The death of Flash heralds the end for Xcelsius
Xcelsius (aka SAP® Dashboards or Crystal Dashboard Design) was a roaring success for more than a decade. Its appeal stemmed from its Excel® underpinnings, which enabled it to tap in to a popular skillset.
This meant non-specialists could create and share great looking dashboards complete with sophisticated workflows. Business people used these interactive dashboards to get immediate answers to daily and one-off questions for themselves.
But, Xcelsius was based on Adobe's Flash technology. And, Flash has finally been killed off after a barrage of security concerns and due to its lack of availability on mobile devices. So, if you are still using Xcelsius, stop! You really should be looking for alternatives. But, what product can match the ease of use and appeal of Xcelsius?
DecisionPoint™ offers you a modern, mobile-friendly, cloud-based replacement
DecisionPoint™ inherits the things you like about Xcelsius. This includes powerful data visualization capabilities and ease of use.
It marries these to proper data management in a package that was designed from the ground up to support mobile devices (as well as the desktop).
Manage your data through the DecisionPoint™ cloud platform
With the DecisionPoint™ high-performance, cloud analytics platform you'll be up and running in no time – no IT effort required. Simply upload your Excel data to the cloud. Work with a single block of data. Or, combine data from multiple worksheets or multiple spreadsheets. Preview your merged data through a simple web interface to see a complete view of your business. Then use this data to create one or more dashboard applications.
Build on your existing skills to create stunning dashboard applications
Anyone familiar with Xcelsius will feel at home in DecisionPoint™. It uses a similar drag and drop, free form layout. This means you can create custom interfaces that mirror how your business works.
With its robust data management ... wiring up components, adding sophisticated filtering behavior and implementing drill ... is a piece of cake. You'll soon find you are far more productive than when you were knee-deep in Xcelsius' complex, interrelated Excel formulas.
With its intuitive behaviors, DecisionPoint™ makes it easy to create the kinds of custom workflow that were the trademark of a good Xcelsius designer. You can define your own KPIs and metrics, add color-coded alerts, create dynamic labels and titles all using DecisionPoint™ expressions. Expressions are similar to creating a formula in Excel.
Finally, you can apply a beautiful, custom creative theme that mirrors your brand. Branded themes help drive high levels of adoption.
And, it's all done without coding and requires a similar skill set to Xcelsius, so you'll pick it up in next to no time!
Get guided insights into the hands of your business users, wherever they are
Like with Xcelsius, the dashboard applications DecisionPoint™ produces are as easy for your business people to use as the apps they use in their home lives. They don't need to go on a training course to learn to use them. They don't need to read a manual. They make business information fast and easy to consume. They allow your business users to answer their immediate and follow-up questions for themselves.
What's more DecisionPoint™ makes sharing this information across your organization a breeze. You can share dashboard applications with mobile and desktop users. You can embed dashboard applications in your website or portal. And, your mobile workers can access and interact with their information when they are offline. This ensures your business people can get answers to critical questions wherever they are, whenever they need.