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Review: Panorama Necto Socially-Enabled Business Intelligence: Page 2

By Vangie Beal     Feedback
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Using the Social Layer to Improve Insights

There are a number of scenarios when collaboration and social insights can be used in business intelligence.  The Necto approach is to layer the social data between users on top of the insights data. This is useful in a number of scenarios where the knowledge that people within your organization have is not necessarily reflected in the hard data.

For example, if a manager were to spot low sales in a specific city and was tasked with finding out why profits are down, the social stream in Necto would be the quickest way to the answer. The manager can attach a question to that specific data in the Workboard and select key individuals who would best be able to comment on the issue.  Literally the process is no more difficult that dragging and dropping the comment icon on top of the data you want to discuss, selecting the recipients and typing in a message.

The social communication stays attached to the Workboard so the enterprise social collaboration basically generates another layer of useful data for a report.

Another useful social tool is the Social Ribbon where you can access users for collaboration as described but also where you can follow other users in the BI system. Necto also recommends the BI users you need to work with for specific data, reports and issues.  In this way Necto enables business users to create collaborative workboards and visual presentations to provide better context for ad hoc business teams.

Panorama Necto: Who's it for?

From a business user's perspective, Necto's approach to business intelligence is to make BI a tool anyone can use and at first look it meets that goal well.

For businesses needing a business intelligence solution that integrates collaboration and automated intelligence, Necto is an option that is scalable to any sized organization. Companies using Panorama's NovaView solution can migrate to Necto in a few hours.

Panorama Software does not make its pricing publically available (you can expect typical per user license fees). Necto is currently available as an on-premises installation; however, the company has said it expects to launch a hosted deployment solution in the very near future.


This article was originally published on August 24, 2011
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