Working with business intelligence calls for the right competencies combined with the right mindset and the right tool. With a front-end tool, you can visualise your data in an easy and intuitive interface helping your message get through – the first-time around. The alternatives to the classical pie charts are numerous, and best practice is built into the different tools.
At the same time, the front-end tools are used for creating dynamic dashboards. Dashboards hold the organisations’ most important KPIs and measuring points: How are we doing and which buttons should we push right now? In other words, a dashboard is an overlook of your goals and KPIs – in fact, anything you want to measure - constantly updated. Thus, you have a constant overview of where your business is right now and where you are going.
Among the most popular BI tools are Tableau, Qlik, Power BI and Alteryx. The aim is to give the users the power of their own analyses – also known as self-service BI. At first, it is important to look at your organisation’s needs, data sources and data types. Often, companies gather the different data sources in a data warehouse creating one set of trustworthy numbers. Moreover, it allows for users to create analyses and visualisations in their BI tools useful to the entire organization.