Why responsive design isn’t a good fit for business intelligence

responsive design dashboardsMany business intelligence (BI) and analytics vendors champion the responsive design capabilities of their software when it comes to delivering mobile BI. Design-once, run anywhere is their mantra. And, it sounds seductive. What’s not to like about a technique that makes designers more productive and allows them to create one dashboard or report and know that it will look attractive on both desktop and mobile devices?

But,  a word of caution.

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A Better Salesforce Activity Report

activity-reportSales activity reports help sales managers to understand the productivity levels and progress made by their team.

A good activity report will guide a sales manager through their team’s data. It helps them to visualize trends and to assess performance over time, so they can understand:

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What’s the best Salesforce® report for sales managers?

DecisionPoint Salesforce Sales Manages AppWhat’s the best Salesforce report for sales managers? It’s one that lets them explore their data so they can get quick-fire answers to their most pressing questions.

However, limitations with the out-of-the-box reports and dashboards you get with Salesforce means the information sales managers need is in several different places. This slows down their decision-making as they are forced to switch between reports to get the information they need. Continue reading

Some SAP BI and Analytics Trends

SAP-BI-TrendsAs we come towards the tail end of 2017, we thought it would be fun to trawl through our Google Analytics data to identify the most popular articles on this blog aimed at SAP customers.

We picked out our top 3 most searched for articles. And, for each of these articles, we looked at the most common keywords people used in their search to reach this page. What we discovered, provides a glimpse into some of the BI and analytics related topics that continue to resonate with the SAP community.

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Information Delivery Systems – still relevant today

information-systemsRoll back the clock 15 or 20 years and one of the hot business intelligence topics of the day was information delivery systems. These systems enabled you to get timely, relevant information into the hands of a wide range of people across your whole organization. This meant people had ready access to information that was connected to their role, so they could make informed decisions.

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Why it’s time to embrace the dashboard app

modern dashboardIt is always good when other people independently come to the same conclusions as you! This is why I liked Ryan Dunn’s Medium post Dash-bored so much.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have been passionate about interactive dashboards (now known as Dashboard Apps) for a long time.  So, reading Ryan’s post and his conclusions was music to our ears.

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How to create a dashboard in Salesforce

salesforce-dashboardThe value you get from your Salesforce deployment is only as good as the quality of information you get out. One way of getting information out is using dashboards. Dashboards allow you to visualize how your business is performing, track KPIs and answer your daily questions.

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How to Create a Report in Salesforce

How to create a report in Salesforce (main image)Good reports are essential for anyone who wants to get the most value from their Salesforce investment. As Salesforce say: “Reports and dashboards show how you performed in the past and what’s happening at the moment they are key to driving success and adoption for any CRM project.

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ROI Calculator Software – Help Your Sales Team Close More Business

CartCo-SaaS-ROI-CalculatorSales teams are always on the lookout for new ways to help them close deals faster, increase their win rate or drive up their average order value. Return on investment (ROI) calculator software can tick all these boxes.

Sales teams use ROI calculators (see an example)  to prove the value of their product or service in simple financial terms to their buyer. The buyer can use this information to build their business case to get the go ahead from the ultimate decision makers.

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What is a KPI?


Key Performance Indicators – What Are They? A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is something quantifiable that you can measure to track how effectively your organization is achieving its primary objectives. A good KPI will clearly indicate if your organization is heading in the right direction towards achieving its strategic goals.

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