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Everything at a glance: Dashboards and reporting for decision makers

In what direction should innovation be driven? What gaps in the market are most lucrative? Which products will ensure our success over the next few years? Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and analytics tools can find the answers to such questions and also form the basis for creating quarterly and annual reports. They continuously provide management with relevant decision-making information – in particular, ad hoc evaluations that help support important, time-sensitive business issues.

By using BI tools, important data and parameters, for example, can be summarised and used for effective business reporting. Dashboards can be built so that key metrics are always visible and available, while trend comparisons highlight important developments that management can use for a variety of purposes.

Using a graphical and interactive user interface, Pentaho Dashboards provide business users with the required key performance indicators for analysing and increasing company performance. Reports can be created using the web-based Dashboard Designer, which also supports drag and drop management.

Sophisticated and visually appealing Dashboards can also be realised using Pentaho CTools. Using free form design layouts, individual customer requirements can be quickly and easily realised. Dashboards, ad hoc queries and OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) are common descriptive analytics tools.

In the past, many companies have invested considerable sums of money in these traditional forms of Business Intelligence. But between 2014 and 2015 there was a noticeable change in the use of analytics: Development in the direction of Predictive Analytics (What is going to happen?) and Prescriptive Analytics (What must we do to ensure that a certain thing happens?) significantly gained traction with companies.

Self-Service Reporting

Self-service BI is a concept that has been spreading throughout the Business Intelligence industry since 2010. In a nutshell, it is an IT environment where users are able to undertake analyses and create reports on their own, completely independent of the IT department. Because independently processing and interpreting data can save time, the self-service principle is particularly useful when users regularly make decisions and need to react quickly.

For anyone who wants to use corporate information properly, this data must be displayed in an easily accessible manner. And a good way of doing this is by using Dashboards. The technology used to create and manage Dashboards and reports is based on the community tool CTools, a collection of open source-based tools for data processing.

Five rules for dashboards

  1. Dashboard contents should be immediately comprehensible at a glance
  2. High information density should always we ensured
  3. Data should be visualised in an easily readable form
  4. Comparative data should be presented in understandable diagrams
  5. Dashboards should be uniformly maintained by using standardised elements

Develop and distribute reports

Finding hidden costs, analysing markets, creating business reports: To be able to carry out analyses and reporting functions, companies need Business Intelligence. Pentaho provides different reporting functions that range from interactive, self-service reports to formatted standard reports. Pentaho Interactive Reporting also provides users with a web-based, drag-and-drop interface so they can create ad hoc reports. Using the Pentaho Report Designer, high-resolution reports can be implemented and distributed in a variety of formats to recipients throughout the company.

Dashboards provide a centralised view of important information

Managers and decision makers expect quick and intuitive access to business-critical information so that they can focus on really important issues and make business-critical decisions faster. Using Business Intelligence tools (BI tools), graphical data views – Dashboards – can be created that enable users to instantly see relationships, trends and outliers at a glance. Dashboards pull together company information from a variety of data sources and provide graphical and tabular data analyses with a high degree of density. This, in turn, allows users to process ad hoc queries on the company's current economic situation. it-novum supports customers in optimising standard reporting systems (e.g. in accordance with International Business Communication Standards (IBCS)), which ensures consistent visualisations.

Using the Pentaho Dashboard Designer, users can create and manage their own Dashboards. This allows the viewer to be quickly and intuitively informed about any given situation. System functionality varies depending on the version of Pentaho being used. Those using the Enterprise Edition have the ability to independently put together cockpits in an interface using the Dashboard Designer.

Your benefits with Pentaho Dashboards

Reports and Dashboards can be used on mobile devices

Ad hoc reporting using innovative web interfaces

Reduction in manual effort required for reporting

Dashboards show central KPIs at a glance

Knowledge gains through linked information from different sources

Customised, automated company-wide information distribution

User interfaces for designing reports require no previous IT knowledge

Reporting and analysis applications – what we can do for you

We can set up your system so that you can immediately begin working with BI software. We excel in providing customised reporting solutions. You continue working, as normal, within a web-based environment while your data analyses run on an OLAP cube in the background. The results are then immediately available in a prepared form – either as a report or via a Dashboard.

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