The Future Of Analytics Is Invisible

Ashley Kramer is Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Sisense

The history of analytics is filled with promises about empowering the entire business to be more data-driven. Technology trends like data visualization, self-service, the cloud and even the term business intelligence have come and gone, and yet insights from business data continue to be out of reach for most people. Data is stuck in dashboards, reports never leave IT departments and insights stay with analysts.

Here’s why: We continue to focus on technology to make analytics faster, more visual and accessible anywhere from any device, but we ignore that the everyday business professional isn’t interested in stand-alone analytics and dashboards. We can move dashboards to the cloud, we can animate charts and we can make it simple for anybody to query a database. The truth is that to the business user, most of that still sounds

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25 of the best apps to run an efficient business

To bring you up to date, we’ve brought together what we consider to be the best apps available today, both old and new, for running your creative business. As well as being efficient, reliable and user-friendly, we’ve also kept an eye out for apps that protect your privacy, including Hey, Fastmail, Plausible, and Sync.

Productivity and task management

1. Apple Notes

While new and sophisticated apps are always worth checking out, many creatives are happy purely by relying on the basic ones. In particular, there’s a lot of love for Apple Notes, the free notetaking app provided on all iOS and macOS operating systems.

“My system doesn’t need to be any more complex than a pad of paper, and the Notes function on my MacBook,” says Carolyn Hughes, PR and comms consultant Breathe PR. “I write out daily lists, as well as weekly lists onto paper, as well as

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Business economists lower growth forecasts due to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s business economists now expect slower economic growth this year due to the widespread delta variant of the coronavirus, while also saying the economy could improve more quickly next year as vaccinations become more accepted.

In a survey being released Monday, the National Association for Business Economics found that its panel now expects full-year economic growth of 5.6%, down from a forecast for 6.7% growth in NABE’s previous survey in May. However, economists raised their forecast for 2022 economic growth to 3.5% from a previous outlook of 2.8%.

The NABE’s findings are based on the responses of 47 forecasters earlier this month.

Inflation should remain at elevated levels through the fourth quarter before moderating next year, the panelists predict. Consumers have faced sharply higher prices for goods and services this year as businesses deal with an unprecedented jump in wholesales prices.

While NABE’s survey now

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Kristalina Georgieva will remain managing director of the I.M.F., its board says.

ImageKristalina Georgieva, left, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, in August. 
Credit…Pool photo by Clemens Bilan

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund’s executive board on Monday expressed confidence in the leadership of Kristalina Georgieva, its managing director, after allegations that she manipulated data to placate China when she was a senior World Bank official.

Last month, an independent inquiry commissioned by the World Bank concluded that Ms. Georgieva had played a central role in meddling with its 2018 Doing Business survey. The findings raised questions about her judgment and ability to continue leading the I.M.F. But ultimately its executive board decided that the investigation “did not conclusively demonstrate” that she had acted improperly.

“Having looked at all the evidence presented, the executive board reaffirms its full confidence in the managing director’s leadership and ability to continue to effectively carry

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