I was recently talking analytics, data and enterprise software with a chief information officer at a massive company and the topic of user interface came up repeatedly.
The problem: It's one thing to break down corporate silos, aggregate and define data and then distill it into knowledge. It's quite another to put that data and insight into a format that is actionable for the masses.
In other words, we need a Flipboard for the enterprise. What's the corporate story for the day/month/quarter/year in data---revenue, churn, supply chain, day sales outstanding etc.---at a glance?
Sure, enterprise software and analytics players have attempted an infographic approach and worked to boost their presentation skills. Meanwhile, every vendor I talk with goes on a user experience rant about how they are becoming more friendly, mobile and consumerish. These talks to date have been more aspirational than reality.
Add it up and this CIO was willing to buy enterprise software based in part on the user interface and design approach. We're not to a Flipboard stage yet, but there will be pent-up demand should we ever get there.
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