SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) is one of the most pervasive dashboard tools on the market and has helped organizations get more information than ever into the hands of end-users.
Xcelsius – a victim of its own success?
The flexibility of Xcelsius has helped drive the evolution from static at-a-glance dashboards to the fully interactive dashboards that business users really want.
End-users invariably want to interact with the information in their dashboards to more completely understand their business, and one of the key breakthroughs of Xcelsius was the ability to add this type of interactivity to dashboards by using Excel formulas which are so widely understood, without ever needing to involve programmers.
Unfortunately, this has led to ever more complex dashboards, characterized by too many data connections, too many Excel formulas and projects which run significantly over schedule, causing some organizations to turn to other dashboard providers in an effort to bring this complexity back under control.
BI standardization – a prize worth fighting for
However, introducing another dashboard tool undoes all the effort of the last few years where organizations have been trying to streamline their BI operations by standardizing on a single BI platform. Breaking this standard leads to significantly higher total cost of ownership:
- More training for designers and end-users alike to account for a new tools
- More effort and cost to integrate tools from different vendors
- New hardware and software costs
- Migration cost of taking exiting assets and using them in the new world
- On-going costs of administering and supporting a second BI platform
And, on top of this, you lose the single version of the truth, which was one of the key reasons for adopting a BI standard in the first place.
Obviously, there are times when all this is justified, if your current BI tools are not up to the job and the business simply has to have something new then these additional costs have to be borne. However, with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards / Xcelsius this need not be the case.
XWIS gives you the best of both worlds
XWIS from Antivia solves the issues with Xcelsius which typically drive organizations to look at other solutions, meaning you get a great dashboard tool that enables you to deliver the dashboards your users need in a timely manner whilst not breaking your BI standard.
XWIS does this because it embeds multi-dimensional technology inside the dashboard, which for designers means:
- Fewer (usually one) data connection per dashboard
- Many fewer (often zero) Excel formulas required to manipulate data
- An efficient connection to the server to minimize dashboard load time
- In-memory data management to minimize click-to-click (or tap-to-tap) time
- All with dramatically less development effort
For end-users, this means the interactive dashboards they want with the performance they need.
But, the best way to understand this is to see it. In only 2 minutes the video below shows all of this in action. It will open your eyes to a new way of doing things in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards / Xcelsius and open up a path to delivering the best dashboards whilst keeping your BI standardization.
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