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Analytics for Non-Profits – Introduction

Blogs in this series 

1. Analytics for Non-Profits – Introduction

2. Analytics for Non-Profits – Formatted Reports

3. Analytics for Non-Profits – Ad-hoc reporting

4. Analytics for Non-Profits – Visualization

5. Analytics for Non-Profits – Data Exploration

6. Analytics for Non-Profits – Geospatial Analysis

7. Analytics for Non-Profits – Collaboration



  • What are challenges that a Non-Profit faces each day and what could be the best solutions to meet to those challenges?
  • What role analytics can play in helping Non-Profits to do more with less?
  • Which analytical tools is a best-fit for a specific scenario?

 Above are few of the questions which we at the Direct Relief International started to find answers to. Today we can say, we do have a few answers and continuing with our sprit of sharing, this blog series is a journey of Direct Relief International in exploring and deploying SAP Analytical tools to be more efficient and transparent while continuing to provide relief around the world.

 Direct Relief International – Introduction

 Direct Relief International - Introduction

  1. Direct Relief International –
  2. Direct Relief’s Haiti Response (SAP TV) –

 DRI Global Relief - Fiscal Year 2010

  1. Direct Relief’s 2010 Annual Report –
  2. Defined Daily Dose –


Non-Profit Challenges

  Direct Relief International - Challenges

  1. Charity Navigator – How Do We Rate Charities –


Efficiency – Non-profits against the general perception don’t have unlimited funds to manage operations. The processes which involve operations, fund raising, logistics need to be as efficient as it would be in normal business world.

Transparency – While Individual and Corporate Donors, associate themselves to a particular non-profit, it becomes a duty of non-profit to tell them exactly how and where there support or donation was spent.

Collaboration – No single non-profit can address all relief or support related issues, so collaboration becomes very critical while responding to disasters in unknown countries or unknown program initiatives.


One thread which connects all challenges is Analytics. To have each and every member of the organization empowered to be able to make intelligent and effective decision, it is important to have right analytical tools deployed and made available to users.


Users and Analytical Tools

Below are different analytical tools which we deployed in Direct Relief International for different users and there different analytical needs.


 Users and Analytical Tools

In future blogs, we would discuss the different scenarios in detail.

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  • Hi Mahesh,

    Thank you for sharing with us this info… I’m wondering how you’re using ArcGIS in combination with Xcelsius in your dashboards (are they integrated?)

    – Ali Q.

    • Hi Ali,

      We currenly are not useing Xcelsius integrated with ArcGIS. They are different deployments i.e. Xcelsius deployment uses GMaps Plugin from Centigon Solutions and for ArcGIS we use SQL server to export dataset and then ArcSDE for ArcGIS for maps.

      But in case you are seeking a integrated scenario of Xcelsius and ArcGIS you would need “BO Enterprise or BO Edge” installation and “APOS Location Intelligence Solution” which offers bidrectional integration.

      I would be following blog with all the scenarios listed on my last slide.

      Hopefully it answers your query.