Interactive dashboards

The Challenge

Gone are the days when users were happy with traditional at-a-glance dashboards which provided a summary view of key performance indicators, often supported by a suite of related reports, typically implemented in a separate tool
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Human nature being what it is, when a business person spots an anomaly in their figures, they'll want to drill into the issue to find out what happened so they can take action. Today, interactive dashboards provide these capabilities. But, many of the tools being used to create interactive dashboards suffer from these common failings:

Takes too long to create dashboards: Successful BI projects adopt a user-centric approach which starts with requirements gathering, before building a prototype, showing it to end-users in a workshop to solicit feedback, implementing their changes, then hosting another workshop to collect further feedback as the project team iterate towards the ideal solution.But business users are busy and implementing their feedback takes time, so keeping their attention and scheduling time for future workshops can be tricky. And, when users are spread across several locations, these issues are compounded - and that's all before you consider the extra effort required to support tablet devices and the desktop.

Too inflexible for real-world business use: Many dashboard tools which demo well, soon run out of steam in the real-world. Layout may be limited to a template grid system; drill may be implemented in isolation where drilling one component does not drill any of the others; pivoting, which is essential for providing business users with wider context, if available at all, may only be implemented at the individual component level, rather than being shared across components; custom workflows, which are critical for widespread adoption, are either not supported or require programming effort.

Poor performance on mobile devices: Many BI tools work like web-sites, where all processing takes place on the server, the user's device is largely limited to displaying results and every interaction with the dashboard requires a round-trip back to the server to fetch more data. In the mobile world where users often encounter slow networks with high latency, this means hideously slow response times and a disjointed, frustrating experience. Then, when users need offline access, this capability is either not available, or requires users to second-guess the parts of their dashboard they will want to view offline by bookmarking them in advance. This is crazy when offline access is such a crucial part of mobile BI usability.

The Solution

To avoid spiralling costs and timescales, you need a tool that's easy to use, let's you build and re-design quickly and doesn't require you to comprise on the development environment.

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Encourage Adoption

To create the modern interactive dashboards your business users want and need, you need a tool that easy to use and allows you to create and re-design dashboards quickly. If your dashboard solution is too inflexible or performs badly over low bandwidth networks or doesn't work offline, business users will grow tired of wrestling a tool that's not user friendly, and adoption will decline.

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Enable your users

DecisionPoint enables you to create the interactive dashboards your end-users need, fast and without coding, for consumption on mobile devices and the desktop - so you deliver your project on-time and your end-users get all the BI they need to guide their daily activities and make effective decisions.

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What you get

12 month subscription to DecisionPoint, including support and maintenance:
  • Connect and merge data from different sources, e.g. spreadsheets, finance systems, budgeting systems, SAP BW, etc.
  • Create stunning interactive dashboards without coding
  • Deliver to mobile devices (and desktop browsers), empowering your business people wherever they are
  • Schedule refresh of your data to make sure people always see the most recent numbers
  • Ensure each manager sees the big picture so he or she can make the correct decisions for your business

The Takeaway

DecisionPoint helps you quickly create the type of modern interactive reports, dashboards, and BI applications that today's businesss user needs to get answers to critical business questions.

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