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Nov 20th, 2014

UI / UX exampleTake a look at any application you have on your phone or software. Chances are before you judge the quality of the application based on its actual performance, you are judging the look and feel of the user interface.

User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) designers play an increasingly key role in the development of applications and software. Especially in business intelligence software, where they are tasked with bringing the power of data to life through visualizations and reports, and ultimately ensure businesses are able to derive actionable insights.

But what exactly do UX and UI designers do? Here is a quick outline of the roles, curtesy of Fast

Nov 18th, 2014

What is the most sought after self-service BI functionality business users are looking for? Which industries and departments are struggling to get the self-service tools they desire? Check out the below infographic to discover some of the top findings from our 2014 State of Self-Service BI Report.

Want to learn more about the state of self-service? Download the full report here.

2014 State of Self Service BI Report - Infographic

Nov 12th, 2014

Over the past couple of years, we have seen a massive shift in the way companies store and manage their data. Cloud services from Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others have made it easier and less expensive for businesses to store more data, access that data wherever they may be, and scale up or down depending on their storage needs.

Now, the wave of business intelligence in the cloud is making its way through the enterprise. With BI in the cloud, organizations have an easy way to store and manage their cloud data at scale, mine this data for new insights, and distribute mission critical information to the people who need it most.

Here is a quick look at some common cloud and BI use cases:

Cloud imageAnalyzing Data Stored in the Cloud:
The highest area of BI and cloud adoption is application providers whose software and data are

Nov 10th, 2014

We recently released the State of Self-Service BI Report, which provides insight on how self-service impacts their business. The report delves into the underlying need, the opportunities for improvement, and evolving trends for self-service business intelligence.

Let’s examine the top 5 insights form the report.

1. Both IT and business users understand the importance of self-service BI:
Over 92% of survey participants say that self-service BI is essential to the business. The factors most driving the need for self-service is the desire for business users to get things done on their own time, organizational demands to become more data-driven, and limited IT resources.

IT can realize tangible return from investing in self-service BI, and a reduction in