities to help you succeed in the market.

You can start your journey here and now! The Rewards Of Advanced Analytics

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Can I Find eCommerce Analytics for Shopify? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/26/find-ecommerce-analytics-shopify/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/26/find-ecommerce-analytics-shopify/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:27:06 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6609 Continued]]> ecommerce-analytics-is-not-difficultI Know I Need Analytics for My Shopify eCommerce Site. Now What?

So, you’ve decided to stop guessing about the results and the competitive strategy of your Shopify eCommerce site. You know you have a lot of competition and you know you can’t depend on what external forces might affect your business in the coming months or years. But, once you have decided you need to analyze your data and use that data to make decisions, you have to take the next step.

You have to select an analytics solution to help you gather and understand the data and make better decisions. If you choose the right augmented analytics solution, you can easily integrate that solution with your eCommerce software. For Shopify, that eCommerce Analytics Solution is one that will help users gain insight into date in a unique and meaningful way without requiring the user to learn a whole new software package or get a degree in data science.

The app provides analytics integration so users can login and register in minutes and enjoy pre-built analytics templates and reports. Moreover, you users can go beyond visual analytics and simple data monitoring to take action. There are dashboards that allow for drill down and drill through and out-of-the-box reports that allow you to manage the health of the business. Users can share sales reports, sales trends and contribution, advanced key performance indicators (KPIs) to give you real objective metrics and reports on customer lifetime value, customer cohorts, customer loyalty and product cross sell to find those opportunities that will expand your business and improve your revenue.

Talk to your Shopify consultants and find out how easy it is to implement this analytical capability using a solution that Integrates Shopify With Augmented Analytics and Contact Us today to find out how this approach can help you achieve your goals.

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Data Preparation Need Not Be Cumbersome or Time Consuming https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/22/data-preparation-cumbersome-time-consuming/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/22/data-preparation-cumbersome-time-consuming/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:44:53 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6605 Continued]]> data-preparation-need-not-be-cumbersome-or-time-consumingData drives decisions and, in today’s competitive business environment, the kind of fact-based decisions achieved through Advanced Analytics are mandatory. These data-driven decisions ensure that a business does not make a misstep or have to guess at forecasts, plans and the root cause of problems.

But, with so much data in the average enterprise, it can be difficult to integrate and prepare data from all available sources so that data analysts and business users can accurately analyze data and make informed decisions.

Data lakes and information oceans can be intimidating and overwhelming. After all, what good is all that data if you can’t find the needle in the haystack? As organizations struggle to provide adequate resources, IT staff and data scientists to clean, scrub and prepare data, business users and management teams demand data democratization and the kind of access to data that is required if the organization is to move forward quickly and with confidence.

No enterprise has unlimited resources or an unlimited budget to hire staff to be at the ready to answer all data preparation and advanced analytical requests.

So, it is essential that the business find a solution that is cost-effective and one that business users can easily learn and use to perform Augmented Analytics, Assisted Predictive Modeling, Smart Data Visualization and Self-Serve Data Preparation without losing time and waiting for a skilled professional to help.

Gartner predicts that, data and analytics organizations that provide agile, curated internal and external datasets for a range of content authors will realize twice the business benefits as those that do not.

With augmented data preparation features, business users with average skills can perform data preparation and transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language.

Rather than using complex data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) tools, solutions that offer ETL for business users allow them to prepare data for analytics and quickly move data into the analytics system.

These sophisticated, intuitive tools let business users compile and prepare data for use in analytics to test hypotheses, visualize data and create and share reports with other users. Machine learning capability provides guidance to determine the best techniques and the best fit transformations for the data business users want to analyze, allowing for better understanding of data.

This approach is the most cost-effective, productive way to gather and prepare data for advanced analytics without wasting time or resources. Every analysis is unique and every data set requires a slightly different approach. If the business can provide easy-to-use tools, business users, data scientists, IT and managers can engage in the kind of analysis that will reap benefits and allow for confident decisions and productive users.

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How Do I Ensure Citizen Data Scientist Success? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/19/ensure-citizen-data-scientist-success/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/19/ensure-citizen-data-scientist-success/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:00:52 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6602 Continued]]> how-to-support-your-citizen-data-scientist-programIdentify Citizen Data Scientists and Provide the Support They Need to Succeed!

When your business decides to begin a Citizen Data Scientist initiative, it faces numerous challenges but the resulting benefits the enterprise will reap from this program are undeniable. With the right preparation, every business can successfully enable this type of initiative and provide augmented analytics to improve collaboration, data literacy and digital transformation in the organization.

Citizen Data Scientist tools must be easy enough for business users to adopt and use on a daily basis for analysis and fact-based decision-making. While the right analytical tool should be easy to use with auto-suggestions and guidance to help the user get the most out of the data, the organization should allow for program champions and power user access so that users can get some guidance if they need it to get started and to gain confidence.

Businesses should consider simple, Citizen Data Scientist learning programs like this one: Citizen Data Scientist eLearning. This type of course material will introduce the relevant concepts, discuss changing roles and collaboration and cover basic analytical techniques and the application of these techniques within self-serve Augmented Analytics solutions. This type of training allows organizations to identify Citizen Data Scientist candidates and provide them with a simple, timely course to give them the confidence to participate in and support the initiative.

Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey You can ensure that your team achieves success and that your business is ready for the future!

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Out-of-the-Box Mobile BI Tools! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/13/out-of-the-box-mobile-bi-tools/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/13/out-of-the-box-mobile-bi-tools/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:29:05 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6599 Continued]]> mobile-bi-is-key-to-bi-tool-successChoose a Mobile Business Intelligence Solution for Your Business Users!

No software solution should be limited to desktops in today’s mobile environment. To make your team productive, you need to allow them to be mobile with all the important tools they use and there is no single crucial example of this that is more appropriate than business intelligence. If you want your business users to embrace and leverage self-serve business intelligence solutions, you need to be sure the solution you select is portable.

Mobile BI allows your users to access data on the road, working from home or in the office so that they can quickly gather data, analyze that data and get the answers they need to pursue the right action, make a change, solve a problem, identify an opportunity and share and report and present on data without the need to be in the office environment. That means your team will be more productive and you will optimize your resources.

Your team members are expected to do more with less, to perform at the highest level and to make the right decisions in a timely fashion. Mobile Business Intelligence will allow them to do that and to work in a flexible environment, at a client location, in a staff meeting, working at home or even digging into a problem in an airport or hotel.

And, when you are considering that Mobile BI Tool, you will want to be sure you choose something that is easy to implement, affordable and will require little or no training so your team members can adopt it easily and get up to speed to begin using the solution as soon as possible in order to get the best ROI and TCO.

If you want to give your team members this type of flexible, scalable, intuitive Business Intelligence Solution in a mobile environment, you can start here. Out of the Box Mobile BI Tools.

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Enjoy the Benefits of Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/12/enjoy-benefits-augmented-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/12/enjoy-benefits-augmented-analytics.htm#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2020 09:20:42 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6596 Continued]]> the-advantages-of-augmented-analytics-are-manyWhat is Augmented Analytics and Can it Benefit My Business?

What is the difference between analytics and augmented analytics? The simple answer is this: augmented analytics provide sophisticated analytics tools in an easy-to-use environment that offers guidance and recommendations, and a natural language processing (NLP) interface that makes it possible for every business user to leverage the solution, no matter their technical or analytical skills or experience.

The benefits of augmented analytics are numerous. The Smarten augmented analytics solution is designed to encourage user empowerment and user adoption. It enables data sharing and allows the organization to produce fast, dependable insights and improve the value of business analysis across the enterprise, democratizing the use of advanced analytics. Empower users with Smarten Advanced Data Discovery. Users can Self-Serve Data Preparation, Clickless Analytics, Smart Data Visualization, and Assisted Predictive Modeling

Augmented analytics and smart data discovery make it easier for business users, Data Scientists, IT staff and the organization to benefit from fact-based decision-making, collaboration, data literacy and the ability to easily, gather, integrate and analyze data. These tools benefit business users but the implementation of augmented analytics also benefits IT staff, and data scientists by freeing them to be more productive and focus on strategic initiatives rather than day-to-day requests from business users. The organization will benefit by enabling a Citizen Data Scientist environment where business users can access and leverage data and use that data to make clear, fact-based decisions.

By combining sophisticated functionality with intuitive, easy-to-use features that enable every user to perform analytics without the assistance of IT or data scientists, the advantages of advanced analytics are put in the hands of every team member and the organization can support data democratization, data literacy and Citizen Data Scientist initiatives for businesses large and small.

If you want to explore the Advantages of Augmented Analytics, Contact Us today.

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Tempting but TOXIC! What is Your Ideal Employee Profile? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/08/tempting-toxic-ideal-employee-profile/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/08/tempting-toxic-ideal-employee-profile/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:51:13 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6593 Continued]]> tempting-but-toxic-what-is-your-ideal-employee-profileIf you live in this world, you know that there are people you want to know, people with whom you want a relationship, people who are helpful, trustworthy and productive. There are also those who show potential and promise; those relationships you choose to nurture in hopes of seeing a positive outcome. You also know that there are people who will waste your time and money and frustrate you until you end the relationship. Then there are the people who have some attribute or character trait that makes it hard to leave them behind. They might have a special skill or they might be popular or worth knowing in some way. But, you will definitely pay a price for continuing this relationship.

All of the people I described also exist in business. People are people and they carry their traits and tendencies into the work environment where they can help you, slow you down or hurt you! I can break down these ‘types’ of employees into four categories.

Definitely YES: These are the kind of people you wish you could clone to create an entire team – an entire company – of model business citizens. They are great performers. They have integrity. They are conscientious and they model good behavior. With these winners, your job as manager job is easy! All you have to do is to nurture, and reward them. With this team, you can push forward, onward and upward.

Definitely MAYBE: These employees might deliver acceptable (but not stellar) results or even weak results for a few months or even for a year, but they are hard workers and they exhibit the behavior and integrity you want. As a manager, you might want to give these well-intentioned people a second or even a third chance. Maybe you will offer some additional training or mentoring to resolve the performance issue because you believe they have enough positive qualities to justify the investment.

Definitely NOT: These people deliver poor results and exhibit poor behaviors and traits. For a manager, this is the easiest problem to manage. You KNOW they don’t belong in the organization and you know you need to terminate the relationship.

Tempting But TOXIC! This type of employee is perhaps the most difficult to manage and the most difficult issue to resolve. Employee presents a danger to the team and the organization. An employee like this will deliver numbers but he or she does NOT live the principles and values of the organization. You know the type! Who doesn’t? They exist at every level of nearly EVERY organization, and managers are loathe to confront the issue because they perform! They deliver the numbers and the results. But they are TOXIC. These employees can be mean, secretive, and/or arrogant. They are often bullies and, as such, they can become a real HR problem! They flatter and fawn with upper management and abuse and dismiss their peers and those who report to them. They can be loners, they can be moody, they can create chaos and, although they may be skilled and perform at a high level, they will erode performance and results among other team members. They will create an environment that is unhealthy and over time will force others to resign or to give up any hope of making progress or achieving their goals. And, yet these toxic employees often remain unscathed. Bosses at every level too often will sell out and go for the short-term results, choosing to ignore the behavior and negative impact. In fact, many of us have, at one time or another, looked the other way and allowed these toxic terrorists to thrive because we want results.

You will notice that the definition of ‘Tempting But Toxic’ is the longest description in this article. There is a reason for that. As managers and business owners, we have to LIVE our values and our vision. We have to walk the talk. No matter how hard we try, we can’t justify keeping the toxic employee. In the end, these employees will do significant damage to our mission, our employees, our culture, and our business. We may not be able to find and sustain an entire organization of ‘Definitely YES’ employees, but we should NEVER trade our values for a culture that promotes a ‘win at all costs’ environment. We owe it to our employees, our customers and ourselves to model our convictions and create a workplace that expects and rewards results AND integrity and honorable behavior! This is the way I see it, and it is the way I try to approach the process within my company. It is a process I feel good about and it creates a foundation for growth that based on values and provides support for employee satisfaction and business success.

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A Citizen Data Scientist Project Requires Culture Change! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-to-plan-for-citizen-data-scientists.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-to-plan-for-citizen-data-scientists.htm#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2020 09:57:31 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6586 Continued]]> how-to-plan-for-citizen-data-scientistsPlanning for Citizen Data Scientists & Augmented Analytics Initiatives

When a business chooses to follow the guidance of Gartner and embrace the Citizen Data Scientist initiative to transform business users and provide analytical tools for all team members, it must approach the initiative with appropriate planning.

These initiatives are not as easy as choosing a software solution, but rather must also include a comprehensive approach to shifting the culture within the enterprise. Business users must be involved and must see the value of having and using these types of solutions in order to do their job and fulfill the role assigned to them. If you are planning to empower and hold these users accountable, you must implement these changes carefully so that the new culture does not seem like a punishment but rather is seen as an additional, valuable tool that every user can embrace in order to make their job easier and enable them to plan more accurately and with confidence so that there are no surprises or negative outcomes based on guesswork.

Management, IT, analysts, Data Scientists and business users and managers must be involved in reviewing the existing work processes and engaging augmented analytics solutions that provide sophisticated tools in an easy-to-use environment. Candidates for Citizen Data Scientist positions should be identified, and the business should look for users who are already power users of technology, those who are curious and embrace new tools and those who are seen as leaders in the business community. These users can become champions of the Citizen Data Scientist role, Augmented Analytics tools that support sophisticated analytics with easy-to-use features, and the move to collaboration and data-driven decisions.

Staff meetings and reports should shift from opinion and ‘gut feeling’ discussions to discussions where managers and team members are encouraged to present data and analytics to support their recommendations and ideas for change or action.

If you are interested in finding out more about these initiatives and how to plan for a successful implementation, you can start here. Prepare for Augmented Analytics and Citizen Data Scientists.

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What is Augmented Data Preparation and Why is it Important? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/01/augmented-data-preparation-important/ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/10/01/augmented-data-preparation-important/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:06:23 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6581 Continued]]> What is Augmented Data Preparation and Why is it Important?The average business user does not have a full grasp of Advanced Data Discovery or Data Preparation methods, and most organizations would not want business users to waste precious time trying to navigate the complexities of a manual data preparation process. If a business provides a solid foundation for self-serve business intelligence with augmented data preparation features, business users can quickly and easily prepare data for analysis and get the results they need to move forward and make decisions.

What is Augmented Data Preparation?

Augmented Preparation makes advanced data discovery accessible to team members and business users no matter their skills or technical knowledge with step-by-step guides and recommendations to allow for easy integration and preparation of data. With augmented data preparation, business users do not have to wait for the IT team to access, extract and prepare date. Instead, the average business user can gather and prepare data on their own with clear insight into the sources and methods so that the outcome meets requirements.

The previously complex process of Data Extraction, Transformation and Loading (ETL), and restricted access to data warehouses and data marts resulted in the delay of data delivery to the business community and required complicated massaging and manipulation of data across data sources, so this type of activity was restricted to the IT community.

But, businesses do not have the time or budget to provide unlimited IT resources and the fast pace of business and market changes has made it difficult to satisfy the day-to-day data requirements of business users.

Self-Serve Augmented Data Preparation provides a set of sophisticated tools that is specifically designed for business users with ease-of-use and intuitive tools that allow access by business users to explore, manipulate and merge data sources, without the skill or training of an IT professional and without the assistance of IT.

Augmented data preparation provides access to data that is integrated from multiple sources. Users can prepare data using drag and drop features and a simple, intuitive interface or dashboard. Users can perform data preparation, test theories and hypotheses, and prototype to test price points, analyze changes in consumer buying behavior, anticipate changes in the competitive landscape and satisfy all manner of analytical requirements, without the assistance of IT or analysts.

Self-Serve Data Preparation solutions provide tools that are flexible so the user is not restricted to dashboards or interfaces that are designed by someone else. The user can use the power of self-serve data preparation to compile and prepare data, test hypotheses, visualize and share data, drill-down and drill-through data using selected data elements to prepare for and execute analysis.

Why is Augmented Data Preparation Important?

Business users need tools that are flexible enough and can be personalized to their needs to address what is happening today. There is no way to anticipate every business need in a market and time when things change every day. What the business needs is a tool that allows users to prepare and analyze data and satisfy the needs of today.

Gartner published a report (ID G00274731) , entitled ‘Embrace Self-Service Data Preparation Tools for Agility, but Govern to Avoid Data Chaos’, offers the prediction that, ‘most business users and analysts in organizations will have access to self-service tools to prepare data for analysis.’

The future of self-serve, augmented data preparation is one in which users will drive change and set expectations. As business users redefine their roles and create new ways in which to see and share data, vendors will respond with new, scalable, flexible tools that support the need for rapid, accurate data preparation and analysis.

Businesses will use augmented data preparation to gain insight into buying behavior, analyze warehousing and distribution, plan for new locations, and strategize for competitive advantage.

Augmented data preparation tools provide critical tools for business users to discover opportunities and navigate complex data and data sources with ease and speed.

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Self Serve Data Preparation: No Skills Required! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-serve-data-prep-speeds-data-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-serve-data-prep-speeds-data-analytics.htm#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:10:29 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6578 Continued]]> Self-Serve Data Prep Speeds Data AnalyticsSelf Service Data Preparation Takes the Complexity Out of Data Prep!

When asked about using an analytical solution to find and use data and make decisions, many business users feel insecure about the process required to get to the results. Data preparation has traditionally been the domain of a data scientist, a business analyst or an IT professional.

But, that is no longer true! Data extraction, transformation and loading – ETL tools – are now designed for business users with easy-to-use Self-Serve Data Prep (SSDP) processes that allow a business user with average technical skills to gather and prepare data for analysis without a lot of training and without investing a lot of time in the process.

The old ETL software required training and Data Scientists often used manual procedures to prepare data for analysis. That process meant that business users, managers and other team members had to wait for a skilled professional to receive a request, and then to prepare the data for analysis and analyze that data and produce a report. That process resulted in delay and by the time analysis was delivered, the team member often had to make the decision without the data because of the timing and the delay.

Today, Self Service Data Preparation allows business users to leverage data preparation software with a data cleaning tool and a data transformation tool, and the ability to transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language.

If you want to provide the right tools to encourage business users to adopt and benefit from Self-Serve Data Preparation, Contact Us.

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Social BI Tools Support Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/social-bi-provides-many-benefits.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/social-bi-provides-many-benefits.htm#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:49:04 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6575 Continued]]> Social BI Provides Many BenefitsWhat is Social BI and How Can It Benefit My Business and Users?

Every business has heard and read about business intelligence and the benefits of building a base of intelligence from which to drive your business results and make fact-based decisions. One of the benefits that is often overlooked is the aspect of Social BI. When a business chooses a BI tool that encourages social BI, it further promotes user adoption, data democratization and data literacy. As business users embrace and share data, their level of proficiency and comfort will increase and the business can achieve the results it hopes for and improve productivity, collaboration and the use of data within the organization.

So, what is Social BI, exactly? Everyone is used to sharing, rating, discussing and learning from others because everyone uses social networks. This idea has become an expectation and it could and should apply to Business Intelligence and to your business users as well! Business Intelligence sharing and ranking and the concept of ‘data popularity’ can optimize resources by allowing users to access reports and data that might be just what they need to complete a task or analysis. If they don’t have to reinvent a report, they can optimize their time.

With Social BI, organizations will see the emergence of power users who take a creative, insightful approach to Data Analytics. Just as social media users can ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ a provocative post from another user, a social business intelligence tool can support the same kind of sharing and learning within your organization.

Data agility and accessibility to share, rate, discuss and make confident decisions. Data and user popularity can help the IT staff and executives gain insight into what business users want and value. Social BI creates ‘popular’ business users and content, and reveals what data and content is valued by users. Popularity is not the measure of quality but rather a measure of business value, providing insight for IT and BI teams to standardize data and content and provide high quality, certified, curated data to users.

Discover the ease and simplicity of a great self-serve business intelligence solution, with the right BI Tool.

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What is Auto Insight? It Is Analytics Made Easy! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/09/21/september-21-2020/auto-insight-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/09/21/september-21-2020/auto-insight-analytics.htm#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:29:36 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6571 Continued]]> Auto Insights Gives Your Users Easy As Pie AnalyticsAuto Insight Can Help Business Users Analyze Data at the Touch of a Button!

When you are trying to implement a data democratization initiative and give your business users access to analytics, you can run into roadblocks with analytical tools and solutions that are too difficult for the average skills of a business user. It is impossible to achieve your goals and ensure that every user is comfortable with data analytics and fact-based decision-making if you don’t give your users a tool that they can use as easily as they use Google or other familiar search mechanisms.

Business users don’t know how to write queries or use programming language and they don’t want to know how to do those things. If you want them to use the data in your systems to get the facts and make the right decisions, you have to give them tools that are easy to use – tools that will allow them to gain insight or take action without the assistance of a Data Scientist or a programmer.

Search Analytics is evolving at a rapid pace, and a tool called ‘Auto Insight’ can help your users build on the foundation of Assisted Predictive Modeling and search analytics that are easy enough for anyone to use. Auto Insight takes business users to the next level and reduces the time and skills required to produce accurate, clear results, quickly and dependably. It employs machine learning to free the business user to collect and analyze data just by selecting a dataset, and it the guided assistance of a ‘smart’ solution.

Using these tools, your business users will no longer have to select data columns or analysis techniques such as classification or clustering. Instead, the user will simply select the dataset to be analyzed and the system will interpret the dataset, select important columns of data, analyze its type and variety and other parameters and then use intelligent machine learning to automatically apply the best algorithm and analytical technique and provide data insight.

As its name implies, Auto Insight understands data and applies correlation, classification, regression, or forecasting, or whichever technique is relevant, based upon the data the user wishes to analyze. Results are displayed using visualization types that provide the best fit for the data, and the interpretation is presented in simple natural language. This seamless, intuitive process enables business users to quickly and easily select and analyze data without guesswork or advanced skills.

Nothing could be easier! Let’s get you started with simple Auto Insights and analytics tools today!

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Don’t Overlook Training for Citizen Data Scientists! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/considering-a-citizen-data-scientist-initiative-get-trained.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/considering-a-citizen-data-scientist-initiative-get-trained.htm#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:31:53 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6567 Continued]]> considering-a-citizen-data-scientist-initiative-get-trainedWhat is a Citizen Data Scientist and How Do I Train and Transition My Team?

Citizen Data Scientists…the predicted future of the organization! Gartner and other technology research firms have predicted the rise of Citizen Data Scientists as a way to complement and optimize data scientists and to democratize data and improve data literacy across the enterprise.

If you don’t know what a Citizen Data Scientist is, let’s talk about that. What is a Citizen Data Scientist and what is the role of a Citizen Data Scientist in an organization? The Gartner Citizen Data Scientist definition is: ‘a person who creates or generates models that leverage predictive or prescriptive analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.’

A Citizen Data Scientist is different from a true Data Scientist in one crucial way; namely, they do not have the skills or training to be an analyst or a programmer but, with the right tools, they are capable of generating reports, analyzing data and sharing data to make decisions.

In order to support Citizen Data Scientist initiatives within an enterprise, the organization must recognize the need for culture change, a shift in roles to enable collaboration among business users, IT, data scientists and others and the adoption of Augmented Analytics and Citizen Data Scientist tools within the business with a solution that supports the average skills of a business user and provides support, guidance and recommendations to achieve results and analyze data without sophisticated analytical skills and complex algorithms and analytical techniques.

It is also important to provide a foundation for Citizen Data Scientists so that they understand and can embrace the various facets of this initiative with confidence. A Citizen Data Scientist course or workshop can provide this foundation without lengthy training or unnecessarily complex details and sessions that will discourage the business user and decrease the chances of a successful initiative.

It is important to build excitement and a positive attitude toward this change and to provide the tools and support your business users need to champion and engage with the Citizen Data Scientist role and initiative.

Contact Us to today or Click Here to begin your Citizen Data Scientist journey with simple, targeted training designed, available for face-to-face workshops, online learning and eLearning via Udemy course work. You can ensure that your team achieves success and that your business is ready for the future!

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Predictive Modeling Is Not the Sole Domain of Analysts! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-for-users-at-every-skill-level.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-for-users-at-every-skill-level.htm#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:50:31 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6564 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics for Users at Every Skill LevelAssisted Predictive Modeling Lets Business Users Plan & Forecast with Confidence!

When businesses take on the task of forecasting and planning, it is important to provide the tools to go through this process at all levels with data integrated from the various systems and databases across the enterprise and to provide simple tools for all users that can be adopted and used to take on the various tasks and responsibilities involved in planning and accurate forecasting.

Predictive modeling is crucial to the success of every business. You want to have enough inventory but not too much. You want to plan for seasonal and special events to be sure you have the resources and staff at a store to satisfy demand and to make sure the shelves are stocked. You want to anticipate customer buying behavior and create marketing messages to target specific customers, bundling products that customers will want to buy together, and spending money on expanding resources or locations in the right places geographically and within the organization to be sure that you can optimize available funding and spend money on the right things.

Assisted Predictive Modeling solutions can help business users with average skills by allowing them access to the analytical tools they need and providing easy-to-use features that offer guidance on which analytical techniques to use on a particular type of data or to achieve the right type of results to help users make accurate, fact-based decisions.

Predictive analytics is no longer the sole territory of data scientists and IT. Because of competitive market shifts and the rapid changes toward data democratization within an enterprise, it is important to provide the right tools for your business users including predictive analytics, Self-Serve Data Preparation and Smart Data Visualization and to ensure that the solution you choose is appropriate for users who may not be analysts or have professional analytical skills.

If you want to improve productivity and plan with confidence, explore the benefits of Assisted Predictive Modeling. Contact Us today.

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White Paper – Preparing Your Business for Digital Transformation (Dx) and Data Literacy https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/white-paper-preparing-your-business-for-digital-transformation-dx-and-data-literacy.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/white-paper-preparing-your-business-for-digital-transformation-dx-and-data-literacy.htm#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2020 06:19:25 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6560 Continued]]> When combined, Digital Transformation and Data Literacy provide a rich and profound value to the organization. A properly structured initiative will prepare the business for an ever-changing market and business environment and make the business and its team members agile, nimble, and capable of responding to change. The initiative, once employed, will provide many benefits to offset the efforts involved in completing the initiative.

 

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What Kind of BI Tool Do You Want and Need? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/look-for-the-features-you-will-need-in-bi-tool.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/look-for-the-features-you-will-need-in-bi-tool.htm#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2020 07:19:15 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6557 Continued]]> Look for the Features You Will Need in a BI Tool!Looking for a Great BI Tool? Compare Gartner Recommendations to Your Own Needs!

When a business is looking for a business intelligence vendor, business managers will often look to a Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for a comparison of BI Tools. There are numerous choices listed in Self-Service BI Gartner reports and it may be difficult to determine which is best for your business.

Look for a BI vendor that has designed its business intelligence solution specifically for business users. Self-Serve Business Intelligence tools should be flexible, rather than restrictive. Rather than having IT or data scientists make a decision on what data business users will see and how they will view it, look for a Business Intelligence Tool that provides easy-to-use features like Smart Data Visualization, Plug n’ Play Predictive Analysis, and Self-Serve Data Preparation.

Look for a BI tool that provides a free evaluation and trial period so you can actually see how your users will benefit from the solution. And, look for a business intelligence solution that is affordable, scalable to accommodate location and user growth and easy to implement and train so users can quickly adopt it and start using it to benefit the organization.

As you consider the BI vendors listed in Gartner reports, remember to research features, cost and dependability as well as customer references.

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NLP and Contextual Search Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/clickless-analytics-contextual-searches-improves-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/clickless-analytics-contextual-searches-improves-analytics.htm#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2020 06:32:19 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6554 Continued]]> Clickless Analytics & Contextual Searches Improves Analytics!How Can Clickless Analysis and NLP Support Business User Analytics?

An advanced analytics solution that is designed for augmented analytics, must be easy enough for the average business user to achieve results without IT skills or the skills of a data scientist. When a business user can leverage clickless analytics search capability, the user can achieve rapid, clear results and use those results to solve problems, share information and optimize opportunities for the business.

Clickless Analytics is search analytics that uses search capability based on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning. As natural language processing evolves within the advanced analytics environment, contextual searching has also evolved. Contextual searching allows

With natural language-processing-based search capability, users do not need to scroll through menus and navigation. The business can address complex questions using this simple search capability with a contextual flexible search mechanism that provides one of the most flexible, in-depth search capability and results offered in the market today.

Clickless Analysis and contextual search capabilities go beyond column level filters and queries to provide more intelligence support. The solution translates the contextual query and returns results in an appropriate format, e.g., visualization, tables, numbers, or descriptors.

If you want to provide the right tools to encourage business users to adopt and benefit from advanced analytics, Contact Us to explore the opportunities provided by natural language processing and Clickless Analytics with contextual search capability.

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BI Tools and Cross-Tab Analytics Provide Clarity! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/08/25/August-25-2020/cross-tab-analytics-bi-tool.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/08/25/August-25-2020/cross-tab-analytics-bi-tool.htm#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:59:04 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6550 Continued]]> Get a Cross-Tab View of Results with Flexible BI Tools!BI Tools with Cross-Tab Analytics Allow a Clear View of Results!

When you consider data democratization and rolling out a BI tool or analytical solution to your team members across the enterprise, you have to think about how to ensure that team members can easily adopt analytics and use them in their day-to-day tasks with a clear understanding of the results.

Static dashboards and restrictive analytics reporting can confuse a user and undermine the goals of a data democratization and business user analytics initiative. A solution that provides flexible reporting and ad-hoc queries will help your team members gather, analyze and understand data and results. Look for a solution that provides cross-tab analytics for a deep dive analytics experience that will help your users leverage data and gain confidence in the use of an analytics solution.

Cross-tab analytics offers a 360 degree view of your multi-dimensional data with ad-hoc queries and BI Reporting so you can take full advantage of Business Intelligence with a clear view of corporate performance and ability to slice and dice data, drill down, drill up and drill through to find the most relevant Information.

