XLCubed acquires BonaVista Systems, publisher of MicroCharts

Now this is interesting. Not only do the XLCubed and MicroCharts Excel add-ins work much better together today than when I originally wrote about combining them, but the publisher of the former has actually acquired the publisher of the latter. This is extracted from the message that went out to MicroCharts users: Linking XLCubed withContinue reading “XLCubed acquires BonaVista Systems, publisher of MicroCharts”

Excel and accounting-related blogs

I just happened to discover the Accounting Mechanics blog which focuses on “tools and techniques of the management accountant” and happens to have a link back to my own blog. I’ll catch up with posts there as soon as possible since there seems to be quite a few interesting articles. I’ve already spotted the following:Continue reading “Excel and accounting-related blogs”

The power of Excel-friendly OLAP

Dick Kusleika pointed a few days ago to a paper by Charley Kyd. In it, Charley gives a convincing overview of the possibilities revealed by OLAP-powered Excel solutions. Speaking from experience, I can only attest to the amazing things this combination allows you to achieve. I’m surprised by Charley’s statement that TM1 and PowerOLAP “returnContinue reading “The power of Excel-friendly OLAP”

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP available now

Following up on several earlier posts by Charlie Maitland and probably soon to appear all around the BI-related blogosphere, the CTP for PPS is available now! At least I can see it through the Microsoft Connect program. Can’t wait to install a copy and start exploring what’s there – Microsoft seems to be up toContinue reading “Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP available now”

7 habits of effective desktop data management

Following up on a somewhat theoretical introductory post related to desktop data management, Here are 7 habits which should prove useful when approaching any desktop data-related task. These will be refined based on the discussion you and I will have here, so let me know what you think. I was actually shooting for 10 commandments,Continue reading “7 habits of effective desktop data management”

Should a dashboard provide quick answers or prompt for more questions?

A recent article at Joining Dots compares traditional KPI displays (value, colored indicator, trend arrow) to spark lines and bullet graphs. The auther has a point when he says: The irony is, dashboards that provide quick answers are largely redundant any way. Quick answers are answers you already know and just want validated. As suggestedContinue reading “Should a dashboard provide quick answers or prompt for more questions?”

Desktop Data Management

The complexity of modern organizations requires their employees to manage an ever-increasing flow of information. Many trends combine to that effect, among which fast growth, under-staffing, inappropriate tools or poor procedures. The purpose of this blog is to create a discussion around all the ways that managing information can be improved from a desktop worker’sContinue reading “Desktop Data Management”

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