Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan
30Nov/120

Making Chaos Comprehensible with BI

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One of our blog authors, Dwight deVera – arcplan’s Senior VP of Solutions Delivery – was interviewed recently by Forbes. This week, the feature piece was published and I thought I’d share it with our readers.

 arcplan Makes Chaos Comprehensible
With its promise to deliver order – or at least orderly reports – from the chaos of heterogeneous systems, and provide results including live data updates to mobile devices, arcplan has opportunity for continued growth. 

The article highlights arcplan’s flexibility and independence, which allow us to consolidate Excel spreadsheets and dispersed data into reports, scorecards, and dashboards that simply work on any device. It also comments on some of the new features in arcplan 7.5, like drag-and-drop from arcplan to Excel, Live Screenshot widgets, and more.

Dwight also shares his opinions on the popularity of Excel, the iPad as an executive tool, and how he expects Microsoft’s Surface tablet to perform.

Enjoy!

11Sep/120

Webinar: Effective BI Dashboard & Scorecard Design

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**Edit: Click here to view the recording of this event.

What makes a BI dashboard or scorecard “bad?” After 20 years of working with more than 3,200 customers around the globe to create stellar BI applications, I’m certain we know the answer. On Wednesday, September 19th, arcplan’s Senior VP Dwight deVera will dissect real BI application examples that seem okay at first glance but in reality render great data ineffective. We’ll show you how to go beyond basic BI app design to make truly excellent, interactive dashboards and scorecards that facilitate decision-making.
This is our annual review of the latest thinking in BI app design and our most popular webinar – but totally revamped with more examples and practical how-to tips.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • What should be avoided in modern BI dashboard & scorecard design
  • Characteristics of successful BI applications
  • How Metro Design & Responsive Design principles will affect design standards
  • Tips for designing mobile dashboards
  • The right chart types for your data – why some work and some don’t
  • How to display data so that trends and problems pop

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

Click here to view the recording!

25May/110

How To Be An Analyst – Register for our Webinar

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EDIT 6/1/11: Click here to access a recording of this incredibly popular webinar!

Join arcplan on June 1st at 2pm Eastern for How To Be An Analyst, a free webinar on common data analysis techniques and their real-world application in business intelligence.

Many of the scorecards and dashboards you see today are quick glances into the rear view mirror of a business, but what most businesses need is a deeper look into the metrics that drive  performance. The issue is not a technology problem – most modern business intelligence platforms can easily perform more advanced analysis. It’s a people problem, and it’s probably not your fault. Many business managers were never taught to be analysts, have assumed the role because of a staffing shortage, or simply like being self-sufficient when it comes to answering business questions. But the truth is, it takes time to understand all of the nuances of data analysis in order to be able to extract meaningful information from rows and rows of data.

This presentation is a primer on the art (and craft) of being analytical. It’s for managers who are new to data analysis or have simply forgotten what they learned in school.  We’ll begin with overviews and use cases of the basic methods of analysis including:

  • Sorting and ranking
  • Comparative analysis
  • Contribution and Pareto analysis
  • Projection and regression analysis

Then we’ll apply these methods to real world business intelligence scenarios that you see on scorecards and dashboards, including:

  • Sales rep performance
  • Revenue forecasting
  • Accounts receivable and the aged trial balance
  • Financial reporting, P&L, and balance sheet
  • Pareto analysis (the 80/20 rule)
  • Above-and below-the-line performance analysis

Becoming an analyst is a journey. This presentation will set you off on the right foot in your quest to master some of the most common data analysis techniques.

Date: Wednesday, June 1st
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern (New York City time zone)
Presenter: Dwight deVera, Senior Vice President

Register Now For This Webinar

21May/100

The Case for Supply Chain Quality Management: Part 3 – Creating a Fact-Based Culture

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Last time, we presented the challenges that quality managers face when trying to measure supplier performance. Today, we’re outlining how to create a supply chain culture based on facts.

Removing “supply chain” from the equation, how can any company expect to make decisions without the right data? arcplan’s view of business intelligence is that everyone should have access to the data they need to make performance-driving decisions. Without access to this type of data, decisions are often made using anecdotal evidence or data from individual locations, and not based on an aggregate view of quality.

If a fact-based culture is to be established between your internal teams and external suppliers, you need 3 ingredients:

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