It also provides easy-to-use complex data operations, summary operations, time series functions, filters and custom column expressions engine to help users make prompt, effective business decisions. The right BI Tool provides cross tab analysis with pivot table and OLAP analysis with access available to users via a browser-based environment so users have access to tools from inside the office and on the road or at home.

Discover the ease and simplicity of cross-tab, deep dive analytics and get the right BI Tool.

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Natural Language Processing Makes Analytics Easy! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020-08-24-august-24-2020-nlp-advanced-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020-08-24-august-24-2020-nlp-advanced-analytics.htm#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:21:50 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6547 Continued]]> NLP and Augmented Analytics Go Hand in Hand!Make Sure Your Advanced Analytics Solution Has Natural Language Processing!

If you stay up-to-date with your industry and market publications, you have probably heard a lot of buzz about natural language processing or NLP. In fact, whether you know it or not, you use NLP every day. When you type a question into Google, you are using NLP! The system translates your question and returns results to meet your needs.

When NLP is used in analytics, it can produce the same type of results without the need for a business user to have data science or IT skills. NLP allows team members with average technical skills to create complex searches without endless clicks and complex navigation and commands. Using this type of Search Analytics, users can access and view clear, concise answers and analysis quickly and easily.

If your business is looking for an easy-to-use analytics solution, you will find the tools you are looking for within Natural Language Processing-based search capability. Your users do not need to scroll through menus and navigation. The business can address complex questions using this simple search capability. And, with the right solution you can take that ease-of-use to the next level by providing your users a contextual flexible search mechanism.

Your users can adopt and leverage the most flexible, in-depth search capability and results offered in the market today and you can. Simply enter the query in natural language and let the system do the rest. No advanced training is required!

Let’s get you started on that journey today! Clickless Search Analytics

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Give Your Users Mobile BI tools and Achieve Social BI! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/mobile-bi-and-social-bi-go-hand-in-hand.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/mobile-bi-and-social-bi-go-hand-in-hand.htm#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2020 09:34:47 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6544 Continued]]> Mobile BI and Social BI Go Hand-in-Hand!Mobile BI Encourages Collaboration and Social Business Intelligence!

If you are looking for a business intelligence solution, be sure to consider the Mobile BI factor. Mobile business intelligence is a necessity in today’s business environment. With so many users working from home, on the road or working after hours, it is critical to provide users with real time BI tools that can be used on any type of smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop with seamless resolution and performance.

The emergence of Social Business Intelligence and collaboration is encouraged and expanded by Mobile BI Tools. Business users are, after all, the same consumers who use Google, social media and other tools and apps and these users want the same type of sharing and collaboration in business intelligence and analytics. When a business provides Social BI, business intelligence and analytics in an environment designed to allow users to rank, share and re-purpose analysis and reporting, it improves productivity and optimizes data.

Data analysis for business is easy enough for business users and will add real insight and fact-based decision-making to the business environment to democratize data and improve data literacy.

Contact Us now to find out how Mobile Business Intelligence and Social BI features and functionality can help your improve its performance and its decisions.

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Augmented Analytics: The Right Choice for Advanced Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/advanced-analytics-vs-augmented-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/advanced-analytics-vs-augmented-analytics.htm#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:11:21 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6538 Continued]]> Advanced Analytics vs. Augmented Analytics!When Considering Advanced Analytics, Look for an Augmented Analytics Solution!

When a business is considering an advanced analytics solution, it must sell its management team and investors on the value and benefit of that solution and the merits of implementing such a solution or upgrading an existing solution.

The Benefits of Advanced Analytics are numerous but the advantages of augmented analytics go far beyond a standard advanced analytics solution. Advanced analytics supports the entire organization but if a business selects the wrong solution, it can restrict benefits to IT, data scientists and statisticians. Augmented Analytics supports the business and its team members with features that enable data sharing, ease-of-use, flexible reporting, auto-recommendations to achieve the right visualization technique for the type of data the user wants to analyze and guidance to ensure that the user can select the right type of Predictive Modeling to forecast and plan with clarity.

Businesses that can gather data from disparate sources and use historical data to understand trends and patterns and forecast for the future can establish and sustain a competitive advantage and plan more effectively and accurately, avoiding missteps in the market and costly mistakes.

If your business wishes to sustain a competitive advantage, if you as a user wish to advance in your career and build your value to the organization, it is incumbent upon you to embrace the trend of data democratization, data literacy and self-serve, augmented analytics.

If you want to improve productivity and get better business results, explore the benefits of Augmented Analytics. Contact Us today.

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Smarten Announces an Innovative eLearning Course, ‘Be a Citizen Data Scientist – Aspire, Inspire, Become’ https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-announces-an-innovative-elearning-course-be-a-citizen-data-scientist-aspire-inspire-become.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-announces-an-innovative-elearning-course-be-a-citizen-data-scientist-aspire-inspire-become.htm#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2020 11:10:38 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6541 Continued]]> Smarten Announces An Innovative ELearning Course, ‘Be A Citizen Data Scientist – Aspire, Inspire, Become’Smarten is pleased to announce the introduction of its eLearning Workshop, Be a Citizen Data Scientist – Aspire, Inspire, Become. This online course is designed to provide a solid foundation for one’s business and, more importantly, for those members of the team who may be considering as early adopters or champions of the Citizen Data Scientist transformation within their organization.

Gartner defines a Citizen Data Scientist as ‘A person who creates or generates models that leverage Predictive or Prescriptive Analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.’

Smarten CEO, Kartik Patel says, “By transforming business users into Citizen Data Scientists, the organization will enjoy support for data-driven, fact-based decision making, and will gain insight and perspective and clarity.”

The Smarten online course, Be a Citizen Data Scientist – Aspire, Inspire, Becomewill jump start the Citizen Data Scientist initiative. The course is concise and in-depth, but it does not require days or weeks of student investment or commitment.

The Smarten online workshop allows an enterprise to introduce business users and other team members to the concept of Citizen Data Scientists and to better understand the benefits inherent in this approach to data democratization and data literacy. By creating a culture where data democratization is encouraged and team members have the tools, they need to perform data analytics, the enterprise can improve problem solving, identify all manner of business opportunities, improve data literacy throughout the organization, increase productivity for IT, data scientists and business users, reduce missteps and re-work, improve time to market and competitive advantage and bridge critical skill gaps for data science projects and focus.

The online workshop includes a discussion and definition and profile of Citizen Data Scientists, the benefits of a Citizen Data Scientist program, a look at the analytical roles and processes that support this type of initiative, an in-depth review of analytical techniques and algorithms and examples of business use cases that leverage these types of techniques and a walk through of Smarten assisted predictive modeling tools to illustrate how these tools and techniques can positively impact the Citizen Data Scientist journey.

‘The Citizen Data Scientist Journey’ workshop consists of modules that will allow the student to work through the course at his or her own pace. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to explain the Citizen Data Scientist Concept and its benefits, discuss and use analytical concepts and techniques Including Predictive Analytics Algorithms, leverage Smarten Augmented Analytics Tools, champion the Citizen Data Scientist initiative within the organization and begin the Citizen Data Scientist within her or his organization.

“Gartner predicts that those organizations that engage in Citizen Data Scientist initiatives will outperform businesses that do not take this approach and they will be more competitive and better prepared, by increasing productivity, optimizing resources and making better decisions,” Patel says, “By combining the Citizen Data Scientist approach with augmented analytics, every business can take a significant step forward in digital transformation and data literacy and enable business users to adopt and use the tools that will transform them into Citizen Data Scientists.”

It’s easy to start the Citizen Data Scientist Journey. Get started here. Users are welcome to share the link with colleagues and team members. Spread the word.

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BI Solutions Are No Longer Just for Data Analysts! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/modern-business-intelligence-is-built-for-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/modern-business-intelligence-is-built-for-business-users.htm#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:02:35 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6534 Continued]]>  Modern Business Intelligence is Built for Business Users!What is Business Intelligence? It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated!

What is business intelligence? Business intelligence is a body of intelligence gleaned from data and information within your business enterprise. It is comprised of the strategies, data and technologies and brought together for the purpose of data analytics. BI technologies are used to provide historical, current, and predictive views of business operations and to help make fact-based decisions.

The Business Intelligence definition today is much different than it was five years ago! The evolution of BI solutions has enabled business users to gather and analyze business intelligence at the individual and team level so Modern Business Intelligence is no longer an activity that is limited to strategic initiatives, data scientists or IT.

Modern BI allows a business user with average technical and analytical skills to use KPI examples, and an intuitive KPI Dashboard to establish, measure, monitor and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) and thereby assure that problems are identified before they become critical and that opportunities for improvement and change are identified and presented with recommendations for changes to processes, activities and tasks that support business goals and objectives.

BI Reporting Tool support business users with easy-to-use reporting for clear visualization, and flexible, customizable reports that offer agility for individual and team use. Today’s business intelligence must also include Mobile BI for use on the road and out of the office, and social business intelligence flexibility that allows users to share data, engender data popularity, rank data analytics and re-purpose and reuse creative data models.

What is business intelligence? Find out here: Today’s Business Intelligence for Business Users. Contact Us now.

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Can My Business Users Really Become Citizen Data Scientists? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-the-role-of-citizen-data-scientist.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-the-role-of-citizen-data-scientist.htm#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:55:46 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6531 Continued]]> What is the Role of a Citizen Data Scientist?What is a Citizen Data Scientist and How Do I Create Them in My Business?

What is a Citizen Data Scientist and what is the role of a Citizen Data Scientist? It isn’t as complicated as you might think. A Citizen Data Scientist is a business user working in a professional capacity within an enterprise – one who is collaborative and curious by nature and willing and ready to adopt augmented analytics tools to prepare and analyze data and use that data to gain insight into business issues and opportunities. The role of a Citizen Data Scientist is to interact with and liaise with IT and data scientists to define use cases and refine data output to be used in making fact-based decisions.

A Citizen Data Scientist will use his or her domain knowledge and primary skills and experience to gain insight into the data and hypothesize, prototype, analyze and forecast using data to improve accuracy of decisions and to share data and data models with other users. The business that enables the transition of business user to Citizen Data Scientist can expect to improve time to market and to work in an environment where metrics and measurements are valued for the insight and accuracy they deliver and guesswork and opinion are discouraged.

Citizen Data Scientists value data literacy and will champion the use of data in presenting recommendations, monitoring and managing results and forecasting and planning for the future. The Citizen Data Scientist uses day-to-day analytics to complete processes and tasks and prototypes and hypothesizing using data to avoid rework and missteps in the market. These team members will collaborate as necessary with data scientists, data analyst and IT staff when there is a need to refine Data Analytics and take it to another level to ensure 100% accuracy for strategic decisions. They will use data to report and present and share creative data models to support and enable other business users as they learn to embrace data analytics.

If you want to encourage your business users to become Citizen Data Scientists Contact Us to explore the opportunities provided by our in-person and online Workshops and our Augmented Analytics solution.

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Elegant MicroWeb (Smarten Self-Serve Data Preparation) Is Named As A Representative Vendor In Gartner 2020 ‘Market Guide For Data Preparation Tools’, Published July, 2020 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/elegant-microweb-smarten-self-serve-data-preparation-is-named-as-a-representative-vendor-in-gartner-2020-market-guide-for-data-preparation-tools-published-july-2020.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/elegant-microweb-smarten-self-serve-data-preparation-is-named-as-a-representative-vendor-in-gartner-2020-market-guide-for-data-preparation-tools-published-july-2020.htm#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:04:48 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6527 Continued]]> Elegant MicroWeb (Smarten Self-Serve Data Preparation) is Named as a Representative Vendor in Gartner 2020 'Market Guide for Data Preparation Tools', published July, 2020Elegant MicroWeb (Smarten Self-Serve Data Preparation) is Named as a Representative Vendor in Gartner 2020 'Market Guide for Data Preparation Tools', published July, 2020Elegant MicroWeb is pleased to announce that its Smarten Augmented Analytics solution is once again included as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Data Preparation Tools, published July 9, 2020 (ID G00719343).

Smarten CEO, Kartik Patel says, “We are proud to be recognized and included in Gartner Market Guide for Data Preparation Tools, published July 9, 2020, and we feel that this recognition validates our team effort to continuously improve and upgrade our Self-Serve Data Preparation solution to provide cutting-edge technology in an intuitive interface designed for business users to support the Citizen Data Scientist initiatives taking place in businesses around the world.”

The Smarten Self-Serve Data Preparation (SSDP) Tool is an easy-to-use tool that allows users to quickly gather and prepare data for analytics without the assistance of IT staff or data scientists and without SQL, ETL or programming skills. The Smarten SSDP solution enables users to transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data. Smarten offers numerous benefits to an organization, and provides a solid foundation for fact-based business analysis and confident day-to-day and strategic decisions.

“As our Self-Serve Data Prep roadmap evolves, we continue to bring a user and data democratization focus to our solutions and services,” says Patel. “These tools enable and improve data literacy and digital transformation and allow business users with average skills to prepare, extract and analyze data from disparate systems and data repositories, so that the organization can avoid restrictive data silos and work with complete, accurate information to make decisions.”

Smarten SSDP is a crucial part of the Smarten augmented analytics suite that includes Smart Data Visualization, Assisted Predictive Modeling,  Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Search Analytics, with machine learning and many other sophisticated features.

Read more in the Gartner report: 2020 Market Guide for Data Preparation Tools, published 2020, July, (Gartner Subscription Required)

Source : Gartner, Market Guide for Data Preparation Tools, Ehtisham ZaidiSharat Menon9 July 2020

Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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A Data-Driven Enterprise Encourages Creativity https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/a-data-driven-enterprise-encourages-creativity.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/a-data-driven-enterprise-encourages-creativity.htm#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:21:49 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6524 Continued]]> A Data-Driven Enterprise Encourages CreativityCreativity is the lifeblood of an enterprise! But, it is easy to get into a rut and do what has worked in the past. If a business is to succeed, it must constantly generate new ideas and new ways to address the market and its consumers. Augmented Data discovery and the new world of self-serve tools has added an interesting dimension to this discussion as it encourages business users to become Citizen Data Scientists and encourages organizations to embrace data democratization.

With the increased access to integrated data and the ability to easily, and quickly, perform Advanced Analytics, business users and the enterprise they support can make data-driven decisions and fact-based assumptions. This new environment can and should encourage creativity. By taking guesswork out of the equation, the enterprise can integrate facts and data into its brainstorming and planning processes to create new products, new pricing strategies, and new competitive approaches and enter new markets and locations with confidence.

Because users can test hypotheses and theories without risk, the enterprise is spared much of the failure and missteps that come with making decisions using your gut or guesswork. The organization can explore concepts and examine out-of-the-box solutions and counter-intuitive market responses.

In this type of environment, team members are encouraged to be creative and work in an environment where data is valued and stretching the boundaries of planning and problem solving is something to be valued.

When a business considers the implementation of self-serve augmented data discovery, it should also plan for shifts in culture and management if it is to take full advantage of these tools. As new information becomes available and advanced analytics make it possible to test and hypothesize, users and management teams can adjust tasks, activities, and plans to address changes in buying behaviour, competitive response, market conditions, etc.

By building a data-driven culture, the organization will find its team members more willing to make recommendations. When a suggestion is supported by data, there is less chance that a team member (or the enterprise) will fear the consequences of poor results or failure. The entire business team will be more confident of its plans and decisions and this confidence will unleash creativity and growth within the business.

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Tally Reporting Includes BI Reporting Capabilities! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-solutions-and-bi-reporting-tools-for-all-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-solutions-and-bi-reporting-tools-for-all-users.htm#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2020 11:43:08 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6520 Continued]]> Tally Solutions and BI Reporting Tools for All Users!BI Reporting and Tally Solutions Go Hand-in-Hand!

The Tally Solutions offering is focused on accounting and finance related activities and tasks and it is very popular in India and in other countries. As Tally expands its reach, it has also expanded its features and functionality as a way to support existing users and to attract new users.

One of the most important factors in the new Tally universe is its BI Reporting Tool. Tally has its own reporting capabilities but the addition of the BI reporting capabilities connected to the Tally software has significantly improved its value. Business Intelligence dashboard tools are important to every company, whether that company is a start-up, a small or medium business or a large enterprise, and today’s Tally user can use BI Reporting Software to analyze results, monitor thresholds, identify and resolve issues and find opportunities for improvement and focus.

Business Intelligence for Tally expands Tally Reporting capabilities with easy-to-use tools that do not require the skills of a business analyst or a data scientist. These tools are suitable for business users, accounting staff, finance team members, purchasing staff and any other role or function that uses the Tally Solution on a regular basis.

Contact Us now to find out how BI Reporting Tools can help your team leverage its investment in Tally Solutions, improve ROI and reduce TCO with mobile access to Tally and BI Reporting.

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Augmented Analytics and ETL Tools for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-business-users-prepare-data-and-perform-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-business-users-prepare-data-and-perform-analytics.htm#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:18:52 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6516 Continued]]> How Can Business Users Prepare Data and Perform Analytics?Can Business Users Really Figure Out Data Prep and Analytics?

It is a great idea to get your business users involved in analytics and to encourage and build data literacy in your enterprise but one of the things that often stops an organization from implementing self-serve analytics is the need to gather and prepare the data for analytics. How can IT or data scientist staff turn over day-to-day analytics when data is spread across the enterprise and it is so difficult to integrate that data and prepare the data for analytics?

It’s actually not that difficult. With the right Augmented Analytics Tools, the enterprise can provide predictive analytics for Predictive Modeling, self-serve ETL software for data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) and a tool for data visualization all in one platform, designed for use by business users with average technical and analytical skills.

SSDP or Self-Serve Data Preparation provides augmented analytics tools that offer guidance so users can easily gather and prepare their data and use predictive analytics and data visualisation without help from IT professionals, data scientists or a business analyst. There is no need for lengthy, expensive data integration and customization so the enterprise can get up and running with low TCO and rapid ROI.

If you want to improve productivity and get business results, explore the benefits of ETL Tools, Software for Data Visualization, and a Predictive Analysis Tool. Contact Us today.

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BI Tools Integrated with SAP for Ease of Use and Access! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/integrate-sap-and-bi-tools-its-easy.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/integrate-sap-and-bi-tools-its-easy.htm#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2020 10:55:50 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6511 Continued]]> Integrate SAP and BI Tools. It’s Easy!Integrate SAP and BI Tools: Low Cost, Minimal Training, Fast and Easy!

If you are using SAP® in your business, you know that it takes time to plan, implement and train for this enterprise application. If your team wants to undertake a data democratization initiative and use data in various systems and data repositories to analyze and gain insight for business intelligence, you would be wise to select a business intelligence solution that can be easily integrated with SAP and allow your users to leverage familiar tools to perform analytics.

If you want to ensure user adoption of BI Tools, you’ll need easy access to organizational data and you’ll want your users to leverage the sophisticated, easy-to-use features of a Business Intelligence Solution that is designed for business users to analyze data and produce reports and dashboards so users can work their own without dependence on IT or analytical staff.

Look for a BI tool that provides a seamless connection to SAP by leveraging Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) (for the R3 version of SAP) or HANA (with an in-memory performance data engine). These connections enable users to access data within SAP with no additional data extraction, transformation or loading (ETL) required. This process ensures that users can simply select from a list of columns available as output and consume this data with simple drag n’ drop functionality in a 100% browser based, self-serve interface.

Organizations that have implemented SAP solutions can leverage familiar tools and expand usage of business intelligence and analytical tools throughout the organization to support hundreds or thousands of business users and democratize data analysis. Users do not need special skills to analyze data or create reports or dashboards and the BI tools are adaptive and require no programming or scripting skills

Discover the ease and simplicity of a seamlessly integrated BI Tool for SAP users.

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Let’s Talk About Citizen Data Scientists! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/lets-talk-about-citizen-data-scientists.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/lets-talk-about-citizen-data-scientists.htm#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:34:05 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6508 Continued]]> My Friend is Wrong! Citizen Data Scientists ARE Important!Do You Want To Understand and Enable Citizen Data Scientists? You SHOULD!

I had a conversation with a dear friend the other day and one of the things we discussed was the ubiquitous mention of Citizen Data Scientists in technology and industry publications and conferences. My friend (who shall remain nameless), insisted that this was just another passing fancy and that Citizen Data Scientists were not really all that important in building the enterprise of the future.

Let me share with you, two Gartner Strategic Planning Assumptions (SPA) I mentioned to my friend:

• By 2020, more than 40% of data science tasks will be automated, resulting in increased productivity and broader usage by citizen data scientists.
• By 2023, data literacy will become an explicit and necessary driver of business value, demonstrated by its formal inclusion in over 80% of data and analytics strategies and change management programs.

You might notice that the first SPA refers to 2020…and, correct me if I am wrong, but 2020 is right now, isn’t it? So, unless you want to be behind the curve (like my friend), you should probably get started with this whole Citizen Data Scientist thing!

But, where to start? First, you need a comprehensive understanding of the role of a Citizen Data Scientist and how that will benefit the enterprise and increase productivity for business analysts, IT staff and data scientists. When you transform business users into Citizen Data Scientists and encourage data literacy among your team members, you allow them to access Augmented Analytics solutions that will give them guidance and recommendations on how to view and visualize data and which algorithms and analytical techniques to use and then provide sophisticated, easy-to-use tools to get the job done. When Citizen Data Scientists have the tools and knowledge to use analytics on a daily basis, they can incorporate metrics and fact-based decision making into their role and share data and analytics in staff meetings and with other users and the quality and timeliness of your actions and decisions will improve.

It’s true!

To help you get started on the Citizen Data Scientist journey, I am providing a reference to Resources, In-Person and Online Workshops for training and Use Cases to show you how augmented analytics can be used by Citizen Data Scientists to improve your enterprise performance and build knowledge across the organization.

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KPIs That Are Easy to Monitor and Manage! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/key-performance-indicators-need-not-complicate-your-life.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/key-performance-indicators-need-not-complicate-your-life.htm#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 05:44:39 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6501 Continued]]> Key Performance Indicators Need Not Complicate Your Life!Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) That Make Your Life Easier!

Key Performance Indicators, affectionately referred to as KPIs…or perhaps not so affectionately referred to, depending on your comfort level with KPIs and your experience with the effectiveness and value of KPIs.

To effectively and seamlessly use KPIs, you must, of course, establish the right KPIs to measure the ‘right things’ within the organization. But, beyond that, you also have to find a way to analyze the results. If you are going to establish, monitor, manage and adapt your KPIs to ensure success, you need KPI analytics.

A KPI Dashboard that can track and assess Multidimensional KPI Analytics is imperative if you are to actually make use of the key performance indicators in a meaningful way. Your business cannot just establish KPIs and leave them on the shelf. If you want to manage by objective metrics, you need an easy way to measure results and where you see that results are not what you had hoped, you can then change workflow, processes and activities and adjust KPIs as appropriate. This method of continuous monitoring and management ensures that you can take care of issues and capitalize on opportunities as they arise, rather than finding out about them too late.

If you want a substantive business intelligence solution with robust KPI Software and an easy-to-use KPI tool, Contact Us now.

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SmartenApps Integrates Smarten Augmented Analytics With Shopify eCommerce for Data Analytics and Reporting https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smartenapps-integrates-smarten-augmented-analytics-with-shopify-ecommerce-for-data-analytics-and-reporting.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smartenapps-integrates-smarten-augmented-analytics-with-shopify-ecommerce-for-data-analytics-and-reporting.htm#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:57:57 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6505 Continued]]> SmartenApps Integrates Smarten Augmented Analytics With Shopify eCommerce for Data Analytics and ReportingSmarten is pleased to announce SmartenApps, its newest addition to the Smarten augmented analytics suite of offerings. The Smarten: eCommerce Analytics for Shopify by Elegant MicroWeb is an augmented analytics and reporting solution integrated with Shopify eCommerce.

With Smarten eCommerce Analytics for Shopify, users gain insight into data in a unique and meaningful way. The app provides the value of analytics integration and fact-based decision-making. Users enjoy seamless login and registration. Within minutes, users will see eCommerce data in Smarten with prebuilt analytics templates. Users can choose from one of three flexible pricing plans (Silver, Gold and Platinum) to suit their needs.

CEO, Kartik Patel says, “Smarten eCommerce Analytics for Shopify provides value out-of-the-box with vital eCommerce dashboards and reports to manage your business health. It provides sales reports, sales trends and sales contribution, advanced key performance indicators and analytics to reveal Customer Lifetime value (LTV), Customer Cohorts, Customer Loyalty and Product Cross Sell.”

Accredited by Gartner and recognized for its intuitive, easy-to-use analytics, Smarten offers stunning visualization, dynamic charts and graphs and key performance indicators (KPIs) metrics to help one sustain a competitive edge.

SmartenApps features and integration are founded on the Smarten augmented analytics solution. This solution goes far beyond Visual Analytics tools that simply monitor data. The Smarten app reimagines analytics with out-of-the-box reports and dashboards that dive deep into data, drill down and through data and allow users to interact with data to make data-driven decisions.

“Smarten: eCommerce Analytics for Shopify is the first of many integration offerings,” says Patel. “These offerings are designed to support popular enterprise applications and allow business users to retrieve and analyze data from their favorite applications to make decisions and to share and report on data across the enterprise.”

Smarten: eCommerce Analytics for Shopify is the first in a family of SmartenApps that will integrate with popular enterprise applications and provide Software as a Service (SaaS) ease of access and augmented analytics features and functionality to complement and enhance the data and functionality of enterprise applications and support analytical needs of organizations and business users around the world.

Businesses may explore the benefits of Smarten: eCommerce Analytics for Shopify, using a 14-day free trial subscription, after which a business can choose from affordable pricing plans. These plans provide access to tools to track profits and KPIs, access all reports, export data to CSV and drill through graphs and reports.

Contact the Smarten team for more information on Smarten augmented analytics integration for enterprise applications.

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Self-Service Data Prep: A Tool for All Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/can-self-serve-data-prep-make-my-business-more-productive.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/can-self-serve-data-prep-make-my-business-more-productive.htm#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:48:28 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6496 Continued]]> Can Self-Serve Data Prep Make My Business More Productive?Why Do I Need Self-Serve Data Preparation?

Why would your business need Self-Serve Data Preparation? Perhaps you have a team that includes IT professionals that can prepare data for analysis or maybe you have a business analyst or a data scientist to serve that need. But, there are plenty of good reasons to consider data preparation tools that are easy enough for every team member to use.

Exactly what is self-service data preparation? It’s simple, really. Self Service Data Preparation is a solution and tool that allows business users with average skills and no data science background to use Augmented Data Preparation. Users can gather data from disparate data sources and prepare that data using self-serve ETL (for data extraction, transformation and loading) to cleanse and reduce data and take other actions with guidance to walk them through each step so they end up with data that is pristine and ready for analysis. And by using an augmented analytics solution, they can easily complete the process and gain insight into data – all without the assistance of an IT pro or data scientist.

By following these simple steps, business users can gather, prepare and analyze data on their own and make decisions that are data-driven and fact-based. Your enterprise can improve user adoption of analytical tools, improve the quality and accuracy of decisions and optimize the time and resources of your expert IT and data science or business analyst team as well as the time and knowledge of your business users.

If you want to give your business users advanced analytics tools that are easy to use, Contact Us to see how Self-Serve Data Prep can simplify and streamline your analytics and business user workflow.

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Modern BI & Mobile BI for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/modern-bi-and-data-literacy-go-hand-in-hand.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/modern-bi-and-data-literacy-go-hand-in-hand.htm#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:28:11 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6492 Continued]]> Modern BI and Data Literacy Go Hand in Hand!Mobile BI and Personalized Dashboards: Important Components of Modern BI!

If your team is using business intelligence (and it should be), you may be working with a more restrictive business solution that is not designed for a business user. If that is the case, you are missing an opportunity to cascade analytics throughout the organization and to optimize your resources and improve productivity. Self-Serve Business Intelligence solutions are designed with guidance and recommendations to guide a business user with average skills through the process of preparing and analyzing data and to encourage collaboration and data sharing across the enterprise.

When you are considering this type of initiative, you should look for an Augmented Analytics solution with self-serve data preparation, smart data visualization and assisted predictive modeling. AND you should look for a solution that goes beyond simple reporting and BI dashboards to allow for personalization and enable users to leverage the solution in a way that is meaningful to them.

In other words, you want Modern Business Intelligence that will incorporate mobile business intelligence and all of the features and tools that enable agility and make your organization nimble. Modern BI and Mobile BI will ensure that all your users have access to the data they need and that the data is accessible on any device at any time in a way that provides clear navigation and reporting and encourages user adoption, so your business users become more data literate and can make the transition to Citizen Data Scientists.

In this way, you can improve the overall productivity of your organization and move your business toward data literacy with improved workflow, and a confident grasp of data and analytics at every level within your enterprise.

Contact Us now to find out how Modern Business Intelligence with Mobile BI can help you and your business users.

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Machine Learning = Easy Predictive Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/06/18/June-18-2020/machine-learning-enables-predictive-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/06/18/June-18-2020/machine-learning-enables-predictive-analytics.htm#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2020 07:27:03 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6489 Continued]]> Leverage Machine Learning for Forecasts and Predictions!Business Users Get Instant Help with Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics!

Here’s some good news! If you want to predict or forecast results for your business, you don’t need to be a data scientist, a statistician, a business analyst, or a rocket scientist! Today, augmented analytics solutions provide all the help a business user will need to gather data, prepare it for analysis and then choose the right algorithm or analytical technique to analyze the data and get clear, easy-to-understand results.

Developments in machine learning and advancements in Augmented Analytics provide guidance, auto-suggestions and recommendations that give the business user the best technique for what they want to achieve. Predictive Analytics for business users leverages machine learning and Assisted Predictive Modeling to help users achieve the best fit and ensure that they use the most appropriate algorithm for the data they wish to analyze. With these tools, users can explore patterns in data and receive suggestions to help them gain insight on their own without dependence on IT or data scientists.

