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Analytics on Fire is your backstage pass inside the enteprise analytics and business intelligence world. Join your hosts, BI authors, speakers and founders, Mico Yuk (BI Brainz) and Ryan Goodman (Centigon Solutions) as they pull back the curtains on what’s actually working right now in the enterprise analytics/business intelligence space. You’ll hear the inside scoop from experienced business leaders on how to plan, implement and gain true business value from your analytics dollars. To help you gain more value from your analytics, take our BI Maturity Quiz at AnalyticsonFire.com.)
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Aug 16, 2016

Welcome to another exciting episode of Analytics on Fire! This week’s topic comes from one of our customers, Kimberly-Clark. Lestor Meadows, Senior Manager of Global BI Delivery for Kimberly-Clark’s Enterprise Data Management and Analytics team, discusses how he took his highly successful Awareness and Adoption program from being a regional to a global phenomenon within the company.

Tune in as Lestor delves into how he created a self-sustaining BI awareness program that helps Kimberly-Clark increase their adoption.  He divulges the exact details of how Kimberly-Clark was able to achieve such a great feat. He generously shares the types of media that he used to create buzz, his must-dos for BI user adoption success, as well as everything he learned along the way.

If you’re struggling with your BI user adoption or trying to create a plan for approaching awareness and user adoption together, this episode is for you. So turn up the volume and listen in, because you don't want to miss this well-overdue episode!

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • How Lestor created a self-sustaining program that helps Kimberly-Clark increase their adoption.
  • How the BI Awareness and Adoption program at Kimberly-Clark became a global phenomenon.
  • [08:25]– Lestor explains what a true BI Awareness and Adoption Program is all about.
  • [09:00] – Lestor deep dives into the key facets of BI awareness and the exact tools he used.
  • [10:22] – Lestor discusses why he created a ‘BI on BI’ program to track his SAP Business Objects implementation
  • [13:29] – Lestor explains how their BI on BI program was able to track the usage of 80% of the tools at Kimberly-Clark!
  • [14:30] –  Key Quote: “We could prove [BI] adoption through the BI on BI stats that we had!”
  • [22:15] – Lestor shares an example of how they started with 25 people and grew to 400 [BI] users in Asian Pacific for a signal application!
  • [23:20] –  Key Quote: “We are very passionate about having good [BI] design with technical spec [at Kimberly-Clark].”
  • Lestor emphasizes that "Every [BI] report we build, must tell a story [at Kimberly-Clark].”
  • [29:09] –  Key Quote: “[BI] Awareness and Adoption never sleeps.”
  • And so much more! Enjoy!

Get full show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/16

Jun 28, 2016

This week on Analytics on Fire, I sat down with the godfather of BI Communities and Chief Research Officer of Dell, Shawn Rogers to discuss a topic that is becoming critical to the next generation of BI, community. Shawn gives us a clear view on what it takes to drive a data-driven culture, as well how to convince a C-level executive like himself to make the ‘investment’. We have an in-depth conversation on Shawn’s five Cs of BI: culture, community, collaboration, commitment, and consistency.

Shawn Rogers on AoF Podcast

In This Episode, You'll Learn (Time-Stamped):

  • [11:59] – Shawn states that from a best practice standpoint “the very first thing an enterprise needs to do is listen”
  • [12:20] – Shawn recommends to “listen first, participate second, and then start to integrate.. by integrate look for entry point to share information”
  • [14:32] -Shawn emphasizes that “the value is people learning from one another”
  • [14:45] -“They are doing BI and Analytics, and its take a village”
  • [14:58] – “To build a culture around analytics, it has to include a collaboration platform.. it helps scale out a culture”
  • [15:32] – “It can’t just be tech, there has to be a culture of collaboration. When I see that (existen of community), those are the companies who are leading.”
  • [24:24] – “We have to realize that growing a community takes time”
  • [26:19] – Key Quote “If you’ve got the right culture that means you have Executive Sponsorship.”
  • [26:39] – “A lot of smart community building I’ve seen has been where culturally and financially investments are made.”
  • [28:41] – “It’s like social data. You have to get past the fluff.”
  • [29:09] – AHA MomentYou have to get non-traditional executive who can look beyond the P&L and see that non-traditional investments can breed non-traditional value. Non-traditional value is recouping investment in big data. So many of these investments fall out due to poor use, poor advocacy.”
  • [29:40] – “50% of the time your average data warehouse doesn’t work and you spend $2MIL to find out”
  • [29:53] – “Too often these big projects (big data) cost millions of dollars up front, then we get short sited to spend couple 100K to foster the investment”
  • and so much more! Enjoy!

