Posts Tagged ‘Mico Yuk’

Aug
25

Alert: New Startup BI Brainz Launches ‘Analytics on Fire’ Community to Replace EverythingXcelsius.com

Atlanta-based startup, BI Brainz, announced today that it has replaced its popular blog, EverythingXcelsius.com and the ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ network with ‘Analytics on Fire’. The new name will reflect the diverse interest of its growing audience, and showcase its new customer interview podcast.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In 2008, Everything Xcelsius became the main community to learn about data visualization for SAP BusinessObjects customers. Since then, the business intelligence industry has dramatically changed. As such, Analytics on Fire is an evolutionary step for both new and existing members, and will serve as a community for enterprise customers who wish to share their analytics journey.

“The BI Brainz Analytics on Fire community will provide a unique opportunity for customers to get free training and deep insight into challenging enterprise topics such as increasing BI user adoption, creating a more visual culture and KPI utilization. We feel this will also better serve our over 10K followers.” – Mico Yuk, CEO, BI Brainz

 

Analytics on Fire

 

Visit BI Brainz Analytics on Fire Community at http://bibrainz.com/aof.

About BI Brainz

BI Brainz is a fast-growing team of business intelligence professionals with a keen eye for design. The company’s goal is to make big data more useful by developing beautifully designed applications that creates experiences users will love. The company provides innovative business intelligence solutions tailored to meet an organization’s needs, with a focus on increasing user adoption. To find out more about BI Brainz and the way it can help your company gain insight from big data, send an email to info(at)bibrainz(dot)com or visit http://bibrainz.com.

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the Chief Marketing Officer at BI Brainz and the new Analytics on Fire community Co-Founder. To find out more, please visit her about me page. 

Apr
16

Saying Goodbye to EverythingXcelsius

Saying Good bye Ryan Goodman

I remember 7 years ago, getting a call from Mico with a vision to create a community around Xcelsius. From that one discussion EverythingXcelsius.com was born and we quickly learned one lesson.

“People make a Community, Not Technology.”

 

A group of passionate and highly intelligent professionals gravitated toward Xcelsius in 2004-2010 and the community that formed was something very special. Needless to say, riding the Xcelsius wave has been amazing. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many of you at various events around the world.

What I’m most excited about now is Mico’s vision for BI Brainz and the soon to be released new ‘Analytics on Fire‘ community.  Having once again and personally discussed with her over the last two years, it’s something that we feel will be very exciting.  As the market continues to rapidly evolve, the timing is perfect to take the existing Xcelsius community who are older, wiser and more diversified in technology knowledge into the next 7 years!

See you on the other side…. but first, since this my last EverythingXcelsius post, I put together my “Ultimate Top 3″ lists. Let’s go down memory lane!

My Top 3 EverythingXcelsius Posts

  1. My Take on Flash vs Few - The controversy around this post was just amazing
  2. Dashboards don’t kill Dashboard Projects, People Do!  - Ouch! Still holds true today.
  3. The Slow Death of a Gauge - This may be getting up there with pie charts.

 

My Top 3 Xcelsius Memories

  1. The look on customer’s faces when I could drag and drop a gauge or chart on a screen, wire it up to a simple slider and stick it in a power point within a couple minutes.
  2. Traveling the world in 2006-2007 evangelizing the possibilities of dashboard with Xcelsius and meeting hundreds of colleagues.
  3. The Xcelsius party that took over GBN conference in 2008 after SAP Acquired BusinessObjects

 

My Top 3 Areas of Focus Moving Forward

  1. Maps for Everyone - Through CMaps Analytics, I am focusing all of my energies to make geo-visualization and analytics available to everyone, everywhere in the enterprise.
  2. Indoor Analytics - With internet of things on the horizon, Indoor tracking is one of the next big data generators, so someone needs to figure out how to funnel this location data into useful information!
  3. Keeping up with the community - Though EverythingXcelsius as we know it is winding down, I am not going anywhere as BI Brainz picks up where EverythingXcelsius left off.

 

My Top 3 Dashboard/Visualization Tools for the Future

  1. Antivia DecisionPoint- I am seeing lots of Xcelsius users gravitate to DecisionPoint for Excel. These guys helped make Xcelsius enterprise ready with XWIS, and from my perspective built the successor to Xcelsius that SAP should have created.
  2. Tableau - In 2013 Tableau’s maturity as a visualization powerhouse took the BI industry by storm. It is not really a dashboard tool, but is best of breed for data exploration and what I use for my data exploration.
  3. D3 - This is more geeky and more about coding visualizations than rapid design, but D3JS.org is a visualization framework is very slick; it is also the foundation for several large software vendor visualization packages (including SAP).

Don’t forget to join us at the new Analytics on Fire community!

