The business landscape is changing, and companies are required to cut costs, grow revenue, and maintain control in an increasingly uncertain environment. Traditionally, businesses have relied on reports, an inefficient process that takes time to prepare and then informs them of past progress, not what is happening at this moment.

Compare that with driving a car: You have an objective to reach a certain place at a certain time, and you have a forward view through the screen, a rearview mirror and a dashboard. The sat-nav telling you your estimated time of arrival is a key indicator of how you are doing, and you can ignore the odometer saying how many miles the car has already traveled -- but that would become a key indicator if you were scheduling a service. If you see a traffic camera ahead, suddenly the speedometer becomes the key indicator. If you see a sign saying "Last fuel for 100 miles," then the fuel gauge is suddenly key -- while a flashing blue light in the rearview mirror changes all your priorities.

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