These tools allow the organization to apply predictive analytics to any use case using forecasting, regression, clustering and other methods to analyze an infinite number of use cases including customer churn, and planning for and target customers for acquisition, identify cross-sales opportunities, optimize pricing and promotional targets and analyze and predict customer preferences and buying behaviors.

With the right assisted predictive modeling tools, business users will not be shy about adopting and leveraging tools. They will see clear results and be able to make decisions, test hypotheses and theories and mitigate risk for the organization. Machine learning technology takes the guesswork out of predictive analytics and forecasting. Let the system do the work so you can focus on outcomes and results.

Do you want the benefits of Predictive Analytics? Look no further!

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Consider Augmented Analytics to Jumpstart Your Dx Initiative! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/dx-and-augmented-analytics-a-dynamic-combination.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/dx-and-augmented-analytics-a-dynamic-combination.htm#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:51:14 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6484 Continued]]> Dx and Augmented Analytics: A Dynamic Combination!Integrate Augmented Analytics as a Foundation for Digital Transformation!

Digital Transformation (Dx) is achieved when an organization plans and exploits digital technologies, workflow and processes, and its core capabilities and skills with an enterprise culture that evolves and shifts to engender a digital business model that advances business. Any Dx plan must include a review and appropriate modification of businesses processes, business models, operations, team collaboration and customer relationships.

When you are thinking of a Digital Transformation initiative, don’t forget to consider the technology and tools you will need to optimize and streamline workflow and enable your business users to become more proficient and knowledgeable about data and to become confident in the use of that data to make decisions. Augmented Analytics is a logical and critical addition to the Dx initiative and will significantly enhance the success of the Digital Transformation agenda.

Augmented Analytics Tools are designed with enabling technologies like machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) to make the tools easier for business users to leverage and streamline and simplify the process of self-serve data preparation, smart data visualization and assisted predictive modeling. The goal is to transform business users into Citizen Data Scientists – users that have a basic grasp of analytics and can execute analysis and understand the results to make fact-based decisions without the assistance of IT professionals or data scientists.

Augmented analytics simplifies data analytics and enables data literacy and user adoption across the enterprise, providing actionable reporting and insight into data. When an organization includes an Augmented Analytics approach in its Digital Transformation initiative, it provides foundational support for every team member so that the organization can move toward a more collaborative, data literate environment without extensive training or expensive technology upgrades.

The goal is to encourage the use of data in all processes and day-to-day activities and to ensure data sharing and increased data popularity across the enterprise. The use of data as a decision tool ensures that an organization can transform itself from a static environment into an environment that is capable of continuous improvement and can adapt to change with flexible, scalable processes and teams.

Building a new change culture with Dx and Augmented Analytics and a vision that includes constant and continuous update of skills, processes and market approach is critical to business success and competitive strategy. Businesses that use data to make decisions can adapt to change more quickly and improve services and products, customer engagement and day-to-day activities to optimize resources, funding, training, and creativity.

If you want to improve productivity and get business results, explore the benefits of a Digital Transformation Initiative That Incorporates Augmented Analytics. Contact Us today.

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BI Tools Your IT Team AND Your Users Will Love! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-tools-easy-for-business-users-easy-for-it-to-administer.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-tools-easy-for-business-users-easy-for-it-to-administer.htm#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2020 07:10:30 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6480 Continued]]> BI Tools: Easy for Business Users, Easy for IT to Administer!A Business Intelligence Solution for Business Users and IT Staff Will Love!

There are many reasons for a business to consider a self-serve business intelligence solution for business users. If properly deployed, BI tools improve productivity, accuracy and speed of decisions and competitive advantage – among other things.

If your business is a start-up or a small or medium business, you may be concerned about the cost, time and resources required to implement a BI Tool for your business users. When considering prospective solutions, it is important to look at ease of implementation, training and support. The right business intelligence solution can be easily implemented and administered and managed by entry level IT staff, freeing more skilled IT professionals for more strategic activities and projects.

Once deployed, a BI Dashboard and BI Analytics can support business users with day-to-day decisions and tools they can use on their own without the assistance of IT, data scientists, analysts or SQL skills.

Renowned technology research firm, Gartner, predicts that, ‘By 2021, augmented analytics will be a dominant driver of new purchases of analytics and BI as well as data science and machine learning platforms, and of embedded analytics.’

Providing your business users with simple, clear tools that enable fact-based decisions is key to success in the market and will ensure user adoption. The right solution will also support IT with easy administrative and management tools that ensure appropriate access and security measures and allow entry level IT staff members to manage the process. So, productivity and resource optimization is assured – both for business users and for the IT team.

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Research Studies Reveal Shortcomings in Many Data Literacy Projects: Don’t Let This Happen to You! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/research-studies-reveal-shortcomings-in-many-data-literacy-projects-dont-let-this-happen-to-you.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/research-studies-reveal-shortcomings-in-many-data-literacy-projects-dont-let-this-happen-to-you.htm#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:17:37 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6477 Continued]]> Research Studies Reveal Shortcomings in Many Data Literacy Projects: Don’t Let This Happen to You!Data Literacy is a hot topic in business today.

As businesses struggle to remain competitive and to do more with less, every enterprise is looking for a way to optimize resources, and to get the most out of every team member. To do that, the business management team must leverage the knowledge and skills of each team member as those skills relate to their role and their responsibilities. Businesses must use team member knowledge gleaned from experience and education and merge that knowledge with data and analytics to make context-based, data-driven decisions.

When a business sets out to take this evolutionary step, it can leave its team members running to catch up and falling behind.

Even among the most data literate corporate environments, the insatiable need for data and business obsession with data-driven initiatives can cause stress and these initiatives can backfire if they are not managed appropriately.

The evolution of Data Literacy in India stands as an appropriate example of this reality. Recent studies by Accenture and others reveal that,

while India businesses have embraced data literacy and encouraged team members to take training and adopt data and analytics to support decisions, this new revolution has placed additional pressure on team members.

The Accenture Report, entitled, ‘The Human Impact of Data Literacy’ reveals numerous flaws in the approach businesses have taken in an effort to inject data into the average business conversation.

These studies indicate that:

  •  ‘Only 32 percent of business executives surveyed said that they’re able to create measurable value from data, while just 27 percent said their data and analytics projects produce actionable insights.’
  •  ‘Organizations need to recognize that the exponential growth in data usage has accelerated far beyond the skills and confidence of the employees required to use it. Only 25% of employees felt fully prepared to use data effectively when entering their current role.’
  •  ‘Despite nearly all employees recognizing data in the workplace as an asset, few are using it to inform decision-making. Only 37 percent of employees trust their decisions more when those decisions are based on data, and almost half (48 percent) frequently defer to making decisions based on gut feeling over data-driven insight.’

Although India businesses have pushed hard to embrace data analytics and data-driven decisions, the push for data literacy has often resulted in the same types of stressors and mixed results noted in research studies.

These studies reveal that India survey respondents reported only ‘46% of respondents in the country being confident with their data literacy skills.’ And, while 53% of India respondents trusted decisions more when they were based on data, 80% frequently deferred to a ‘gut feeling’, rather than data driven insights when making decisions.’

It is important to note that 53% of the India survey respondents said that they believed ‘data literacy training will make them more productive’.

So what does this research tell us and what can the survey of India-based data literacy initiative respondents tell us?

What it tells us that while businesses and team members recognize the value of data-driven, fact-based decisions, team members do not feel that they have been given enough support or training to help them confidently adopt and embrace data analytics and the resulting lack of confidence is causing additional stress among team members. This type of stress can lead to loss of productivity and it can mean that team members will look elsewhere for a career that is not as demanding.

Empowering team members is great and holding them accountable is necessary. But, if a business intends to hold a team member accountable, it must first provide the training and tools needed for the team member to perform well. When a business provides an appropriate environment, mentoring, training and tools, it can expect improved productivity and improved team member satisfaction.

So, what does this mean to businesses that want to engender data literacy among team members and succeed in creating a collaborative environment that optimizes resources, knowledge and skill and allows for team member confidence and increased productivity?

With the right approach, a business can successfully bridge the gap from scattered data knowledge or silos of data acumen to a data literate team that can easily embrace this new world and adopt processes that incorporate data in decisions. Businesses can also ensure that team members will willingly adopt and embrace data analytics and use these tools in their everyday process to accomplish tasks and make better business decisions. Data Literacy does not have to be as complex as you may think. To achieve this goal, a business must nurture a data literate environment and culture and encourage team members at every level and in every function and role. For that, the business will need software and analytical tools and champions and experts working in collaborative and liaison roles to help team members adapt and incorporate analytics and data into everyday processes and activities so every team member can marry knowledge, curiosity, theories and hypotheses with data to make the best decisions.

To educate and support team members in data analytics, the software tools a business provides must allow for augmented analytics: analytics tools that provide guidance and auto-recommendations to help users choose a visualization technique that is appropriate for the type of data they are analyzing, and assisted predictive modeling tools that help users select the right algorithm to complete the analytics they wish to perform. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning foundations allow team members to ask questions and get answers using natural language so they need not be a data scientist or IT expert to get to the heart of the data, forecast, plan, find opportunities, see trends and patterns, product and share reports and function as Citizen Data Scientists.

Businesses that try to use shortcuts to get to data literacy or not likely to achieve the results they want and will definitely frustrate and discourage their team members in the process. Businesses that plan for and implement a Data literacy and data democratization initiatives with appropriate cultural changes, collaboration among user roles and simple, intuitive, self-serve augmented analytics tools will more quickly and successfully achieve data literacy and improve user adoption.

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White Paper – Integrate Augmented Analytics And Digital Transformation To Achieve Continuous Business Improvement https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/white-paper-integrate-augmented-analytics-and-digital-transformation-to-achieve-continuous-business-improvement.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/white-paper-integrate-augmented-analytics-and-digital-transformation-to-achieve-continuous-business-improvement.htm#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:09:32 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6469 Continued]]> Wise business managers are embracing the Digital Transformation initiative in an effort to improve accuracy, productivity and the integration of technology and analytics within the organization. Augmented Analytics is a logical and critical addition to the Dx initiative and will significantly enhance the success of the Digital Transformation agenda. When a business wishes to consider and implement a Digital Transformation and Augmented Analytics initiative, it must shift its cultural assumptions to support continuous improvement. There will be no Digital Transformation or Data Literacy success if the enterprise does not embrace the concept of continuous improvement.

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Expand Tally Solutions Access and Reporting with BI Tools! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/more-reporting-capabilities-and-bi-for-tally-solutions.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/more-reporting-capabilities-and-bi-for-tally-solutions.htm#comments Thu, 28 May 2020 08:59:41 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6465 Continued]]> MORE Reporting Capabilities and BI for Tally Solutions!Love Tally ERP? Want BI Tools and Mobile Access Too?

If you and your business users love Tally ERP but you would really like to have expanded reporting capability and mobile access, don’t despair. You can have those things today!

Business Intelligence for Tally is as simple as 1-2-3. And BI for Tally provides the ability to establish and track key performance indicators (KPIs), track and analyze trends, view and analyze transactions, share reports in PDF and XLS via WhatsApp and email, see products, ledgers, and company data and do it all in a mobile environment so you have access to your favorite tools from outside the office.

Tally Reporting capability has always been there to help users understand what is happening in their business but the addition of a BI Tool with analytics for Tally expands tally reporting tools and provides even more value and increased productivity.

So, now you can leverage familiar, valuable Tally data and your existing investment with an extended office environment that allows for swift analysis and fact-based decisions with access from anywhere!

If you want Expanded Reporting and BI capability for your favorite Tally app, Contact Us now.

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What is Clickless Analysis and Why Should I Care? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-clickless-analysis-and-why-should-i-care.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-clickless-analysis-and-why-should-i-care.htm#comments Wed, 20 May 2020 13:26:53 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6460 Continued]]> Natural Language Processing Makes Search Analytics Easy!What is Clickless Analysis and Why Should I Care?

Whether you know it or not, you know Natural Language Processing (NLP) very well! You use it all the time to ask questions on Google Ask a simple question, get a list of responses that meet your needs. What did we ever do before natural language processing? How else might we use it to simplify our lives?

Search analytics uses NLP in lots of ways today. And, one of the most valuable ways we can use Natural Language Processing in search analytics is to use it in the practice of analytics itself! With the simplified process of asking a question in an analytical solution, your business can provide advanced analytics to your business users and let them use their business knowledge and skill to find and analyze information in a simple way that is meaningful to their role and their objectives.

Let’s talk about Clickless Analytics, shall we? What is Clickless Analytics? It is the method used to find, analyze and visualize data without having to write queries or understand programing knowledge or data science. What is Clickless Analysis? It is analysis that does not require endless clicking and choices. Instead, your users can enter the information in natural language and enjoy a seamless Augmented Analytics and advanced data discovery solution that uses machine learning and natural language processing (NLP), in a self-serve environment to democratize advanced analytics. In other words, no advanced training is required!

If you want to give your business users Advanced Analytics Tools that are easy to use, Contact Us to see how easy Clickless Analytics can be and how your business users can become Citizen Data Scientists.

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Do You REALLY Know the Benefits of Data Democratization? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/05/19/May-19-2020/bi-democratization.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/05/19/May-19-2020/bi-democratization.htm#comments Tue, 19 May 2020 13:14:19 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6457 Continued]]> BI Democratization and Self-Serve Analytics is Key to Success!Get with the Program! Data and BI Democratization IS Crucial!

A few months ago, I was talking to a friend (someone who has worked, for years, in the IT industry) and happened to mention data democratization. In this age of modern business intelligence, augmented analytics and Citizen Data Scientists, one would think that every IT professional would know the term ‘data democratization’ and its crucial importance to the business environment and success. But, my friend did not know or understand the term or its importance. In fact, she was even a bit skeptical about the potential and the movement toward self-serve business intelligence and analytics.

I know! That seems hard to believe. With Gartner and other technology research firms publishing reports and analysis about these trends, it is hard to believe that anyone working in technology (or in data science or analysis) would be in the dark (or skeptical), but apparently there are still a few people out there who need convincing!

So, let’s go over this again.

Data democratization and BI democratization enables restructuring of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence to put your hardware to its best use so everyone on your team can be a part of the process without professional training or frustrating tools that are restrictive. These concepts and practices allow team members with average technical skills to access data integrated from across the enterprise and confidently use that data to report, present and analyze data to make better business decisions, collaborate and share data across teams, business units and locations. AND, it allows you to do all of that without creating data governance issues, risking security breaches or spending a lot of money or time in implementation.

How does that sound? If you know someone who is still on the fence about the concept of data democratization and BI democratization, you might want to spend some time talking to them about the benefits. Businesses that have not yet grasped the importance of these concepts will fall behind competitors and find it hard to attract and retain team members. Improved productivity, improved decision-making, resource and knowledge optimization. It’s all possible!

Get started today: Ready-to-Use BI Apps for Your Team, Social BI and Business Intelligence for All, Explore the Importance and Benefits of Data Democratization.

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BI and Analytics Adds Value Across the Enterprise! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/even-the-smallest-business-needs-business-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/even-the-smallest-business-needs-business-analytics.htm#comments Wed, 13 May 2020 07:58:47 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6453 Continued]]> Even the Smallest Business Needs Business Analytics!Start-Up, Small Biz? You Too Can Enjoy Business Intelligence and Analytics!

Every business has its unique needs, competitive strategy and challenges. But, not every business understands these factors or has the ability to make fact-based decisions. Even the smallest businesses deal with a lot of data every day and, while they may feel that they don’t need analytics, this oversight can mean that they do not consider all the data they have when they make a decision or that they tend to make decisions based on opinion or ‘gut feel’.

Data Analytics for business does not have to be difficult or overwhelming. Business Intelligence and Analytics can be as simple as choosing the right BI and analytics tools. Even the smallest start-up or business can benefit from gathering and analyzing data across the enterprise and from providing simple, easy-to-use tools for every business user so that they can take their professional knowledge and apply that knowledge to data to discover opportunities and solve problems. Business intelligence and analytics tools need not be restricted to analysts or IT staff.

Users can leverage Self-Serve Data Preparation, Plug & Play Predictive Analytics and Smart Data Visualization to understand and share data and provide reports, presentations and value.

Contact Us now if you want to explore the possibilities of business analytics and Business Intelligence Solutions and see how the right solution can help business users to take the next step and adopt tools to help them (and you) achieve success.

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Machine Learning: The Secret Weapon for Data Visualization! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/05/08/May-08-2020/machine-learning-smart-data-visualization.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/05/08/May-08-2020/machine-learning-smart-data-visualization.htm#comments Fri, 08 May 2020 12:05:32 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6450 Continued]]> Smart Data Visualization is as Easy as 1-2-3!Machine Learning and Smart Data Visualization – The Perfect Combination!

Now that you (and your team) have access to analytics tools, you want to make the best use of these tools. You want to share analysis with others, use that analysis to explain concepts and conclusions in a presentation, and clearly see the root cause of a problem, the opportunity you can leverage and the trends and patterns you need to understand in order to do your job.

Data Analysis is one thing but visualizing the data in a meaningful way is a whole different story!

So, let me tell you about smart data visualization. Smart Data Visualization allows business users to analyze, share and present information without waiting for assistance from visualization experts or programmers. With augmented Data Discovery Tools, business users can cut through that mountain of data to find those elusive nuggets of information that have the most impact on business results. Smart visualization allows you to view and analyze data with data discovery tools that let you easily build a view to tell a compelling story using guided visualization and recommended data presentation.

A great smart data visualization uses guided recommendations based on data type, volume, dimensions, patterns and nature of data and combines machine learning and cutting-edge technology to give a business user a clear path to choosing and personalizing data displays so they can find, understand, share and present data in a way that is meaningful to the audience and a way that makes sense for the data they want to see and clarify.

Machine learning helps the user determine the best fit for the data so users can better understand that data, and it gives users simple drill down and drill through capabilities to make sense of data – all without the need for advanced skills ore knowledge. It’s just that simple!

Do you want to experience the benefits of Smart Data Visualization? Smart Data Visualization is Easy and Accurate.

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Enjoy the Benefits of Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/consider-the-advantages-of-augmented-analytics-for-your-team.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/consider-the-advantages-of-augmented-analytics-for-your-team.htm#comments Wed, 06 May 2020 08:46:31 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6445 Continued]]> Consider the Advantages of Augmented Analytics for Your Team!How Do I Pitch the Benefits of Augmented Analytics to Management and IT?

If you are trying to convince your executive management or IT team of the benefits of augmented analytics, you really don’t have to look far for support. Augmented analytics benefits are numerous and, while some benefits are self-evident, many are more subtle and will be uniquely effective within you own enterprise.

The Advantages of Augmented Analytics include: support for day-to-day business decisions, insight, perspective and analysis, quick hypothesis and prototyping, agility for business development, timely and accurate decision-making, emergence of power users and data popularity and transformation of business users to Citizen Data Scientists.

And, that’s just for business users! For data scientists, the Benefits of Advanced Analytics and augmented analytics tools include: reduction in day-to-day requests, ability to focus on strategic projects, focus on projects that require 100% accuracy, ability to achieve mature modeling goals

But, any pitch to senior management or IT about Augmented Analytics advantages should not stop with generic examples. Look at the roles and challenges faced by your business users and think about how they can apply their professional knowledge and skill to refine analysis, share data with others and create meaningful views and visualizations that will increase their value, optimize resources and improve collaboration. You know your business better than anyone. Use that knowledge to provide examples and stories of data use and leverage within your own enterprise!

If you want to improve productivity and get business results, explore the Benefits of Augmented AnalyticsContact Us today.

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Self Service BI and KPI Improves Business Results! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/kpi-dashboard-software-self-serve-bi-tool-for-your-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/kpi-dashboard-software-self-serve-bi-tool-for-your-users.htm#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:11:25 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6435 Continued]]> KPI Dashboard Software & Self-Serve BI Tools for Your UsersWhy is Self Service BI and KPI Software Important?

If you stay abreast of industry and market news, you have no doubt heard the very loud buzz about self-service business intelligence and the significance of KPI apps in bringing objective metrics and simplified data analytics to the business user community. But, how does all this buzz affect YOUR business?

Quite simply, you need to get more out of your business and your team members and more out of the data that resides in all your systems and software. To give your team the information they need to make the right decisions, solve problems and find opportunities and business insight, you need dashboard software that is easy enough for every user and provides guidance and tools that help users make decisions on how best to visualize data and what types of analysis to use to get the clarity they need from reports.

And, when it comes to KPI tools, you need the same type of simplicity so that your business and users can quickly and easily establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to ensure that objective metrics and measurements are used to make decisions and to manage and monitor existing objectives, goals, tasks and activities. Self-serve BI tools and KPI dashboard software helps your business by providing fact-based decision support, data analytics solutions that do not require data scientist skills, and tools that can be used by those with the domain and professional knowledge to apply the skills unique to their roles and responsibilities and merge those with KPIs and Self-Serve Business Intelligence to achieve results, make more timely decisions and optimize their time.

If you want to leverage self service business intelligence and KPI dashboards to enhance productivity and competitive advantage, Contact Us now to explore the benefits of a BI tool for your team.

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Business Intelligence for the Cloud or On-Premises! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/04/22/april-22-2020/bi-tools-deployment.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/04/22/april-22-2020/bi-tools-deployment.htm#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:46:11 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6432 Continued]]> Flexible Deployment of BI Tools for the Cloud or On-Premises!Enjoy BI Tools with Flexible Deployment Options for Now and the Future!

If you are looking for a business intelligence solution or you wish to upgrade to a more comprehensive BI tools solution, you may be wary of making a choice that will restrict your options, and fall short of meeting your needs.

You will want to look for a Business Intelligence Solution that allows you to deploy the tools across the organization to all business users and to choose from cloud deployment or on-premises deployment, and satisfy your need to use the tool on smart phone devices, tablets or notebooks or desktops. Why restrict your team members when you can implement a solution that will make these crucial tools available in the office, outside the office and on any device. That kind of flexibility is the only way you will be able to roll out to users and expand use to multiple locations and to an expanded user base, as your needs dictate.

Your business is unique and your needs are not exactly like the business needs of any other organization so why should you settle for a cookie cutter solution when you can have the scalability, flexibility and access freedom you need and want with all the security and data governance you expect and require?

If you want to explore the benefits and possibilities of out-of-the-box mobile BI Tools with flexible options for deployment and delivery, start here: BI Tools Architecture and Deployment to Meet Your Needs.

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Augmented Data Discovery Makes Advanced Analytics Easy! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-advanced-analytics-to-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-advanced-analytics-to-business-users.htm#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2020 10:20:23 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6428 Continued]]> Augmented Analytics: Advanced Analytics to Business Users!What is Advanced Analytics and Is It Suitable for Every Business?

Advanced analytics is an aspect of data science, leveraging sophisticated algorithms, methodologies and tools to understand trends, and patterns, and predict future results. As this industry has evolved, advanced analytics technologies have incorporated machine and comprehensive visualizations to analyze and view data.

In the past, when we talked about Advanced Analytics, business managers and team members backed away and left these tasks to data scientists, IT professionals and business analysts with advanced training and skills. But, today’s Advanced Analytics Tools are suitable for every team member and can support smart data discovery.

In today’s brave new world of advanced analytics, the definition may not have changed, but the process is definitely simpler. Today, Augmented Analytics Tools are designed to support business users with average technology skills and to simplify user adoption with minimal training and implementation required. Augmented Data Discovery provides simple guidance and auto-suggestions so that business users know which visualization technique to use to best display their data and which algorithms and analytical techniques to use to effectively analyze the data they wish to understand and to hypothesize and theorize without business risk or missteps.

With the right data discovery software and advanced analytics tools, your business and your team members can leverage advanced analytics tools and get the most out of the data residing in your systems to make the best decisions and to plan for a successful future and optimize their time and effort.

If you want to give your business users advanced analytics tools that are easy to use, Contact Us to realize the benefits of Augmented Analytics.

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Citizen Data Scientists Need Not Be Data Scientist! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/04/14/april-14-2020/solutions-for-citizen-data-scientists.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/04/14/april-14-2020/solutions-for-citizen-data-scientists.htm#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:24:47 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6422 Continued]]> Citizen Data Scientists Need Not Be Data ScientistSupport Your Citizen Data Scientists with Augmented Analytics!

If your business wants to take on a Citizen Data Scientist initiative, it must enable its culture to support augmented analytics within the enterprise at every skill level and provide support to transform business users into the Citizen Data Scientist role. Citizen Data Scientists will incorporate the use of augmented analytics and enjoy the features of an augmented analytics solution that will support users of every skill level with auto-suggestions and guidance to help them choose visualization techniques and appropriate analytical techniques and algorithms to complete their analysis, share information with other users and make fact-based decisions.

You might be interested to know that the transformation of business users into Citizen Data Scientists is a revolution that has been supported and predicted in Gartner research for quite some time. Gartner strategic planning assumptions predict that, ‘Through 2020, the number of Citizen Data Scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists’, and ‘By 2021, augmented analytics will be a dominant driver of new purchases of analytics and BI as well as data science and machine learning platforms, and of embedded analytics.’

With these strategic planning assumptions in mind, it is critical that any business considering a Citizen Data Scientist initiative choose an Augmented Analytics solution to support business users with analytics that are easy to access and understand and tools that will enable easy data sharing, collaboration and reporting.

In the new world of Citizen Data Scientists, these business users will perform day-to-day analytics to support individual, team, and business unit needs, and they will develop prototypes and hypotheses to test business assumptions and plans and avoid missteps. With these tools, business can establish real-world use cases and leverage business and domain knowledge to see data in a meaningful way. They can collaborate with data scientists and IT and speak the language of data analytics.

Citizen Data Scientist candidates may find it daunting to consider the use of analytical techniques and algorithms but, there is no reason to worry, because augmented analytics is designed to recommend and apply appropriate techniques and to perform the analysis required so that one can review accurate, clear results and use those results to make decisions.

It is not necessary for Citizen Data Scientists to become expert in each of the analytical techniques used in analytics, but Citizen Data Scientists do require a basic understanding of these techniques. That understanding will come with time and the support of a guided augmented analytics solution will help business users to become more familiar with these techniques without becoming frustrated or stuck.

If you want to explore the opportunities inherent in the Citizen Data Scientist approach and begin your own initiative, you will want to start here: Smarten Augmented Analytics.

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Don’t Overlook the Impact of BI Tools on User Productivity! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-analytics-and-bi-tools-are-right-for-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-analytics-and-bi-tools-are-right-for-business-users.htm#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2020 06:44:23 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6415 Continued]]> Business Analytics and BI Tools ARE Right for Business UsersIs a Business Intelligence Solution Really Easy Enough for Business Users?

If you are thinking that business analytics is too complex for you (or your business users), you may want to take a step back and look at the exciting evolution of business analytics tools. Today’s business intelligence solutions and business analytics software offer easy-to-use tools and features that are suitable for business users at every skill level.

Data analytics software and BI Tools can and should be an important part of your business toolkit and will engender fact-based decision-making, and improve data literacy across the enterprise. It isn’t enough in today’s competitive market to limit access to data analytics to business analysts and data scientists or IT professionals. Every team member in your organization needs to have a grasp of Data Analytics and, although your business users do not need to be experts in data analysis, these business users should feel confident in using Business Intelligence Software that will help them produce clear analytics and reports and share that data with other users so everyone knows they are using the best, most comprehensive and accurate data available.

In order to provide this kind of support for your users, you need to choose BI tools and Business Analytics solutions that are easy to adopt, require little training and ramp-up time and encourage users to incorporate analytical tasks into their daily processes and tasks to improve outcomes, productivity and results.

Contact Us now if you want to explore the possibilities of business analytics and Business Intelligence Solutions and see how the right solution can help business users to take the next step and adopt tools to help them (and you) achieve success.

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Forget Complex ETL Skills. Self-Serve Data Prep is Here! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/can-self-serve-data-preparation-really-produce-results.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/can-self-serve-data-preparation-really-produce-results.htm#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2020 09:32:35 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6409 Continued]]> Can Self-Serve Data Preparation Really Produce Results?What is Self-Service Data Preparation & Can it Provide Actual Business Results?

Let’s cut to the chase! Results are everything and when you think of a task like preparing data for analytics, that task does not seem to have a direct connection to results. Or does it? Renowned technology research and analysis organization, Gartner, predicts that data and analytics organizations that provide agile, curated internal and external datasets for a range of content authors will realize twice the business benefits as those that do not.

If you choose and provide the right Self-Service Data Prep tools that are easy enough for business users to adopt, you can take the complex task of extracting, transforming and loading data (ETL) out of a restricted, limited environment and enable team members with average technical skills to prepare data for analytics and perform data analysis without waiting for IT or data scientists to intervene. Self-Service Data ETL should simplify the tasks of preparing data so users WANT to adopt the tools and use them for data prep and Data Analytics.

These easy-to-use tools allow business users to transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language and the good news is that business users do not need to understand the complexities of any of these processes in order to use these tools. Augmented Data Preparation provides support and information so users get help at every step along the road and can compile and prepare data for use in analytics to test hypotheses, visualize data and create and share reports with other users. Machine learning capability provides guidance to determine the best techniques and the best fit transformations for the data business users want to analyze, allowing for better understanding of data.

If you want to improve productivity and get business results, explore the possibilities of Self-Serve Data PreparationContact Us today.

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Find Flexible, Intuitive Business Intelligence! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/get-the-right-bi-tool-and-get-your-business-moving.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/get-the-right-bi-tool-and-get-your-business-moving.htm#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:18:59 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6402 Continued]]> Get the Right BI Tool and Get Your Business MovingA Business Intelligence Consultant Can Help You Choose BI Tools!

If you are contemplating a business intelligence tool for the first time, or if you are unhappy with your current BI tool and you want to find a better solution, you need to focus on the experience, skill and self-serve capabilities of the business intelligence company. Every business that is using a business intelligence initiative to improve data accuracy and decision-making is following the trend of data democratization and improved data literacy and choosing BI tools that are designed to be self-serve so business users can leverage features and functionality to make better decisions, to plan, forecast and measure results with more accuracy and dependability.