Ryan Goodman is the Founder of Centigon Solutions, an SAP® software solution partner that is strategically focused on developing add-on products for use with Xcelsius®. To learn more about him, please visit our new Gurus page.

Apr
10

Mico Yuk to Keynote at PASS Business Analytics Conference

 

Mico Yuk to Keynote at PASSBAC

 

Join Mico Yuk and other business and data analytics professionals at the PASS Business Analytics Conference held in Santa Clara, April 20-22, 2015, for her day two Keynote:

Visual Storyboarding: The Future of Useful and Intelligent Analytics

Even with all the hype surrounding business analytics and big data, many organizations struggle to create “useful and intelligent” analytics that deliver true business impact. Plagued by immutable data cultures that harbor silo-reporting practices, organizations must find innovative ways to re-engage their users and exploit data to stay ahead of competitors.

One of the most effective ways to foster innovation, remain competitive, and create a visual data culture is the use of storyboards to communicate knowledge and interpret experiences. Storyboarding is the future of Big Data analytics.

Join her to learn why and how companies like Shell, VISA/Mastercard, Nestle, Ericsson, and Kimberly Clark are using visual storyboarding to disrupt today’s data culture. She will discuss the scientific impact of storytelling and show you how it can drive user ownership, adoption, and deliver impact.

PASS Business Analytics Conference Overview:

Get practical training on Data Visualization, Predictive Analytics, R, Big Data,Excel, Power BI, and learn how to leverage data to drive decisions, uncover insights and increase productivity to remain competitive in today’s marketplace.

 

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Session Highlights

Select from 60+ sessions including:

  • Real-Time Big Data Analytics with R
  • Data Visualization, Storytelling and the Brain
  • Unlocking Big Data: The Power of Cognitive Computing
  • An Overview of Predictive Analytics for Practitioners
  • Creating Awesome Charts in Excel: Process & Examples
  • Pulling Back the Green Curtain: Data Forensics, Power BI, and Dataviz

and more!

Why Attend?

  • Take your skills to the next level. Learn the tools and technologies required by today’s business and data analytics pros.
  • Learn from the best. Get first-hand info from top-rated analytics speakers from leading companies.
  • Stay ahead of the curve. Make smart data-driven decisions by understanding new trends and directions.
  • Build connections. Immerse yourself in a dynamic community who shares the same business challenges.
  • Be inspired! From keynotes, panel discussions, and sessions to mealtime conversations, the PASS BA Conference is all about meeting people, sharing issues, and gaining new ideas and that will make you a better analytics professional.

Conference Tracks

The five conference tracks follow the analyst’s journey and are designed to provide real-world knowledge and experience you can put to work immediately.

  • Discover & Integrate – Learn how to extract the data you need and how to integrate, combine, cleanse, reshape, and prepare data for analysis and discovery.
  • Analyze & Interpret – Learn about statistics for data analysis and statistical programming, forecasting, text mining, and predictive analysis techniques – including using algorithms, data mining, and advanced visualization to help predict future outcomes, simulate business scenarios, and optimize business processes.
  • Visualize & Inform - Learn the principles of effective report layout and design, visualization best practices, and keys to successful dashboard design. See how to make your data actionable – not just pretty, how to explore and visualize information in 3-D, how to use spatial analytics to tell better stories, guidelines for reporting on mobile devices, and how to visualize data in the cloud.
  • Communicate & Lead – From mastering the principles of winning presentations and storytelling to successfully managing an analytical project, using analytics to transform your business model, Big Data’s impact on business strategy, and the complex but important topic of data ethics this track is designed to fine-tune your professional skills.
  • Unlocking Big Data – See real-world examples of how companies are unlocking Big Data, hear experts’ predictions for the future of Big Data, and learn best practices around technologies for accessing, consolidating, managing, and analyzing large data sets, including relational, non-relational and streamed data sources.

Discount Code

Please use discount code BAMICOYUK at registration for a $150 savings.

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the Chief Marketing Officer at BI Brainz and the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network’ community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her about me page.

Jun
25

Learn ‘Big Data Visualization Storyboarding and Wireframing Techniques’ like never before!

As you all know, we live in an era where ‘Big Data’ has indeed become an important core component in every industry. When data is used to its full potential, companies can maximize their marketability, generate more revenue, and even create disruptive innovation. However, to be effective, it is critical that the data be presented in a manner that users can easily analyze and interpret. Data visualization storyboarding and wireframing techniques are just some of the key strategies needed to start building effective visuals for your organization.