Get full show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/15

May 31, 2016

Join us as Matt breaks down how GIS is becoming a sought after solution across a range of industries looking to make better decisions for strategic growth. Matt talks us through his four-step process, From WHERE to There, that businesses can use to reach a Location Intelligence solution.

Matt Sheehan paths to success with GIS and Analytics

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • The shifts in the BI industry and how they relate and complement the changes in mapping with GIS
  • The power and value of GIS for those with BI but without a real location intelligence solution in place
  • How GIS can produce information to help businesses make strategic growth decisions
  • Maps vs. GIS - What is the difference?
  • Real world commercial applications for GIS
  • How to approach answering the “WHERE" questions with analytics and GIS
  • A starting point for those looking to implement a GIS solution
  • How to apply Matt's 4 step process "From WHERE to There" when it comes to analytics and GIS
  • Advice for approaching GIS professionals in your organization
  • The best way to incorporate GIS professionals into your organization

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/14

May 25, 2016

This week on Analytics on Fire, our very special guest is none other than our own Ryan Goodman. Ryan is the CEO of Centigon Solutions, co-founder of BI Brainz and the resident maps guy. Ryan has spent over 12 years designing business applications and helping business owners adopt maps services into their KPIs.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • How Ryan became known as “the map guy”.
  • The top pitfalls of map integration.
  • How to ask the right questions to find what you need.
  • Why should people care about maps or GIS? (What is the biggest barrier for folks?)
  • Ryan’s steps for mapifying KPIs.
  • His thoughts on how to determine the good and the bad of a potential map technology.
  • The past (and future) companies that have been bringing map technology to the world.
  • Ryan’s process to start exploring maps.
  • The three general steps to success with map integration.
  • Why you have to understand that it is not all about maps.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/13

May 17, 2016

This week, we have a special treat for you! On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring an exclusive interview the man who coined the term “Business Intelligence” in 1989 – Howard Dresner.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Howard’s background in analytics.
  • What "Collective Insights" concept is all about and how it came to be.
  • The process behind Dresner Advisory’s Collective Insights report.
  • Some of the biggest issues with collaboration within organizations.
  • Why email is likely the worst method for sharing information and insights.
  • How BI tools are currently lacking in the area of collaboration.
  • The main criteria Dresner Advisory uses to rate BI tool vendors.
  • Howard’s rant on the topic of the “reply all” button.
  • The top five features that users want to see in BI tools.
  • Howard’s concept of “Content Governance” and how it differs from data governance.
  • His thoughts on best practices of content governance.
  • How getting this right within your organization may affect user adoption.
  • The specific job roles that can help implement this process.   
  • Why and how transparency gives purpose to technology.
  • A potential pitfall companies might make while implementing this new approach.

Get full show notes and more information here: analyticsonfire.com/12

May 10, 2016

This week on the Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring an exciting interview with Andrew Brust (my personal Big Data go-to mentor), a 15 year Big Data veteran who not only is the Senior Director, at Datameer, but also is a highly sought-after influencer on the topic of Big Data and talks about the industry in his ZDNet column Big On Data.

I was luckily able to arrange an interview with Andrew and it couldn't have turned out better.

