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New Frontiers in Business Intelligence

Nari Kannan

How to avoid buying Super-Sized Caskets using Business Intelligence?

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Now that got your attention - didn't it?

I have been ranting about how Business Intelligence needs to be quickly consumable even though it takes great effort to get the data, clean it and put it in big data warehouses! Now that part we have spent a lot of time on with ETL tools, big data warehousing solutions, etc and have created Terabyte sized datawarehouses for many Fortune 1000 companies around the globe. Now the trick is to figure out ways of using this data in ways we have not tried before - quickly, easily, interactively!

Tableau Software ran a very interesting Data Visualization contest the past couple of months and the winner is now known. They ran this in collaboration with ReadWriteWeb. The Contest was for people to download a version of Tableau Software called Public, download one of a few sets of data they had provided, analyze the data, create your own interactive visualizations and publich a web page that showed interactivity also!

I loved the pure nature of focusing on the data and the information you got out of it rather than the tools. This is the way it ought to be if value is to be gotten out of all those big datawarehouses that we are creating!

Here is the original page announcing the ReadWrite Web contest and the Youtube Video that shows how you competed in this contest:



The winner of this contest, Rina Bongsu-Peterson  created the following entry on the interpretation of US Obesity data in her blog:

Supersized Caskets


Rina made this interactive in that you can choose any state and analyze county wise differences.

The Obesity data shows that a sedentary lifestyle leads quickly toi supersized caskets!

The bottomline advances from a BI perspective demonstrated in a very interesting way by Tableau are the following:

a. Business Intelligence can be summed up in two simple components - Measures and Dimensions!

b. It is possible for anyone to create highly informative, interactive visualizations and publish it to the web as quickly as possible.

c. It is possible for the people coming your web page where published this to do their own further analyses of the information the way they want them to subanalyze! (Sort of from BI1.0 (static published graphs and dashboards) to BI 2.0 (Drilldowns possible) to BI 3.0! (drilldowns possible from publicly published reports)

Very impressive demonstration done in an interesting way!

You can observe a lot by just watching. - Yogi Berra




Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .


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