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3 Reasons Why Responsive Design Is The Future of BI Application Design


responsive-designIn honor of arcplan 8‘s official release today, let’s talk about Responsive Design and its importance for business intelligence and planning applications. The latest version of arcplan’s platform is focused on mobile BI with a new HTML client that supports Responsive Design, which enables arcplan applications to automatically adapt their layouts to appear optimized on the end user’s device.

Responsive Design is something you’ve probably heard about when it comes to websites, but it’s just as important to application design – especially as organizations are challenged to support multiple devices and provide the best user experience possible on each of them. Responsive applications, like BI dashboards, rearrange their layouts and navigation to fit properly on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. It’s not automatic; there’s no algorithm in the background figuring out the best layout. That is done by the application designer ahead of time. With arcplan, we have implemented “Views,” which define the breakpoints for each type of device. The designer then rearranges the application elements (charts, tables, filters, etc.) for each View. It’s quick, simple, and even better, all of the layouts are contained within one application. Changes made to an object are filtered down to each View/layout. There are no separate applications to maintain for each device. Just one total, no matter how many Views are defined.

So now that I’ve established how cool Responsive Design for BI is, let’s get into why it’s essential now.

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On-Demand Webinar: An In-Depth Look at arcplan 8


View-WebinarCheck out our on-demand webinar on arcplan 8 and Responsive Design for mobile business intelligence.

An In-Depth Look at arcplan 8: Focus on Mobile BI
Recorded Date: October 3, 2013
Duration: 60 min.
Speakers: Dwight deVera, arcplan Senior VP; Wayne Chambliss, Senior Pre-Sales Engineer

RTEmagicC_arcplan8-invite-dashboards_01.gifAbout this webinar:

The next release of arcplan’s business intelligence platform officially launched on September 26th. It focuses on efficient mobile BI, making it easier than ever for users and developers to mobile-enable their BI and planning apps for any device.

Watch this webinar on-demand to see:

  • A primer on Responsive Design, a concept built into arcplan 8 that enables apps to dynamically adjust their layout to the end user’s screen size, resolution and orientation
  • An exploration of arcplan 8’s new features, as well as a few updates from past releases that you may not be aware of (advanced analytics, commentary, etc.)
  • A look at “Views,” a new concept in the arcplan Application Designer that enables developers to build responsive applications and print layouts with very little effort
  • An in-depth demo of arcplan 8: responsive dashboards, self-service reporting (ad-hoc using Teradata as a data source) and more

This is a must-see not only for our customers and partners, but also for anyone interested in Responsive Design and how it applies to business intelligence.

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On-Demand Webinar: Mobile-First BI Enabled by Responsive Design


View-WebinarCheck out arcplan’s latest webinar – a 30-minute primer on Responsive Design and how it applies to business intelligence applications.

Mobile-First BI Enabled by Responsive Design
Recorded Date: August 13, 2013
Speakers: Dwight deVera, arcplan Senior VP; Takashi Binns, Solutions Manager

About this webinar:

Conditions are finally right for mobile business intelligence to take off: affordable, high-performance devices are in the hands of nearly 50% of the population, BYOD policies are spreading like wildfire, and users are clamoring for performance information anywhere and everywhere they are. Mobile BI is no longer just a possibility but an inevitability.

A mobile-first design philosophy is necessary in 2013 and beyond to future-proof your BI apps. But with so many different devices available to users, how do you create usable yet easy to maintain business intelligence, analysis, and planning applications that work on every one? The answer is Responsive Design.

This 30-minute webinar is a primer on Responsive Design, a concept that enables apps to dynamically adjust their layout to the end user’s screen size, resolution and orientation. We review:

  • Why Responsive Design is the best way to develop BI apps going forward
  • How you can achieve a 60-80% reduction in mobile BI development and maintenance costs
  • Examples of responsively designed dashboards

As mobile devices become the primary way of accessing BI, now is a good time to revise your strategy to “mobile-first.” Watch this webinar to learn more.

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arcplan In the News: Responsive Design for Mobile BI


Our Senior Vice President, Dwight deVera, has been featured recently on CMSWire and Business2Community, giving tips on how to use responsive design for your mobile BI applications. Check out these pieces and let us know what you think!

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“For mobile BI, we’ve found that responsive design is best,” deVera said. “We call our philosophy DORA. Design once, run anywhere.”

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“The concept of responsive design is the key that unlocks the door to seamless mobility, and factors such as size, design layout and orientation, and user experience must be considered.”

In case you missed it, we announced the release date for arcplan 8, which will support – in addition to Java and .NET – a new HTML5 client that enables dynamic, interactive page layouts that adjust automatically to various screen sizes. Officially launching September 26th, arcplan 8’s responsive design concept will offer our customers 60-80% savings on mobile BI development and maintenance costs. Learn more >>


BI for SMBs: Answers to Your FAQs – Part 4


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In my series so far, I’ve tackled questions about buying criteria, cloud BI vs. SaaS BI, and data management. Today is the last installment and tackles the remaining most common questions we hear from SMBs about business intelligence. This series is all about expediting and simplifying BI by dispelling myths and providing practical advice for moving beyond manual processes to automated reporting, dashboards and advanced analysis.

8) What’s the ROI for business intelligence?

This is a question we’re asked more often all the time, as SMBs know they need BI but struggle to justify the investment. BI vendors need to understand that SMBs can’t invest in solutions that don’t quickly generate returns.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of BI projects fail to meet the businesses’ objectives. I don’t bring that up to scare you away from BI, but instead to encourage you to ask the vendors on your shortlist for proof of their ROI. It’s part of your due diligence when it comes to selecting the right vendor. First, ask them about their success rate. Do they have happy and long-term customers? As an example, the average tenure of arcplan’s customers is more than 7 years, the longest of any vendor included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence – an indicator of long-term customer satisfaction. How do the vendors on your short-list stack up?

The next step is to ask your vendor to estimate the ROI you should expect…

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