Get to know Xcelsius, a BusinessObjects tool that you can use with SAP NetWeaver BI to create dashboards quickly. See how to set up a simple dashboard, from preparing the Excel file to customizing the dashboard design.
A dashboard is a visual representation of data either in summarized or granular format in the form of sliders, graphs, maps, and dials. It can have a single source or multiple disparate sources and aids in easy analysis, sophisticated simulation, and effective decision-making.
Decision-makers need to make sense of the huge volumes of data at their disposal, quickly grasp the story that the data is trying to tell them, and react with alacrity. Visualization tools help facilitate this process by providing users not only with information organized in a concise, understandable manner but also the ability to run “what-if” analysis that is so important for projecting and forecasting. They drive analytics. I think of these value-added tools as the icing on the BI cake. Of all the various data visualization techniques that are available today, none is more effective (and attractive) than dashboards.
If your enterprise is running SAP BW 2.x or higher (including SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0) you know that you can create dashboards that are fed data from a BI system. Until SAP BW 3.5 (when the process of creating dashboards was somewhat simplified with advanced controls in the Web Application Designer [Web AD]), creating a dashboard in BI required a lot of manual work.