Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan
26Oct/110

Free BI Webinar – Beyond Excel for BI

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Join arcplan Wednesday, November 2nd at 2pm Eastern for Beyond Excel for BI to learn how business intelligence software can augment your analysis and planning efforts without completely abandoning spreadsheets.


Analysts and financial planners love their spreadsheets. And why not? They make it easy to tweak reports, employ formulas, and massage your data. In fact, spreadsheets are the most often used technology in 60% of organizations surveyed by Ventana Research in August 2011. They have become an indispensable tool for calculations, modeling, analysis, and planning.

But Excel is not necessarily the best choice for every scenario. If you think you’ve outgrown your spreadsheet model, or you’re encountering more and more situations where Excel is failing to meet your needs, then it’s time to think about the next step – business intelligence software.

BI that embraces Excel users is possible. If you’re considering making the move to BI software and want to know the pros and cons, this webinar is designed for you.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Discuss how BI software can augment your current analysis and planning efforts
  • Present a case study of a global organization that moved from spreadsheets to BI and show you its ROI analysis
  • Demonstrate a BI system with a familiar spreadsheet interface that allows data entry, write-back, secure distribution of reports, and more
  • Give you proven arguments you can take to a) your executives to gain support for BI and b) your team to gain the support of current Excel users

Your analytic technology needs to provide you many things: direct access to your source data, the ability to take action, the quick generation of presentations and other reports, and easy navigation and drill-down to name a few. Join us on November 2nd to learn how these (completely reasonable) requests can be fulfilled by BI, without leaving Excel completely behind.

Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern (New York City time zone)
Presenter: Mark Flyamer, Senior Solutions Manager
Register: Click here
9Sep/110

Webinar Recording: Dashboard Design Tips & More

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In case you missed our webinar, More Dash Less Bored, here’s the recording to view at your convenience:


https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/404124687

 

We discussed the wealth of chart types available to you and when to use them, as well as the 10 keys to successful dashboards. Toward the end, we showed a demo of arcplan Enterprise best-practice dashboards with features like:

  • On-demand video help
  • Bookmarking (saving reports with your specified filters)
  • Dashboard export options (to PDF, PPT, or Excel)
  • Dashboard delivery (one-time or recurring email delivery of dashboards)

We had a terrific turn-out for this annual event, and we’d like to thank everyone who attended! Looking forward to next year’s already!

6Sep/110

More Dash Less Bored: How to Build Interactive, “Go-To” BI Dashboards

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Join arcplan this Thursday, September 8th at 2pm Eastern for More Dash Less Bored, a free webinar on the latest thinking in dashboard design, with practical tips for creating engaging dashboards that are widely adopted.


Sure, you have a dashboard, but when you have a question about company performance, is it the first place you go for answers? Do your executives still ask you to run custom reports? Has your dashboard lost its relevance in the time since it was built?

Your dashboard needs more dash and less bored. Attend this webinar to find out how to make your dashboard a definitive source of actionable, timely, and relevant information for ALL stakeholders in your company.

We’ll show you some of the latest thinking and best practices in dashboard design as well as dashboards you can emulate. This webinar is designed so that you take away practical information you can use now.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • The 5 characteristics of successful dashboards
  • Trends in dashboard design
  • Bad dashboards & “chart fouls”
  • How to choose the right chart type for your data
  • How to incorporate best practices into your existing dashboards

Join us to learn how to take your dashboards to the next level.

Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern (New York City time zone)
Presenter: Dwight deVera, Senior Vice President
Register: Click here

In the meantime, check out our video on creating engaging dashboards with arcplan Enterprise:

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

16Nov/100

Improve Decision-Making with Technology

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Join arcplan on Thursday from 2-3 pm Eastern for a free, informative webinar sponsored by Financial Executives International — Decision-Making 2.0: How Organizations Can Leverage 2.0 Technologies to Improve Decision-Making and Collaboration. The content is not geared exclusively toward finance professionals, so we invite all decision-makers to attend.

Individuals and groups make thousands of decisions a day that ultimately determine the financial performance of their organizations. This webinar will identify ways in which decision-making processes are being impacted by the rise of 2.0 tools and technologies and ways leaders can harness their power to improve decision-making. It will specifically focus on:

  • An overview of 2.0 technological innovations for non-technical people (e.g., wikis, chat, user profiles, content rating, voting, smart platforms, recommendations and social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter)
  • The profound influence that web 2.0 tools have on business decision making and the important benefits that they deliver
  • How leading organizations can embrace similar technologies and concepts in-house to improve collaboration and decision making
  • Examples of solutions that utilize a blend of mature and new technologies for business applications

Learn more about our featured speaker, Dr. Courtney Hunt, and register here.