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Rethink reporting – and focus on business improvement

Reporting is dead - dashboards are here
Reporting is dead – dashboards are here

Isn’t it funny: people keep telling me, they have „no time“ to learn or do „cool stuff“, because they are so busy with their work. In this article, I want to show another example where many people in HR, Controlling, IT and many other functions can save enormous amount of time! Let’s check this aspect of the Digital Transformation and what WE can gain from it.

Let’s talk about REPORTING!

Management just loves numbers, traffic lights or graphs showing where we are and what might come next. Before any project, investment, or just on a regular basis, there are thousands and thousands of people creating reports to satisfy this need to reduce risks, provide a planning base or justify investments.

I had to do quality reporting in our electronic development for years back in the 90’s – and even back than,

the manual reporting process felt
„dis-respectful“ to a intelligent life-form.

Let’s take a look how reporting has been done:

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Motor Efficiency Factors – visualized

More than 2/3 of the energy needed for today’s cars is just wasted, creating heat and polluting our environment – why do I never read about this?

Whenever there is a technology change, peoples arguments go crazy! Remember, when the first iPhones came out – the main argument against them has been „greasy fingerprints“ on the screen.

We seem to forget what the purpose of those things are. It’s like with our old light bulb: 95% heat (waste), 5% light.

From a light bulb I want light,
from a motor, I want speed, not heat!

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The power of sharing on SlideShare

For me it is still amazing to see the reach of content, which I initially put together for a presentation, a keynote or as a summary from a project. Typical events I am invited to host up to 35o people – which is great already. Looking at the download numbers of the presentations I am sharing in parallel, shows me the power of social sharing and one of the very clear benefits of the available technology for communication and collaboration: It is a tremendous efficiency.

Statistics Slideshare Schirmer

Statistics Slideshare Schirmer until February 2016

Preparing a slide deck for 100 people is great, but seeing thousands of people using it without any extra effort, is a scaling effect, which is – in my eyes – unique.

For my last presentation „Enabling an Organization for the Digital Age“ for example – at the Quadriga Hochschule Berlin, I uploaded the slides already 2 weeks prior to the Keynote, with the effect that it had been downloaded about 1.000 (mehr …)