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31May/130

On-Demand Webinar: Visualizations to Make You a Better Budgeter

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View-WebinarView this arcplan webinar at your convenience – it’s 30 minutes on the next big trend in budgeting and planning.

Visualizations to Make You a Better Budgeter
Recorded Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Duration: 30 minutes
Speaker: Dwight deVera, SVP of Professional Services at arcplan

About this webinar:

Wouldn’t you love it if your budgets told you where you can make the biggest impact? If you no longer had to sift through pages and pages of numbers looking for ways to cut spending and hoping those changes will make a difference?

arcplan_planning_dashboard_smThe next big trend in planning is tactical planning dashboards that plot your plan data on charts that point out exactly where budget vs. actual will start to go south, what cost centers are having the most negative impact on the budget, and at what point products start to become unprofitable. These visualizations are a much more effective way to see where you can impact your budget than learning how to read an anatomically correct financial statement and guessing where adjustments should be made.

We present:

  • A visualization model that tells you where to focus your energy to make the biggest impact on your budgets and plans
  • The chart types that are most effective for your plan data
  • Examples of planning dashboards you can emulate

This webinar is for:

  • Non-finance professionals who need help becoming better budgeters and planners
  • Finance professionals who want their plan users to be more effective

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19Mar/130

The Future of Dashboards – On-Demand Webinar

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View-WebinarYou’re invited to view arcplan’s latest webinar – 30 minutes that will change the way you think about dashboards.

The Future of Dashboards
Speaker: Dwight deVera, SVP of Professional Services at arcplan

There’s something wrong with dashboards – they’re stuck in the past. They’re designed for functional areas or departments, but as a modern decision-maker, you might need to view cross-functional KPIs from finance, sales, operations, marketing, and HR to make good decisions. So how do you reconcile the dashboards you have with the views you actually need to be effective?

In this webinar, we demonstrate:

  • Why dashboards need to reflect the matrix-style way decision-makers are working today
  • The “31 flavors problem” and how dashboard users can distinguish the signal from the noise when it comes to thousands of potential KPIs
  • How our internet-fueled, “zero attention span” lives must influence dashboard design
  • A simple way to make dashboards more effective by empowering users to develop their own “Pinterest-style” dashboards

It’s time to rethink what dashboards should be. Peek into the future with us in this webinar!

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15Feb/130

Budgeting & Planning in 2013: On-Demand Webinar

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View-WebinarCheck out our on-demand webinar for an essential review of modern planning.

Budgeting & Planning in 2013
Speaker: Dwight deVera, SVP of Professional Services at arcplan

This webinar reviews how budgeting and planning are evolving and how you can keep up. It’s essential viewing for those interested in improving their process and evaluating new technology to do so this year.

We reveal:

  • How the planning process is evolving from simple annual capital, expense and headcount planning to planning for strategic and opportunistic contract, capital, and indirect projects
  • The essential components of a modern planning system, including online and offline capabilities, allocation and spreading, workflow, and commentary/ supporting details functionality
  • How integrating business intelligence within the planning process helps you gain insight into the effectiveness of the planners and identify the root cause of potential problems with the plan
  • And much more

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28Nov/120

Scorecard & Dashboard Development: A Detailed How-To Webinar

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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.

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!