Rapid Management Cockpit

7 Steps a Global Energy Company Took to Bring BI Potential to Life

  • by Andrew Joo, EPM Leader for North America, SAP Business Analytics Center of Excellence, IBM Global Business Services
  • December 22, 2011

See how a global energy company quickly jump-started its BI capabilities using Xcelsius dashboards (now known as BusinessObjects Dashboards) and the Rapid Management Cockpit methodology. It was able to deliver up-front business value without undertaking traditional bottoms-up BI development processes, which can be costly and time-consuming. BI end users, analysts, administrators, and developers were instrumental in this process by driving the planning, designing, and developing of the solution.

The Rapid Management Cockpit is a methodology for planning, designing, developing, and deploying dashboards; integrating them to an enterprise data layer; and building out end-to-end business intelligence and performance management capabilities.

As a result of safety and environmental concerns, a global energy company faced a pressing situation: How could it quickly gain visibility into operations, covering functional areas ranging from safety, asset management, environmental compliance, and finance to proactively manage the plant?


It decided the answer was to use Xcelsius (now known as BusinessObjects Dashboards), Web Intelligence, and Crystal Report tools, along with the Rapid Management Cockpit methodology, to define and visualize key performance metrics, enable drill-down analysis into key business transactions, and incorporate performance management processes. This approach applies to both prior and current versions of the BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) tools.


Key business users were equipped with customized and interactive Xcelsius dashboards that provided the initial entry point into BI and performance management capabilities. The company used the Rapid Management Cockpit to enable a top-down BI development approach to achieve this fast deployment. The methodology was born out of necessity, as the business demanded an immediate solution using as-is business processes and data sources. During the execution of the project, the deployment team developed this methodology and coined the term Rapid Management Cockpit following the successful completion of the project. The Rapid Management Cockpit uses existing applications and data sources with structured phases and quick iterative development cycles to deliver Xcelsius dashboards and related BusinessObjects reporting and analytics. The methodology is composed of the following key processes:

  • Use existing and readily available data sources.
  • Define key performance metrics and common business dimension attributes across cross-functional business areas.
  • Allow Agile-based development of dashboards and related analytics driven by key performance indicators (KPI). Agile refers to a software development methodology based on iterative and incremental development.
  • Enable performance management capabilities.

Andrew Joo

Andrew Joo is the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) leader for North America within the SAP Business Analytics Center of Excellence at IBM Global Business Services. He has more than 16 years of deep strategy, financial, cost, management, and technology consulting experience, encompassing leading industry firms (Big 4, system integrators) and a multitude of technologies (SAP, Microsoft, Oracle), industries (private and public sector), processes and methodologies (PMI, Agile, SDLC), and roles (functional and technical). In addition to serving as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the field of financial advisory, EPM, BI, and Information Management disciplines, he has been integral in project delivery, practice development, business development, and industry and community outreach efforts. He has pioneered unique methodologies and go-to-market solutions using an integrated EPM (EPM-BPC) and BI paradigm. The aforementioned have been featured in key industry events and publications, including SAP Sapphire and SAPinsider’s Financials and Reporting & Analytics conferences. He holds an MBA in strategy/marketing from Rice University, an MS in management information systems, and a Bachelor’s in finance. He is the author of 100 Things You Should Know about SAP NetWeaver BW, full of time-saving tips and tricks and step-by-step instruction.

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