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EXPERT SESSION: The Future of Reporting is Not Reporting

February 13, 2023

Prerequisite: None

Richard Hines

Analytics Consultant and Educator

For over nine centuries, reporting has been a key medium for communicating data. Amazing initially, but not so inspiring in modern times. How much longer will it dominate, when will it begin to diminish, and what will take its place?

Most companies have thousands, if not tens of thousands, of redundant reports. This causes a great deal of confusion and a lack of trust regarding the data that is being presented. The erosion of trust within a data foundation inevitability leads to the slow and expensive process of constructing a new foundation. We often think of data as being messy within integrated data repositories such as data lakes or data warehouses. However, is the mess of reports on top of these data repositories not an even bigger problem?

Over the last ten years, the data landscape has changed dramatically. More sophisticated data products are becoming accessible to data professionals and citizen data analysts alike. Can some of these data products decrease our reliance on reporting, simplify the way that we deliver information, and regain trust with integrated data repositories?

This talk will focus on the future, and how the increasing availability of varying data products will move us beyond reporting and finally into a world where business leaders and information workers can know what they need to know when they need to know it. The remaining question will be, when is your organization going to move in this direction?

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