A Business Intelligence consultant can help you assess your requirements, understand how to use business intelligence services and a Business Intelligence Solution to improve your market position and increase the value of each team member.

Imagine a world where your users can leverage Deep Dive Analytics, and leave behind restrictive ‘Static Packaged Dashboards’. Modern Business Intelligence goes beyond restrictive tools and dashboards to create an environment where business users can adopt and use tools that are meaningful to them and to their role within the business.

If you are starting your journey to Business Intelligence or looking for a flexible, intuitive BI tool for your team, Contact Us now.

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Smarten Launches COVID-19 Coronavirus Website to Track Infection Trends and Geography in India https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-launches-covid-19-coronavirus-website-to-track-infection-trends-and-geography-in-india.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-launches-covid-19-coronavirus-website-to-track-infection-trends-and-geography-in-india.htm#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:02:32 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6405 Continued]]> Smarten Launches COVID-19 Coronavirus Website to Track Infection Trends and Geography in India‘Facts are to the mind what food is to the body’ ~ Edmund Burke ~

India is not exempt from the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and, as with every other country around the world, the prospect of infection and spread throughout the cities of India is a daunting idea. Facts, scientific and medical advice and information is what will get us through. In order to support the citizens of India with timely, accurate information and mitigate the risk of panic and the spread of misinformation.

Smarten has launched a website that will provide data and analytics to track the trends and statistics and map the spread of reported cases across the country.

Information is power! Get the facts and the most current data with analytics that are easy to understand and share on Smarten Corona COVID-19 Virus Analytics for India

This site also provides links to other global sites for up-to-date information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indian Council of Medica Research (ICRM).

Smarten developed this site as a courtesy to help the community and citizens access and understand fact-based information throughout this difficult period. We invite you to use these tools to educate yourselves and remind you to take practical, recommended precautions during the course of this pandemic.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Support Team for questions about our augmented analytics products and solutions and the use of these solutions on our Smarten Corona COVID-19 Virus Analytics website. Smarten Support Team

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Forecast and Plan with Confidence (and Predictive Analytics)! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/assisted-predictive-modeling-improves-planning.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/assisted-predictive-modeling-improves-planning.htm#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:26:43 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6399 Continued]]> Assisted Predictive Modeling Improves PlanningPredictive Analytics for Business Users = Assisted Predictive Modeling!

Are you tired of using guesswork and opinions to make business decisions? These types of decision-making can be particularly dangerous to your business when they are applied to predicting and forecasting. If you are to be successful in business, you must be able to look into the future and plan for customer demand, new suppliers, inventory needs, financial investment, training and resource requirements, business locations, competitive response, pricing, new products and changes in customer buying behavior – just to name a few considerations!

Predictive Analytics is crucial to your organization and these types of analytical tools should be available to all your business users so they can participate in forecasting and planning and use their business domain knowledge to refine plans and forecasts so that they fit with the overall goals of the organization sand with their business unit or department.

Your business users do not need to have the skills of a data scientist or an IT staff member in order to do this work. With Assisted Predictive Modeling, a business user with average analytical and technical skills can leverage auto-recommendations and auto-suggestions to select appropriate predictive algorithms and apply predictive analytics to any use case using forecasting, regression, clustering and other methods so users can analyze an infinite number of use cases including customer churn, and planning for and target customers for acquisition, identify cross-sales opportunities, optimize pricing and promotional targets and analyze and predict customer preferences and buying behaviors.

If you want to improve your planning and forecasting process and engage your business users to identify future opportunities and issues, we encourage you to Contact Us to find out more about the benefits of Predictive Analytics Tools.

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Easy, Mobile, Out-of-the-Box BI Tools! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/03/19/march-19-2020/out-of-the-box-mobile-bi-tools.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/03/19/march-19-2020/out-of-the-box-mobile-bi-tools.htm#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:46:49 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6394 Continued]]> Out-of-the-Box Mobile BI for All Devices!Design Once, Use Anywhere for Out-of-the-Box Mobile BI on All Devices!

So, you want to use a business intelligence solution but you don’t want to have to customize, spend a lot of money and end up with a solution that is restrictive and does not meet your needs? I don’t blame you.

You want to avoid the frustration and get a Mobile Business Intelligence Solution that does not dictate the device, the screen size or the setting in which you access your critical business intelligence data. You want a ‘Design Once, Use Anywhere’ approach and a user interface that is not just responsive, but also provides an intelligent adaptive UI too, so it is ready-to-use on any device, any screen size, at any time and in any place with seamless performance.

BI Tools used to be difficult to use and limited or restricted to access within the office or by certain individuals in the organization, but no more!

Your business users can have a seamless, Mobile BI with self-serve BI tools without redesign or restructure of dashboards for specific devices and screen sizes. An out-of-the box solution can save time and money and roll out mobile BI to satisfy current and future mobile BI needs without additional licensing or development costs. You can have personalized dashboards and reporting, elegant graphs and charts, and key performance indicators (KPIs) that display seamlessly on every type and size of device with Self-Serve Business Intelligence that is truly mobile, and features responsive, adaptive UI performance to accommodate use in a desktop, tablet or smart phone environment!

If you want to explore the benefits and possibilities of out-of-the-box mobile BI tools, start here: Out-of-the-Box Mobile BI for All Devices.

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Mobile Business Intelligence Integrated with Tally Solutions! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-for-tally-mobile-integrated-and-easy.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-for-tally-mobile-integrated-and-easy.htm#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:00:15 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6387 Continued]]> BI for Tally: Mobile, Integrated and Easy!Business Intelligence for Tally Solutions: Mobility is Here Now!

If your business has selected a software product and your users have embraced that product, you do not want to rock the boat! You want to be able to continue using that useful solution. But, you may also need to add features or functionality to improve accurate reporting, to increase productivity and data sharing, to solve problems and identify opportunities or all of the above. So, what do you do?

If your business is using Tally Solutions software and you want to add to its value, you may wish to consider Business Intelligence for Tally .BI for Tally will not only help you expand Tally Reporting capabilities and the value of the Tally Reporting Tool, but it will also provide your users with a mobile solution that offers access to Tally on the road and while they are out of the office.

Analytics for Tally can help your users see and use data in a new way with integration of BI Tools that improves fact-based decision making and allows for easy, detailed reporting to provide clarity and ease of presentation.

If this sounds good to you, I would suggest you take a look at BI for Tally. This Tally Mobile App satisfies your need for new and varied reports, access to data outside the office, integrated data for a consolidated snapshot view, security and accuracy of data, low cost maintenance and report development, and a performance-driven culture. It provides a complete Business Intelligence Solution for the Tally solution your users love and is pre-build with out-of-the-box dashboards, KPIs and reports. You can monitor business performance and design reports to suit your needs – all without giving up the Tally product you love!

Contact Us now if you want to find out more about Business Intelligence for Tally, and a mobile solution that will take your users and your business performance to the next level.

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Self-Serve Data Prep with Data Governance AND Agility! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/03/12/march-12-2020/data-agility-and-data-governance.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/03/12/march-12-2020/data-agility-and-data-governance.htm#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:32:07 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6383 Continued]]> You Can Achieve Data Governance AND Data Agility!Self-Serve Data Prep: You Can Have Data Agility AND Data Governance!

When you are considering an augmented analytics solution, you will want to look at the capabilities for self-serve data preparation (SSDP). This functionality allows business users to gather and prepare data for analytics without the help of data scientists, IT or data analysts.

While some organizations may think this path will lead to data anarchy and the inability to ensure data governance, nothing can be further from the truth! IT staff and senior management may be concerned about losing control of data access and about data security. I know that data governance is a real concern and it should not be minimized but there is no reason to change course and decide against self-serve augmented analytics solutions. The benefits of these solutions cannot be overstated.

With the right Augmented Analytics solution, the organization can achieve data agility and data sharing and improve data literacy across the organization while, at the same time, providing users with appropriate access to data in a uniform, intuitive environment. The enterprise can achieve data-driven decisions and share data across the enterprise to improve the value of every team member by giving them the right information at the right time.

To ensure data governance, your enterprise must deal with open access, multiple platforms, multiple user devices and types, integrated data repositories and the self-serve concept. A solution that provides a balance between data agility and access and data governance and security can provide solid, dependable information and the ability for users to leverage Self-Serve Data PreparationAssisted Predictive Modeling and Smart Data Visualization while protecting the organization from risk and mitigating security issues.

If you want to explore the opportunities of a balanced data agility and data governance approach, you can start here: Self-Serve Data Preparation.

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Self-Serve Data Preparation Your Team Will Love! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/get-self-serve-data-prep-and-data-security.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/get-self-serve-data-prep-and-data-security.htm#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2020 10:07:03 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6380 Continued]]> Get Self-Serve Data Prep AND Data Security!Self-Serve Data Prep Balances Data Agility with Data Governance!

If your business understands the value of self-serve data preparation and augmented analytics, but your IT team or senior management is concerned about data governance and data security, you need not worry. You can use self-serve data prep tools and self-serve data ETL for data extraction, transformation and loading and still ensure appropriate data governance.

Augmented Data Preparation need not result in security risks. Business users can enjoy Self-Serve Data Preparation, be more productive, empowered and accountable and get answers more quickly to produce accurate information and base decisions on facts. They need not wait for data scientists or IT to gather and prepare data. They can do it on their own!

Data agility is crucial in this fast-paced business world. What good is data if is buried, scattered or out-of-date? If you could balance data agility with data governance and data quality, how great would that be?

The right Self-Serve Data Prep solution provides tools to ensure that the IT team can control appropriate user access and data security at the individual, team, department, division and corporate level, without sacrificing data democratization, and if necessary in your environment, the IT team can curate validated data, and identify and highlight data, images with tags or ‘watermarks’. This process is not necessarily required for every type of data but by establishing priorities for when and how these labels are applied; the organization can significantly improve user comprehension and appropriate analysis.

If you want to explore the possibilities of Self-Serve Data Preparation and the value of balancing data agility with data governance, Contact Us today.

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Case Study – Smarten Augmented Analytics OEM Partnership for Pharma ERP Vendor in India https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytics-oem-partnership-for-pharma-erp-vendor-in-india.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytics-oem-partnership-for-pharma-erp-vendor-in-india.htm#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2020 06:43:38 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6376 Continued]]> This Partner has been in business in India since 1988 and is a pioneer in Pharma software. The Partner has more than 1800 end users ranging from chemists to bulk drug manufacturers. The Partner develops ERP for the Pharmaceutical sector in India to enable management of functions like Sales, Purchase, Inventory, Production, Supply etc

Partner required augmented analytics and reporting capability integrated with its ERP solution and wished to engage in an OEM partnership to provide the foundation for these new products and service offerings for its end users. Partner wished to provide easy-to-use dashboards for use by all of its end users using the Partner ERP solution. Smarten provided a comprehensive set of reporting and analytics tools, e.g., sales performance analytics, out–of-stock situations analysis, stock  management, purchase management – all as interactive self-serve reports, including dashboards, KPIs, Graphical Analysis and more.

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How Can My Business Make the Most Out of Analytical Resources and Skills? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-my-business-make-the-most-out-of-analytical-resources-and-skills.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-my-business-make-the-most-out-of-analytical-resources-and-skills.htm#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2020 10:30:55 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6373 Continued]]> How Can My Business Make the Most Out of Analytical Resources and Skills?Advanced Analytics is the new frontier of competition and business success. While some businesses have the luxury of employing data scientists and professional analysts to help them sift through and analyze data, others do not have the budget or the structure to support these roles and, even those who employ professional data scientists do not have unlimited resources or budgets.

With the growth of self-serve, Augmented Analytics, business executives can consider another alternative to complement existing data scientist staff or help fill the void of data experts in a smaller business.

As business users embrace and adopt self-serve augmented data discovery tools, the enterprise will witness the emergence of Citizen Data Scientists. The goal of enabling Citizen Data Scientists is to optimize business decisions and the time of data scientists so that business users can confidently leverage advanced analytics tools to make decisions and data scientists can focus on more critical, strategic activities. Gartner defines a Citizen Data Scientist as ‘a person who creates or generates models that leverage predictive or prescriptive analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.’ A Citizen Data Scientist is different from a true Data Scientist in one crucial way; namely, they do not have the skills or training to be an analyst or a programmer but, with the right tools, they are capable of generating reports, analyzing data and sharing data to make decisions.

Yet, another emerging role in the world of self-serve augmented analytics is that of Analytics Translator. This role can be filled by power users and those team members who have or develop a good grasp of analytical concepts. The Analytics Translator is an important member of the new analytical team that includes IT, data scientists, data architects and others.

Analytics Translators are not analytical specialists or data scientists but, with the right tools, they can translate data and analysis and add considerable value. These power users can leverage their knowledge of the business to focus on targeted areas like production, sales, purchasing, distribution and cross-functional initiatives. They can identify patterns, trends and opportunities and, where necessary, hand off information to data scientists to clarify or produce reports for critical strategic and operational decisions.

Possible Analytics Translator candidates can come from varied backgrounds. They might be power users of self-serve advanced analytics tools, or experts in industry, organizational or functional areas. Good candidates will also include those with a reasonable knowledge and comfort with analytics who might serve as liaison between IT and business users or between analysts and business users, or those who are able to work with metrics, measurements and project milestones and those who are forward-thinking role models within the organization.

Analytics Translators can combine domain, organizational and industry skills with self-serve advanced analytical tools to encourage and nurture data democratization, and optimize analytical business results within the organization. This approach to leveraged advanced analytics can add value to management, to data scientists, IT and to business users.

The role of Analytics Translators adds resources to a team that includes IT, data scientists, data architects and others. Analytics Translators do not have to be analytical specialists or trained professionals. With the right tools, they can easily translate data and analysis without the skills of a highly trained data pro. Using their knowledge of the business and their area of expertise, translators can help the management team focus on targeted areas like production, distribution, pricing and even cross-functional initiatives. With self-serve, advanced analytics tools, translators can then identify patterns, trends and opportunities, and problems. This information is then handed off to data scientists and professionals to further clarify and produce crucial reports and data with which management teams can make strategic and operational decisions.

When an organization consciously focuses on the cultural shift that is made possible by data democratization and bringing advanced analytics to business users, it can transform business users into Citizen Data Scientists and identify Analytics Translators to act as liaisons and role models and encourage the positive culture change and improvements in productivity and decision-making across the enterprise.

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Consider a Business Intelligence Consultant! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-consultant-makes-life-easier.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-consultant-makes-life-easier.htm#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 06:17:05 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6370 Continued]]> A Business Intelligence Consultant Makes Life Easier!Business Intelligence Services and Consulting Can Ease the Transition!

Business intelligence tools are an important part of every organization today. No matter the size of the organization, businesses must make good business decisions, plan and forecast and remain competitive. They need to understand customer buying behavior, competitive response, trends, patterns, problems, opportunities and resource and financial issues.

For a business that is unprepared to take on the business intelligence environment, the cultural changes, user adoption of solutions and BI tools implementation can seem daunting. That’s where a business intelligence consultant can help! Business intelligence services can help an organization get started, understand the necessary steps and easily and quickly implement and adopt BI tools without extensive training and a protracted implementation schedule.

A business intelligence consultant with domain skills and experience can simplify the process and make swift work of the business intelligence initiative your organization has planned.

If you want to employ Business Intelligence ToolsContact Us now.

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Business Users Can Easily Adopt Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-benefits-of-advanced-analytics-are-many.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-benefits-of-advanced-analytics-are-many.htm#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:39:10 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6363 Continued]]> The Benefits of Advanced Analytics are Many!Enjoy the Advantages of Advanced Analytics with Augmented Analytics Support!

The benefits of advanced analytics are many and with augmented analytics support, the benefits are even more numerous.

The Advantages of Augmented Analytics far exceed the cost and time required to implement this type of solution, especially if you choose a solution that provides all the features and functionality of a sophisticated analytical solution with the ease and flexibility of a solution that is suitable for every business user.

An organization that wishes to undertake an initiative to roll out analytics to its business user base must consider the skills of the users, the way in which every team member will use the solution and the decisions, opportunities and problem resolution that will become possible with a data-driven, fact-based system of data analysis.

We encourage you to Contact Us to find out more about the Advantages of Advanced Analytics.

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KPIs to Support Business Users and Executives Alike! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/02/20/february-20-2020/multidimensional-kpis.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/02/20/february-20-2020/multidimensional-kpis.htm#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:51:58 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6360 Continued]]> Self-Serve BI Tools with Key Performance Indicators!Self-Serve KPIs Provide Metrics in an Easy-to-Use BI Tools Environment!

Businesses can no longer afford to make decisions based on gut or opinion. Today’s management teams and directors insist on measurable results and metrics that clearly demonstrate what is working, what should be changed or updated and how to get to the results they want and achieve the objectives they have set.

Every industry and business function has a different set of metrics and, while many industries have a normal set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), each business is unique enough that it will alter or add to industry metrics to help them understand their place in the market and how they measure up competitively and with customers and partners. Rather than looking to a select few experts to establish and monitor KPIs, businesses are now turning to business users to monitor and manage results and metrics for their team, their business unit and their division, so that all levels are aligned within the organization and every team member understands what must be done to adapt and be nimble and agile in the business environment.

A Business Intelligence Solution that is designed for a self-serve environment will help your business establish, monitor and manage KPIs easily and share and report on information. Users can define KPIs with an easy to use, powerful expression engine and set polarity, frequency, and threshold levels using a browser based interface. They can establish and monitor KPIs at the individual, team, department, division and company level and these KPIs are not restricted to static monitoring. This type of self-serve KPI Analytics, integrated with other BI Tools and features can provide interactive options to change frequencies, dimension break downs and drill down to further analyze trends, and discover the reasons for positive or negative results.

If you want to explore the benefits and possibilities of KPIs and self-serve BI tool, talk to the experts. BI Tools with Dynamic KPI.

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Data Analytics vs Business Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-informs-business-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-informs-business-analytics.htm#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:56:44 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6357 Continued]]> Data Analytics vs Business Analytics!Data Analytics and Business Analytics: An Integrated Approach!

What’s the difference between business analytics and data analytics?

Business Analytics incorporates the skills, technologies, processes and practices to explore and understand exploration historical business performance and use that insight for business planning and issue resolution.

Data Analytics utilizes analytical algorithms and techniques to prepare data, inspect, clean, transform and model, visualize, report, and predict and forecast so that a business can explore and crucial information and make fact-based decisions.

Data Analytics is a process that is used as part of the Business Analytics environment to monitor and manage the business. No matter how you define and leverage these processes, data analysis for business is a mandatory and crucial aspect of business management.

Choosing Business Intelligence and Analytics that is easy enough for business users will allow you to cascade tools and techniques throughout the organization to keep everyone on the same page and ensure that every team member is working with the right information.

If your business needs simple, intuitive Business Intelligence and Analytics Tools, Contact Us now.

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Mobile App for Tally – All Access All the Time! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-mobile-app-supports-all-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-mobile-app-supports-all-users.htm#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:15:43 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6354 Continued]]> Tally Mobile App Supports All Users!Tally Mobile App Gets the Job Done – No Matter What That Job Is!

Tally® is such a popular application for accounting and related management tools! It is hard to imagine it being more useful than it already is but Tally Mobile App makes this popular application even more useful and beneficial.

Tally on Mobile is accessible through iOS and Android devices and provides support in near real-time for managers, users and team members on the go. Users today find themselves performing tasks and getting work done in airports, hotels, client locations and on the road.

The Mobile App for Tally and the Tally dashboard are now available to make users more productive and help them make better decisions with Basic BI Tools and access to the information they need. Whether you are an account manager, an owner/manager of a small business or start-up or a finance or accounting professional accessing payables, receivables, or even a finance manager or sales manager looking at cash flows or budgets, there is no reason you have to work without all the information. Tally on mobile connects to the desktop Tally app and allows for access to Recent Transaction Review and Analysis. Users can share reports in PDF and XLS via WhasApp, email or other options and all ledgers and products are displayed. The access supports seamless search options and text searches throughout the app and full company data extraction is fast.

Tally Mobile App lets you fulfill your role and handle your responsibilities with ease of access and great performance.

Contact Us today and let us help you discover how the Mobile App for Tally can help you.

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Case Study – Smarten Augmented Analytics Implementation for Water and Sanitation Customer of Leading India System Integrator https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytics-implementation-for-water-and-sanitation-customer-of-leading-india-system-integrator.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytics-implementation-for-water-and-sanitation-customer-of-leading-india-system-integrator.htm#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2020 08:34:09 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6351 Continued]]> This Partner is a leading system integrator for public and private sector organizations in India. This System Integrator has a wide network of consultants and technology experts through which they achieve and support a presence across countries like the UK, US and India.

Smarten supported the System Integrator in its effort to serve its water administration customer needs and to leverage technology to help its customer with required analytics. The solution provides adaptive and flexible augmented analytics to allow the customer to easily change processes and adapt to business and market changes. The Smarten solution is web-based, and provides a self-serve system that is affordable, dependable and scalable. The solution provides a comprehensive fit for the System Integrator customer and allows users to, optimize data sources and centralize access to information at a reduced cost and time schedule so users can easily and quickly deliver and use analytics for monitoring progress and find insights.

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Citizen Data Scientists are Here to Stay! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/02/10/february-10-2020/citizen-data-scientists.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/02/10/february-10-2020/citizen-data-scientists.htm#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:12:54 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6346 Continued]]> Gartner Predicts the Rise of Citizen Data Scientists!Citizen Data Scientists Will Lead the Charge with Augmented Analytics!

You have probably heard a lot about the concept of Citizen Data Scientists in industry conferences and journals. Whether you are managing a business, or a team or you are a team member in a business, you should take heed of these discussions as they will definitely change the landscape of every type of business from start-ups and small companies to large enterprises, and you would be wise to get on board.

Gartner analysts have done extensive research on this trend and among other things, they predict that through 2020, the number of Citizen Data Scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists and, further, that by 2021, augmented analytics will be a dominant driver of new purchases of analytics and BI as well as data science and machine learning platforms, and of embedded analytics.

So, what does that mean? It means that businesses will refine their approach to analytics by using Augmented Analytics solutions that enable business users to be more empowered and accountable It means that data scientists will be free to focus on strategic initiatives while business users have the tools they need to make better, fact-based decisions and to share data and information to align the organization and its approach to the market.

These Augmented Analytics Tools incorporates computational linguistics, analytical algorithms and data mining into a self-serve environment and provides an easy-to-use NLP Search capability for swift, accurate data analysis to support data democratization and enhance the value of every team member. Augmented analytics provides assistance by suggesting relationships and provides insight into previously hidden data so business users can explore and ‘discover’ crucial business results, patterns, trends, issues and opportunities and improve productivity and smart decision making across the organization.

In short, augmented analytics and the Citizen Data Scientist approach can provide improved data literacy and maximum results, quickly and easily, with minimal training requirements, minimum implementation time and minimal support to achieve rapid ROI and low TCO.

If you want to initiate a Citizen Data Scientist culture, you can start here: Augmented Analytics and Citizen Data Scientists.

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Predictive Analytics Tools for All Skills! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/assisted-predictive-modeling-designed-for-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/assisted-predictive-modeling-designed-for-business-users.htm#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:22:54 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6342 Continued]]> Assisted Predictive Modeling Designed for Business Users!Assisted Predictive Modeling: The Word ‘Assisted’ is the Key!

Assisted predictive modeling! The term sounds complex and intimidating, doesn’t it? But nothing could be further from the truth. The word ‘assisted’ is the key! It is true that without the skills and knowledge of a data scientist or a business analyst, predictive analysis can be a daunting task.

But Predictive Analytics Tools that provide Assisted Predictive Modeling will give you and your business users the support you need to win the day!

The right predictive analysis tools do not require the use to employ complex algorithms or data manipulation. Predictive Analysis Software should provide auto-recommendations for algorithms to explore underlying data without advanced knowledge and no advanced data science skills required. With predictive analytics software allows business users to prototype and hypothesize without assistance and to analyze, share and optimize business potential.

If you want to explore the possibilities of Assisted Predictive ModelingContact Us today.

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Case Study – Smarten Augmented Analytics Implementation for Growing India Retail Clothing Chain https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytics-implementation-for-growing-india-retail-clothing-chain.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytics-implementation-for-growing-india-retail-clothing-chain.htm#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2020 07:02:38 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6339 Continued]]> This Client is one of the fastest growing retail clothing chains in India. The Client has more than 50 stores located in 18 cities, and offering more than 8 in-house brands of apparel. The Client business is experiencing consistent growth with new stores opening in numerous cities at prime locations.

The Client business was constantly evolving and adding more stores as well as launching an online presence. Smarten offered a complete range of reporting and analytics tools including complex analytics to measure and manage stores sales performance, out–of-stock situations analysis, merchandise management, finance etc., with interactive self-serve reporting, intuitive dashboards, KPIs, Graphical analysis and more.

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Dynamic Business Intelligence for All! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-tools-and-business-intelligence-services.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-tools-and-business-intelligence-services.htm#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2020 08:54:51 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6335 Continued]]> BI Tools and Business Intelligence Services!Flexible, Dynamic Business Intelligence Reporting and Analysis!

Business intelligence is not a dry, robotic reporting mechanism. Rather, it is (or should be) a source that is based on enterprise wide data, integrated to help users see results, find the source of a problem and delve into opportunities that offer business potential.

Business Intelligence Tools should provide dynamic, flexible business intelligence tools that are easy enough for your business users and will provide all the tools needed, including Smart Data Visualization, Self-Serve Data Preparation and Plug n’ Play Predictive Analytics.

And, there is one more thing you should consider: look for a business intelligence consultant that can help you assess your current situation, and help you implement and get the most out of your BI tools.

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Affordable, Simple Predictive Analytics Software! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/assisted-predictive-modeling-makes-forecasting-easy.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/assisted-predictive-modeling-makes-forecasting-easy.htm#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:41:40 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6332 Continued]]> Assisted Predictive Modeling Makes Forecasting Easy!Predictive Analytics Can Be Accurate and Easy!

Predictive analytics is more refined, more dependable and more comprehensive than ever. The foundation for predictive analysis is a great predictive analytics tool, and features and function that include assisted predictive modeling.

Assisted Predictive Modeling allows users to take advantage of auto-recommendations and auto-suggestions which greatly simplifies the process of getting the right results from the data and using the right analytical technique to get there!

This type of Predictive Analysis Software allows a business user with average skills to apply predictive analytics to any use case using forecasting, regression, clustering and other methods to analyze an infinite number of use cases including customer churn, and planning for and target customers for acquisition, identify cross-sales opportunities, optimize pricing and promotional targets and analyze and predict customer preferences and buying behaviors.

We encourage you to Contact Us to find out how Assisted Predictive Modeling can help you to plan and forecast with confidence.

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BI Tools that are Easy to Use and Affordable! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/01/23/january-23-2020/bi-tools-flexible-licensing.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/01/23/january-23-2020/bi-tools-flexible-licensing.htm#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:29:28 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6329 Continued]]> Flexible Licensing for Business Intelligence Initiatives!Successful Adoption of BI Tools Requires Affordable Licensing and Simple Tools!

So, you have finally implemented a business intelligence solution. Maybe you just finished the deployment or maybe the BI tools have been in place for a while. If you are not getting what you want out of the implementation, it could very well be because your roll out is not expansive enough.

Gartner estimates that, in spite of all the press and buzz; in spite of all the implementations, the penetration of business intelligence is only about 30%. In other words, Business Analytics is not something that has been provided to business users to encourage or champion data democratization. Oh sure, you may have placed the tools in the enterprise, but if you have not engendered the right culture, if you have not chosen the right tools to make use of business analytics as easy as it should be, then your user adoption, ROI and TCO will not be what you wanted or what you need.

With the right Self Service BI Tools, you can enjoy unique licensing and pricing, and options for unlimited users. With server based licenses, your roll out can be affordable and fast and, when you can afford to roll out these tools to hundreds or even thousands of users, you can truly build an organization that transforms business users into Citizen Data Scientists and those users can leverage tools that will make it easy to analyze, share data to enable Social BI and get to the goals you wanted for your Business Intelligence initiative.

Simple, flexible licensing combined with simple, flexible self-serve BI tools is the key to success in your organization. If you would like to jump start your business intelligence initiative, talk to the experts. BI Technology and Simplicity.

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Case Study – Smarten Augmented Analytics Implementation for India Pharmacy and Wellness Retail Business https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytic-implementation-for-india-pharmacy-and-wellness-retail-business.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-smarten-augmented-analytic-implementation-for-india-pharmacy-and-wellness-retail-business.htm#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:13:23 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6326 Continued]]> This Client is a pioneer speciality retail chain with pharmacy and wellness stores in India. The Client owns and manages a chain of stores located across Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vadodara and offers pharmacy products sourced from manufacturers or channel partners.

Smarten provided a complete range of reporting and analytics including complex analysis for stores, sales performance, Inventory Management, Membership Management, Discount Management and other factors, in an interactive self-serve environment that gave users a comprehensive set of reports, dashboards, KPI monitoring and metrics, graphical analysis and more. The Smarten solution allowed the Client and its users to gain clear visibility of operations and performance of each product line and stores, resulting in quick decision-making at all levels from HQ to individual stores. Ad-hoc analysis allows store managers to manage inventory and identify trends and opportunities, and to plan according to sales trend and seasonal cycles, so the Client can make the best use of the data contained in its ERP solution and operate more efficiently to increase revenue.

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Gartner Predicts Growth of Augmented Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/01/17/january-17-2020/augmented-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2020/01/17/january-17-2020/augmented-analytics.htm#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:56:48 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6322 Continued]]> Improve the Value of Business Analysis Across the Enterprise!Augmented Analytics Tools Designed to Support the Future!

As one of its Strategic Assumptions, Gartner predicted that ‘By 2020, more than 40% of data science tasks will be automated, resulting in increased productivity and broader usage by citizen data scientists.’ Gartner also predicts that the number of Citizen Data Scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists through 2020, and that by 2019 the amount of advanced analytics produced by citizen data scientists will surpass that produced by data scientists.

