Dr. John Snow (the Soho doctor, not the Game of Thrones Northman) saved London from cholera when he selected the best format to visualize deaths on a map. Florence Nightingale saved thousands of Crimean War soldiers when she clearly annotated deaths by preventable disease in her argument for a new… Read More →
The first electronic business reports required a highly skilled technician to physically patch wires into a board. The output was then printed on paper. It took months to get a new report written and even longer to provide data consumers with answers.
It’s a fair question to ask for something conceived thousands of years ago (yes, reporting is that old!). The first known report was created circa 3800 B.C., carved out of stone, and recorded a farming transaction in present-day Middle East. At the time, reports were used almost exclusively for accounting purposes… Read More →
One of the hallmarks of data-driven business is broad access to data—and the analytical tools necessary to turn that data into information, knowledge, and high-quality decision-making. But while management is raising expectations of employees at every level of the organization, employees, in turn, are raising their expectations of their tools,… Read More →