Today’s business landscape is rough. Organizations are facing new pressures to improve cash flow, increase productivity and reduce inventory carrying costs, as well as cutting lead times, adapting to omnichannel, growing market share in spite of increased competition and sustaining profit margins in the face of volatile global raw material and energy prices.
To compete effectively you need to ensure front-line workers in your organizations have access to timely, consistent information in an easy-to-use format – so they can make effective decisions and perform to the best of their ability.
When it comes to supporting these front-line workers, the last thing you need is to be reliant on a solution that has reached the end of the road. Sadly, that’s the case for SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius).
SAP have said that although there is going to be no further development of Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards, they are committed to supporting its output for the foreseeable future. However given what is happening to Adobe Flash, the end may be very much nearer than we have previously thought.
DecisionPoint™ For Excel is growing from strength to strength and has seen a 50% increase in customers every quarter since its launch.
Senior Partners was one of the first customers to start using DecisionPoint™ For Excel and I was delighted to catch up recently with Emily Toothman and Dax Vincent from Senior Partners to hear how they are getting on with the product.
Data Discovery tools are perfect for analysts who spend their whole day looking at, visualizing and interpreting data. Then once these analysts find something noteworthy that they wish to share, they typically create a storyboard.
Storyboards are ideal for sharing the output of a Data Discovery exercise. But for the regular day-to-day information non-analyst business users need they are too inflexible, too one-dimensional and they don’t answer the second or third level questions that users typically have. In short, they are a pale shadow of a good interactive dashboard.
Yet, particularly in the SAP world, we are starting to see evidence of organizations being encouraged to use storyboards to deliver their day-to-day dashboards.
For the past several years, BI adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly at around 20%. So, what can we do to increase adoption rates to ensure more of our business people have access to correct, up-to-date, information to help them do their jobs more effectively?
Take store and depot managers, for example. What information do they need to make them more effective – visibility into stock levels, lead times, on-time delivery rates?