Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mastering filters: how to add sophisticated filtering behaviors to your dashboard

Filtering componentsFiltering is a fundamental requirement of most dashboards, as it allows a business user to change the data they are viewing dynamically, for example by month, product group or year.

DecisionPoint™ makes it easy to dashboard designers to get started with filters, but offers a whole lot more for the advanced user that sets it apart from the crowd. Below are four videos that take you from basics through to creating sophisticated filtering behaviors in DecisionPoint™ dashboards, ensuring your dashboards provide your users with the information they need to answer the questions that matter most to your business.

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How to better serve your front-line workers with SAP BusinessObjects data

Connect your dataToday’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).

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The Data Vault: Top 10 data articles, 20 – 27 July

The Data Vault

“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment,” said Alvin Toffler.

So to boost your knowledge, we give you the top ten data articles from last week so that you know what questions you should be asking your data.

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A bleak future for Flash and Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards

Broken FlashSAP 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.

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Using BI for investment and tax planning: Senior Partners case study

DecisionPoint For Excel pinDecisionPoint™ 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.

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The Data Vault – top 7 data articles, 13 – 20 July

Data Vault: 13 - 20 July

Wondering how oil and gas companies can change their fortune in these uncertain times? Troy Scott at Percepta gives you the scoop.

Want to know why F1 and NASCAR compete on analytics? Bernard Marr has got the details.

Curious as to how Big Data can change the environment? Willie Shubert holds all the answers.

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Thrive During Oil’s Wild Ride: how oil and gas companies can change their fortune with targeted dashboards

PumpjackRecent volatility and an uncertain direction in the price of oil is forcing businesses across the oil and gas industry to become smarter and more agile.

Businesses in every segment of the industry are now looking at their business model and processes from different perspectives in order to survive or thrive.

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Storyboards v dashboards – why SAP Lumira falls short for end-user BI

DecisionPoint dashboardData 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.

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How to increase BI adoption by giving store and depot managers constant access to information

Around the worldFor 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?

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