A Methodical Approach to Creating an Xcelsius Dashboard

  • by Sandesh Darne, Mobility Practice Head, L&T Infotech
  • May 21, 2010
Discover a systematic approach to dashboard development using Xcelsius. Realize typical challenges in dashboard user interface design and data modeling. Learn how to simplify the development cycle and reduce the time frame needed to generate dashboard applications.
Key Concept
Xcelsius has features and components for developing any variety of dashboards. However, developing dashboard functions by organizing visuals on a screen and modeling data in a way that produces immediate insight require a systematic process. A methodical development approach enables you to create a dashboard design that provides information on a single screen that users can assimilate quickly. With a compact, yet flexible data model that supplies information to dashboard screen, an end user can analyze the data and make business decisions.

SAP NetWeaver BW query tools answer questions such as what happened, how many, where the problem is, how often, and what actions are needed. However, business executives seek additional insight, such as what will happen next, what is the best that can happen, and how can I use this information. That is the unique value of a business dashboard as opposed to a query tool. The objective of a dashboard is to derive a future state based on past information.

However, the accuracy and the value of the information in a dashboard depend on how efficiently you use dashboard development tools. Xcelsius is no exception. The development process I present is a consolidation of common practices I’ve come across while designing dashboards using Xcelsius. This information is for dashboard designers and developers. After outlining an end-to-end design process, I explain how you can map it into Xcelsius.

Sandesh Darne

Sandesh Darne is a senior lead for the Consulting ERP Practice at L&T Infotech, India. He leads a group of senior consultants whose primarily focus is on SAP upgrades and SAP usability consulting services. He also directs the SAP NetWeaver Portal and the SAP Center of Excellence, which focuses on excellent practices in organizations. He is certified in SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse 3.5. He has also worked in the product development department of L&T Infotech where products such as ZoomUP, eALPS, and CodeReview were built and used as accelerators for SAP upgrade projects.

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