So, what does that mean? What it means, among other things, is that businesses that invest in and deploy Augmented Analytics within the enterprise will increase productivity and enable the transformation of business users to Citizen Data Scientists so as to engender and empower the organization at large and each user individually.

Augmented Analytics is designed to encourage user empowerment and user adoption. It enables data sharing and allows the organization to produce fast, dependable insights and improve the value of business analysis across the enterprise, democratizing the use of Advanced Analytics and augmented predictive tools among business users. If your organization wishes to leverage augmented analytics, it should look to packages that allow for sophisticated function and features in a simple, intuitive environment so that users can theorize, hypothesize and prototype without risking business results.

Look for Self-Serve Data PreparationSmart Data Visualization, and Assisted Predictive Modeling.

If you want to create an environment with a culture and processes that are designed to support analytics today and in the future for business users and for the entire organization: Augmented Analytics.

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Multidimensional KPI Aligns Your Users and Business! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/kpi-analytics-allow-you-to-stay-on-track.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/kpi-analytics-allow-you-to-stay-on-track.htm#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:24:27 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6319 Continued]]> KPI Analytics Allow You to Stay on Track!Key Performance Indicators Ensure Measurable Results!

What’s that old carpenter’s saying? ‘Measure twice. Cut once.’ When it comes to measuring and metrics in business, you only want to ‘cut once’. In other words, you don’t want to make a mistake or misstep that will put you in legal risk or damage your business reputation, or take you off course and cost time and money.

When it comes to business intelligence and dashboard software, your business definitely needs key performance indicators to measure and monitor results. In other words, you need KPI Analytics. BI tools that include Multidimensional KPI give you and your business users the opportunity to establish KPIs, and use this KPI tool to monitor and manage results against goals and objectives and change processes, tasks and activities accordingly when things are not working.

Measure twice, or as often as necessary to monitor results and make adjustments so that your business stays on track and ahead of the competition.

KPI Dashboard software does not have to be difficult to use – in fact, it shouldn’t be! Today’s KPI software is designed for business users with sophisticated functionality presented in an easy-to-use interface to encourage user adoption and enable business users to build knowledge and gain insight into results.

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Tally Mobile App Provides Simple BI Tools! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-on-mobile-introduces-users-to-bi-tools.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-on-mobile-introduces-users-to-bi-tools.htm#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:44:47 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6315 Continued]]> Tally on Mobile Introduces Users to BI Tools!Tally Mobile App with BI Tools is Just the Beginning!

Tally® Solution is a very popular accounting and finance-related application and that popularity, accessibility and value-add has been increased by the integration of BI tools into the Tally dashboard. This accessibility provides the foundation for a full and robust business intelligence tool that will benefit the organization in the future.

The Mobile App for Tally provides BI features like KPIs, trends and reports and summaries, thereby expanding the usefulness and flexibility of the tools for users who need to get the job done in a mobile environment.

As users become familiar with these basic tools and embrace the improved productivity and decision-making power, businesses will engender the curiosity and creativity that comes with more and better business intelligence and information. Ad hoc reporting and self-serve analytics are just the beginning and the integration of BI tools provided by ElegantJ BI and the rich and popular Tally Solution for accounting and finance-related activities is the perfect combination for starting the organization down the path toward meaningful business intelligence and access for business users.

Tally Mobile App connects your enterprise so users are always in touch. Contact Us today and let us help you discover how the Mobile App for Tally can help your users and your business.

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Data Discovery Tools Are Easier Than Ever! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-power-of-advanced-data-discovery-is-for-everyone.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-power-of-advanced-data-discovery-is-for-everyone.htm#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2020 06:58:40 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6312 Continued]]> The Power of Advanced Data Discovery is for Everyone!Deliver Advanced Analytics to Business Users with Augmented Data Discovery!

Smart data discovery is not dependent on a few geniuses sitting in a science lab somewhere! With appropriate data discovery tools your team members can leverage their knowledge of their role and domain, and the needs of their division, team or business unit to find the data and insight that is most meaningful to them.

Advanced Data Discovery is no longer the exclusive domain of data scientists, analysts and IT. No, advanced analytics is for everyone. Augmented Analytics is growing in popularity and is more comprehensive and easier to use than ever before. The concept of smart discovery does not require a genius or a complex Advanced Analytics Tool that requires weeks of training.

The magic of Augmented Data Discovery is its sophisticated analytical techniques and algorithms packaged in an easy-to-use interface with auto-recommendations, suggestions and guidance to show users the easiest way to prepare data, view data and select appropriate algorithms to leverage the best analytical technique.

If you want to explore the possibilities of Smarten AnalyticsContact Us today.

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What is Modern BI and How is it Different From Traditional BI? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-modern-bi-and-how-is-it-different-from-traditional-bi.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-modern-bi-and-how-is-it-different-from-traditional-bi.htm#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2020 07:02:21 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6307 Continued]]> What is Modern BI and How is it Different From Traditional BI?Business Intelligence isn’t new but the way we gather, analyze and digest this intelligence is definitely changing. In the past, business intelligence was delivered to senior executives by IT and/or business analysts. The combination of a fast-paced business environment and a limited budget and limited resource reality means that most organizations must optimize resources and time to produce results. There are few businesses today that have the luxury of waiting for information, data or reports.

What is Modern BI?

Modern BI addresses the new business reality with Self-Serve Tools to satisfy the needs of an average business user with sophisticated features in an easy-to-use integrated BI environment. Modern BI shifts the focus away from IT and data scientist analysis and reporting and offers mainstream tools with access and flexibility so that business users can produce reports and analysis on-the-fly and share data with other users to make decisions and optimize business results.

BI dashboards are more flexible and support personalization. They are no longer restricted to formats and delivery designed by IT. Disparate data sources are integrated into a uniform view, so users can drag and drop data and interact with the tools. The design of modern BI tools recognizes the reality of time-sensitive, rapidly changing business markets and competitive positioning and provides more options and flexibility to support data popularity, Social BI and power users within the organization. Every business understands the value of objective metrics and accurate analysis and the modern BI environment is designed to support these goals at every level of the organization.

How is Modern BI Different From Traditional BI?

The primary difference between traditional BI and the new, more modern approach to BI lies in the flexibility and accessibility. The more traditional tools were designed for use by analysts or IT staff and, while these tools provided sophisticated features, these features were not accessible or easy to understand for anyone outside the analyst or technical community. The traditional tools were not scalable or flexible enough for mobile, nor did they provide guided, auto-recommendations in a natural language environment.

Because traditional BI solutions were not designed to support use by team members within the line of business or business users in general, the enterprise could not capitalize on the unique perspective, knowledge or skill of these users to advance business results, plan for future results or solve problems.

The September 12, 2017 Gartner Report (ID G00331857), entitled, ‘Technology Insight for Modern Anaytics and Business Intelligence Platforms’ predicts that ‘ By 2020, smart/augmented, nonrelational-, search- and visual-based data discovery capabilities will converge into a single set of next-generation data discovery capabilities as components of modern BI and analytics platforms.’

Modern BI solutions allow for and support user adoption, and deliver more benefit, better ROI and lower TCO to the organization by empowering business users and holding each team member accountable for results. While traditional BI was the domain of IT and the analyst community, the modern BI environment expands the use of analytical tools throughout the organization. Modern BI frees the IT and analyst team to focus on more strategic goals. Modern BI supports collaboration, while providing appropriate data governance and data security.

The modern BI environment provides a foundation of data source integration, sophisticated analytical models and techniques and an easy-to-use, intuitive interface with auto-suggestions and recommendations for analytical techniques and report formats and publishing tools, alerts and analysis sharing that are easy for the average business user to adopt.

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Data Analytics Software: Affordable and Appropriate for All! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-tools-are-right-for-every-size-business.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-tools-are-right-for-every-size-business.htm#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2020 09:13:49 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6304 Continued]]> Data Analytics Tools are Right for Every Size Business!Should My Small Business or Start-Up Use Data Analytics?

When a start-up or small business looks at its budget and resources, it often concludes that, while data analytics is important to its business, data analytics tools may be too complex, too sophisticated and too expensive to include in its initiatives and programs.

The truth is that Data Analytics Software has become a mandatory investment for every business that wishes to gain market share and sustain a competitive advantage. Having said that, there is no reason for a start-up or small business to despair or to worry about budget, user skills or the time it will take to implement such a solution.

Fortunately, today’s self-serve, Mobile Business Intelligence Solutions are designed to support data democratization and encourage data literacy among business users, the management team and every team member. By providing easy-to-use tools based on sophisticated analytical techniques, every business (no matter how small) can provide a foundation for business analytics.

These affordable, easy-to-implement Business Analytics Tools allow users to integrate data from many data sources and use that data to visualize, report, provide accurate forecasts and plan without the assistance of IT teams or data scientists.

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Predictive Modeling Does Not Have to be Complicated! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-users-can-leverage-predictive-analytics-techniques.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-users-can-leverage-predictive-analytics-techniques.htm#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:35:37 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6299 Continued]]> Business Users Can Leverage Predictive Analytics Techniques!Assisted Predictive Modeling Delivers Predictive Analytics to Business Users!

When we use terms like ‘predictive analytics’, it sometimes puts off the general business population. Team members might envision everything from a crystal ball to complex charts and graphs with unreadable numbers and conclusions. While predictive analytics techniques and predictive modeling does include complicated algorithms.

But, Predictive Analytics and data modeling need not be restricted to data scientists. Today’s self-serve Augmented Analytics environment enables data democratization, and encourages business users to dive into data analytics with sophisticated, but easy-to-use tools that provide auto-suggestions and guidance to help users achieve the best fit and ensure that they use the most appropriate algorithm for the data they wish to analyze.

These tools free business users to explore patterns in data so they can gain insight into data to make fact-based decisions. With these tools, a user can apply Assisted Predictive Modeling using forecasting, regression, clustering and other methods to analyze use cases including customer churn, and planning for and target customers for acquisition, identify cross-sales opportunities, optimize pricing and promotional targets and analyze and predict customer preferences and buying behaviors.

We encourage you to Contact Us to find out how these innovations can help your organization to expand the reach and the benefit of predictive analytics by making augmented analytics and Assisted Predictive Modeling available to business users.

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Case Study – Implementation of Augmented Analytics Solution for Leading Insurance Company in India https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-implementation-augmented-analytics-solution-leading-insurance-company-india.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/case-study-implementation-augmented-analytics-solution-leading-insurance-company-india.htm#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:15:18 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6294 Continued]]> This Client is one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in India and offers a diverse range of wealth management, protection and retirement solutions.

The Smarten team provided dedicated services and support to understand their functional requirements, and to design and implement a centralized data warehouse, ETL, and front-end object development. The Smarten team focused on the needs and business functions within their business and provided onsite training to IT staff, power users and end users to improve data literacy and empower users with self-serve analytical tools.

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BI Reporting Tools & Business Intelligence Solutions for All! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-tools-and-bi-dashboards-for-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-tools-and-bi-dashboards-for-business-users.htm#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2019 08:02:35 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6290 Continued]]> BI Tools and BI Dashboards for Business Users!What is Business Intelligence and How Can Dashboarding Tools Help Me?

There has been a lot of discussion about Business Intelligence over the past decade. Business professionals hear this term in industry conferences and read about it in trade journals. But, many struggle to define the concept, so let’s start this discussion with a business intelligence definition.

What is Business Intelligence ? Business intelligence incorporates technologies, applications and practices to support the collection, integration, analysis, presentation, reporting and sharing of business data to support accurate business decisions.

In considering the importance of business intelligence in the average enterprise, we must acknowledge the difference between making decisions based on guesswork and opinion and making decisions based on facts and data. A Self Service BI Tool can help the business user to gather, analyze, report on and share data with other users so that everyone is on the same page and decisions are data-driven.

Streamlined BI Dashboards allow a user an integrated view and can be personalized to provide alerts, data, analysis and information in a way that is meaningful to the role the user plays within the organization. Dashboarding tools enable the average business user to enjoy self-serve business intelligence without the need for assistance from data scientists or IT staff.

BI Reporting can provide standard reports and ad-hoc reporting capability so users can build their own reports with BI Reporting Tool that are flexible and designed to support user needs both in skill levels and in access to and comprehensive understanding of the data they are viewing and using.

If you would like to explore the benefits of Business Intelligence and Self-Serve BI Reporting and BI Tools for your users, Contact Us now.

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Data Preparation Need Not Be Restrictive and Time-Consuming! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/put-the-power-of-self-serve-data-prep-in-the-hands-of-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/put-the-power-of-self-serve-data-prep-in-the-hands-of-business-users.htm#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:16:13 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6287 Continued]]> Put the Power of Self-Serve Data Prep in the Hands of Business Users!Self-Serve Data Prep Takes the Pain Out of Data Preparation!

Let’s talk about data preparation! That often cumbersome, always complex process by which data scientists and IT professionals gather and prepare data for analysis. Data prep involves the extraction and transformation of raw data to prepare that data for analysis. It includes cleaning and reducing that data by removing outliers and standardizing data formats, among other things. Without data preparation, data analysis can often be misleading and incorrect – garbage in/garbage out, if you will.

Data preparation tools are an important part of this process; a process that is typically managed by data scientists and others who understand how to perform these tasks.

But, that restrictive environment often delays data analysis and causes frustration for those who need the data to make decisions and for those who are swamped with data prep projects and cannot keep up with demand.

What if business users had the tools to perform self-serve data preparation? Self-Service Data Prep provides tools to empower users, so they can prepare data for analytics and perform data extraction transformation and loading. With these tools, business users can quickly move data into the analytics system without waiting for assistance.

With self-serve data preparation, business users can access sophisticated, intuitive tools to compile and prepare data for use in analytics to test hypotheses, visualize data and create and share reports with other users.

This self-serve environment is made possible by machine learning capability that provides guidance to determine the best techniques and the best fit transformations for the data business users want to analyze, allowing for better understanding of data.

If you want to explore the possibilities of Self-Serve Data PreparationContact Us today.

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Social BI Allows Users to Rate, Share, Discuss Data! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/12/20/december-20-2019/social-bi.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/12/20/december-20-2019/social-bi.htm#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2019 07:09:41 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6284 Continued]]> Social BI Encourages BI Tools Adoption and Data Popularity!Social Business Intelligence Improves Collaboration and Results!

What exactly is social business intelligence? The concept of Social BI is really quite simple. Social BI is similar to social media and social networking, in that it embraces the tasks associated with data analytics and makes these tasks and the resulting data insight a social experience by providing tools and an environment that encourages business users and team members to share data, make fact-based decisions based on that data and learn from each other to help each user adopt and leverage analytics. Power users are the ‘influencers’ of social BI and they can influence data popularity, the types of reports and data sharing within the organization and the creative ways in which people use data.

As Self-Serve Business Intelligence has evolved, social business intelligence and the concept of data and decision collaboration has grown. This type of sharing can optimize resources and allow users to access reports, dashboards and data. When you implement social media and social networking in a Business Intelligence environment you create an environment where business users can share, rate, discuss and learn from others.

Users will learn from one another and create insightful approaches to data analysis and as power users, and data analysis, become ‘popular’ within the organization, the business will see improved user adoption of BI Tools and, equally importantly, the business will begin to understand the types of data that users value and how they use that data, so the enterprise can provide data that will improve data leverage, and increase confidence in decisions. Understanding the social aspect of data analysis, and data popularity allows the enterprise to make decisions about additional provisioning of data, reports and dashboards to business users.

If you would like to initiate the concept of Social BI within your organization, you can talk to the experts.Social Business Intelligence.

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Self-Serve Data Prep and ETL for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-serve-data-preparation-and-self-serve-etl.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-serve-data-preparation-and-self-serve-etl.htm#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:10:31 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6279 Continued]]> Self-Serve Data Preparation and Self-Serve ETL!Why is Self-Serve ETL and Self-Serve Data Prep Important?

If your business spends a lot of time and money on the task of extracting, transforming and loading data (ETL) and preparing that data for analysis, you might want to consider the advantages of self-serve data ET. Self-Service ETL can and should be easy enough for business users so that your business can enjoy the benefits of advanced analytics without hiring a team of data scientists or IT professionals.

What is Self Service Data Preparation? Self-Serve Data Preparation empowers business users with access to meaningful data to test theories and hypotheses without the assistance of data scientists or IT staff. Self-Serve Data Preparation provides guidance and suggestions to walk business users through the process of gathering, compiling and preparing data for analysis so that they do not need the assistance of IT staff or data scientists. As part of this process, self-serve ETL allows users to extract, transform and load this data without specialized skills or tools.

Self-Service Data ETL and self-service data prep makes it easy to provide your users with analytical tools that are suitable for their skills and will allow them to make data-driven decisions to improve outcomes.

• Connect to various data sources – personal, external, cloud, IT provisioned
• Integrated data from multiple data sources accessible in a single, uniform, interactive view
• Leverage Smart Suggestions with auto-suggested relationships, JOINs, type casts, hierarchies, etc.
• Clean, reduce and clarify data so that it is easier to use and interpret the data for analysis
• Utilize integrated statistical algorithms like binning, clustering, and regression for noise reduction, and trend and pattern identification.
• Promote data and reports created by business users to IT provisioned/approved data sources, and identify IT provisioned approved data sources with clear watermarks to ensure balance between agility, governance and data quality.

If you want to empower your business users with ETL for business users that includes Self-Serve ETL and Self-Service Data Prep, Contact Us now.

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Balance Data Quality with Data Agility! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-quality-and-data-agility-are-both-important-to-success.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-quality-and-data-agility-are-both-important-to-success.htm#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:32:03 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6275 Continued]]> Data Quality and Data Agility are Both Important to Success!Data Quality vs. Data Agility – A Balanced Approach!

Sometimes we are so focused on perfection that we do not see the benefit of agility. Consider the emergence of the brainstorming concept as an example. We learned quite some time ago that if used the brainstorming concept of freewheeling, non-judgmental discussion we could bounce ideas off one another and often come up with innovative ideas that would not have resulted from a discussion that was more restrictive.

When it comes to analytical quality versus analytical agility, we might see the issue in the same light. Consider the standard, restrictive concept of carefully gathering every piece of data, setting boundaries and giving requirements to IT or a data scientist and then waiting days or weeks to get a report. The need for strict analytical accuracy and absolute, binding results is often overkill for what we really need and the idea of absolute accuracy can also be misleading, because that report you are waiting for may be out of date by the time you receive the information.

If we look at the idea of data agility and delivering Augmented Analytics Tools to business users, we can encourage the use of self-serve tools with auto-suggestions and guidance to help users see the best way to visualize their data or to use a Self-Serve Data Prep tool or an Assisted Predictive Modeling tool. The information will be based on sophisticated analytics, but can be derived in minutes so users can make informed, fact-based decisions. This analytical agility will help them to see data clearly and gain insight and, while these tools may not produce 100% accuracy in the hands of a business users, there are many times throughout the work day where users need good, solid information but do NOT need strategic, analytical information that is 100% accurate.

As and when the organization needs this type of refined analysis, the original data requirement can be handed to a data scientist, and IT professional or a business analyst to produce the type of strategic analytics the organization may require.

This type of agility vs. quality balance allows the business to make data-driven decisions, encourage users to become Citizen Data Scientists and be empowered and accountable while still providing the opportunity to turn to data scientists and other professionals to further refine results.

If you want to create an environment with a culture and processes that are balanced to accommodate data agility and data quality, you can start here: Benefits of Augmented Analytics Balance

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Clickless Analytics = Simple Search Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-with-natural-language-processing.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-with-natural-language-processing.htm#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:55:21 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6272 Continued]]> Augmented Analytics with Natural Language Processing!Clickless Analytics with Natural Language Processing Search Analytics!

We all understand the value and innovation inherent in natural language processing (NLP). Think about the ease of searching for the answer to a question on Google. Users with average skills can ask a question and get an answer, a list of search results that address their interests and support and assistance to take the next step.

When it comes to analytics, the world of Augmented Analytics is evolving rapidly and the use of Natural Language Processing has taken simple analytical search analytics to the next level.

What is search analytics? Search analytics is the process of searching accumulated data to research and understand interactions and relationships among data and content. Business users can leverage NLP search analytics to ask a question that will provide a simple answer to find out which sales person sold the most flower pots in the Northeast Region in October of last year, or what the average maintenance requirement is and when a particular piece of equipment may next need maintenance in a particular plant location.

Using NLP and simple search analytics, business users can create complex searches without programming, extra clicks or complex navigation or commands and they can achieve clear, concise answers and analysis quickly and easily without delay or confusing results. Think of this technique as ‘Clickless Analytics’.

What is Clickless Analytics? Clickless Analytics democratizes advanced analytics so business users can enjoy the benefits of augmented analytics using search analytics that are based on natural language. Your users can simply enter the query in natural language and let the system do the rest. So, the search is ‘clickless’!

Clickless Analytics provides seamless augmented analytics using machine learning and a self-serve approach that is easy enough for every business user so your organization can enjoy swift user adoption, enhanced data democratization, and rapid return on investment (ROI).

Now that you know the value of NLP, search analytics and Clickless Analytics, we encourage you to Contact Us to find out how these innovations can be combined with the concept of augmented analytics to help your business users achieve swift, clear, concise results.

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Tally on Mobile is Accessible via Android and iOS! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-tally-mobile-app-supports-ios-and-android-devices.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-tally-mobile-app-supports-ios-and-android-devices.htm#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:12:55 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6265 Continued]]> The Tally Mobile App Supports iOS and Android Devices!Tally on Mobile is the Answer to ‘On the Go’ Access Via All Types of Mobile Devices!

Tally® Mobile App enables users to access previously unavailable data and information via a connection to the Tally desktop application via iOS and Android. Users can access information online and offline with near real-time data access and access to multi-company data. Users can get a snapshot of key indicators like cash balance, bank balance, receipts, payments, stock inward and outward, payables and receivables and leverage basic BI tools and features.

In a business world that requires support for ‘bring-your-own-device’ (BYOD), the enterprise should not be constrained by an application that only supports a desktop or a particular type of smart phone, tablet or device.

Users often work from home, from a hotel while on the road, or from an airport or client location. The Tally on Mobile environment allows access to features, reporting, and tasks in a near real-time environment that allows users to be more productive and to have the flexibility of user various types of devices to get the job done Tally Mobile App connects your enterprise by providing access via iOS and Android devices so users are always in touch. Contact Us today and let us help you discover how the Mobile App for Tally can help your users and your business.

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Drive BI Tool Adoption with Social BI! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/social-bi-an-important-consideration-of-self-serve-bi-tools.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/social-bi-an-important-consideration-of-self-serve-bi-tools.htm#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:26:25 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6261 Continued]]> Social BI: An Important Consideration of Self-Serve BI Tools!Why is Social Business Intelligence Important for My Business?

If your business is planning to implement self service business intelligence, you may be focused on cascading data analysis and fact-based decision-making throughout the enterprise and, hopefully, your focus includes improving the data literacy of your business users and team members.

One of the additional benefits of Self Service BI Tools is the concept of social BI, and it is important not to overlook these benefits when you lay out the justification of your self-serve BI project for your senior management team. Why is Social Business Intelligence important?

Just think about it. Every aspect of modern life involves sharing and social interaction. If your business users can access business intelligence and see popular data to rate, share and comment, you can begin to optimize resources. You will see the emergence of power users who take a creative, insightful approach to data analysis. Just as social media users can ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ a provocative post from another user, a Social Business Intelligence Tool can support the same kind of sharing and learning within your organization.

As power users, and data analysis, become ‘popular’, the enterprise will see improved user adoption of BI tools and begin to understand the types of data that users value, and how to provide, and present, data to improve data leverage, and increase confidence in decisions. Understanding the social aspect of data analysis, and data popularity allows the enterprise to make decisions about additional provisioning of data, reports and dashboards to business users. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy:

• Share, rate, comment and popularize data to understand what data business users want and need
• Balance Data Quality vs. Popularity
• Promote collaborative decision-making among business users
• Drive BI tool user adoption, and shared resources and knowledge, remain relevant, and contribute value to users and to the enterprise
• Create culture of popular ‘data heroes’ among business users
• Transform business users into Citizen Data Scientists

If you want to explore the opportunities of Self Service Business Intelligence and Social BI, Contact Us now.

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A Message For Your Business: How to Become Data Literate! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/establishing-a-data-literacy-program.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/establishing-a-data-literacy-program.htm#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:33:25 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6258 Continued]]> Establishing a Data Literacy Program!Why is Data Literacy Important?

If you have attended technology conferences or read industry publications, you have probably heard the term ‘Data Literacy’. If your enterprise is considering undertaking an initiative to encourage and nurture data literacy in your organization, you may be looking for a better understanding of the concept and the benefits.

The definition of the term ‘data literacy’ may be readily apparent but, in case you are looking for a definition to use in your internal discussions, you might want to think of data literacy in this way. Data Literacy means that your team members have the ability to read, work with and understand, analyze, present and make decisions using data. Data literacy focuses on encouraging and nurturing data competencies and making your team members comfortable with the use of analytical tools, technology solutions and data comprehension and presentation, including a comfort level with data collection and analysis, data sharing and data-driven business decisions.

Becoming Data Literate – To be data literate, your team members do not need to be data scientists or business analysts. They do not have to grasp and use algorithms and analytical techniques at a technical level. They simply have to be confident in the use of Augmented Analytics Tools and solutions that allow them to gather and analyze data for forecasting and planning, problem solving and understanding trends and patterns and changes in customer buying behavior, sales results etc. Team members should be able to read graphs, charts, polls, surveys and analytics and derive clear answers from these tools.

To accomplish your data literacy mission, you must look at the culture, encourage and nourish power users and those who can see the value in the creative and innovative use of data in everyday situations as well as in developing the strategic initiatives of the organization. In addition to these cultural changes, the enterprise must also look at technology with an eye toward integration of data and the implementation of tools that will make it easy for business users to join in the initiative. Augmented analytics and tools like Smart Visualization and Self-Serve Data Preparation, as well as Assisted Predictive Modeling can provide guidance and auto-suggestions and recommendations to make users more comfortable in adopting analytics and achieving positive outcomes. The use and adoption of these tools will help all team members become more data fluent and allow them to leverage data to express ideas and tell a story to support a decision.

The organization must create a stable foundation for data literacy and data fluency by looking at standards, processes, activities and tasks and establishing meaningful metrics and measurements that include data engagement in goals and objectives.

If you want to explore the rich benefits of data literacy and discover the foundational tools that will help your users achieve data literacy and data fluency, Contact Us today.

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ETL and Self-Serve Data Prep for ALL! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/etl-need-not-be-daunting.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/etl-need-not-be-daunting.htm#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:59:42 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6255 Continued]]> ETL Need Not Be Daunting!Don’t Be Intimidated by ETL and Data Prep. It’s EASY!

When you hear the term ‘Extract, Transform and Load’, does it make you want to run in the opposite direction? ETL, as it is called, refers to the process of connecting to data sources, integrating data from various data sources, improving data quality, aggregating it and then storing it in staging data source or data marts or data warehouses for consumption of various business applications including BI, Analytics and Reporting.

The term, and the process, seem daunting to many people and when managers think about allowing business users to access data through ETL and prepare that data for analysis, the prospect of ETL becomes even MORE daunting!

But, with the right tools, ETL need not be as difficult as you imagine, and establishing the appropriate data security and access to protect users and data privacy does not have to stop your ETL initiative. The idea of providing ETL and data access to business users may cause concern but before you discount the democratization of data, it is important to understand the agility and accessibility provided by business user access to Self-Serve Data Preparation tools.

When you provide a solid ETL foundation with appropriate monitoring, management, integration processes and skills and add the flexibility of self-serve data preparation for business users, you can acquire good data quickly and offer insight to business users. With the right ETL and Data Preparation Tools, business users can compile, and analyze data from data warehouses, data marts, ERP, best-of-breed applications, CRM and any number of operational system databases, spreadsheets, cloud based data sources and legacy systems.

A great Augmented Analytics solution provides self-serve data preparation, including ETL for business users, and it enables business users to leverage sophisticated, easy-to-use tools for self-serve ETL. Self-Service ETL will walk business users through an augmented data preparation process and take the complicated, confusing steps out of the process by helping the user make decisions on how to prepare, clean, reduce and use the data in the best way possible.

If you want to take the mystery and intimidation out of ETL and data prep, talk to the experts. Easy Self-Serve ETL and Data Prep.

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How Can My Business Get the Most Out of Self-Serve Advanced Analytics? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-my-business-get-the-most-out-of-self-serve-advanced-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-my-business-get-the-most-out-of-self-serve-advanced-analytics.htm#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:27:19 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6251 Continued]]> How Can My Business Get the Most Out of Self-Serve Advanced Analytics?How does an organization help the self-serve advanced analytics model grow and thrive? Responsibility lies in a number of places within the enterprise.

Data Analysts/Data Scientists: If the business is large enough and sophisticated enough to have data analysts or data scientists on its team, those individuals will benefit from self-serve analytics. Because business users can leverage the tools to make better day-to-day decisions and to perform their own analysis, the professional analyst or data scientist will have more time to focus on strategic initiatives and more complex analytical projects. Look to these professionals to monitor the effects of self-serve analytics on their workload, and to identify opportunities to capitalize on power users, and the advent of data popularity within the organization. By encouraging the adoption of these tools and mentoring appropriate business users, the data analyst will contribute to the advancement of these tools within the organization.

Senior Management: As the executive team incorporates analytics into its strategy and business decisions, it will encourage the use of these tools within the organization. When a middle manager or team member understands that the senior management team values analytics and expects to see data-driven decisions, each business unit and department will embrace the use of self-serve advanced analytics.

IT: The IT team can offer encouragement and ensure that business users have insight into the origin and dependability of data by establishing watermarks, labeling and other systems that help users identify the source of data and when and why it was edited or changed by other users. The IT team provides critical support to ensure appropriate data integration from various data sources and to support an environment that allows for dependable performance, mobile access and appropriate data security.

