Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI - 2017

Until I can get my hands on the full report for deeper analysis, a short analysis based on the latest Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics, published 16/02/2017.…

Dataviz on demand

A short while ago I received the following request via Twitter: Recently Matt published his own stab at the visualization and a link to the data-files on his blog: http://preinventedwheel.com/whats-up-with-belgiums-embassies/ Today I would like to present the dataviz that I would use to represent this kind of…

Interview Joost Roelandts

Joost Roelandts is COO van Massive Media, het bedrijf achter het voormalige Netlog en Twoo - een datingsite die ondertussen wereldwijd uitgerold is. Bij toeval is hij ook de man van Lieselot, de kleuterjuf van onze zoon Felix. Bij het buitengaan uit het koffiehuis waar het interview plaatsgevonden had, gaat…

Gartner magic quadrant for BI - 2016

Definition In order to understand this new quadrant and compare it to the ones of previous years, it's important to realize the different market definition of BI and analytics platforms that Gartner is using. The buying decisions for BI and analytics platforms has gradually shifted from IT to the business.…

Data lineage documentation in Pajek

A more technical post. I learned about pajek years ago when a friend of mine followed a summerclass about complexity at MIT. He used it to illustrate the difference in complexity between folk, pop and jazz music by visualizing a typical chord-progression of said genres. I was impressed by the…

Two business - art connections in Belgium

After reading this article about an unconventional relation between art and the CIA, I started thinking about ways in which art and business are related. I'll highlight two Belgian examples that come to mind: Belfius Since the start of the financial crisis, it was quiet around the art collection of…

Enablers for self-service BI

A couple of conditions have to be fulfilled before this kind of solution can really work. Roughly we can divide the these conditions in 5 aspects: strategy, people, process, data and technology. Strategy, People, Process (Culture) The strategy has to allow for the people on the work floor to play…

Self-service BI - three flavours

As information management consultants we often get the question to integrate self-service BI in our solutions. This is question we welcome with open arms, not just because you can do technically beautiful things with this, but first and foremost because it means the organisation realizes the value that a well…

Gartner magic quadrant for BI - 2015

Comparison with 2014 A quick analysis of the changes in the leaders quadrant of the Gartner magic quadrant for BI 2015 that was released earlier today. On sight Qlik, Microsoft, SAS, SAP and IBM have all lost in their ability to execute. In fact the only vendor that wins on…

Retailing for intimate impact

Everyone goes to the supermarket. As a food-grocer, you fulfill a very important basic need for your customer. The contact with the customer is very intimate. You can have a real impact on consumer behavior and – taking a leap here – society. This is why I joined the Worldshop of Ghent…

Interview Bart Van Coppenolle

In het voorjaar had ik in het kaffee van de Vooruit in Gent een gesprek met ingenieur-filosoof Bart Van Coppenolle. Hij combineerde zijn studies burgerlijk ingenieur elektro-mechanica met een studie van de filosofie en stond mee aan de wieg van KULeuven spin-off Metris. Na de verkoop van Metris aan Nikon…

Interview Hans Bourlon

Hans Bourlon studeerde Latijn-Grieks bij de jezuïeten in Aalst. Hij studeerde filosofie in Brussel, Leuven en Gent en ervoer zo de verzuiling aan den lijve. Na een incubatieperiode bij de nationale omroep richtte hij samen met Gert Verhulst en Danny Verbiest Studio 100 op. Hij ziet ernstige tekortkomingen in de…

Interview Wim Oosterlinck

Wim Oosterlinck is radiopresentator op Q-Music. Studeerde filosofie in Gent, was tegelijk hoofdredacteur van studentenblad Schamper. Studeerde achteraf Woordkunst aan het conservatorium en kreeg de radiomicrobe te pakken bij studentenradio Urgent. bio Wo: Hallo Wim. Ik zal even mezelf voorstellen. Ik ben Wouter Trappers, afgestudeerd als licentiaat in de filosofie…

Philosophers in business

When I hit the labour market 10 years ago with a major in philosophy, and after a detour as a teacher decided to test my luck in the private sector, I found myself before the task to convince my future employees of the value of the knowledge and skills I…

Sabermetric KPI's

One day I came across an interesting article in the Dutch online newspaper DeCorrespondent. It describes a way to distinguish between football players (soccer that is) using a different type of KPI's than the ones that are usually used to compare players. The KPI's in the article are inspired by…

The answer to the ultimate question

What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything? When we have the answer - 42 - we realise this is not taking us very far. We formulated the question in such a general manner, that even with the answer at hand, we can't really…

QlikView Design Best Practices

edit: glad to have the support of Donald Farmer for this approach :-) In this post two of my passions coincide: building effective dashboards efficiently and drawing. I draw quite a lot in my spare time lately, so I was thinking, why not explain my view on the design of…

The magical quadrant 13 vs 14

It is always an exciting morning when the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms is published! Let us compare the 2013 quadrant to the one of 2014 that was released yesterday. Winners Tableau is probably the winner this year, topping all the others when it comes…

Fold it

By playing Fold it you can really help science advance - since 2007. Finding the best way to fold a protein - containing up to 1000 amino acids - is something the human problem solving mind can do by playing this puzzle game. I doubt whether this kind of gamification…

Year Month Day

Today I would like to share a little bit of technical QlikView insight with you. Business asked me to format the number of years a certain resident has been around as a client in a chart using not a decimal, but an interval: Y – M – D. Here the test-data I…

This sounds plausible

As a former math teacher I came across a very interesting jewel today: the Qama calculator invented by Ilan Samson. It lets you estimate the result of the calculation you want to solve, before giving the result. If the estimation is too far off, it simply doesn't compute. This way…

More than technology

Business Intelligence is about much more than technology. In my opinion, a BI implementation is not succesfull simply because you installed and connected a dashboard to the companies datasources. A BI project can only be succesfull if the dashboard helps you to meet strategic business goals. In this view, a…

About me

I am Wouter Trappers, Business analytics project manager at Cashforce with a focus on delivering business value and a knack for datavizualization. Helping organisations to become insight driven. Certified in QlikView and Sense. I like to see the big picture, consequently feeling small from time to time. Contact: hallo[at]…