Join me this Thursday, June 26th at 12 pm EST, for BI Dashboard Mastery 2.0 and learn how to jumpstart that process, as I will teach the following key techniques:

  • The 2 most important steps you need to take to start your visual storytelling journey today. I’ll share two things that you can start doing immediately to jumpstart your data viz journey! It’s easier than you think :-)
  • The 4 most critical sections that all successful BI Storyboards must have, but 80% of users don’t even know exist! Yes that is correct! You will learn about the 4 key areas that we include on all 400+ dashboards that we have built, and how to start using them!
  • Which free tool you should be using to build your dashboard wireframe to make the process painless! There are over 40 in the market… we will show you our top 3. Remove the guesswork!
  • How to easily create dashboard wireframes that will WOW your users and gain sign off 80% faster. No more struggling through design discussions. No need for a designer. This one tip alone we’re told is worth the entire course!

PLUS!

You get the chance to instantly download some BIDF wireframe templates to use immediately!

Webinar information:

  • When: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Time: 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm CET
  • Register now: http://bit.ly/QbQh3R

Our last two BI Dashboard Mastery workshops had well over 1200 registrants, so don’t wait last minute to claim your spot!

BIDF Webinar #2 Click here now

Mico Yuk, Founder, BIDashboardFormula.com | Author, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley, 2013) | BI Coach | Global Keynote Speaker| Top Analytics Blogger (2012) | Co-Founder, ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ Network & EverythingXcelsius.com. To find out more about Mico, visit http://micoyuk.com

Jun
4

Webinar Rewind: Free Dashboard Design & Requirements Gathering workshop w/ Mico Yuk

About a month ago, Mico hosted her highly rated KPI gathering and scoping techniques webinar, where she demoed the BIDF Blueprint and shared never seen before techniques.

After the webinar, positive feedback just kept pouring in… seriously, we were pleasantly overwhelmed! In all that feedback, we also received emails from folks who just couldn’t make the webinar for various reasons…

Feeling bad that so many folks missed out on the ‘time saving’, ‘wow your users’ type techniques, we decided to do it once again!

Yes! You read correctly, Mico will be hosting the webinar again! This time however, it will only last for an hour, but Mico will cover 3 key points that you will not want to miss!

BIDF Blueprint

What will be covered during the webinar:

  • The 3 most important tweaks you should be making to your BI Dashboards in 2014.
  • Why gathering these three types of requirements in the order we teach you can reduce scope by over 50%, while still increasing user adoption rates
  • How to easily create a dashboard wireframe that will WOW users and gain sign off 80% faster. We’ll show you the free tools to use to make this process painless.

Webinar Information:

  • When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • Time: 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm CET
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/QbQh3R

BI Dashboard Mastery 1.0

 

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her aboutme page.

May
22

Join Mico Yuk at #IBIS2014 in Carlsbad, CA on June 15 – 18!

Join Mico Yuk at IBIS 2014: Limitless BI 2.0 in Carlsbad, California, June 15-18, 2014. This premier SAP BusinessObjects conference offers 3 days of hands-on boot camps, seminars, workshops, and case studies on BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Xcelsius/Dashboards 4.x, Data Services, Crystal Reports, Migration, and much more.

IBIS2014

This year Mico is heading a half-day, interactive hands-on workshop, described as ‘eye-opening’, at the pre-seminar on Sunday afternoon focused on ‘intelligent’ BI dashboard design. This non-technical, three hour hands-on workshop will provide attendees with the foundation needed to make their analytics more impactful! Whether you are a beginner or a dashboard veteran, this fun filled workshop will take you through the fundamentals of dashboard design and then all the way into real world applications.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Fundamentals of Dashboard Design – Review of basic and advanced design principles
  • Data Viz Do’s and Don’ts – A clear look at the do’s and don’ts of dashboard design
  • Real World Applications – How to apply the principles of design to real world dashboards
  • Add Intelligence to your Dashboards – Tips and tricks to make your data visualizations more intelligence and impactful
  • Team Exercise: Do you see it? – Each team will be assigned a set of dashboards and asked to identify areas where improvements can be made to make it more intelligent and impactful.
  • Team Exercise: Can you apply it? – Each team is asked to then take their recommendations and apply it to one of the dashboards presented.
  • Open Q&A

Who should attend:

Attendees should have been exposed to, hosted, or participated in at least one full BI project before attending course. Newbies are welcome, but are warned to keep their seat belts on.

Important Information:

With less than 3 weeks left and limited space, don’t wait to register for this compelling learning experience in designing effective BI dashboards and data visualizations.

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her about me page.

Apr
16

[Free Workshop] How many of these 5 common mistakes are you making with your Dashboards?

Here’s the reality guys, 8 years, 500+ dashboards and 5K+ students later, I’ve finally been able to put my fingers on which mistakes 98% of people make when working with users to create their dashboards. About 3 weeks ago, I taught my highly rated session: Mastering the Art of Dashboard Requirements Gathering and Prototyping, at BI2014. As usual, the time allotted for the session wasn’t enough and I had to skip revealing these 5 common mistakes. However, on April 30th, during a Free 2-hour live online event: BI Dashboard Mastery 1.0 I will complete my BI2014 session by revealing this 5 common mistakes.

