Last week Antivia launched DecisionPoint™ for Excel, a standalone version of its popular DecisionPoint™ product. DecisionPoint™ for Excel enables non-technical users to create stunning interactive dashboards in minutes straight from Microsoft Excel data.
There has always been a strong demand for business intelligence products that make it easier to create dashboards from Excel data. Traditionally, SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, aka Xcelsius, has been a popular and successful product within this niche.
When launched, Xcelsius was revolutionary as it allowed people to take Excel data, package it up and create an attractive interactive dashboard which could be mailed out or shared through a file server with others, without the need for complex IT infrastructure. However, time and technology has finally caught up with Xcelsius - after all, it is based on Flash so the writing was on the wall the minute business users decided they wanted to view their dashboards on the iPad.
Mark Hudson, CEO of Antivia, explained: "It's clear that SAP Crystal Dashboard Design is coming to the end of the road and SAP has no roadmap for those customers who want to create stand-alone dashboards against Excel spreadsheets. That is why we launched DecisionPoint™ For Excel, to fill the gap left behind by SAP in this market."
DecisionPoint™ For Excel offers a fast, easy way of transforming a dull block of Excel data into real business insights by simply selecting a block of spreadsheet data and dragging-and-dropping a wide range of grid, graph and map components to layout the dashboard - with no coding required.
Hudson continued: "With DecisionPoint™ for Excel we have created a modern alternative to Crystal Dashboard Design. The product is HTML5-based and designed to be used on mobile as well as on the web. It offers a quick way to create interactive dashboards for people who are comfortable using software like Excel and PowerPoint."
DecisionPoint™ For Excel is priced to be attractive to all segments of the market, from small businesses to departments within large enterprises. It is available on subscription basis or to buy out right. Subscriptions start from $83 per month.