Andrew Brust Big Data Evangelist

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Why there’s a certain “fetish” around the size of Big Data projects (and the false bragging rights that go with 'data size').
  • Andrew’s rule of thumb on what big data really is... "If it’s too big, only then is it Big Data.”
  • The three V's of Big Data (and the recent fourth V) and how they pertain to you as a data-driven organization.
  • Andrew's distinction between BI and Big Data, and why they may become less useful in the future.
  • The ultimate soft skill that every ‘data-interested’ person should brush up on to get the most out of data.
  • What business intelligence professionals need to know before deciding to become a "data scientist".
  • What’s happening that makes basic data analysis more accessible to companies and people interested in harnessing the power of big data.
  • The five Big Data Myths and Andrew’s insights to where they are true (AND where they’re false).
  • How to get real ROI from big data.
  • Andrew's answer to the question: "Is the Internet Of Things a high-value opportunity or is it just a buzz word?"

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/11

May 3, 2016

Don’t miss this unique interview and this incredible opportunity to find out how after 25 years in BI field, Greg was completely open to rethinking his BI implementation approach and create a highly-successful dashboard for the government of South Australia.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Greg’s extensive experience and background in BI space. (5:20)
  • How Greg was willing to change his mindset to achieve BI Success.
  • The step-by-step methods he used to make his BI Dashboard project successful. (11:38)
  • How he took his customer from classic reports to powerful BI Dashboards.
  • How to overcome the challenges of getting executive buy-in. (16:10)
  • How one change to this requirements-gathering workshop changed everything.
  • Why Word docs are no longer the right documentation.
  • What BI consultants need to embrace the new BI world.
  • Why empathy is a key factor to success.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/10

Apr 19, 2016

Tune in for David’s agnostic perspective and learn how he uses The Gartner BI Magic Quadrant. 

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Get full show notes and more information here: 
  • The many tools David and Aldo’s BI team are currently working with and why.
  • What people should really use Gartner Quadrant for and why.
  • David openly compares the Forrester Wave vs Gartner BI Magic Quadrant – who’s the leader? (19:00)
  • The importance of data governance.
  • David’s jaw-dropping take on the visionary quadrant.
  • What Shocked David the most when he first looked at The Quadrant.
  • Why David believes that Gartner should rename the quadrant and why.
  • Why customers should never select a tool based on The Gartner Magic Quadrant or The Forrester Wave.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/9

 

Apr 12, 2016

This week on Analytics on Fire, we’re back again with another incredible interview; this time with the Deputy CIO of Johns Hopkins University, Geof Corb, on how he and his team learned to embrace BI (business intelligence) disruption and love it.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Geof’s background in IT and his current responsibilities with Johns Hopkins.
  • How and why he started a wave of disruption of his SAP implementation at Johns Hopkins.
  • His tactics and techniques for driving user adoption.
  • The challenges of managing two completely diverse groups of users.
  • How he enabled self-service to overcome multi-departmental needs.
  • How he handles different data user “personas.”
  • How they empowered people to create their own analytics.
  • The drivers behind disrupting their own BI process.
  • Why he tells his staff, “Technology is the easy part.”
  • Why a continuous investment in change management is the key to success in BI disruption.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/8

Apr 5, 2016

Today’s episode of Analytics of Fire is an incredible case study with the Senior Manager for Business Analytics and Big Data Solutions for TE Connectivity (previously Tyco Electronics), Naveen Narra, on how their company's Big Data investment paid off in a big way. If you’re in the process of elevating your organization's BI, this episode is for you!

