Background: Long time readers of our newsletters are familiar with our focus on data. Software powered businesses generate data. Using that data in your business decision making process is the best way to extract value from that data. The process of data driven decision making requires timely access to organized data. Day to day this has translated to an overreliance on spreadsheets. Some folks are comfortable seeing rows of numbers and outcomes in tabular format and this works great. The rest of us tend to respond better to visuals. Enter, modern business intelligence (BI) tools.