 

BI Dashboard Mastery Webinar

 

What will be covered during the workshop:

1) The 3 most important tweaks you should be making to your BI Dashboards in 2014.
2) Why focusing only on these four key aspects of your KPI’s will determine whether or not your project is successful.
3) The 7 most important questions to ask your users to derive ‘intelligent’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
4) Why gathering these three types of requirements in the order we teach how you can reduce your scope by over 50% while still increasing our user adoption rates
5) How to easily create a dashboard wireframe that will WOW your users and gain sign off 80% faster. We’ll show you the free tools to use to make this process painless.

Reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/QbQh3R. (Recording available for those who register)

I will also be demoing one of my ‘Cheat Sheets’ and making a long awaited announcement! See you there!

Mico Yuk, Founder, BIDashboardFormula.com | Author, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley, 2013) | BI Coach | Global Keynote Speaker| Top Analytics Blogger (2012) | Co-Founder, ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ Network & EverythingXcelsius.com. To find out more about Mico, visit http://micoyuk.com.

Oct
15

Webinar Recording: Collaborative design is the key to great interactive end-user BI

Thanks to everyone that registered for the webinar, “Collaborative Design is the Key to Great Interactive End-User BI” with Donald MacCormick and Mico Yuk. As promised the recording is available for those who could not attend.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, please click here: http://bit.ly/1eok4m1

Some key points discussed during the webinar include:

  • User Engagement 101 (BIDF Style)
  • Why are Collaboration and Iterations so Important?
  • Next generation Business Intelligence

Enjoy the webinar and please feel free to leave any comments or questions for the speakers below.

Other Announcements:

Don’t miss out on the last chance to join Mico on the BI Dashboard Formula tour this year! Final stop -Montreal, Canada on November 11th.

Mico will be teaching the following 2 modules from the BI Dashboard Formula:

  • Module 1- PlanningLearn how to identify gaps in project resource, the business goals and alignment up front, to avoid any pitfalls later on in the process
  • Module 2- Dashboard ScopingStrop struggling with the business users to generate KPIs. Learn how to use our #1 rated BIDF Blueprint to work with your users, and let it do the work for you

For more information, please visit: BI Dashboard Formula tour page.

This is your final opportunity to learn from one of the best BI Dashboarding Gurus in the world!

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her aboutme page.

Sep
23

Webinar Alert: Collaborative design is the key to great interactive end-user BI

Webinar- Collaborative Design

Interactive Business Intelligence is all about delivering information in a way that end-users can actually use. This means getting BI to speak the users’ language rather than following the failed ad-hoc BI mantra of trying to get end-users to adapt to generic BI tools.

The old phrase “users don’t know what they want until they see it” all too often becomes “users don’t know what they want until they use it”.

This is why involving end-users in the design process for interactive BI is essential. This is a key learning point from Mico Yuk’s BI Dashboard Formula (BIDF) and has been baked into Antivia’s new, next-generation BI design tool – XWIS DecisionPoint.

Mico and Donald

Join us on October 3rd to hear from Mico and Antivia’s Chief Product Officer, Donald MacCormick, two of the BI industries leading thinkers on how to make your BI projects more successful through collaborative design.

Webinar Information:

  • When: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
  • Time: 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/185n9aC

Don’t miss out! This fun ‘eye opening’ webinar is guaranteed to give you a different perspective on how to make your BI projects more successful.

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her aboutme page.

Aug
26

Join Mico Yuk at the #MasteringSAP Business Analytics conference in Johannesburg, ZA

 

MasteringSAP Johannesburg4

 

Join Mico Yuk at the MasteringSAP Reporting & Analytics conference, September 9-11th, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This unique conference is aimed at business leaders who drive the need for reporting, along with IT executives and their BI teams.

The agenda is perfectly balanced to speak to business users as well as BI teams and is made up of local & international case studies – customers and users sharing stories that will help their peers to fast track initiatives and improve business processes. These are real business examples of people using their data assets to drive good analytics!

Mico MasteringSAP Johannesburg

Mico will share her incredible knowledge through keynote presentations and full-day deep-dive workshops, rated #1 and #2 by attendees:

  • Monday (9th) – Conference Day One
    • (09:00am) Opening Keynote: Top 5 BI Guerrilla Tactics to Overcome User Resistance!
    • (14:15pm) Learn Three Keys to Unlock Your Executive BI Chequebook
  • Wednesday (11th) – Workshops
    • (08:30am) BI Dashboard Formula
  • Registration:MagsteringSAP.co.za/bi

There is only 13 days left to register and places are limited so register online ASAP to reserve your seat, or contact The Eventful Group at +27 21 460 0434 to get registered!

If you can’t attend, Mico will also be tweeting & taking many pics, on twitter and instagram using #MasteringSAP hashtag!

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her about me page.