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Naveen’s background and what TE Connectivity does as a business.
  • The BI solutions Naveen and his team were exploring to get quick wins.
  • Their “Secret Sauce” to simplify and solve complex problems for the business user.
  • What they discovered from 40+ interviews with key business executives and business power users.
  • Their biggest game-changer – their innovative way of using reporting.
  • How he prioritizes projects and which problems to solve, and how he presents them to the leadership.
  • Two important things he did from the get-go to improve the overall engagement.
  • How they branded and marketed their BI solution.
  • Their transition process from old-school business intelligence reports to building interactive analytics.
  • The importance of how you design user experience and interface.
  • The 3 categories of their projects: Strategic Projects, Tactical Projects, and Visualization Projects.
  • Naveen’s user adoption tips and strategies.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/7

Mar 29, 2016

We invited Wayne to the podcast to talk about his “federated approach” to a successful BICC. Wayne covers the main reasons why BICCs don’t succeed and shares his thoughts on what’s changed and what’s disrupted the notion of BICC. We also discuss the roles and the types of people you need for a BICC “dream team.”

  • Why a taking what Wayne calls a “federated approach” is the key to success in your BI Competency Center.
  • What is a Competency Center why is it important.
  • Why a BICC should be a ‘Business Intelligence Confidence and Credibility Center’ to be successful.
  • How to 0vercome the 3 biggest BICC challenges: business vs IT needs, top down vs bottom up data, and efficiency vs effectiveness.
  • Wayne’s advice on how to get business owners to take ownership of BI initiatives.
  • Wayne cracks the code on what the BICC team should look like.
  • How BI Directors should deal with shadow IT.
  • Who should market the BI solutions and why.
  • One of the biggest mistakes most companies make when setting up their BICC.
  • The brutal truth about outsourcing (when it comes to BI).
  • Wayne’s tips on how BI Directors should deal with shadow IT.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/6

Mar 22, 2016

We invited Gregory and Kevin to the Analytics on Fire podcast to share a fascinating story about data visualization and the community that they’ve created around it. They share the details of the process of building and growing Cisco’s very own internal data visualization community, as well as the successes and challenges they have encountered on their journey.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/5

Mar 15, 2016

On this episode of Analytics on Fire podcast, we invited Mayank to talk about the business activation of technology. We discuss the paradigm shift that has made Mayank successful at focusing on the business activation of technology and the business user. He shares how he took that step back to redefine his personal goals and role as a technologist to that of a practitioner delivering value back to the business.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/22dCQsH

Mar 8, 2016

While Matty’s success is no secret to the BI community in Australia and Singapore, we thought it would be great to start the year by inviting Matty to talk about how he applied our BI Dashboard Formula (BIDF) methodology to his analytics project and became a BI rock star and speaker in the process. He shares the gruesome details of how he went from struggling to implementing one dashboard, to deploying 4 dashboards in 5 months! You’ll hear about some of the biggest challenges he overcame in his BI Journey and analyze the lessons he’s learned along the way. You’ll get to hear how his success has allowed him to travel around the world to tell his inspiring story.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1LaJcRT

Mar 1, 2016

We invited Ross to Analytics on Fire to talk about selling BI solutions, as well as his focus on some of the challenges and successes that he’s had in deploying analytics to his global user base at McKesson. In this candid discussion, we talk to Ross about what prompted Mckesson’s shift from IT to analytics and what that process of evolution looked like.  Ross also shares their biggest failures and successes along their analytics journey, and how he motivated his team to update their BI solutions and optimize their internal practices for delivering value.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1XTalKR

Feb 23, 2016

We invited Alberto to discuss some of the concepts laid out in The Functional Art and share his insights into what makes today’s visualization effective. In this engaging conversation, we cover an array of topics such as the common challenges when creating graphics, complexity vs. depth, using narrative in visualizations, and how to teach others to think visually. You won’t want to miss Alberto’s game-changing tips and strategies laid out in this episode!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/1

Feb 20, 2016

Analytics on Fire is the leading business intelligence and data visualization podcast. Every week Mico Yuk (BIBrainz) and Ryan Goodman (Centigon Solutions) bring you incredible interviews from some of the worlds best BI leaders and practitioners. 

In this episode they discuss what you can expect from the Analytics on Fire podcast and how YOU can get involved. 

For much more content including cheat sheets and videos visit bibrainz.com/aof

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