Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan

BI Dashboards: Quickly and Effectively Communicating Actionable Information


Business Intelligence (BI) Dashboards serve to ease the effort required to analyze large amounts of data by managers, executives and other personnel who are, to a degree, disconnected from the underlying processes that ensure the accuracy and availability of those dashboards. Many objects exist, such as gauges, charts and graphs, to make dashboards easier to understand and decision-making processes more efficient. However, there’s a fine line between a dashboard that quickly and effectively provides information that is actionable and a dashboard that only spawns more questions and delays action; action that may need to be initiated urgently. Continue reading this post>>


arc|planet 2015 – 250 Attendees Joined a Fantastic Event to Learn About Best Practices and Latest Product Highlights


This year’s arc|planet in Düsseldorf has been a great success. Last Thursday and Friday we were hosting the world’s largest conference for arcplan users at the Van der Valk Airport Hotel OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADüsseldorf, Germany. According to the claim of “Planning | Performance | Passion” customers, partners, and prospective clients were given detailed information and practical insight regarding the competitive benefits going with the implementation of arcplan-based performance management and planning solutions. Continue reading this post>>


Proper Change Management and Environment Control


If the heartbeat of Business Intelligence is the database management system, then data is the blood that flows through it. It drives everything from yearly budgeting to daily strategic decisions. Dashboards provide snapshot views into critical decision points of a company, and morning reports set daily priorities. It is essential that the level of integrity of the underlying data that supports dashboards and reports remains consistently high. The process that is employed to ensure the integrity of the data has to be based on proper change management and environment control. Without these safeguards, data changes can lead to instability in your system, which could turn into an unrecoverable cascading failure of the integrity of the data that drives strategies and critical decisions. Continue reading this post>>


Gaining the Edge over Competitors with Business Intelligence


First let me start off by defining Business Intelligence as defined by Business Journal International Weekly. “Business Intelligence is a set of theories, methodologies, processes, architectures and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes.” Over the past 10 years business intelligence has soured in popularity to what is now, a $15.8B a year business, with an estimated 55 percent of companies today using some form of Business Intelligence or Business Analytics solutions. According to Gartner, “by the year 2020 researchers show an estimated 75% of companies globally will rely on Business Intelligence to run their companies.” Who would have thought this number would get so high? Continue reading this post>>


Top BI Trends Moving into 2015


With 2014 coming to an end faster than anyone could ever imagine, the time to start thinking and planning for 2015 has fast approached us. With the start of a new year comes a number of technology changes to consider. With the following new BI Trends, Business Intelligence (BI) should not be on the long list of things for any organization. While some of these trends are already being implemented, with the potential to expand over the next year, there are a number of proposed changes that could fundamentally shift business processes. Below we will uncover what to expect when looking into BI trends for the year of 2015. Continue reading this post>>