Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan
3Jul/130

Design Adjustments for Mobile Dashboards

by

With half of the world’s businesses expected to embrace the bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend by 2017 and more than 80% of employees already using personal devices in the workplace, it’s more important than ever to make your business intelligence mobile-enabled. In surveying our customers, arcplan has found that those deploying mobile BI cite the need to deploy apps to many devices while maintaining a consistent design and low maintenance effort. So our next platform release this Fall is built on the concept of DORA – Design Once, Run Anywhere – the ability to create BI apps one time and have them automatically adapt their layouts to appear optimized on the end user’s device. And in today’s world, that can be a huge range of devices:
range of device sizes_arcplan_dashboardsBut even with DORA, dashboard designers need to do some work. The process involves laying out the dashboard elements for each screen size up front so the application can call up the optimized format. So let’s review a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you design your company’s mobile dashboards.

Continue reading this post >>

4Jun/130

Future-Proofing Your BI Dashboards: Article Featured on TDWI

by

tdwi_logoarcplan’s Senior Vice President (and frequent author on this blog) Dwight deVera is featured on TDWI.org for his article, How to Future-Proof Your Dashboards. He covers how Responsive Design, HTML5, Self-Service and Collaboration are already beginning to influence BI dashboard design and why you need to get on board with these trends. Check out the article and let us know what you think!

How to Future-Proof Your Dashboards

Dashboards equal business intelligence (BI) to many people. They have been around for decades without substantial changes. Over time, we have refined the rules of dashboard design, deciding what makes dashboards most functional and efficient. Times are changing and dashboards must adapt to shifting user requirements. Mobility is encroaching on traditional dashboard usage and users are demanding self-service capabilities, less IT interference, and a greater say in what corporate data is useful and relevant. Future-proofing your dashboards is imperative if they are to continue delivering value.

Responsive Design + HTML5 = BI Anywhere
According to TechRepublic’s BYOD Business Strategy Survey, 62 percent of companies either already have Bring Your Own Device allowances in place or plan to by the end of 2013. With the increasing popularity of mobile devices in daily life, workers have become accustomed to switching between gadgets according to the task at hand — smartphones for calls and quick searches, tablets for Web browsing and e-mails on the go, and laptops for more time- and labor-intensive activities. However, switching devices and accessing BI apps is not always so effortless.

A new design concept is making it easier than ever to build and deploy BI apps that can be used on any device without the need for extra development…

Continue reading the article on TDWI.org >>

28Nov/120

Scorecard & Dashboard Development: A Detailed How-To Webinar

by

You’re invited to our last webinar of the year!

Scorecard & Dashboard Development: A Detailed How-To
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

You’ll come away with well-rounded, practical knowledge about how to create best-in-class BI applications that are highly adopted and provide a stellar user experience.

In this webinar, we’ll show you real customer examples that illustrate:

  • How to make your scorecards & dashboards simple, clean and effective
  • Visualization trade-offs and choices
  • Navigation as the key to success
  • Managing the path of analysis
  • Scorecards that tell a story
  • And much more

We’ll also leave time for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Register now »


This event is a continuation of arcplan’s September webinar, Effective BI Dashboard & Scorecard Design, where we discussed the characteristics of successful dashboards. It is not a pre-requisite to have attended this webinar, but if you’d like to view the recording, you may do so here.

4Oct/120

The Evolution of UI Design Standards Toward Metro/Windows 8

by

One of the hottest topics in software and user experience design right now is a concept formerly called Metro, now known as Windows 8 design. It’s a design language popularized by Windows Phone 7 and further developed in, you guessed it, Windows 8. And it’s the latest paradigm shift in technology design, which is now all about users being a click away from their most needed information and interacting with content in unique ways.

Windows 8 design differs from traditional user interface (UI) standards, whereby access to content was controlled by keyboard and mouse actions and files could only be organized in folders or subfolders.  The Windows 8 interface is a typography-based design created to speed up usage by eliminating extraneous graphics in favor of large tiles with clean typeface. It’s “content as UI.” The goal is to allow users to navigate smoothly and intuitively, even on mobile devices.

Since Microsoft came out with this design standard, arcplan has moved in its direction, favoring tiles, saturated colors without shadows or reflections, and easy-to-use navigation. We’ve incorporated “Metro” design concepts into our product demos, free trial, and arcplan Mobile BI apps. As we’ve been influenced by this new UI, many others have as well. It’s offering a fresh approach to software development that is transforming business intelligence dashboard designs, especially those for mobile devices.

Continue reading this post >>

14Sep/120

10 Keys to BI Dashboard Success: Part II

by

In my last post, I gave you 5 tips for taking your dashboards from “standard” to “world-class.” Today, I present 5 more tips that will help your dashboards become truly useful, essential daily viewing material.

Your BI dashboards should be:

6) Diverse. Incorporating data from your various in-house sources and from the cloud enhances your dashboard. Combining data to produce mashups – like retail locations with financials over Google Maps – can make your dashboard indispensable.

7) Dynamic. Static dashboards rely on historical data, neglect your organization’s present performance and set you up for failure, warns Forrester Research. Successful dashboards are dynamic and reflect the real-time changes of your business’ performance. They also offer ad-hoc capability so users can manipulate variables for further analysis and drill-down functionality so users can find root causes. See what I mean by downloading arcplan’s free trial. It features an ad-hoc tab integrated into the dashboard application.

8) Attractive. Users appreciate and are more likely to adopt a dashboard that has style and substance. What makes a dashboard attractive?

Continue reading this post >>