Vol. 4/12 – December 2012
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For many of you, December is the end of the fiscal year. Depending on your organization, you may have managed to keep a close eye on costs and your execution towards your goals for the year. We refer to this action of goal tracking as Monitoring and see dashboards as key pieces of BI technology for that purpose.
Having worked as the Product Manager of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) for many years, I know the term “dashboard” conjures up a multitude of different approaches and solutions but for most, the motivation to implement them is driven by a need to monitor how the business is performing and get that information to everyone who can positively (or negatively) affect achieving those targets.
In this issue of ACT, we have focused on bringing together articles around the concept of dashboards and as always, information that will continue to support your analytics cultural transformation initiatives.
Saskia Battersby, GM BI Solution Management
Dashboards – a term that comes up a lot in conversations about Business Intelligence with a diversity of use cases that people apply the term towards. Adam Binnie found that the term is frequently interpreted differently so he has decomposed dashboards into four actual use cases.
The map visualization is just one small piece of a big puzzle for increasing the value of location intelligence in the enterprise. Learn how geographic analytics is adding a new dimension to how enterprise organizations power next generation business intelligence.
Dashboards have evolved from their “at-a-glace” beginnings to a new breed of interactive dashboards which when deployed on mobile devices provide near-universal BI for end-users. The more that end-users use mobile applications on their chosen device in their everyday lives, the more they will expect their BI to be delivered in the same way.
Last issue, we covered the importance of a BI Compentency Center. This time, we will focus on different types of BICC organizational models, visibility and funding and how to get a BICC started or evolve your existing BICC.
When most people think about a big data environment they envision a large enterprise wrestling with massive volumes of information but small business owners experience big data in similar fashion, despite obvious differences in volume, velocity and variety metrics.
Emily Mui sat down with Davide Rota, BI Expert lead at B4C Consulting to pick his brain on what customers are doing with BI 4.0 to achieve their business objectives and run better.
This advanced analysis solution helps organizations gain a competitive edge by uncovering and predicting trends in their business. SAP Predictive Analysis can be deployed stand-alone or with other SAP software, including the SAP HANA platform, to unleash powerful predictive capabilities.
Create visually stunning, interactive dashboards and data-driven applications for both mobile devices and the web. The software enables you to mobilize your current SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) content and is designed as the premium alternative to SAP BEx web application designer. It connects directly with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP HANA, enabling you to reuse existing data assets (including SAP NetWeaver BW queries and cubes, and SAP HANA views) without disruption.
SAP Visual Intelligence point and click interface and engaging visualizations allow you to quickly analyze data for rapid time to insight and business agility – no scripting required.
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