With the right presentation, your complex business data becomes meaningful and useful.
When we launched Q Series (with Q200 for Sage 200), we made a commitment to use the insights our customers provide to continuously improve the solution. Here is a preview of some of the new fetures we have built into Release 2...
Actual V Target
Let's face it, we all have targets to meet and beat.
Track performance against budgets and targets, with our new Summary Screen. Clear Charts, with auto highlighting of under / over performance.
Looks good on an iPad too!
Butterfly charts (with auto highlighting) allow to analyze multiple KPIs at the same. Switch perspective with one click (Customer, Product, Sales Person etc.). Drill and zone in on the highlights and problem areas, all from one chart.
You know the scenario. The meeting is about to start, you need some key figures to bring with you. Instant Reports allows you to build a custom report in seconds.
Simply pick the data and KPIs you want to see on the report, and it is instantly there. You can save reports for future use,
Switch between chart types with one click, to get the best view of your data.
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BI platforms enable users to build applications that help organizations learn and understand their business. Gartner defines a BI platform as a software platform that delivers the 13 capabilities listed below. These capabilities are organized into three categories of functionality: integration, information delivery and analysis. Information delivery is the core focus of most BI projects today, but we are seeing an increase in interest in deployments of analysis to discover new insights, and in integration to implement those insights.
BI infrastructure — All tools in the platform should use the same security, metadata, administration, portal integration, object model and query engine, and should share the same look and feel.
Metadata management — Not only should all tools leverage the same metadata, but the offering should provide a robust way to search, capture, store, reuse and publish metadata objects such as dimensions, hierarchies, measures, performance metrics and report layout objects.
Development tools — The BI platform should provide a set of programmatic development tools and a visual development environment, coupled with a software developer's kit for creating BI applications, for integrating them into a business process, and/or embedding them in another application. The BI platform should also enable developers to build BI applications without coding by using wizard-like components for a graphical assembly process.
Collaboration — This capability enables BI users to share and discuss information and/or manage hierarchies and metrics via discussion threads, chat and annotations, either embedded in the BI platform or through integration with collaboration, analytical master data management (MDM) and social software.
Reporting — Reporting provides the ability to create formatted and interactive reports (parameterized) with highly scalable distribution and scheduling capabilities.
Dashboards — This subset of reporting includes the ability to publish formal, Web-based reports with intuitive interactive displays of information, including dials, gauges, sliders, check boxes and traffic lights. These displays indicate the state of the performance metric compared with a goal or target value.
Ad hoc query — This capability enables users to ask their own questions of the data, without relying on IT to create a report. In particular, the tools must have a robust semantic layer to allow users to navigate available data sources.
Microsoft Office integration — In some cases, BI platforms are used as a middle tier to manage, secure and execute BI tasks, but Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) acts as the BI client. In these cases, it is vital that the BI vendor provides integration with Microsoft
Search-based BI — This applies a search index to both structured and unstructured data sources and maps them into a classification structure of dimensions and measures (often leveraging the BI semantic layer) that users can easily navigate and explore using a search (Google-like) interface. This capability extends beyond keyword searching of BI platform content and metadata.
OLAP — This enables end users to analyze data with extremely fast query and calculation performance, enabling a style of analysis known as "slicing and dicing." Users are (often) able to easily navigate multidimensional drill paths.
Interactive visualization — This gives the ability to display numerous aspects of the data more efficiently by using interactive pictures and charts, instead of rows and columns. Over time, advanced visualization will go beyond just slicing and dicing data to include more process-driven BI projects, allowing all stakeholders to better understand the workflow through a visual representation.
Predictive modeling and data mining — This capability enables organizations to classify categorical variables and to estimate continuous variables using advanced mathematical techniques. BI developers are able to integrate models easily into BI reports, dashboards and analysis.
Scorecards — These take the metrics displayed in a dashboard a step further by applying them to a strategy map that aligns KPIs with a strategic objective.
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So, after wiping away my tears after the terrible performance by England in the World Cup, perhaps now is the time to consider the Key Performance Indicators for the next England manager. This, of course, assumes that Fabio Capello does the right thing and resigns.
I think that it is important to consider the Key Performance Indicators that should be set for the new manager. Using the criteria that they should be quantifiable measurements, agreed to beforehand, that reflect the critical success factors of an organization and its objectives it is time that the Football Association come up with some useful KPIs. From this they can then carry out some reasonable business analysis to measure the success or, more likely, the failure of the new manager.
The most obvious Key Performance Indicator should be results. This is too simple unless it includes measure such as the quality of the opposition. Thus a win against San Moreno is of less value than one against Spain.
More difficult, but just as important, will be the quality of the team. This could include measures such as time of possession, passes completed and shots on goal. It will mean that targets for improvements could be made for each measure.
Another Key Performance Indicator might be team selection and motivation. This will be much more difficult to measure but could include player ratings. It would mean that should a player receive a rating of say six or less out of ten then he would be considered either out of position or not fully motivated.
Analysing and reporting against these Key Performance indicators might help us get a better England manager or, at least, get rid of him before things get really bad.
We at QlikPower put a lot of thought into Key Performance indicators and the analysis required to report on them. We work closely with our customers to produce Key Performance indicators which appropriate to their business. Please contact us if you want to know more.
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