There are three important, reinforcing concepts in analytics product development. These are usability, numeracy, and empowerment.¬†Usability is an important goal to pursue in analytics product development, but is no antidote for poor numeracy and empowerment. Usability is particularly important for analytics product development. Good usability enables the non-specialist, the data civilian, or the casual business user to engage the product¬†and extract the information they need to know. Some interfaces require specialized training to use (SAS, R, SPSS) while others used to require little experience (Google Analytics pre-2008, OWA today). Several companies have gone to IPO with only marginal improvements to baseline analytics usability. Some companies started out with usability as a key differentiator, only to fail to manage simplicity with[…]