KeyLines for Business Intelligence

Understanding connections in business intelligence data

Data Visualization is not a new field for Business Intelligence (BI) professionals – every provider now offers some level of data visualization functionality.

But what about network (or ‘graph’) visualization? What impact could exploring connections have on BI?

Turning BI into a network problem

Networks can be used to answer almost any question involving a connection; from finding fraud patterns to understanding customer churn.

The insight we can gain from network data is particularly rich, providing:

  • Connections – data connections are made explicit, helping to show causality, hierarchies and influence.
  • Context – understand data entities in isolation and in a connected environment
  • Complexity – a simpler method to express complex data

Better Business Intelligence with network visualization

The purpose of Business Intelligence is to provide the information a company needs to make intelligent decisions.

Combine isolated data silos for improved Business Intelligence data management

Step 1: collate data from the whole enterprise

Data silos are major barriers, limiting reporting power and leading to bad decisions. KeyLines can present data from multiple sources as a single visualization, generated in real time, or taken from historical information.

This completeness adds value, can reduce data processing time and, ultimately, saves money.

Step 2: manipulate the data

The next step is identifying and isolating the data you need. This is often a manual sifting process to find anomalies. With KeyLines’ analysis tools, this process becomes faster and more intuitive.

Sophisticated data and node combining and powerful filters allow users to drill down and find data that tells the real story. Layouts can visually isolate outliers and anomalies. Using the Time Bar component, user can also observe the evolution of data through time and instantly hone in on the most important time periods.

Making data manipulation visual and straightforward, KeyLines ensures BI becomes more accessible to everyone.

Step 3: find your answers

Next your data needs to be understood and turned into insight that can drive activity.

Automatic layouts help untangle complex networks, which can be enhanced with social network analysis measures. These show your data in context and provide a 360-degree view.

Complicated and evolving situations can be untangled and contextualized, reducing response time and helping your organization take intelligent decisions.

Step 4: communicate your intelligence

Business intelligence needs to be accessible to your decision-makers. KeyLines Charts can be shared either as image files or as full interactive applications. This helps your colleagues make timely, intelligence-driven decisions more easily and ensures the Business Intelligence team enjoys a higher-profile role.

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For more information, or for a demonstration of how KeyLines could help you understand infrastructure, get in touch.

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