Importance of visualizations and analytics for small business owners

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Small business owners are all about "Getting the biggest bang for the buck". We as small biz owners want everything to work efficiently and make sure no resources are wasted that includes human resources, time and money.

The question now is "How do you make sure your operation is efficient?" Not by any magic! But you already have the data that can be used to your advantage. Times have changed and Business Intelligence tools are no longer limited to rich corporations. Forget the full Business Intelligence stack, with your data and an easy to use visualization tool can quickly help you deliver "Gold mine" of information.

There is no doubt that the right visualization tools can help small business owners in their way to success. It is just matter of putting your focus on "being more efficient and nimble".

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/benefits-of-visualizations-and-analytics-for-small-business-owners

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How to create a Sankey Diagram

Categories: dashboards

What is a sankey diagram?

Sankey Diagram is kind of a flow chart that has multi-purpose use. It can be applied in lot of different domains. Even though they are popular to visualize manufacturing flow or energy flow diagrams, there are other domains like HR, Finance, Web analytics etc where you can find the benefit of using Sankey visualization. As part of data visualization best practices, it is highly recommended to incorporate Sankey Visualizations as your new pie chart replacement.

Build Sankey Diagram using InfoCaptor
In this tutorial, we shall learn about creation of Sankey diagrams using InfoCaptor. Using the tools you can visualize the flow from one node to another. It is a part of the visualization library, hence user does not to have to work on the complicated scripting. [NOTE: InfoCaptor is more than a sankey diagram creator, it contains other visualizations from d3.js charts]

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/sankey-diagrams

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Differences between charting engine, analytics software and dashboard software

Every often we would get users asking us 'How different is your dashboard software from XYZ Business Analytics?'

The XYZ spans across the entire Business Intelligence umbrella and often into the Website development and applicaton side as well.

Some of the questions are like

'How different is infocaptor dashboards from Tableau?"

'How is it infocaptor unique from Qlikview'

'How is it different from Oracle BI or SAP BI', the list goes on. But these are the questions we are prepared for and have very good value propositions. We do have a general understanding for most of the top business intelligence tools so we are perfectly comfortable with such questions.

The tougher questions are when the users want to understand how different are we from different charting software like d3js, Highcharts etc.

To understand the difference let us understand the basics...

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/charting-engines-vs-analytics-software-vs-dashboard-software

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Find out the true benefit of Dashboards or Business Intelligence Software

Categories: data visualization

In fact, the question should be "What should be the true benefit of Dashboards or Business Intelligence software? "
Whether you are using dashboard in excel, Dashboards in Microsoft Access, Quickbooks, business objects, Salesforce or big ERP like Oracle EBS or SAP, there are numerous tangible benefits of using InfoCaptor as your primary BI and dashboard app compared to other business intelligence software or reporting tools.

Now, well-designed dashboards are more interesting than most "old-fashioned" tabular reports [lot of the old sytle reporting software vendors have begun calling themselves dashboard bi tools] but we are not interested in just fancy looks. So let us see several notable benefits and also certain features or aspects within InfoCaptor that help you achieve them.

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/excel-dashboard-benefit

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What is the true meaning and purpose of Business Intelligence?

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Companies in a variety of industries are still data-rich but information-poor and this ratio keeps increasing every day. The rate of data generation is so high that organizations simply cannot keep up with generating insights out of it.

These enterprises lack the kind of actionable information and analytical tools needed to improve profits and performance. Business intelligence (BI) is the next logical step by management to start thinking about how to capitalize on the potential of BI to improve profit and performance.

Many companies have embarked on the journey of data warehouses and yet failed to use them to achieve BI. If you think the purpose of data warehousing (DW) efforts is to simply keep producing more reports then the organization has failed to achieve true BI.

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/business-intelligence

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Google acquisitions samples with vizualizations

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Google has acquired around 184 companies as of October 2015, with its largest acquisition being the purchase of Motorola Mobility, a mobile device manufacturing company, for $12.5 billion. Not all the acquisition figures are available but aggregating all the public known amounts, Google has spent atleast 28 billion USD on acquisitions.

With the recent re-structuring, Google became a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., which now owns most of the parts.

Using infocaptor dashboard software, we analyze the list of companies, products and services that Google has acquired since 2001.

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/list-of-google-acquisitions-explained-with-visualizations

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Show me the money – Business Intelligence

This Business Intelligence article discusses one very important question "Have we lost the true meaning and purpose of Business Intelligence?"

In summary, it says that the bottom line for any Business Intelligence is to increase profit and performance and if done wrong it is absolute waste of time and money.

So if your management is hooked on the Big-Data wagon and fantasizing about the hidden gold behind the untapped data sources such as social media, click stream, web logs etc then it is time to keep the focus on the main purpose of "Business Intelligence". All these systems help us to analyze big data or small data but whether they really impact our bottom line is the question that management needs to keep it as the top priority.

Every decision should flow and trickle down from this focus point "Show me the money!!"

Click here to read more about what business intelligence really means and what should be the core focus for management

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How many startups did Google purchase and what did it do with them?

Ever wondered, how may startups or companies did Google acquire so far and how much did it pay for them?

But the main question is, what happened to the acquired companies? Was it all waste of money?

With the recent re-structuring, Google became a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., which now owns most of the parts.

Using infocaptor kpi dashboard software, we analyze the list of companies, products and services that Google has acquired since 2001.

Google has acquired around 184 companies as of October 2015. Google has spent atleast 28 billion USD on acquisitions.

Read the complete list of top google acquisitions in an interactive dashboard

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Presidents of USA and their Birth Signs – Sankey Visualization

In this analysis, we will visualize the relation between the Age at Presidency, State of Birth and birth sign.

Read more at: www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/presidents-of-usa-and-their-birth-signs-sankey-visualization

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