Jake Porway, data scientist and founder of DataKind™, challenges us to use big data to change—and maybe even save—the world. Don’t miss his presentation at Kscope14’s Keynote Session on Monday, June 23, where he will explain what big data is, how it’s being used around the world—and why we should care.
I’m looking forward to attending and presenting on “Delivering Actionable Insight” as part of the EPM Business Content track.
My presentation will look at how reporting analysts often spend more time creating reports, rather than analyzing the data.
We’ll look at how data is presented, which with the correct use of visualization and perception techniques can aid users understanding.
And finally I’ll share techniques to create reporting which delivers actionable insight faster to users.
Register for Kscope14 here.
I have been lucky enough to present and attended several conferences in the last year – while I like presenting and attending presentations, what I find most important are the chance conversations with other users and industry experts.
One example during a recent conference, was a presentation on developing business intelligence for a US based city council – the speaker talked about how they were able to pull in many disparate sources to provide a single reporting platform that covered almost everything the city covered from water quality to fire response times to even prisoner data …
At the end, I was asked what I thought the dashboards and how they were presented – from the brief overview it seemed to provide the information the users were asked for. We chatted for a while discussion the various metrics and how they actually worked out how to determine when the fire engine response time was calculated, but finally we got to some more in depth questions:
So after reviewing the key charts and metrics, what did the user do next, where did they navigate to?
While they knew what the users had previously as reports and what they had requested, there was no way to know exactly how they used the system or after reviewing the data where they went next, if they looked at other information.
While users within an organization can use a report differently they tend to separate into two areas – executives and analysts. Execs are mainly interested in several key metrics, with which they measure the business, while analysts and business managers like to be able to drill to the details behind trends and outliers.
This made me think of how difficult it really is to understand how users interact with the systems even with users who are in a fairly close geographical area … I’m dealing with a similar issue at a current client in developing reporting for users but it’s more complicated as their users are located all over the globe in Asia, Europe as well as North and Latin Americas.
So how do you determine what they are actually doing?
– asking questions can help, but you need to also ask, after you have looked at the report WHAT do you do next, WHERE do you navigate and WHY?
At a previous engagement the process was documented by the users as a “standard P&L” they actually looked at the operating expenses & headcount data first, comparing budget vs actuals to see who was over spending – so they knew who to call first! We were able to replace this with an dashboard style report which highlighted these key metrics in colors, so they were spending more time connecting with their business managers rather than going from report to report.
This made me view the interactions that report consumers have with the reports in a new light – I’ve always been a fan of learning and previously relied on structured learning environments like classrooms or tutorials but I’m now on the outlook for chance encounters more often and what I can learn from them.
For those of you unsure whether it’s worthwhile, how you can convince your manager and what attending can give you, the great folks at ODTUG have prepared some justification letters for different participants:
Get your request in today, the Advance rate ends on June 9th! Hope to see some of you there!
The BI/EPM letter is as follows:
Memo: Request for Approval to Attend ODTUG Kscope12, June 24-28, 2012,San Antonio,TX
To: (Manager’s Name)
Submitted By: (Your Name)
It’s hard to find a conference that’s big enough to attract world renowned speakers and small enough to get the chance to share knowledge. ODTUG Kscope12 is that conference.
This is my opportunity to learn from the best technical minds in the business and bring back knowledge that will enhance our organization. No other conference in the Oracle world features this kind of development-specific training and content including lessons learned by other companies facing similar challenges and hundreds of opportunities to learn money-saving techniques.
Below are the reasons why my attendance at this conference is of value to our organization:
- 100+ technical sessions focused on BI/EPM
- 3 days of Hands-on Training – No extra charge
- An all day BI/EPM symposium – No extra charge
- Great networking opportunities including: Lunch-and-learn sessions with Oracle ACE Directors, meet the Oracle experts, Vendor showcase, and special events
The technical sessions are based on tools and techniques we utilize in our work on a daily basis.
- Business Intelligence
- Hyperion Applications
- EPM Business Content
- Essbase Beginner
ODTUG Kscope12 is very reasonably priced compared to other conferences in our industry, and it is the most specific one for developers—with its wealth of learning and networking opportunities, it’s definitely worth the investment.
The Full Conference Registration, Advance rate is $1,800 for ODTUG members and $1,950 for non-members. In order to take advantage of the Advance registration discount, I would greatly appreciate a response by
June 1, 2012.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Visit www.kscope12.com to find out more.
My abstract has been selected for the Kscope EPM Business Content – Subtopic: Product Demos topic, so I’ll be in San Antonio, Texas in late June presenting:
How data visualization can give you an extra edge in bringing and maintaining happy users.
While previous presentations have covered mostly stand-alone data visualization, this one also looks at how it can help in creating a reporting ecosystem to understand how to bring components (including visual ones) together to enable users to get to the answers faster and easier. So users spend time on decisions, not on compiling reports.
I’ll post some information leading up to the event, but in the meantime, you can head over to the Ranzal blog, where I’m also posting a series on using data visualization and usability to enhance end user reporting.
I’m looking forward to Kscope to catch up with colleagues, industry thought leaders and immerse myself in a great learning experience. Hope to see some of you there!