I received an email today from FindTime Notifications. If you haven’t heard of this Outlook add-in, it’s a pretty cool addition from Microsoft, that allows you to ask people outside of your company to vote on times that they would be available to meet. You can mark a time slot as preferred, yes, or no. You can also suggest other time slots. Next time you need to schedule a meeting, take a look at https://findtime.microsoft.com/
In a world where data is king, why do we as Business Intelligence Developers not capture our own data. For instance, when we send reports out by email, we lose any kind of insight we may have on our reports. Who is looking at them, how often, what are peak times? This can make it very difficult for down times and notifications if there are any issues.
We also make some items available through Tableau, but unless you deep dive in to their PostGres database, you only see the last time someone logged on to the system. Then there’s Sharepoint. I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about whether you can get this level of detail from Sharepoint, but I would be happy to assume that you can get a lot more than by only attaching reports to emails.
We need a better plan.