What is an Executive Support System

How do you make business decisions? If you’re like most executives, then you probably have one of those enormous Excel spreadsheets, a dozen tabs wide, with data from various departments. It is painstaking to build and update a spreadsheet with figures from every department of your organization. The data always needs massaging to fit together […]

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The Value of Peer Groups

Late last week, I began having conversations with the folks at the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster about the possibility of Brightmetrics becoming an affiliate client there. The SMBC is a really top notch startup incubator and I believe the residents there have a real leg up. The mentors are all very successful people that are […]

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Using Charts Like a Lamp-posts

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts…for support rather than illumination.”  — Andrew Lang (1844-1912) Scottish poet, novelist and literary critic It isn’t new. Statistics and graphics don’t have to mean anything or even offer any real information. Often, charts are there for the sole purpose of eliciting an emotion. The party doing […]

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