Business Users: The enterprise should identify and encourage power users and those who apply their skills, creativity and knowledge to develop and share reports and to adopt self-serve advanced analytics tools. These team members can become powerful mentors and role models for the organization and can help other team members understand how best to leverage these analytical tools to achieve their goals.

As business users adopt and gain confidence with advanced analytics, power users and data popularity will emerge and the organization will experience a transformation from business users to Citizen Data Scientists and Analytics Translator. Analytics Translators can also introduce efficiencies, productivity and optimization into the organization as natural leaders emerge within the organization and Analytics Translators provide a liaison role between IT, data scientists and business users. These power users can be role models and offer support within business user teams to assure enterprise-wide comfort with analytics tools.

As you can see, the responsibility for growing and capitalizing on the potential of self-serve advanced analytics lies within every aspect of the organization. These tools can offer numerous benefits and the ways the business can leverage the tools are as varied and unique as the organization itself. If the business management team makes the commitment to engrain the analytical philosophy in its organization at every level, it will have the best chance of success.

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Analytics for Data Scientists and Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/11/12/november-12-2019/analytics-for-business-users-and-data-scientists.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/11/12/november-12-2019/analytics-for-business-users-and-data-scientists.htm#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:19:47 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6246 Continued]]> Business Users and Data Scientists Need Analytics Tools!Analytics for All: You Can Serve Business Users AND Data Scientists!

I hope you would agree that every team member in your business is an important and valuable resource. When we talk, in the tech world, about self-serve apps and the concept of cascading analytics to everyone in the organization, managers and team members start to get nervous.

Does the use of analytical tools mean that every business user has to become an analyst or a data scientist? Does the roll-out of Augmented Analytics to business users mean that data scientists will lose their jobs? Not to worry. There is a good reason to pursue your self-serve augmented analytics projects AND a good reason to keep those data scientists right where they are!

With the democratization of analytics and the advent of self-serve tools, organizations can encourage and create Citizen Data Scientists and enable the average business user to leverage sophisticated predictive algorithms without the expertise and skill of a trained data scientist. This approach allows users who are not statisticians, data scientists, programmers or analysts to leverage self-service tools to confidently make business decisions, share data, and reports and present data in a way that allows the organization to identify trends, patterns, opportunities and challenges.

But, the transformation of business users into Citizen Data Scientists does not mean there is no need for professional data scientists. A business user might use Assisted Predictive Modeling, to analyze customer churn and find out which customers are likely to move away (churn) based on purchase patterns, demographics, geographic and other macro parameters. BUT, if the business needs to fine-tune or further explore an issue, a parameter, or a model, the Data Scientist is there to do the strategic work. If there is a need for precision calculation, a unique algorithm application, analysis of selection bias, theory-driven methodology or other in-depth analysis, the organization would look to a data scientist.

By providing the right tools to the right people and focusing on the core job responsibilities that drive the day-to-day tasks of a business users or a data scientist, the organization can gain insight to make good decisions AND carefully craft and refine strategic initiatives by leveraging the skills of its Data Scientist team. So, YES, there is a place in your organization for both team members and there are Advanced Analytics Tools to serve the needs of both of these team members.

Find out how augmented analytics and advanced analytics tools can support the needs of your business users, your IT team, your analysts and your data scientists…and let’s not forget your management team! Analytics for All.

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BI and Analytics Can Drive Performance! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-and-analytics-for-your-team.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-and-analytics-for-your-team.htm#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2019 07:12:28 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6243 Continued]]> Business Intelligence and Analytics for Your Team!Data Analysis for Business Should Include Every Business User!

Business Intelligence and Analytics is as necessary for small businesses and start-ups as it is for a large enterprise. There is no room for a misstep or a market error in today’s competitive environment. Whether your business is local or global, all online or brick and mortar, government, public sector or consumer focused or playing in a very specialized market, you and your team need business intelligence and analytics tools.

If you have not yet had a business intelligence introduction, it is imperative that you jump in now! Understand the benefits to your organization and choose BI and Analytics Tools that will democratize data within your organization and provide a foundation for a digital transformation within your enterprise.

No team member in your organization should be exempt from using data analysis for business, because every team member must make fact-based decisions, and have a current and clear grasp of opportunities and issues so that each team member can help to move the organization forward and support goals and objectives. There is no room for guesswork in business.

Business Intelligence examples and areas of focus include sales, finance, customer buying behavior, product pricing, training and resource requirements and forecasting, manufacturing and production management, marketing, shipping, purchasing, legal, risk and privacy issues, and every other aspect of your organization and its activities, tasks and processes. Your team members should have access to integrated data from all sources across the enterprise to build and share reports, make presentations and make good decisions.

If you want to empower your business users and your organization, Contact Us now to explore the possibilities of Data Analytics within your business.

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Digital Transformation and Augmented Analytics Go Hand in Hand! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/begin-your-digital-transformation-with-augmented-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/begin-your-digital-transformation-with-augmented-analytics.htm#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:33:41 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6240 Continued]]> Begin Your Digital Transformation with Augmented Analytics!How Can My Business Begin Digital Transformation? How About Augmented Analytics?

If you read industry and technology journals, you have probably seen the term, ‘digital transformation’. So, what is digital transformation Gartner asked, and here is what the Gartner glossary of terms says about that: ‘Digital business transformation is the process of exploiting digital technologies and supporting capabilities to create a robust new digital business model.’ So, that is the digital technology business definition and that definition will translate differently for every organization in terms of where the enterprise will begin to focus the transformation process and how it will get to its goal.

Among the many digital transformation examples one might find in an organization is the focus on data democratization and the introduction of initiatives to encourage and support Data Literacy among an enterprise team at the business user level. You can find numerous digital transformation articles online today but when it comes to your own business, you will have to decide how and where to focus your initiative.

One such starting point might be Advanced Analytics. With the introduction of advanced analytics to the business user community, the organization can encourage the adoption, sharing and popularity of data and support fact-based decision making to achieve its goals and objectives. Business users that employ Augmented Analytics Tools can leverage sophisticated analytics, forecasting and predictive algorithms and techniques, smart data visualization, tools that utilize machine learning, simple search analytics and natural language processing (NLP) to achieve better results and, in the process, to become more data literate, allowing data scientists and IT staff to focus more on strategic projects.

In short, transforming business users into Citizen Data Scientists is a great place to start your digital transformation initiative. This type of engagement builds confidence and comfort with technology, data and analytics and allows the organization to better leverage its resources and build skills within the enterprise.

Contact Us today if you want to explore the opportunities of digital transformation through Augmented Analytics.

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KPI Analytics Can Help You Achieve Results! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/10/21/october-21-2019/key-performance-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/10/21/october-21-2019/key-performance-analytics.htm#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:03:58 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6236 Continued]]> Key Performance Analytics for Every Team Member!Multidimensional KPI Analytics Are Beneficial for Every User and Business!

Every business manager and most every team member in every organization today understands the need for objective metrics and measurements and knows that senior management and shareholders will not accept guesswork or a lack of clarity on where and how resources and investments are helping or hurting the bottom line. So, it is no surprise that Key Performance Analytics have become the norm. And, KPI Analytics are not reserved for data scientists, IT staff or business analysts.

If your team is to succeed in its day-to-day and long-term goals and objectives, it must have a way to monitor results and clearly see what is working and where the team is falling short. What your team needs is a KPI Dashboard that is easy to use and will help you to achieve your goals – a Multidimensional KPI Analytics tool that provides clarity and actionable reporting.

Your users should be able to define KPI with an easy to use, powerful expression engine and set polarity, frequency, and threshold levels using a browser-based interface. You must be able to establish and monitor KPIs at the individual, team, department, division and company level. A KPI Tool should provide interactive options to change frequencies, dimension break downs and drill down to further analyze trends, and reasons for performance and non-performance.

If you think your organization and your team members could benefit from this type of dynamic, Multidimensional KPI Software, here is how to get started with easy, comprehensive tools that every user can leverage.

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KPI Dashboards Should Not be Static, But Rather Dynamic! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/kpi-analytics-that-is-useful-and-easy-for-every-team-member.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/kpi-analytics-that-is-useful-and-easy-for-every-team-member.htm#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:03:15 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6230 Continued]]> KPI Analytics that is USEFUL and Easy for Every Team Member!KPI Software for an Ever-Changing Business Market!

KPI analytics is not just the process of choosing static measurements and placing them on a chart or graph, then reviewing them once every few months to see where your business falls in terms of its projected results and success.

A comprehensive, flexible, dynamic KPI Dashboard provides a snapshot of where you are at any given moment and shows you what is working, what needs to change and what devilish details you need to address to improve results. KPI Software should allow your business users to leverage a simple, intuitive tool to set polarity, frequency, and threshold levels and it should give users access via a browser-based solution so they can explore and discover on the road and in the office.

Your users should be an integral part of the process with tools that allow them to establish and monitor KPIs at the individual, team, department, division and company level and interactive options to change frequencies, dimension break downs and the ability to drill down to further analyze trends, and discover the real reasons for great or poor results or performance. That’s the kind of KPI apps your business users need!

Your industry and market publications probably have plenty of KPI examples and ideas of what you should be measuring, and this information can be helpful but your business and your team are unique and you need the ability to establish, monitor, clarify and adapt and that kind of dynamic environment requires a KPI Tool that is easy enough for everyone to use and one that users will want to adopt because it helps them to do their job better.

If you want to monitor and manage results to achieve your goals, Contact Us now to find out how a KPI Tool can help you.

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Tally Mobile App Improves Productivity! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-mobile-app-improves-productivity.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-mobile-app-improves-productivity.htm#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:33:17 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6227 Continued]]> Tally Mobile App Improves Productivity!The Mobile App for Tally Gives Users Access and Makes Them More Productive!

Tally® Mobile App is the access point for mobile users to leverage features and functionality of the Tally dashboard by connecting to the Tally desktop.

Today’s team members are on the road and working outside the office on a regular basis. The Mobile App for Tally makes users more productive by giving them access to accounting, payroll, finance-related features and allowing users to browse reports and access data through Basic BI Tools for decision-making and day-to-day tasks and activities.

Tally on mobile capitalizes on the popularity of the Tally solution and enables users to access previously unavailable data and information via a connection to the Tally desktop application via iOS and Android, and users can access information online and offline with near real-time data access and access to multi-company data. Users can get a snapshot of key indicators like cash balance, bank balance, receipts, payments, stock inward and outward, payables and receivables.

Tally Mobile App improves productivity and connects your enterprise from inside and outside the walls of the organization, Contact Us today and let us help you discover the expanded value of your Tally solution.

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There are Many Advantages of Advanced Analytics! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/10/14/october-14-2019/augmented-analytics-advantages.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/10/14/october-14-2019/augmented-analytics-advantages.htm#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:18:06 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6223 Continued]]> Augmented Analytics Benefits are Numerous and Impressive!Enjoy the Benefits of Advanced Analytics with Augmented Analytics Support!

As a business manager or a business team member, you probably make it your business to stay abreast of industry and market trends and to understand how best to use technology to refine business results and better understand your market, competition and customers. If you have been reading industry publications, you are probably familiar with the concept of augmented analytics and augmented analytics benefits.

But, understanding the Advantages of Advanced Analytics and implementing advanced analytics throughout your organization may be two very different things. To democratize advanced analytics, you will need to choose the right solution. To enjoy the Benefits of Advanced Analytics in your enterprise you will need to select a partner and a solution that provides an Augmented Analytics approach with auto-suggestions, recommendations and guidance that will help every user to find, analyze and report on information without the assistance of an IT staff member or a data scientist.

Advanced analytics support that is built-in to the solution and allows even a user with average skills to leverage these sophisticated tools will ensure that users adopt the solution and ensure that your organization enjoys all advanced analytics benefits. If you want to democratize analytics and provide your users with tools that allow them to achieve consistent, dependable results and meet objectives, you can find expert Augmented Analytics Support and Products Here.

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NLP and Augmented Analytics: A Recipe for Success! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-natural-language-processing-help-with-data-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-can-natural-language-processing-help-with-data-analytics.htm#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2019 06:50:07 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6218 Continued]]> How Can Natural Language Processing Help with Data Analytics?Augmented Analytics Benefits Include NLP for Easy Analysis!

Everyone has heard the term ‘natural language processing or NLP. So, what is natural language processing, exactly, and how can it help your business? NLP allows a program or software to understand language as written/spoken by humans so that people can interact with a system without using long strings of code. You use natural language processing every day when you engage with your word processing software to perform spell check, when your smart phone auto-corrects your words, when you use voice to text messaging, when your email system applies a spam filter, when you are served keywords that relate to a search you did on a search engine and when you use ‘assistants’ like Siri or Alexa.

So, how can NLP help your business users to leverage advanced analytics solutions and enjoy Augmented Analytics BenefitsNatural Language Processing Search Analytics (NLP) is a crucial component of search analytics and smart data discovery today. NLP search allows business users to create complex searches without engaging in endless clicks and complex navigation and commands. Using this type of search analytics, users can access and view clear, concise answers and analysis quickly and easily.

Advanced Analytics with Natural Language Processing (NLP) provides a familiar Google-type interface where users can compose and enter a question using common human language. For example, a business user might ask, ‘who sold the most bakery products in 2017 in the Southwest region?’ Users can simply enter a search query in natural language and the system will translate the query and return the results in natural language in an appropriate form, such as visualization, tables, numbers or descriptions.

Let’s take it one step further with Clickless Analytics. What is clickless analytics? This process provides seamless augmented analytics and Advanced Data Discovery using machine learning and natural language processing (NLP), in a self-serve environment that is easy enough for every business user.

If you want to find out how NLP and simplified Search Analytics can help your organization and your users to be more productive and to make faster, simpler decisions with confidence, Contact Us today.

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Data Analytics Software Need Not be Out of Reach! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-tools-for-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-tools-for-business-users.htm#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:06:09 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6213 Continued]]> Data Analytics Tools for Business Users!Data Analytics Can Transform Users to Citizen Data Scientists!

The term ‘data analytics can seem daunting to the average business user. Isn’t analytics something that is the sole domain of data scientists? No, actually it is not!

Today’s Data Analytics Tools are designed for the average business user and make it easier than ever to gather, analyze and understand data. Data is integrated from multiple sources and users can leverage business analytics tools with Smart Data Visualization, Assisted Predictive Modeling, and even Self-Serve Data Preparation.

As users adopt these intuitive tools and build confidence, they can share data, and the organization will experience a higher level of data literacy and data popularity. It will be easier for IT and management to understand how and when users engage in business analytics and champion the use of these tools to shift the culture and transform business users into Citizen Data Scientists.

Data analytics software can be the key to driving fact-based decisions and quickly resolving issues and identifying opportunities within the business environment.

If you want to empower your business users and your organization, Contact Us now to explore the possibilities of Data Analytics within your business.

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Visual Analytics for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-visualization-software-for-your-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-visualization-software-for-your-users.htm#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:12:57 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6210 Continued]]> Data Visualization Software For Your Users!Data Visualization Tools Provide Crucial Decision Support!

If they are to help your users achieve their goals and understand what is happening within your organization, data visualization tools must be easy to use, with sophisticated functionality and an intuitive user interface. If you want business users to leverage data visualization software, you have to give them something they can easily use and adopt with smart visualization that will recommend the best way to process and visualize data, depending on what the user wants to interpret and the type of data they are working with and sharing.

Visual Analytics does not have to be the domain of data scientists or IT staff. With Smart Data Visualization business users can view and analyze data to identify a problem and clarify a root cause. Business users can interact easily with Data Discovery Tools and build a view that will tell a story using guided visualization and recommended data presentation. Guided recommendations are made based on data type, volume, dimensions, patterns and nature of data.

By combining cutting-edge technology and machine learning on the backend, and an intuitive user experience on the front end, business users can easily leverage sophisticated tools to personalize data displays and create meaningful views and collaboration.

Contact Us today if you want to explore the opportunities of Smart Visualization.

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Business Intelligence Tools Can be Easy to Use! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/09/20/september-20-2019/bi-tools-for-business-users.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/09/20/september-20-2019/bi-tools-for-business-users.htm#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2019 06:19:52 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6206 Continued]]> BI Software for Every User and Every Need!A Great BI Solution with Easy-to-Use Tools!

A great business intelligence tool does not have to be complicated or expensive. If you want to do it right, you should strive for data democratization and look for a BI solution that is designed for business users with average technical skills. BI software that is meant to be used by your business users will allow for quick and accurate decisions, ensure that everyone is working with the right information.

Dashboarding tools should be easy to personalize so that users can see data in a way that is meaningful to them and easily track, monitor, gather, analyze and share information. While start-up, small and medium businesses may feel that they don’t need Business Intelligence Analytics Tools, nothing can be further from the truth. Even in the smallest organization, competition is keen these days. Whether your business competes locally, globally, online, in a specific industry or market, BI Analytics allows you to solve problems, forecast and predict more accurately and provide business users with a BI Tool that optimizes productivity and empowers users at every level.

If you think these tools are too complicated for your organization or that they are unaffordable, you will be pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and cost-effective licensing! Start here: Business Intelligence Tools

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KPI Software Helps You Manage with Insight! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/key-performance-indicators-kpis-ensure-fact-based-metrics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/key-performance-indicators-kpis-ensure-fact-based-metrics.htm#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2019 07:36:00 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6203 Continued]]> Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Ensure Fact-Based Metrics!KPI Tools Provide Accurate and Clear Metrics and Measurements!

If your business is like most, you are trying to focus on the facts! You want to measure results and make plans, using the facts rather than opinion or guesswork but that can be difficult. Key performance indicators (KPIs) allow you to establish and monitor metrics and measurements that will tell you whether activities, tasks, and processes are getting you to your goals and helping you to meet your objectives. KPI Software is crucial to the management of your workflow, training initiatives, investments etc.

KPI examples for sales might include metrics regarding customer acquisition costs, the lifetime value of a customer, sales targeting and net profit margins. By tracking these KPIs, the business can begin to understand how cost-effective its policies, procedures, activities and resources are and where to make changes.

If you can provide your business users with a KPI Dashboard, you enable them to monitor results and metrics and spot issues and opportunities as they arise. With a KPI tool, users can define KPI with an easy to use, powerful expression engine and set polarity, frequency, and threshold levels using a browser based interface. Users can establish and monitor KPIs at the individual, team, department, division and company level. Defined KPIs are not limited itself to static monitoring. KPI Analytics provide interactive options to change frequencies, dimension break downs and drill down to further analyze trends, and reasons for performance and non-performance.

If you want to monitor and manage results to achieve your goals, Contact Us now to find out how a KPI Tool can help you.

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Smarten Offers 30-day Free Trial of Augmented Analytics Solution on AWS Marketplace https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-offer-30-day-free-trial-of-augmented-analytics-solution-on-aws-marketplace.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-offer-30-day-free-trial-of-augmented-analytics-solution-on-aws-marketplace.htm#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2019 06:40:43 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6200 Continued]]> Smarten Offers 30-day Free Trial of Augmented Analytics Solution on AWS MarketplaceThe Smarten suite of advanced analytics tools is now available for a free 30-day trial on the AWS Marketplace. This augmented analytics solution includes smart data visualization, assisted predictive modeling and a self-serve data preparation assisted by machine learning to help business users without any data science skills to create, use and share predictive models on their own.

The Elegant MicroWeb (Smarten SSDP solution) is listed as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Data Preparation Report, as a Niche BI and Analytics Vendor in the Gartner Report, Competitive Landscape: BI Platforms and Analytics Software, Asia/Pacific, as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Enterprise-Reporting-Based Platforms, and a Listed Vendor in the Other Vendors to Consider for Modern BI and Analytics, Gartner Report

Smarten CEO, Kartik Patel says, “We are pleased to announce the availability of the innovative Smarten preconfigured solution on the AWS Marketplace. This 30-day free trial provides access to those who wish to explore the benefits and possibilities inherent in the features of this augmented analytics solution.”

The Smarten tool is designed for business users working in an environment that encourages and supports data democratization and data literacy within the ranks of the enterprise team. Augmented analytics provides recommendations and auto-suggestions to ensure that business users can leverage these sophisticated tools to advance user adoption in the business environment, transform users into Citizen Data Scientists, and encourage empowerment and accountability for all team members.

“The 30-day free trial of the preconfigured Smarten product provides ample opportunity for users to explore and understand the value of advanced analytics,” says Patel. “These tools support fact-based day-to-day decisions and strategic, operational and tactical initiatives, goals and objectives.”

The Smarten 30-day free trial download is preconfigured and easily accessible on the AWS Marketplace, and the trial includes Smarten team support to help prospective users get started with Smarten.

Following the 30-day free trial, the Smarten product is available for extended use with Bring Your Own License (BYOL) availability. One can launch a preconfigured AWS Smarten instance with a free 30-day trial period from the AWS marketplace and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as well as Learning Opportunities to help users understand the benefits and value of the Smarten solution. Launch Smarten with the 30-day free trial on AWS now.

More information on the benefits of the Smarten Augmented Analytics product suite is available here.

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Is Advanced Data Discovery Suitable for Business Users? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/can-data-discovery-improve-my-business-users-performance.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/can-data-discovery-improve-my-business-users-performance.htm#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:59:05 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6197 Continued]]> Can Data Discovery Improve My Business Users’ Performance?Is Augmented Data Discovery Easy Enough for My Business Users?

A data discovery tool is a crucial tool for every business user in your organization. With so many sources of data, in so many locations with your enterprise, it is impossible for users to know whether they have access to complete, accurate data to make decisions.

With the right Advanced Analytics Tools, business users can have access to data integrated from disparate data sources and can use that date for Advanced Data Discovery so they can gain insight into problems and opportunities, share information with other users and be more productive, empowered and accountable. So, what is advanced analytics and should you consider this type of solution for your business users?

Advanced Analytics comprises the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data; and considers and applies patterns and trends to achieve clear, fact-based decision-making. To put it another way, advanced analytics connects information to decisions and strategies and allows the organization to set objectives and goals that are practical and attainable given the competitive and market landscape. While businesses had looked to IT and data scientists to find and analyze and interpret data in the past, the business market is moving too fast today to wait for this information and the truth is that business users need this data and insight to do their jobs just as much (if not more) than senior managers.

Augmented Analytics provides guidance and recommendations so users can visualize data in a way that makes sense for the type of data they want to analyze and it offers auto-suggestions to enable forecasting and predictive analytics methodology that is right for the data the user is considering.

Contact Us today to find out more about how Augmented Data Discovery can help your business to succeed.

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Can Business Users Leverage Self-Serve Data Prep? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/09/16/september-16-2019/augmented-data-prep.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/09/16/september-16-2019/augmented-data-prep.htm#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:09:20 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6194 Continued]]> What Is Self-Serve Data Preparation?How About Giving Your Business Users the Power to Prepare Data for Analysis?

Can Your Business Achieve Self-Serve Data Prep? Lots of my friends talk about the difficulty of preparing data for analysis and how long it takes to get IT or data scientists or analysts to take on the project, get the data prepared and run reports or perform analytics. Frankly, this problem is a puzzle to me!

Data prep does not have to be something your IT or data science staff does. It can be done easily with simple tools that are accessible and can be leveraged by every business user without any specialized technical skills. Self-Serve Data Preparation and self-serve ETL (data extraction, transformation and loading) can and should be easy. Users can transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language.

With the right Augmented Analytics solution, data preparation is presented with tools, guidance and machine learning. Machine learning capability provides guidance to determine the best techniques and the best fit transformations for the data business users want to analyze, allowing for better understanding of data.

Data Preparation Tools can make your life a lot easier and will allow every user in your organization to gather and prepare data for analysis without delay so users can leverage fact-based analytics to make decisions and to move forward with projects, capitalize on opportunities and find the root cause of problems.

With the mobility and affordability of these tools, there is no reason why your organization cannot enjoy Self-Serve ETL.

If you want to find out more about Self-Serve Data ETL, start here: Augmented Data Preparation.

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Business Intelligence Consulting Services! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-serve-business-intelligence-and-data-literacy.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-serve-business-intelligence-and-data-literacy.htm#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2019 06:35:08 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6190 Continued]]> Self-Serve Business Intelligence and Data Literacy!Get Business Intelligence Tools and a Business Intelligence Consultant!

If a business is trying to implement self-serve business intelligence tools, it must look at its organization, processes and culture to determine whether it is prepared to roll-out data democratization and provide direct access to business intelligence tools. Changes in the environment and the expectations can help to empower business users and hold them accountable and to encourage data popularity and data sharing to work toward transformation of business users to Citizen Data Scientists.

Business intelligence consulting services can be of great value in establishing the foundation for this type of environment and moving forward toward Advanced Analytics and a cutting-edge culture of true data literacy. An enterprise can engage these business intelligence services from a Business Intelligence Company with a comprehensive understanding of the domain, the market the detailed features and functionality of a competitive, mobile, affordable business intelligence solution.

If you want to find the right Business Intelligence Consultant, Contact Us now and let us help you discover the potential of self-serve business intelligence.

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Tally on Mobile Brings Mobile Agility to Tally ERP! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-on-mobile-brings-mobile-agility-to-tally-erp.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-on-mobile-brings-mobile-agility-to-tally-erp.htm#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:18:09 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6187 Continued]]> Tally on Mobile Brings Mobile Agility to Tally ERP!Tally Mobile App Provides Crucial User Access to Tasks and Reporting!

Tally® ERP 9 is an accounting and finance solution that is popular among business users in India. As a desktop app, Tally users have no access from outside the walls of the enterprise. Fortunately, Tally in mobile app form has extended the office environment so that users can access the Tally mobile app on the road, from home or from anywhere!

The Tally In Mobile move transition allows users access online or offline, to save expensive data transfer). While in online mode, the last updated data from cloud server is displayed in the mobile app. So, if users leverage shorter frequencies for the scheduler in the Desktop App, they can get near real time data on Tally Mobile App.

Tally On Mobile supports multi-company data with a snapshot of key indicators like cash balance, bank balance, receipts, payments, payables and supports ledger inquiries. It displays the last ten transactions and provides the latest balance and transactions for taxes and duties including GST.

With Tally mobile apps, full company data extraction is fast and easy and app loading is rapid, so users can access and use the data to perform tasks quickly and without delay. The Tally mobile app is easy-to-use, with an intuitive native mobile app user interface.

Tally Mobile App supports tasks, reporting and analysis so users can leverage this familiar, critical solution from anywhere. Contact Us today to find out more about the Tally App for Mobile.

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What is SSDP and Can it Truly Make Analytics Self-Serve? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-ssdp-and-can-it-truly-make-analytics-self-serve.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-ssdp-and-can-it-truly-make-analytics-self-serve.htm#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2019 09:15:20 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6183 Continued]]> What is SSDP and Can it Truly Make Analytics Self-Serve?SSDP (otherwise known as self-serve data preparation) is the logical evolution of business intelligence analytical tools. With self-serve tools, data discovery and analytics tools are accessible to team members and business users across the enterprise.

What is SSDP?
SSDP or Self-Serve Data Preparation is a crucial component of Advanced Data Discovery. With self-serve data prep, data analytics moves out of the sole domain of analysts and IT and into the domain of business users. With true self-serve business intelligence and analytics solutions, the average business user can perform data preparation, test theories and hypotheses by prototyping on their own and share clear, objective data with others.

The traditional definition of data preparation describes an iterative process, typically executed by IT staff or analysts to extract and transform raw data so that the data can be used for discovery, analytics and reporting. Self-Serve Data Preparation (SSDP) allows the organization, and its users, to gather, manipulate and analyze complex data from multiple sources in a single interface with easy-to-use tools.

SSDP allows business users to leverage tools without the restrictions placed on managed dashboards or standardized reporting tools. Users can access complex tools in an easy-to-use environment without the help of programmers or data scientists. SSDP (Self-Service Data Preparation) empowers business users and allows them to perform tasks, make decisions and recommendations quickly and with speed, agility and accuracy.

Rather than preparing data at the central meta-data layer, and restricting what business users can do and see, these
IT enabled (NOT IT controlled),
self-serve data preparation and business intelligence tools and features put meaningful views of data in the hands of business users.

SSDP allows average business users to compile and prepare data and use that data in analytics to test hypotheses, visualize and share data, prepare reports and support day-to-day tasks with complete drill-down and drill-through capability, custom alerts and mobile access that supports the needs of every team member. Users can control the data elements, the volume and the timing of the analysis and reporting.

Can SSDP Truly Make Analytics Self-Serve?
The key to self-serve solutions is to provide sophisticated features and functionality in an easy-to-use, intuitive, interactive environment that users will want to adopt and leverage. By putting the power of data preparation in the hands of business users, the business can unshackle its users and make them more of an asset to the enterprise, while empowering them to find and solve day-to-day problems. SSDP can, and does make analytics self-serve, so analysts, data scientists and IT staff can focus on strategic and long-term organizational needs and provide expert advice and support as needed. In the meantime, business users have a tool that is sophisticated enough to present clear, accurate, measurable results and allow them to find the source of problems, optimize results and share data to support business decisions.

SSDP tools allow users to compile and analyze data and test theories and prototypes to support dynamic decisions and planning on their own so the business does not lose time or competitive advantage while waiting for reports or analysis from a central source.

A Gartner report published on May 24, 2016 (ID G00274731) , entitled ‘Embrace Self-Service Data Preparation Tools for Agility, but Govern to Avoid Data Chaos’, predicts that, ‘By 2018, data discovery and data management evolution will drive most organizations to augment centralized analytic architectures with decentralized approaches.’

2017 has certainly proven this to be true, as businesses embrace the value of self-serve data preparation and analytics tools.

SSDP tools integrate data from multiple data sources and make it accessible in a single, uniform, interactive view with features like smart suggestions, auto-suggested relationships, JOINs, type casts, hierarchies, data cleansing and statistical algorithms like binning, clustering, and regression for noise reduction, and trend and pattern identification. SSDP balances flexibility and agility with data governance so business users have access to the right data at the right time, and the IT team can maintain crucial security and data privacy controls and standards, as well as data quality.

