How Curiosity Can Improve Decision-Making

Curiosity. Five years old little cute boy hiding behind a table.

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about the importance of curiosity lately, and well… that all made me curious as to how curiosity relates to our business lives, and in particular, to analytics and decision-making.

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The September/October issue of Harvard Business Review featured an article titled, “The Business Case for Curiosity.” Based on the research findings presented in this article and in other sources, it’s clear that a curious mind can improve decision-making and business results. Let’s take a look. (more…)

Dimensional Insight Book Club: Why We Sleep

why we sleep. Dog is lying on the bedDo you think you’re getting enough sleep every night? As a society, our discussions around sleep have mainly revolved around encouraging ourselves and others to get the rest we need. However, we aren’t prioritizing or maintaining good sleep habits. We hardly understand or talk about the impact sleep has on various aspects of our lives.

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After thinking about sleep, the Dimensional Insight Book Club decided to read Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker. For the past six weeks, we have been enjoying this book, and trying not to fall asleep while reading it! (Although the author said it’s OK if the book induced drowsiness.) What have our readers learned about sleep? (more…)

How Analytics Can Help CFOs Manage Financial Reporting

Financial data. Close-up Of A Businessperson's Hand Calculating Bill With Laptop On Wooden DeskDid you know that 38% of CFOs are responsible for their organization’s IT responsibilities? Companies pay CFOs to identify profitable opportunities and create new business models within their organizations. On top of their financial responsibilities, they need to have a greater understanding of their data and technological tools. However, they typically spend too much time on the nuts and bolts of accounting, rather than on strategic work to help their organizations keep pace with business.

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Despite technological advancements, finance departments spend more time manually reporting revenue and expenses, forecasting, and budgeting. In this post, we’ll explore 3 ways analytics can help financial departments access the right data, improve reporting processes, and work towards strategically growing their organizations. (more…)

Big Man on Campus? Now It’s Big Data

big data. Celebration Education Graduation Student Success Learning ConceptAmerican colleges and universities have a problem and—like baseball teams and health care companies—they are turning to predictive analytics and big data to help solve it. The problem is retention. Fewer than half of U.S. students graduate in four years and about 60% finish in six years, at a big cost to both families and institutions. The statistics are even worse for first-generation students and those from low-income backgrounds, perpetuating social inequities.

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A solution lies in predictive analytics: analyzing large sets of data to discern patterns and spot students in danger of dropping out. A growing number of colleges and universities are incorporating predictive analytics and big data to monitor student progress and intervene quickly when there’s trouble. Here’s how. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Kathy Sucich

kathy sucichEvery company has products or services that it sells. The challenge is how do you communicate the benefits of those products or services to a wider audience? And how do you create a “voice” for the company that is authentic and engaging?

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In this employee profile, the marketing team decided to “turn the tables” on the editor of our blog – Kathy Sucich. In addition to deciding what content makes it onto the blog each week, Kathy is responsible for communicating the voice of our company to the outside world. She also engages with many of our customers to tell their stories of the results they are seeing from Diver. Kathy recently sat down with me to talk about the blog, her customer visits, and life outside the office. (more…)

Dimensional Insight Book Club: The Culture Code

Dimensional Insight Book Club: The Culture CodeWhat is culture, and why is it so important in organizations? Businesses often focus on promoting good culture and encouraging teamwork. However, how does one build and contribute to a positive company culture? We don’t talk too much about what culture means to individuals and to companies. Until now.

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For the past six weeks, the Dimensional Insight Book Club has been reading The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle, whether on the beach enjoying the sun or with a cold beer to cool off. What have our readers learned about company culture? (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Bill Myers

At Dimensional Insight, our employees are our biggest strength. In fact, many of our employees have been with the company for 20, 25, even close to 30 years! However, we also have a strong roster of new talent here.

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I recently sat down with one of the newer faces at the Burlington office, Bill Myers, to discuss his journey from downsizing from a larger company, brand recognition, and the importance of transparency in his client relationships.  (more…)

5 Reasons to Attend Our 2018 Regional User Meetings

5 Reasons to Attend Our 2018 Regional User MeetingsWondering where our annual user conference has gone? Don’t worry, DIUC will be back in 2019 – this year, we are hosting a series of smaller regional user meetings at a location near you. Our agenda is packed with powerful user stories, application development, tips and tricks, and some networking fun. Thanks to the wonderful attendees and presenters, the first 2018 regional meeting in Jacksonville was a success!

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If you couldn’t get to Florida in February, don’t worry, you can still attend one of our remaining meetings. But hurry up to register! In 2016, we had to close registration for Chicago because it filled up so quickly, and our new San Diego location is filling up even faster! If you’re still wavering on whether or not to attend, here are 5 reasons to sign up for one of our Diver user meetings. (more…)

How You Can Better Visualize Your Data

coloring pencils, visualize dataIf you think about it for a moment, the purpose of visualizations is to communicate information effectively. And you want to do that in ways that brings out patterns and trends that can’t be seen just by looking at tables of numbers. Ideally, this is going to be something that is aesthetically pleasing. You can have a positive emotional response when you look at some of these displays and engage users more, so they are willing to really dig in to analyze data.

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In this article, we’ll review some of Dimensional Insight’s Chart portlet visualizations in order to illustrate a wide variety of ways to visualize data. I think you’ll see that with all of the options available, it is easy to communicate information in a way that is both effective and pleasing to the eye. (more…)

3 Takeaways from the 2018 Wisdom of Crowds Survey

3 Takeaways from the 2018 Wisdom of Crowds SurveyThe 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence Market Study is now available, providing BI practitioners with an inside look at the “state of BI.” While the first place I usually go to in the report is the user rankings (hint: Dimensional Insight did very well!), the report also provides some interesting data about the industry as a whole.

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What did I find most surprising about the report? What piece of data do I want to check up again on next year? What provides the most promising outlook? Let’s take a look. (more…)