Luminous Top 5As we wrap up 2013 and look forward to the New Year, we thought it would be fun to take a look back in the BI Dimensions vault and see which blog posts resonated most with readers this past year.

Here are our Top 5 blog posts for 2013:

1. Spreadsheets for Business Analytics: Are You Exposing Your Business to Risk?

This post was the first in our series on “Important Considerations if You Are Using Spreadsheets for Business Analytics.” It struck a chord with readers who are all too aware of the limitations of Excel spreadsheets and are looking for a better (and less error-prone) way to analyze their data.

2. The Keys to Successful Self-Service BI (Part 1 of 2)

Self-service business intelligence (BI) is a great way to distribute the benefits of BI to anyone and everyone in your organization. Self-service BI delivers real business value without extensive training and IT support. In this first post of two on the subject, Dimensional Insight’s Frank Smietana outlines some of the key enablers that underpin successful self-service BI tools.

3. How to Make Your Dashboard Interface More Visually Appealing

A visually appealing dashboard can help speed user adoption. In this blog post, our graphics guru, Rose Weinberger, shows how you can leverage your company’s corporate identity standards to create a great-looking dashboard.

4. Revenue and Expense Reporting: A Major Pain-Point for CFOs and the Finance Department

Revenue and expense reporting is time-consuming process. Many corporations still run on legacy ERP systems such as JD Edwards and Harris, and they are mired in inefficiencies. This blog post examines three major expense and reporting challenges and discusses how organizations can get the most out of their existing systems.

5. Dimensional Insight Achieves High Scores in Gartner User Survey

Although we have traditionally chosen not to participate in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, this year we took Gartner up on its offer to include us in the customer survey portion of the research. Dimensional Insight earned the highest vendor scores in both “market understanding” and “breadth of use.” This blog post talks more about our ratings and how we compared to other vendors.

Have a favorite blog post that didn’t make our Top 5? Let us know what it was in the comments section!

Finally, from all of us at Dimensional Insight, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2014!

Kathy Sucich
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Kathy Sucich

Kathy is senior content & communications manager at Dimensional Insight. In her role, Kathy directs content production and manages media and analyst relations. She graduated from Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing her MBA in health sector management at Boston University.
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