Self-Serve Data Prep in Action

Perhaps the most important aspect of SSDP success is making the Self-Serve Data Prep solution simple and valuable enough to encourage business user adoption so that the enterprise can achieve and sustain ROI and TCO goals.

In a business environment where business users expect tools that are simple and powerful, SSDP can do much to advance the objectives and goals of the organization and make each business user a more valuable business resource. Self-serve tools allow users to leverage knowledge and skill and better perform against forecasts and plans.

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Augmented Data Preparation and Self-Service ETL! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-service-data-preparation-that-is-easy-and-worry-free.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/self-service-data-preparation-that-is-easy-and-worry-free.htm#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:01:33 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6180 Continued]]> Self-Service Data Preparation that is Easy and Worry-Free!What is Self Service Data Preparation?

Data prep can slow down analytics and cause delays. Self-service data preparation (when done right) can enable business users to leverage sophisticated, easy-to-use tools for self-serve ETL. Data extraction, transformation and loading (otherwise known as ETL) can be time-consuming and requires professional skills but self-service ETL will walk business users through an augmented data preparation process and take the complicated, confusing steps out of the process by helping the user make decisions on how to prepare, clean, reduce and use the data in the best way possible.

The right Self-Serve Data Preparation tool makes all the difference in the world! It enables self-serve, advanced analytics and provides business users with tools they will want to adopt and use so the enterprise can make the most of their Augmented Analytics environment and reap rapid return on investment (ROI) and low total cost of ownership (TCO).

If you want to improve productivity and empower business users with tools that will guide them through an otherwise complex process, Contact Us today to find out more about how Self-Serve Data Preparation can help your organization.

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White Paper – Accelerating Advanced Analytics in an Immature Analytics Culture https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/white-paper-accelerating-advanced-analytics-in-an-immature-analytics-culture.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/white-paper-accelerating-advanced-analytics-in-an-immature-analytics-culture.htm#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2019 11:53:07 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6170 Continued]]> For organizations that wish to leverage advanced analytics, the first order of business is to evaluate the maturity of the advanced analytical culture within the organization and among its users and decide whether the entire team is ready to take on the task of accurately analyzing business results, and planning and making course corrections on a daily basis. If the organization is not ready for this change, the business management team must plan for and execute a transition to quickly, carefully, and successfully move the enterprise into the advanced analytics arena.

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Business Intelligence and Analytics for All Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-and-analytics-tools.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-and-analytics-tools.htm#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:59:38 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6167 Continued]]> Business Intelligence and Analytics Tools!Data Analysis for Business Supports Fact-Based Decisions!

Business intelligence and analytics are necessary tools for every business today. No business manager or team member can make decisions in vacuum and business intelligence and analytics tools are key to fact-based, data-driven decisions that will ensure positive results, help the business to avoid missteps and critical errors and allow the enterprise to anticipate changes in the competitive landscape and in customer buying behavior.

Data analysis for business need not be complex or restrictive. New advances in the Business Intelligence Solution market have allowed businesses to open up previously restrictive data analytics tools and provide support for business users with average technical skills so every professional in the organization can leverage their area of expertise and apply that knowledge to data integrated from multiple sources to gain valuable insight into problems, identify opportunities and plan and forecast with confidence.

Business Intelligence examples include data and finance, marketing, sales, production, supply chain, manufacturing, HR, facilities management, competitive and third party intelligence and social media analysis. Data Analytics vs business analytics draws a fine line between the mountains of data and the business that must use that data to gain insights and better understand where the business is going and how to put strategies in place that will benefit the enterprise and its team in the short-term and the long-term.

If you want to empower your business users and your organization, Contact Us now for a Business Intelligence Introduction!

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Smarten Augmented Analytics: Sophistication and Simplicity https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-augmented-analytics-sophistication-and-simplicity.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-augmented-analytics-sophistication-and-simplicity.htm#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:57:31 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6164 Continued]]> Smarten Augmented Analytics: Sophistication and SimplicityDiscover the Smarten approach to Augmented Analytics and Advanced Data Discovery tools. These tools allow business users to leverage augmented analytics that provide guides and suggestions to help the business user more quickly and effectively produce clear advanced analytics with little to no training, thereby transforming the average business user into a Citizen Data Scientist. Using the Smarten approach, users can quickly and easily prepare and analyze data and visualize and explore data, notate and highlight data and share data with others.

Smarten CEO, Kartik Patel says, “Our business users leverage Augmented Analytics to identify the important ‘nuggets’, buried in traditional data, and to connect the dots, find exceptions, identify patterns and trends and better predict results, and they can do so without specialized skills or a knowledge of statistical analysis or assistance from data scientists or the IT team.”

There are many features and benefits to the Smarten approach to Advanced Data Discovery. Here are just a few:

  • Self-Serve Data Preparation – Self-Serve Data Preparation empowers business users with access to meaningful data and prepares data for analysis without the assistance of data scientists or ETL experts or IT staff.
  • Smart Data Visualization – Smart Data Visualization gives users a helping hand with suggestions and recommendations for the best possible visualization of underlying data to generate meaningful insights from data.
  • Assisted Predictive Modeling – These tools enable the average business user to leverage sophisticated predictive algorithms without requiring statistical or data science skills.

“The Smarten roadmap to advanced analytics includes Clickless Analytics, leveraging searches that utilize Natural Language Processing,” says Patel. “The product roadmap also includes Auto Insights to free business users and reduce the time and skills required to produce accurate, clear results, quickly and dependably, using machine learning that to collect and analyze data with the guided assistance of a ‘smart’ solution.”

Augmented Analytics allows every user, data scientist and enterprise user to enjoy the benefits of advanced analytics with sophisticated features that include suggested relationships, clear, concise identification of patterns and suggested visualization techniques and formats. Users can highlight trends and patterns, test hypotheses and theories to reduce business risk, and easily predict and forecast results.

This 100% browser-based, mobile BI solution is flexible, scalable and easy to implement with minimal training and implementation time and unmatched ROI and TCO. By empowering users with Smarten tools, every organization can optimize resources, achieve strategic and operational goals and create a competitive advantage.

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Flexible Deep Dive Analytics for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/08/13/august-13-2019/deep-dive-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/08/13/august-13-2019/deep-dive-analytics.htm#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:49:27 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6160 Continued]]> Deep Dive Analytics: Simple Answers to Complex Questions!Your Users are Starving for Info. Deep Dive Analytics Can Feed Your Business!

What exactly is deep dive analytics? It might help to think of deep dive vs. simple analysis as a comparison similar to a one-ingredient dish vs. a dish with multiple ingredients, flavors and aromas. Which would you rather eat? Exactly! You want something that provides all the flavors and the experience you need in dining.

In a similar way, deep dive gives you more refined, insightful information with which to make decisions. When compared to simple analysis using a spreadsheet or staring at data and trying to draw conclusions, Deep Dive Analytics reveals the ‘nuggets’ of information you need to get a jump on the competition and to identify trends, patterns and opportunities.

Just imagine that you could identify the root cause behind why a particular branch is not performing. Expense, sales, salaries, customer analytics, profitability, and their combination will be needed for answers, but this is an impossible task in a pre-configured dashboard that provides you with just filtering, drill down and drill up, and similar operations.

If you have the flexibility to dive into data and ask difficult questions, you can solve complex problems. You can use ad hoc analysis with a large range of data operations to explore and discover value from your data. With the right tools, there are no limits on how you use date and time. Monitoring dashboards are usually limited to two to three predefined options for a time series.

Deep Dive analysis allows you to make cross tabs with filters and data operations so you can ask questions on the fly to make decisions. In Deep Dive analytics, you can explore and investigate problems on your own as a business user. You don’t need the help of an IT staff member or an analyst. You can drill into the data the way you want and add columns, compare disconnected time periods, add columns with computed data, rank, filter, sort, change data operations, change summary operations and groups.

Why leave your business users starving for good, solid information when you can give them a flavorful, multi-layered experience that will feed their needs and empower them to make better decisions.

If that sounds good to you, take a look at this: Get Deep Dive Analytics.

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Citizen Data Scientists Rule! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/08/09/august-09-2019/citizen-data-scientists.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/08/09/august-09-2019/citizen-data-scientists.htm#comments Fri, 09 Aug 2019 07:17:09 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6157 Continued]]> What’s So Great About Citizen Data Scientists?Why Should Your Business Users Want to Become Citizen Data Scientists?

You have probably heard a lot about the benefits of transforming business users into Citizen Data Scientists by deploying an advanced analytics platform. Let’s say you did your homework and found just the right solution so that all your needs are met and your business users can happily embrace the solution and become empowered – and in so doing, add value and accountability to your organization.

But, in order to complete this picture, you will need to help your business users see the benefit to THEM! So, what kind of value can your business users expect to experience when they engage in the use of Augmented Analytics?

First, they do not have to wait for crucial information to be gathered and reported by IT or data scientists or analysts. If they have an issue they want to understand so they can answer a customer question or present data to a manager, they can use auto-recommendations on how to best visualize data and what algorithms to use to analyze a particular type of data and get to where they are going quickly and without frustration.

Secondly, they will gain insight into problems and opportunities and get to the root cause of issues before they negatively impact the business. They can gain perspective and even test theories and hypotheses so they can assess results before making that decision, thereby avoiding a misstep.

Thirdly, business users can make timely, accurate decisions and managers will know that these decisions are based on facts and driven by data rather than guesswork or opinion.

For those users that love using their creativity and may be inclined toward power use of solutions, these Advanced Analytics Tools can allow them to spread their wings and help them to show their true potential.

Transforming business users with average technical skills into Citizen Data Scientists is definitely a benefit to the individual and to the organization.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of Citizen Data Scientists, improve user satisfaction and make timely, accurate decisions, you can start here: Benefits of Citizen Data Scientists and Augmented Analytics.

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Get Augmented Analytics Advantages Now! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/discover-the-advantages-of-augmented-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/discover-the-advantages-of-augmented-analytics.htm#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2019 10:03:33 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6152 Continued]]> Discover the Advantages of Augmented Analytics!Do You Know the Benefits of Advanced Analytics? Find out Now!

The benefits of advanced analytics are many and the current support in the market for business user access and data insight provides expanded advantages of advanced analytics.

Access to these crucial tools is no longer limited to IT and data scientists or analysts. Business users can leverage Augmented Analytics advantages by using tools that make suggestions and recommendations to help a user decide how to visualize data, which algorithms and analytical techniques to use for forecasting and prediction and many other features that make the use of these tools simple and add value.

Augmented Analytics Benefits include clear insight into data to find those ‘ah hah’ moments that will help a user to solve a problem, find the root cause of an issue, test theories and hypotheses, share data and information and clearly identify new approaches to customers, suppliers and to the market.

Contact Us today to find out more about the Advantages of Augmented Analytics.

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Business Analytics Helps You See the Future! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-brings-it-all-together.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/data-analytics-brings-it-all-together.htm#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:31:00 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6149 Continued]]> Data Analytics Brings it All Together!Business Analytics Tools Are the Secret Weapon of the Wise Enterprise!

Data analytics is a necessity in today’s competitive business market. It isn’t enough to guess at the cause of a problem or guess at the results you expect next year. In order to compete, you will need business analytics and self-service BI tools that allow each one of your business team members to see and use data in a way that is meaningful to them and that will help them to do their job more accurately, to make better decisions, to share and use data with confidence.

When it comes to planning and forecasting for resources, new locations, new products, changes in customer buying behavior, risk analysis, competitive analysis and other crucial factors, Business Analytics Tools can make the difference between success and failure, avoid delays and missteps in the market and allow for growth without chaos.

Data analytics software need not be difficult to navigate. With the right data analytics tools a business can affordably and quickly implement tools for business users (without lengthy, complex training) and easily gather, prepare, analyze and report on data. Most businesses have plenty of data but that data is stored in different places and in different formats and it is difficult (or impossible) to marry these data sources. To make the most of your data you will need to gain insight into the reasons for success, the need for additional training, the appropriate price point for a product, the right way to market, and more!

If you want to empower your business users and your organization with Business Intelligence and optimize results and resources, Contact Us now.

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Tally Mobile Apps Offers Great User Support! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-app-for-mobile-ensures-access-to-critical-information.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-app-for-mobile-ensures-access-to-critical-information.htm#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2019 11:38:37 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6145 Continued]]> Tally App for Mobile Ensures Access to Critical Information!Tally Mobile App Offers Seamless Access and Seamless Support!

You know Tally® ERP! It is a very popular accounting and finance related solution that allows business users access to crucial information for analysis, update, and decision-making. The Tally app is a desktop application that has recently added mobile access and, with that mobile access, the popularity has soared even higher!

The Tally Mobile App provides support for Tally on Android and Tally for iOS and whether your users like Apple phones or prefer the pocket Tally for Android solution, they can enjoy the same seamless access and navigation to share reports in PDF and XLS formats via WhatsApp, email and other options and to display all ledgers, and all products with dependable, seamless search options and text searches throughout the application.

Support for Tally Mobile Apps will ensure that users quickly adopt the mobile solution with assistance available for registration, configuring the desktop app, completing payments and more!

There is no easier way to extend user access to critical Tally ERP features! Tally Mobile App offers many benefits to users and to the business organization. Contact Us today and let us help you explore the opportunities provided by the Tally App for Mobile.

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How Do I Prove the Value of Self-Serve Augmented Data Discovery? https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-do-i-prove-the-value-of-self-serve-augmented-data-discovery.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/how-do-i-prove-the-value-of-self-serve-augmented-data-discovery.htm#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2019 11:36:31 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6142 Continued]]> How Do I Prove The Value Of Self-Serve Augmented Data Discovery?How does one measure the effectiveness of a new Augmented Data Discovery solution? Once the business has chosen data democratization and implemented a self-serve analytics solution, it must measure ROI & TCO and establish metrics that will compare business results achieved before and after the implementation.

Without measurable results, it will be difficult to garner and sustain support for business transformation and for creating an environment where Citizen Data Scientists can thrive. Senior managers, corporate stakeholders and naysayers may resort to gut feelings and business users may perceive that there is little to be gained from embracing self-serve advanced analytics tools if the management team does not value these new tools.

When an organization establishes metrics, it must consider its goals and objectives and analyze the results of actions taken and decisions made with the support of data analytics versus those made ‘the old way’. For example, if one were to set new pricing, decide on a new business location or create a new promotion based on Assisted Predictive Modeling, the business would measure the success and results versus the results achieved when decisions were made without data analytics.

Many organizations depend on the vision of one individual or a small team of executives who have market or industry experience. This approach can be difficult to defeat without clearly defined metrics and results to support the case for data-driven decisions. At its inception, these tools may be used to ‘test’ a theory or compare a direction or decision to another option. But, that is OK. By offering recommendations and options, the team will begin to consider other possibilities and, as the data foundation is created, the argument for ‘going with your gut’ will fade.

As the enterprise shifts its focus, and team members adopt and depend on Augmented Analytics for presentations, data sharing and reporting, the culture will shift and the business will gain a new appreciation for clear, precise data and the results it can produce in the planning process, in day-to-day decisions and in solving problems and identifying market potential.

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You Can Have BI Tools AND R Integration! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/07/30/july-30-2019/bi-tools-with-r-integration.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/07/30/july-30-2019/bi-tools-with-r-integration.htm#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2019 07:26:27 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6138 Continued]]> Look for a BI Solution with R Integration!Business Intelligence and R Scripting Integration!

When you choose a BI tool that is appropriate for your business users, you may be focused on ease-of-use and on Citizen Data Scientist and data democratization and data literacy initiatives but, don’t forget your analysts, data scientists and IT team members!

Your professional analysts and IT team members can certainly use the solution you choose for your business users and, while their focus may be more strategic and the outcome may require 100% accuracy, there is no reason to believe that your team cannot share the use of a Self-Serve Business Intelligence tool.

When you focus on requirements for business intelligence, look for a solution that allows for R integration and works well with the other tools your data scientists and IT team are used to leveraging. If your Business Intelligence Solution integrates seamlessly with R, the popular open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing, your analysts can integrate any R script with input and output configuration both to and from R script. Users will have access to a full suite of self-serve visualization and analytical tools to present and share results from R script in a report, on a dashboard, with interactive graphs, and in ad hoc reporting, cross-tab reports and key performance indicators (KPIs).

As for power users, even if they are not Data Scientists, they might still want to leverage R scripting and they can do so without extensive training or knowledge. In a matter of minutes, a user can leverage forecasting, classification, clustering or any other statistical and predictive algorithms from R Script using self-serve visualization and reporting tools embedded in the business intelligence solution.

If that sounds good to you, take a look at this: Business Intelligence with R Integration.

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Data Modeling Pulls it All Together for the Business! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-modeling-creates-a-clear-picture-of-the-future.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-modeling-creates-a-clear-picture-of-the-future.htm#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2019 06:12:21 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6129 Continued]]> Predictive Modeling Creates a Clear Picture of the Future!What is Predictive Analytics and How Can it Help My Business?

What is predictive analytics? Put simply, predictive analytics is a method used to forecast and predict the future results and needs of an organization using historical data and a comprehensive set of data from across and outside the enterprise.

Predictive Modeling allows users to test theories and hypotheses and develop the best strategy. It enables more accurate, dependable planning and allows the organization to use fact-based planning, rather than using guesswork or opinion or using incomplete data.

Data modeling provides a picture of products, services, locations, customers, investments, resources, competitors, marketing, sales and other aspects of the organization that will impact forecasting and planning.

If the business chooses an Advanced Analytics solution that includes Natural Language Processing (NLP), every member of the enterprise team can leverage these tools and plan for the future, asking questions in natural language and receiving answers in the same way. There is no need for programming or training in algorithms or statistical or analytical techniques.

Contact Us today to find out Predictive Analytics can help your business users analyze data and achieve results to make the best business decision.

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Augmented Analytics with Smart Data Visualization! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/07/11/july-11-2019/smart-data-visualization.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/07/11/july-11-2019/smart-data-visualization.htm#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:09:34 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6132 Continued]]> Smart Data Visualization Works for All Business Users!Smart Data Visualization and Augmented Analytics Makes Users Smarter!

Why is smart data visualization important? Consider how difficult it would be to put together a jigsaw puzzle if you were blindfolded. You might have access to all the pieces, but you could not truly see the picture unless you were able to visualize the outcome.

Data is like that. You know you have all the pieces but you can’t really see the meaning until you can put it all together in a way that makes sense. Imagine how much better it would be to take all those disconnected pieces of data in your business and put them together into a meaningful picture – one that will tell you a story and help you get to the bottom of an issue, solve a problem, find an opportunity or understand why and how things are working the way they are!

Smart Data Visualization does that! With augmented analytics tools that allow you to choose how to visualize the data based on the type of data and what you want to accomplish…well, you can bypass all that confusion and get right to the solution. You can achieve that ‘ah hah’ moment without frustration. You can interact easily with Advanced Analytics Software (without the skills of a data scientists or IT professional) and build a view that will tell a story using guided visualization and recommended data presentation. Guided recommendations are made based on data type, volume, dimensions, patterns and nature of data.

Visual Analytics tools enable users to identify relationships, patterns, trends and opportunities and to explore detailed data with simple drill down and drill through capabilities and make sense of data from all sources, with a guided approach that allows users to identify patterns and trends, and quickly complete analysis with clear results.

How does that sound? If you want the benefits of smart data visualization, you can start here!

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Business Intelligence Tools Are Suitable for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-and-analytics-need-not-be-complicated.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-and-analytics-need-not-be-complicated.htm#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:25:01 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6126 Continued]]> Business Intelligence and Analytics Need Not Be Complicated!Data Analysis is Easier than Ever Today!

Business intelligence and analytics is not just for data scientists or IT professionals anymore. If your business is going to be successful, it must compete and it must solve problems, find opportunities and plan with accuracy. There is no time for a misstep in the market!

Today’s data analysis for business looks very different than what it did ten or 20 years ago. Today, business users are engaged and using Business Intelligence Tools to monitor and manage roles and responsibilities and to share data across teams and business units in order to create more uniformity of business, operational, tactical and strategic activity and to ensure that everyone is working with the same, accurate, timely data.

Dashboard software that is designed for business users empowers every team member, allows the organization to hold each team member accountable and enables sophisticated, Advanced Analytics without the need for advanced analytical skills or knowledge beyond that which is provided in the form of user guidance and auto-recommendations. These tools allow users to gain insight into data with recommendations on how to prepare, visualize and report on data.

Choose the right BI tools. Contact Us today to get started.

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Data Discovery, Data Visualization: You Can Have it All! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-software-frustration-free.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-software-frustration-free.htm#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2019 05:54:05 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6121 Continued]]> Augmented Analytics Software: Frustration Free!Self-Service Data Prep and Advanced Analytics for Business Users!

Are your business users trying their best to leverage advanced analytics tools, only to find that the software solution requires them to be an expert in data science? Do your users have to ask IT to professional analysts for data preparation assistance in order to ensure that they can access, prepare and use the data they need to analyze.

Data analysis does not have to be frustrating! With the right Augmented Analytics solution, business users can transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming languages. Self-Service Data Prep empowers every business user and allows them to prepare data for their analytics using tools that enable data extraction transformation and loading – ETL for business users! In other words, business users can quickly move data into the analytics system without waiting for IT. Users can access sophisticated, intuitive tools to compile and prepare data for use in analytics to test hypotheses, visualize data and create and share reports with other users.

Once the data is prepared and analyzed, business users can leverage visual analytics with augmented data visualization tools that will clearly and easily identify a problem and clarify a root cause. Business users can interact easily with Data Discovery Tools and analytics software and build a view that will tell a story using guided visualization and recommended data presentation. Guided recommendations are made based on data type, volume, dimensions, patterns and nature of data.

If this all sounds like something your team can use, Contact Us to discover the Benefits of Augmented Analytics now!

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Business Intelligence Software for All Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-reporting-and-bi-analytics-improve-business-intelligence.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/bi-reporting-and-bi-analytics-improve-business-intelligence.htm#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:36:13 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6118 Continued]]> BI Reporting and BI Analytics Improve Business Intelligence!Understanding Business Intelligence Will Help You Achieve Your Goals!

What is business intelligence? It is quite simple, really. Business intelligence is ‘intelligence’ about ‘business’. Having said that, we cannot really presume that ‘intelligence’ is simply data. Data on its own tells us little and can, at times, actually confuse the very issue you are trying to understand. In order to get to the heart of the business intelligence definition it is useful to consider that the word ‘intelligence’ as defined in the dictionary as ‘the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills’.

Business Intelligence is, therefore, knowledge that is acquired regarding a business and can be applied to solve problems, understand issues, identify opportunities, and forecast and plan results.

To make sense out of all the data in the organization, a business needs business intelligence software and a BI tool that is designed for business users with an easy-to-use interface and auto-recommendations and suggestions to lead users through sophisticated functionality to achieve BI Reporting, and BI analytics and to enable sharing of data to encourage social BI and improve business decisions.

If you want an easy-to-use business intelligence solution and Dashboarding Tools that your business users will adopt and use for day-to-day and strategic initiatives, Contact Us today.

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Take Tally to Mobile with Tally Mobile App! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-mobile-app-tally-in-android-tally-for-ios.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-mobile-app-tally-in-android-tally-for-ios.htm#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:21:09 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6115 Continued]]> Tally Mobile App: Tally in Android, Tally for iOS!Tally Mobile App Brings All the Power of Tally ERP to Smart Phones!

Today’s businesses depend on mobile solutions to make the most of resources, improve software ROI and productivity and keep business users informed while they are on the road, so they can make informed decisions and positively impact the bottom line. The Tally® ERP solution is a desktop application that is used by many businesses to manage accounting tasks and other financial related tasks.

The evolution of the Tally ERP product into the mobile arena has been positively received by users and businesses, as this shift of Tally to mobile allows users access to the desktop app from anywhere at any time. With near real-time updates, the Tally Mobile App allows user access for reporting, analysis and decision-making with seamless access to Tally for Android and Tally for iOS, so users are not restricted to access from a particular device.

Tally Mobile Apps allows users access to key indicators, trend tracking and analysis, recent transaction review and analysis, as well as all other processes and tasks.

If your team is using Tally ERP and you want to expand access and improve productivity, explore the possibilities of Tally Mobile App. Contact Us today and let us help you leverage the potential of Tally Mobile Apps.

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Advanced Analytics for Business Users? That’s Right! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-is-as-easy-as-1-2-3.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/augmented-analytics-is-as-easy-as-1-2-3.htm#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:01:02 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6110 Continued]]> Augmented Analytics is as Easy as 1-2-3!Data Discovery and Data Exploration to Advance the Organization!

Data discovery is not data management. If one is to make the right decisions in business, one must engage in data exploration and data profiling. In other words, one must gather, prepare and analyze data to truly understand how the business is working, what must change, what activities and tasks support the goals of the business, and what the business should anticipate in the future in terms of revenue, risk, resources, financial investment, growth, products, location and all other aspects of business.

When a business chooses an Advanced Analytics solution and deploys that solution to every corner of the enterprise, it can leverage all of its data in real time and allow every user to look at a problem, prepare for a meeting, test hypotheses and theories and share information with other users in order to advance the objectives of the business and align all activities and decisions with the desired outcome.

The concept of Augmented Analytics is one that is crucial to business success. Augmented analytics allows business users to access and analyze data from numerous sources in a simple, intuitive interface that provides an underpinning of sophisticated tools, analytical techniques and algorithms. Augmented analytics allows for data prep, Smart Data Visualization and Assisted Predictive Modeling with the help of machine learning and natural language processing (NLP), so users need not be trained as data scientists to get to the heart of the data and find those elusive nuggets of information that will help them create, change and improve.

If your business and business users are ready for Advanced Analytics and better, more accurate decisions, Contact Us today.

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Self Service Business Intelligence For Your Team! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/enjoy-the-benefits-of-self-service-bi.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/enjoy-the-benefits-of-self-service-bi.htm#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2019 06:51:21 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6104 Continued]]> Enjoy the Benefits of Self Service BI!Self Service Business Intelligence For Your Team!

There are many benefits to self-service business intelligence and business analytics. Many (in fact most) enterprises are going to a self service BI environment that will increase the value of each team member by providing them with easy-to-use BI tools that they can leverage to make decisions, to understanding issues, to share data and plan for the future and to find business opportunities.

Business Analytics Tools offer flexible, personalized tools that allow every business user to manage their particular role and skill set so they can do their job to the best of their ability.

Business Analytics Software can help your business solve problems, identify market and competitive trends, establish new price points, introduce new products, anticipate changes in customer buying behavior, identify new business locations and plan for business investment.

Without the assistance of IT or data scientists, business users can employ computational linguistics, analytical algorithms and data mining in with natural language processing and search analytics to support data democratization and enhance the value of every team member.

If you want to empower your business users and your organization with Self Service Business Intelligence and optimize results and resources, Contact Us now.

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Predictive Analytics for Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/learning-for-citizen-data-scientists-easy-and-swift.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/learning-for-citizen-data-scientists-easy-and-swift.htm#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:19:34 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6098 Continued]]> Learning or Citizen Data Scientists – Easy and Swift!Encourage Data Literacy and Achieve Results with Assisted Predictive Modeling!

If you want to include predictive analytics and forecasting in your planning process, there are numerous analytical techniques and algorithms at your disposal.

You may hire a data scientist or analyst to help you plan OR, if your organization wishes to provide analytical access to business users, you will want to implement a self-serve Advanced Analytics solution that incorporates all of the standard, comprehensive techniques in an easy-to-use interface. These tools will provide auto-suggestions and recommendations and allow the average business user to leverage sophisticated tools without the knowledge or skill of a data scientist.

You can encourage data literacy and learning for Citizen Data Scientists so that business users with average technical skills can employ sophisticated techniques like Naïve Bayes Classifier, ARIMAX Forecasting, Frequent Pattern Mining, Karl Pearson Correlation, Hierarchical Clustering Algorithm and more, without the need for an analytical degree!

In short, augmented analytics learning does not have to include years of study. By its nature, augmented analytics and Assisted Predictive Modeling can be performed with little training, because the system does the work, and will make the appropriate recommendations for the type of algorithm or technique that is most appropriate for a certain type of data analysis.

Contact Us today to find out Augmented Analytics can help your business users analyze data and achieve results to make the best business decision.

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Self-Serve BI Tools with Elegant Data Governance! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/06/18/june-18-2019/bi-tools-data-governance-and-data-access.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/06/18/june-18-2019/bi-tools-data-governance-and-data-access.htm#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:17:44 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6095 Continued]]> Business Intelligence and Analytics with Data Governance!BI Tools That Ensure Data Governance AND Business User Access!

Your business is excited about the prospect of implementing a self-serve business intelligence solution! You have heard your colleagues talk about the benefits of data democratization, and you know your business users will take full advantage of BI reporting, social BI, and mobile BI, and that they understand the importance of business intelligence and analytics. You want all the advantages offered by a great business intelligence solution, the BI dashboard, KPI software, and all those useful Business Intelligence Tools

There’s just one problem! Your IT team is steadfastly decrying the risk associated with putting all that data in the hands of every business user. What about security, data privacy, industry standards? There is no doubt that data governance is a real concern and I would never suggest that you minimize this issue BUT there is really no reason why you can’t have data democratization AND data governance at the same time. There’s really no reason you can’t make everyone happy!

Your business must reckon with the reality of open access, multiple platforms, expanding user devices, integrated data repositories and data democratization and it is important to understand the self-serve concept, and the importance of data governance and, at the same time, engender business user empowerment and accountability. If you try to overreach on data governance you are likely to end up creating a restrictive environment in which a few people are the sole keepers of critical data and that will not help you drive fact-based decision making.

You can achieve Data Governance with an IT controlled centralized semantic meta-data layer and still allow business users appropriate access to the data they need and the analytical tools and reports that will enable user adoption and increase the value of every team member. With the right BI Tools, your users can have data access without having to access data sources. Governed data will satisfy your IT team and executive management while still providing agile tools and functionality to allow your users to gather, manage and deliver data while protecting data integrity, data sources and data security.

