New Business Intelligence White Papers Explore Report Design Principles

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First of three papers explores how the rules of visual perception help business intelligence professionals communicate more clearly with data.

Business Intelligence Competency Centers (BICCs) act as enablers and catalysts for the creation of best-practice cultures

Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced the availability of the first in a series of white papers exploring seven core principles of effective report design.

Visual Communication: Core Design Principles for Displaying Quantitative Information explores the links between visual perception and human understanding and translates the findings into practical techniques that business intelligence professionals can use to communicate more clearly with their data.

Written by leading authority

Commissioned exclusively for Cognos, the paper was written by renowned data visualization expert and educator Stephen Few and published by the Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Managementâ„¢.

Stephen Few is Principal of the consultancy Perceptual Edge and the author of two books: Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten and Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.

An essential component of BI Competency

The Cognos Innovation Center was established in June 2004 to advance the understanding of proven performance management best-practices and enabling technologies. In June, 2006, it expanded its focus to advance BI competency for the strategic application of business intelligence on an enterprise scale.

"Business Intelligence Competency Centers (BICCs) act as an enabler and catalyst for the creation of best-practice cultures," said Michael Dziekan, Cognos Global Program Director, Business Intelligence Competency Centers.

"Business Intelligence Competency Centers (BICCs) act as enablers and catalysts for the creation of best-practice cultures," said Michael Dziekan, Cognos Global Program Director, Business Intelligence Competency Centers. "Made up of proven technical best practices as well as application design techniques, the Repository of Knowledge is the most common function of a BICC. The knowledge and practical guidance provided in these white papers will provide a great start to organizations building an inventory of best practices that drive operational efficiency."

More value from business intelligence deployments

Business intelligence deployments are most successful when they meet a specific business need. By following the principles in this paper, business intelligence professionals will be better able to design reports that communicate more clearly and effectively, thereby increasing the relevance of the content to the user, and the business value of the entire deployment.

The paper is available for immediate download from the Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Managementâ„¢.

About the Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Management

The Cognos Innovation Center was established in June 2004 to advance the understanding of proven performance management best-practices and enabling technologies. Staffed by experts in planning, management processes, and technology, the Innovation Center partners with more than 500 Cognos customers, academics, partners, industry leaders, and others who want to accelerate adoption, reduce risk, and maximize the impact of technology-enabled performance management practices. Depending on their area of interest, members focus on advancing performance management practices or business intelligence competency, gaining insights from experts and peers who have experienced similar challenges and paths to success.

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