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Vol. 4/12 - December 2012

  1. Featured Content
  2. Customer Stories
  3. Product Announcements
  4. Upcoming Events & Webinars

Welcome to ACT!

For many of you, December is the end of the fiscal year. Depending on your organization, you may have managed to keep a close eye on costs and your execution towards your goals for the year. We refer to this action of goal tracking as Monitoring and see dashboards as key pieces of BI technology for that purpose.

Having worked as the Product Manager of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) for many years, I know the term “dashboard” conjures up a multitude of different approaches and solutions but for most, the motivation to implement them is driven by a need to monitor how the business is performing and get that information to everyone who can positively (or negatively) affect achieving those targets.

In this issue of ACT, we have focused on bringing together articles around the concept of dashboards and as always, information that will continue to support your analytics cultural transformation initiatives.

Saskia Battersby, GM BI Solution Management


A Dashboard is...

Dashboards – a term that comes up a lot in conversations about Business Intelligence with a diversity of use cases that people apply the term towards. Adam Binnie found that the term is frequently interpreted differently so he has decomposed dashboards into four actual use cases.

Find out the four use cases for dashboards »

Emergence of Geo in Business Intelligence

The map visualization is just one small piece of a big puzzle for increasing the value of location intelligence in the enterprise. Learn how geographic analytics is adding a new dimension to how enterprise organizations power next generation business intelligence.

What you need to know about geo tools »

Dashboards, the Future of BI

Dashboards have evolved from their “at-a-glace” beginnings to a new breed of interactive dashboards which when deployed on mobile devices provide near-universal BI for end-users. The more that end-users use mobile applications on their chosen device in their everyday lives, the more they will expect their BI to be delivered in the same way.

Dahsboards evolving from at-a-glance to interactive »

BICC - A Key Element to your BI Program

Last issue, we covered the importance of a BI Compentency Center. This time, we will focus on different types of BICC organizational models, visibility and funding and how to get a BICC started or evolve your existing BICC.

Learn the different types of BICC organizational models »

KPI Dashboard A Must For SMBs To Drive Business

When most people think about a big data environment they envision a large enterprise wrestling with massive volumes of information but small business owners experience big data in similar fashion, despite obvious differences in volume, velocity and variety metrics.

How small-biz leaders use dashboards »

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Keeping Hungry Consumers Happy with BI 4.0 and SAP HANA solutions

Emily Mui sat down with Davide Rota, BI Expert lead at B4C Consulting to pick his brain on what customers are doing with BI 4.0 to achieve their business objectives and run better.

Read the interview »

KPMG rolls out SAP Mobile BI

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SAP Predictive Analysis Now Available

This advanced analysis solution helps organizations gain a competitive edge by uncovering and predicting trends in their business. SAP Predictive Analysis can be deployed stand-alone or with other SAP software, including the SAP HANA platform, to unleash powerful predictive capabilities.

SAP Newsroom Announcement »

What does Predictive Analysis have? »

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Now Available

Create visually stunning, interactive dashboards and data-driven applications for both mobile devices and the web. The software enables you to mobilize your current SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) content and is designed as the premium alternative to SAP BEx web application designer. It connects directly with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP HANA, enabling you to reuse existing data assets (including SAP NetWeaver BW queries and cubes, and SAP HANA views) without disruption.

Learn about the core benefits of Design Studio »

How is Design Studio the new tool for dashboarding on top of SAP BW and HANA? »

SAP Visual Intelliegence 1.0.7 Now Available

SAP Visual Intelligence point and click interface and engaging visualizations allow you to quickly analyze data for rapid time to insight and business agility – no scripting required.

Get the free 30-day trial »

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February 18-20, 2013: TDWI BI Executive Summit - Las Vegas, NV

March 19-22, 2013: SAP Insider BI 2013 - Las Vegas, NV

May 14-16, 2013: SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference - Orlando, FL



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