If that sounds good to you, take a look at this: All in One Business Intelligence Technology, Security and Access.

 

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What is Natural Language Processing & How Does it Benefit a Business? (Part 3 of 3 articles) https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-natural-language-processing-how-does-it-benefit-business.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/what-is-natural-language-processing-how-does-it-benefit-business.htm#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:48:04 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6091 Continued]]> What is Natural Language Processing & How Does it Benefit a Business? (Part 3 of 3 articles)Whether we know it or not, we use Natural Language Processing every day. It makes it easier for us to interact with computers and software and allows us to perform complex searches and tasks without the help of a programmer, developer or analyst.

In this, the last article in our three-article series we discuss Natural Language Processing and how it can benefit a business.

What is Natural Language Processing (NLP) Driven Analytics?

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an integral part of today’s advanced analytics. If you have clicked in the search window on Google and entered a question, you know NLP! When NLP is incorporated into the business intelligence environment, business users can enter a question in human language. For example, ‘which sales team member achieved the best numbers last month?’ or ‘which of our products sells best in New York?’

The system translates this natural language search into a more traditional analytics query, and returns the most appropriate answer in the most appropriate form, so users can benefit from smart visualization, tables, numbers or natural language descriptions that are easy to understand.

How Does NLP-Based Analytics Benefit a Business Organization?

Perhaps the most important benefit of NLP is that it allows the business to implement Augmented Analytics in a self-serve environment with very little required training and ensures that users will adopt business intelligence and analytics as a tool to use every day.

NLP allows the enterprise to expand the use of business intelligence across the enterprise by offering business users an intuitive tool to ask for and receive crucial data and to understand the analytical output and share it with other users.

NLP opens and expands the data repositories and information in an organization in a way that is meaningful, and easy to understand, so data is more accessible and answers are more valuable. This will improve the accuracy of planning and forecasting and allow for a better overall understanding of business results.

Natural Language Processing helps business users sort through integrated data sources (internal and external) to answer a question in the way the user can understand, and will provide a foundation to simplify and speed the decision process with fact-based, data-driven analysis.

The enterprise can find and use information using natural language queries, rather than complex queries, so business users can achieve results without the assistance of IT or business analysts.

NLP presents results through Smart Visualization and contextual information delivered in natural language. Because these tools are easy to use and to understand, users are more likely to adopt them and to add value to the organization.

With NLP searches and queries, business users are free to explore data and achieve accurate results and the organization can achieve rapid ROI and sustain low total cost of ownership (TCO) with tools as familiar as a Google search.

Users can combine NLP with Plug n’ Play Predictive Analysis or Assisted Predictive Modeling so the organization can achieve data democratization.

NLP and the Advanced Data Discovery tools it supports can provide important, sophisticated tools in a user-friendly environment to suggest relationships, identify patterns and trends, and offer insight to previously hidden information so business users can ‘discover’ subtle, crucial problems and opportunities.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an integral part of today’s Advanced Analytics. It establishes an easy-to-use, interactive environment where users can create a search query in natural language and, as such, will support user adoption and provide numerous benefits to the enterprise.

For more information on this topic read, ‘What is Clickless Analysis? Can it Simplify Adoption of Augmented Analytics? (Part 1 of 3 articles)’ and, ‘What is Search Analytics and Can it Improve Self-Serve Data Discovery? (Part 2 of 3 articles)’

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Business Users Can Enjoy Self-Serve Data Preparation! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/06/13/june-13-2019/self-serve-data-preparation.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/2019/06/13/june-13-2019/self-serve-data-preparation.htm#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:14:51 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6086 Continued]]> Self-Serve Data Preparation for Business Users!The Benefits of Self-Serve Data Prep for YOU and Business Users!

I won’t lie to you! The benefits of augmented analytics that includes self-serve data preparation for business users…well, those benefits are truly impressive! So, let’s cut to the chase. With self-serve data preparation tools, you can:

  • Improve business analyst and business user productivity
  • Reduce the time to prepare data for analysis
  • Reduce user dependence on analysts, ETL and SQL expertise
  • Engender social BI and data popularity
  • Balance agility with data governance and data quality

So, why wouldn’t your organization want to implement Data Preparation Software that is easy enough for every business user? Probably because your IT team and/or your executive management team believe it is a) too expensive, b) will take a long time to implement, c) will not be something users CAN adopt because of the need for expertise or skills.

To those naysayers, I would respond that they simply haven’t found the right Advanced Analytics solution! With the right solution and features, business users with average skills can perform data preparation tasks with ease and get results quickly. These easy-to-use tools allow business users to transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language.

Self-Service Data Prep empowers every business user and allows them to prepare data for their analytics using tools that enable data extraction transformation and loading (ETL) so users can quickly move data into the analytics system without waiting for IT or data scientists.

Give your business users the power to access sophisticated, intuitive tools and compile and prepare data for use in Data Analytics, so they can test hypotheses, visualize data and create and share reports with other users. These simple tools provide recommendations and guidance so your business users will get the output they expect and can make the right business decision.

If you want the benefits of self-serve data preparation, you can Start Here!

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Business Intelligence Consulting Services! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-services-and-solutions-for-all.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-intelligence-services-and-solutions-for-all.htm#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2019 11:17:08 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6083 Continued]]> Business Intelligence Services and Solutions for All!A Business Intelligence Company with Solutions and Services for Your Business!

When your business begins the process of choosing or changing business intelligence tools and business intelligence services, it is easy to get confused! There are many choices in the market and not all of them are created equal. A business intelligence company offering solutions, features and functionality for advanced analytics must be suitable for your requirements or your initiative will not succeed.

If your business wants to implement a Self Service BI Tool, you will want to consider the flexibility, scalability and mobility of the solution and also the ease of use for the average business user. Is the solution easy enough for business users to adopt without a lot of training? Is implementation easy and fast? Is the solution cost effective?

You will also want to look at Business Intelligence Integration with data sources to be sure you can bring data from all sources into the analytical environment. If your analysts, data scientists or IT team members are going to use the solution, you will also want to consider whether the solution is easily integrated and usable with SAP, Tally ERP Solution, R scripting and all types of databases.

If you plan to engage a partner as a business intelligence consultant to help you get up and running, be sure the Business intelligence consulting services are performed by a team that has a comprehensive understanding of the market, the solution, the types of issues your business will face in rolling out this type of solution in the enterprise and the organizational and cultural changes required to achieve optimal adoption and use of the BI tools .

If you want to avoid guesswork and choose the right BI tools and Business Intelligence Technology and Consulting Services, Contact Us today to get started.

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The Benefits of Augmented Analytics Are Many! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/enjoy-the-advantages-of-advanced-analytics.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/enjoy-the-advantages-of-advanced-analytics.htm#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:37:07 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6080 Continued]]> Enjoy the Advantages of Advanced Analytics!What are the Advantages of Augmented Analytics and How Can My Business Benefit?

It is hard to overstate the benefits and advantages of advanced analytics. If an enterprise takes the time to review and document requirements for an advanced analytics solution and chooses wisely, it can improve its bottom line, optimize competitive strategies, plan for new products and pricing initiatives, establish marketing channels and messaging for target markets and customers and plan for resources, training, financial investment, supplier and partnership opportunities and more.

And, the Benefits of Augmented Analytics provide enough more advantages. An augmented analytics solution is designed to encourage user empowerment and user adoption and to enable data sharing. Augmented analytics support allows the organization to produce fast, dependable insights and improve the value of business analysis across the enterprise.

If you can democratize Advanced Analytics and distribute these tools to all business users, you can allow every team member to have access to and share data and to gather, integrate and analyze data to drive fact-based decisions across the enterprise. Users can be creative and the organization will engender power users and data popularity and support timely, accurate decisions by providing insight and perspective.

Analysts and IT team members will have more time to attend to critical projects and strategic initiatives and business users will become more data literate.

If your organization leverages the Benefits of Advanced Analytics, your business will enjoy maximum results, with minimal training requirements, minimum implementation time and minimal support and you will achieve rapid ROI and low TCO.

Contact Us to discover the Advantages of Augmented Analytics now!

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Smarten Advanced Analytics is a Silver Sponsor for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, June 2019 in Mumbai, India https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-advanced-analytics-is-a-silver-sponsor-for-gartner-data-analytics-summit-june-2019-mumbai-india.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/smarten-advanced-analytics-is-a-silver-sponsor-for-gartner-data-analytics-summit-june-2019-mumbai-india.htm#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:02:36 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6075 Continued]]> Smarten Advanced Analytics is a Silver Sponsor for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, June 2019 in Mumbai, IndiaSmarten, an advanced analytics service provider, has announced that it will act as a Silver Sponsor for the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2019, June 10 through June 11 in Mumbai, India where it will demonstrate its Smarten Advanced Analytics solution and its product roadmap for the future of the Smarten Augmented Analytics product suite.

Kartik Patel is the CEO of Smarten. “The Gartner Data & Analytics Summit attracts the leading minds of the analytical community, including information architects, CAOs, CDOs, data analysts and executives from many functional disciplines,” says Patel. “We are pleased to represent the Smarten Advanced Analytics vision as a Silver Sponsor for this important Summit.”

The Smarten advanced analytics team will participate in the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit and engage with partners and clients to demonstrate the Smarten approach to Augmented Analytics and join with Summit attendees to explore the future of analytics and fact-based business strategy. The Summit will take place at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in Mumbai, India on June 10 and June 11, 2019.

Smarten clients, partners and technology innovators are invited to visit the Smarten team at Booth No. S2 to discover the Smarten advanced analytics product and explore the Smarten roadmap that promises to lead this product into the exciting future of advanced analytics and Data Literacy.

CEO Patel, says, “As the Smarten product evolves, it is truly exciting to see the ways in which business users, data scientists, IT staff and business managers have embraced and adopted advanced analytics as part of the day-to-day and strategic business decision process.”

The Smarten self-serve advanced analytics solution includes smart data visualization, assisted predictive modeling and self-serve data preparation, all of which support the transformation of business users into Citizen Data Scientists. The product roadmap includes Smarten Auto Insights, to free business users and reduce the time and skills required to produce accurate, clear results, quickly and dependably. Auto Insights leverages machine learning allowing the user to collect and analyze data with the guided assistance of a ‘smart’ solution. The Smarten roadmap also includes Natural Language Processing (NLP) based ‘Clickless Analytics‘ that further refine and simplify the search analytics process to create tools that are truly self-serve and enable creativity, innovation and user empowerment and accountability.

The Smarten Team of India-based experts combines business intelligence, business analysts, data scientists, engineers and data warehouse (DWH) professionals, working together in a dedicated team environment to re-imagine advanced analytics and support data democratization across the entire enterprise.

Join the Smarten Team at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2019 June 10 through June 11, 2019 at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in Mumbai, India, Booth No. S2 and find out how Smarten augmented analytics can engender and simplify analytics throughout the organization.

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Encourage Data Literacy with Easy BI Tools! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/choose-a-user-friendly-bi-solution.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/choose-a-user-friendly-bi-solution.htm#comments Mon, 27 May 2019 10:29:48 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6071 Continued]]> Choose a User-Friendly BI Solution!BI Reporting Tools That Are Easy to Use and Share!

When you are looking for a BI solution, do not ignore the trend toward data democratization and data literacy among your team members. To create the greatest assets to your company and improve team member value, you want to provide access to critical data and a simple way to perform advanced analytics so that users will adopt BI tools and you can create a social BI environment with improved data popularity and power users who will share knowledge and encourage the use of data and fact-driven decision-making.

An intuitive BI Dashboard is critical and one that can be easily personalized to create meaningful views that help a business user fulfill their daily and strategic objectives is a great way to improve your bottom line and to drive a common understanding of goals throughout the enterprise.

BI Reporting does not have to be restricted to analysts or IT staff. With the right BI reporting tools business users can leverage auto-recommendations to help them visualize data in a way that will make that data clearer and easier to interpret and they can easily create reports that are flexible and customized to their needs for a particular purpose or audience.

BI Dashboarding Tools need not be static or restrictive. They can help users with an integrated view of data from disparate sources and the easy-to-use yet sophisticated tools that give them the power to get the job done and to make confident decisions, to identify opportunities and test theories, all in a user-friendly environment.

If you want an easy-to-use Dashboarding Tools that your business users will adopt and use for day-to-day and strategic initiatives, Contact Us today.

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Augmented Data Discovery Offer Guidance to Business Users! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/advanced-data-discovery-does-not-have-to-be-difficult-to-use.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/advanced-data-discovery-does-not-have-to-be-difficult-to-use.htm#comments Thu, 23 May 2019 09:57:57 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6068 Continued]]> Advanced Data Discovery Does Not Have to Be Difficult to Use!Smart Data Discovery Takes the Guesswork Out of Advanced Analytics!

If you are implementing a data democratization project and you want the most sophisticated, easiest advanced data discovery solution so your business users can get the most out of the initiative and add the most value to the enterprise, you definitely want to look at a data discovery tool that provides augmented analytics.

Augmented Data Discovery tools offer guidance, auto-suggestions and recommendations to business users do not have to guess at what techniques to use for data visualization, or predictive analytics. Smart data discovery allows users to leverage sophisticated tools, algorithms and analytical techniques without the expertise of an IT staff member or a data scientist, so users are empowered and more likely to adopt the tools and use them to benefit the organization and their teams.

Advanced analytics tools DO have to be founded on comprehensive analytical standards and practices but they DO NOT have to be difficult to use! Today’s data discovery tools are flexible, intuitive, mobile and designed to bring Advanced Analytics to every user in the organization.

If you would like to find out how you can successfully adopt Advanced Analytics ToolsContact Us today.

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The Mobile Tally App Makes Access Easy on Any Device! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-in-mobile-extends-the-office-environment-to-the-road.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/tally-in-mobile-extends-the-office-environment-to-the-road.htm#comments Wed, 22 May 2019 07:54:11 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6065 Continued]]> Tally in Mobile Extends the Office Environment to the Road!Tally App for Mobile is the Perfect Marriage of Mobility and Productivity!

The Tally ERP solution is one that is quite familiar to users, especially in India. Its features and functionality support accounting and financial related activities and the solution is used by many businesses.

When you add mobility to this solution, users have the ability to use the Tally features on the road and Tally in Mobile adds many benefits to the already impressive list of advantages. Users can leverage familiar tools and the business will enjoy faster ROI. With Tally app for mobile devices your organization can extend the office environment and ensure improved productivity, swift analysis and support for business decisions from anywhere at any time.

Whether you want to use the Tally Android App or Tally for iOS, the access is seamless and the Tally Mobile App provides near real-time access for reporting, analysis, input, and other tasks.

The Tally Mobile App makes it easy for users to leverage their favorite application on any device, at any time. Contact Us today and let us help you discover the expanded value of the Mobile Tally App.

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Successful Augmented Analytics Initiatives Do Not End with Implementation! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/successful-augmented-analytics-initiatives-do-not-end-with-implementation.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/successful-augmented-analytics-initiatives-do-not-end-with-implementation.htm#comments Tue, 21 May 2019 09:57:27 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6061 Continued]]> Successful Augmented Analytics Initiatives Do Not End with Implementation!The successful implementation of an augmented analytics solution for business users is not just about choosing a cost-effective tool and completing a timely deployment, nor does the process stop with training. In order to get business users to embrace and adopt self-serve augmented data discovery tools, the enterprise must approach the implementation with appropriate change management processes.

If you want a business user or a team to align with the Citizen Data Scientist philosophy, you must engage the enterprise at every level. Senior managers and executives must understand why it is important to build a data-driven business environment and how that environment can help the organisation to succeed. The enterprise must require that analysis and data is used in presentations and decision-making, and it must reward this evolution appropriately. Creating Analytics Translator roles within the organisation is also helpful. Recognise and organise around this liaison role by allowing power users and those who can build a bridge between data scientists, IT and the business user base.

If the organisation is to get the most out of data democratization and augmented analytics, it must not ignore the importance of change management in rolling out the tools and the process. Making Data Analytics part of the day-to-day and strategic decision process is key. Making sure that business users have access to the data they need to successfully gather and analyse data and to share, report and publish data is a necessity, and the IT staff, data analysts and managers must be available to encourage and support the use of these tools and to answer questions and clarify usage and processes as necessary.

When data analysis is presented, team managers and executives should take the next step by establishing metrics and assigning actions to staff members to address and improve results, tackle issues or capitalise on the opportunities identified the analytics. In this way, the organisation can ensure follow through and embed the analysis process and the data focus within every team goal and objective.

To successfully implement and leverage Augmented Analytics in the organisation, the enterprise and its managers and executives must commit to the daily use of these tools and must assess workflow and processes to incorporate the data-driven philosophy into every process and goal. It must encourage and grow data literacy by transforming business users into Citizen Data Scientists and Analytics Translators so that all team members are comfortable with the tools and the concepts.

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Data Analytics Does Not Have to be Daunting! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-analytics-is-for-every-size-and-type-of-company.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/business-analytics-is-for-every-size-and-type-of-company.htm#comments Tue, 21 May 2019 07:56:20 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6058 Continued]]> Business Analytics is for Every Size and Type of Company!The Right Business Analytics Tool Will Help Your Business!

Don’t let business analytics intimidate you! Whether you are a small, medium or large enterprise; whether you have an unlimited budget or a tight budget, whether you have a team of analysts and data scientists or one individual struggling to provide the data your team needs to make decisions – you CAN and MUST embrace data analytics.

Your competitors are using Data Analytics Tools, and so should you! You don’t need to worry about the cost of the data analytics software or about the or the staff to perform the analysis. If you choose a self-serve BI tool, business users with average skills can adopt and use business analytics tools to the benefit of an individual, a department, a business unit and the entire organization.

Choosing the right Business Analytics Tools can speed implementation and user adoption. Choose tools that require minimal training; tools that are mobile and easy to leverage so you can encourage social BI, data sharing and power users. These tools will allow your users to test theories, perform accurate forecasting and planning, understand problems, target customer demographics, refine the supply chain, create marketing strategies and more!

If you want to take your business to the next level, you (and your users) can achieve better results and optimize resources with business analytics that are designed for Every Skill, Every Size Company and Every Industry.

Contact Us now to find out how to get started.

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Data Science and Predictive Analytics Made Simple! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-importance-of-data-analysis-cannot-be-overstated.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/the-importance-of-data-analysis-cannot-be-overstated.htm#comments Mon, 20 May 2019 09:38:15 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6055 Continued]]> The Importance of Data Analysis Cannot be Overstated!Augmented Analytics Tools to Support Business Users and the Organization!

The importance of data analysis cannot be overstated, but if the enterprise does not choose the right data analysis tool, it will not achieve its potential and it is likely to frustrate the business users who are now expected to participate in the analytical process.

Data Science and Predictive Analytics must be made simple, but based on sophisticated features that will enable data modeling and predictive analytics technique. Data exploration tools that capitalize on the use of Natural Language Processing allow users to submit a query using natural language and to receive results in the same manner so there is no need for interpretation of data by a data scientist.

Business Analytics tools should also recognize the importance of data visualization and help business users to choose from among the many data visualization types so that each user receives recommendations for how best to visualize the data, considering the type of data being analyzed.

Contact Us today to find out Augmented Analytics Tools can help your business users analyze data and receive results in a way that is meaningful to them and that will help them to make the best business decision to support a positive outcome.

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Predictive Analytics Use Cases: Envision Success with Comprehensive Planning and Forecasting! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-cases-envision-success-with-comprehensive-planning-and-forecasting.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-cases-envision-success-with-comprehensive-planning-and-forecasting.htm#comments Fri, 17 May 2019 12:17:52 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6044 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Cases: Envision Success with Comprehensive Planning and Forecasting!When it comes to using Predictive Analytics and a self-serve augmented analytics environment, businesses often want to sell the management team on these tools by suggesting real-world use cases that reflect the needs of the organization and illustrate how advanced analytics can help business users and the organization at large with accurate, efficient insight into the planning and forecasting process, and the ability to identify trends and patterns, understand target custom buying behavior, predict fraud and loan default, combine internal and external data analytics, manage quality, improve demand planning and marketing processes and manage human resource attrition.

These are just some of the examples of use cases that effectively illustrate how your business can benefit from predictive analytics in real-world scenarios. Whether you need to anticipate and plan for equipment maintenance, target online customers, control customer churn, or identify ways to cross-sell and upsell customers on existing and new products and services, these predictive analytics tools can help you to optimize your marketing budget and your resources and mitigate risk and market missteps.

The benefits of advanced analytics and assisted predictive modeling are too numerous to provide a complete list here. Whether you are using these tools for day-to-day or strategic planning, self-serve augmented analytics provides easy-to-use tools for business users and analysts alike and these tools can be used to achieve a competitive advantage and make better, more educated business decisions.

Gain insight into customers, competition, resource allocation, investments, new product and service offerings, supply chain and production issues and more.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Online Target Marketing! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-online-target-marketing.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-online-target-marketing.htm#comments Fri, 17 May 2019 10:18:35 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6041 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Online Target Marketing!To make the most out of online marketing, every organization must target the customers with the most promising profile. Businesses must understand what makes customers click on an ad, and what will compel them to make a purchase. Who is most likely to purchase your product or service? Where do they live, how old are they, how many children do they have (if any), what is their annual income, and what interest or driving force is the best fit for what you have to offer?

Predictive analytics can help the business to understand online buying behavior, and when, where and how to serve ads, market products and offer discounts or other incentives.

Assisted predictive modeling and advanced analytics incorporates data from social media, email marketing campaigns, Google analytics, apps and web sites, ecommerce channels, sales data and more to analyze products, pricing, customer geography, preferences, demographics and other data. It factors in seasonality, competitive positioning and many other considerations to help the business design campaigns that better target the ideal customer with a concise message to achieve sales conversion.

Whether you enterprise is engaged in online retail, media services, subscription services, entertainment, health insurance, financial services, life, home or auto insurance or professional services like IT consulting or event planning, predictive analytics can help you understand your clients and gain insight into what will make your customers more loyal, what types of campaigns will bring in the most new clients and more!

Use Assisted Predictive Modeling and Predictive Analytics to paint a clear picture, to test theories and hypotheses, to optimize the cost per click and improve customer target and sales conversion. Predictive analytics will help you optimize your marketing budget and improve brand loyalty.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Predictive Analytics Using External Data! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-predictive-analytics-using-external-data.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-predictive-analytics-using-external-data.htm#comments Fri, 17 May 2019 07:39:01 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6038 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Predictive Analytics Using External Data!There is a lot of information within your enterprise, and being able to analyze that information is crucial to decision-making and to managing your business and predicting results with efficiency and accuracy. But, when it comes to information, the average business may have quite a bit of data within its walls but, it often falls short of painting a complete picture because the data it needs is not maintained within its internal systems.

With the right advanced analytical tools, a business can combine internal and external data to understand and anticipate trends, patterns and factors that will affect the bottom line, the supply chain, resource and location planning and other aspects of business success.

If you can easily integrate data from sources outside the business, you can provide a more comprehensive picture for predicting and forecasting results and anticipating the needs of the market.

External data may come from industry or government sources but your business does not have the time or the resources to integrate this data manually and analyze that data. But, with the right augmented analytics solution, this process is simple. External data can be integrated with internal data sources and analyzed efficiently and quickly.

Where external factors like GDP can affect the success of the organization, the enterprise should consider these issues in the planning process and augmented analytics can help you by merging internal data and external data. These techniques can be beneficial for infrastructure planning, construction, highway planning and management, government, agriculture, weather, travel and city planning, and can help the business to plan for resources, locations, supply chain, marketing, inventory, pricing, risk management, maintenance and other planning activities.

Your business can leverage Assisted Predictive Modeling and Predictive Analytics to integrate and analyze internal and external data and identify key issues, risks, opportunities, scheduling and seasonal issues and resource management.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Marketing Optimization! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-marketing-optimization.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-marketing-optimization.htm#comments Thu, 16 May 2019 13:13:41 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6035 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Marketing Optimization!Using marketing and advertising dollars to target the general market is not a wise use of funding. Every business today is challenged to do more with less and marketing budgets are no exception. In order to reach the right target and convert prospects into sales, a business must create and distribute messaging to the right target audience, in the right way, at the right tie.

Without a fundamental understanding of how a customer makes a buying decision and how customers choose a product or service, the marketing and advertising process is based only on guesswork, and that guesswork is bound to result in lost revenue and poor optimization of the marketing budget.

Augmented analytics supports the identification of a target audience and identifies buying behaviors. It helps the business to determine what type of marketing and marketing channels will be the most effective to reach the target customer. This insight allows the business to customize targets for a region or market and identify appropriate messaging and marketing vehicles for seasonality and other factors.

Predictive analytics can help a business develop a profile for a target customer and segment, combine external and internal data like macroeconomics and competitive data, and define marketing and advertising messages and techniques for each segment to optimize the marketing budget and improve the competitive advantage.

Use Assisted Predictive Modeling and Predictive Analytics to gain critical insight into target customers and define the marketing and channels best suited for those targets.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Loan Approval! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-loan-approval.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-loan-approval.htm#comments Thu, 16 May 2019 10:11:49 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6032 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Loan Approval!Perhaps the greatest risk to a lending organization is that presented by loan applicants who are unprepared to fulfill the long-term obligation of paying off a loan. Banks and other lenders spend a lot of time and energy trying to identify the perfect profile for a borrower so they can make the right decision and avoid costly loan defaults and the expense and resources required to take legal action.

Making the right decision and choosing the perfect customers is crucial. To achieve consistent results, the business must have a dependable process for attracting the right clientele and reviewing, approving and managing loans.

Predictive analytics can be a crucial piece of the puzzle in supporting the loan approval process and monitoring and managing loans throughout the life cycle of the contract.

Augmented analytics helps the business to refine these processes using algorithms and analytical techniques so the company can see the big picture and target the right demographics with marketing messages. These techniques also help the business to identify common risk factors across multiple variables and anticipate loan defaults or issues long before the customer defaults on the loan. Advanced analytics solutions are perfect for credit unions, banks, insurance businesses, auto and real estate loan processes.

When applied to the loan approval process, predictive analytics can improve productivity and optimize resources and it can decrease loan defaults and help the business to capitalize on available funds.

Use Assisted Predictive Modeling to define the perfect loan applicant profile and to monitor and manage existing loans to anticipate and mitigate loan defaults.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Human Resource Attrition! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-human-resource-attrition.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-human-resource-attrition.htm#comments Thu, 16 May 2019 07:52:23 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6029 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Human Resource Attrition!You probably know how much it costs to recruit and hire a team member but, do you know how long that team member is likely to stay in your employ and what factors will cause them to stay with the company or seek greener pastures? If you can’t anticipate the need for resources, you are likely to be short-handed at the wrong time, or to experience frequent turnover that will significantly impact your business success and your ability to get the job done.

When a team member leaves the company, the business must find, hire and train a new individual and, allow for ample transition time to get that new person up to speed. In the interim, there is loss of productivity and the risk of crucial mistakes.

Advanced analytics can help you to identify areas of dissatisfaction and understand the activities, processes, benefits, training and the work environment that encourages productivity and ensures employee satisfaction. Augmented analytics can also identify the need for training, the types of jobs that are most at risk of frequent turnover, the key skills for a particular position and the probability of advancement.

With predictive analytics the business can develop a clear picture of the ideal profile that will result in a good fit for a position and the types of training and mentoring required to assure that the team member will add the most value to the organization. These tools can help the organization to improve the recruiting and hiring process, and ensure that the enterprise mitigates attrition and increases employee loyalty and job satisfaction.

You can use Assisted Predictive Modeling to create a clear picture, and to develop effective benefits and training packages and attract and retain the right team members.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Customer Targeting! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-customer-targeting.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-customer-targeting.htm#comments Wed, 15 May 2019 12:25:01 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6023 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Customer Targeting!Even with an unlimited budget, it would not be a wise decision for a business to target every customer in the market. If an enterprise is to succeed, it must understand its products and services and it must know the profile of the customer it is targeting.

If an organization is going to successfully target customers and make optimal use of its marketing budget, it must understand customer buying behavior, and categorize its products and services to target the right customer segments and preferences. If you can identify the reasons a certain customer buys a product or service, you can create products, marketing messages, and advertising to target those customers that are most likely to buy and to return and buy your products again.

Augmented analytics provides easy-to-use tools so business users can identify buying frequency, and understand the variables that influence a customer and cause them to buy a product or service. The business can develop a clear picture of the demographics (age, income, interests, geography, gender and education) that inform product and service purchases and the most effective marketing messages for a particular customer segment.

Predictive analytics can identify a trend or pattern so that the organization can anticipate that the market, or buying behavior is changing. Whether your business is real estate, retail, auto sales, hospitality, or entertainment, understanding your customer and why and when they buy is imperative and creating a clear profile of your target customer will allow you to directly, and effectively address their needs.

You can use Assisted Predictive Modeling and Predictive Analytics to paint a clear picture of your customers and to optimize resources, marketing budgets and inventory.

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Predictive Analytics Use Case: Maintenance Management! https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-maintenance-management.htm https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/predictive-analytics-use-case-maintenance-management.htm#comments Wed, 15 May 2019 09:47:13 +0000 https://www.elegantjbi.com/blog/?p=6019 Continued]]> Predictive Analytics Use Case: Maintenance Management!Businesses do not want to be surprised by downtime, equipment failure or the cost of unanticipated equipment replacement. If the enterprise can anticipate the need for equipment maintenance and downtime, it can plan more effectively for product output, resource requirements and expenses.

For a business that must purchase, maintain and replace equipment, it is crucial to anticipate resource requirements and plan for related expenses for hours on the job as well as the training required to maintain existing and new equipment.

With predictive analytics, the business can leverage data from various systems and software to take the guesswork out of production equipment maintenance and anticipate routine maintenance. The enterprise can plan to order parts and schedule downtime for equipment. For a business that places and maintains equipment in a customer lo