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This Chart Shows How Executives Prefer To See Their Data

25 September, 2013

This Chart Shows How Executives Prefer To See Their Data just released a fascinating report on what business leaders hate about big data.

One section of the study was focused on how most executives are currently receiving data and reports, and how they would prefer to consume that same information. Take a look at the chart we pulled from the report:


With all the data solutions out there we were a little surprised that so many business leaders are still relying on emails and spreadsheets. In fact, the report mentions that one in three CEOs get their data through emails the most often, yet if you look at the right side of the chart you’ll notice that fewer than 10 percent say they would prefer it in that format.

And as long as you’re looking at the right side of the chart, it’s hard to miss that goliath dashboards bar. The report reveals more than 50 percent of CEOs say dashboards are their most preferred format for viewing data, but fewer than 15 percent are currently using dashboards for their primary data access.

And while mobile apps are a distant second, they shouldn’t be ignored. Mobile BI is a hot topic right now, and this study seems to support the fact that more executives are demanding access to their data whenever they want, wherever they want.

Then again, a couple of outliers seem to really enjoy their outdated PowerPoint slides.

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