SUNConferences, Computers and Industrial Engineering 42

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An Improved Approach Towards Business Intelligence Dashboards Through Automated Reporting
Lohan Pieterse

Last modified: 2012-06-24


The field of Business Intelligence (BI), with the tools and techniques available, has become much more pre-emptive. User-friendly dashboards no longer have to be inter-active as this function can now become automated in order to achieve the required output for a client specific design model. The added value for this process of working is saving time, as the calculation of dashboards are usually very tedious and often wasteful of resources.

The procedure of transforming raw system data, in order to gain insightful information for analysis purposes, has been found to be common in various ways. A number of important components are essential when approaching a data processing exercise; the dataset (from which the interchangeable dimensions are created), key information (which will enable the data to make sense), and information processing sheets (yielding Key Performance Indicator recordings for ranking purposes, and being the foundation for all visual representations in the model).

A generic template can now be constructed, usually attributed with a one-point variable that will alter the entire dashboards’ inputs in such a way it will alter and record periodically. Reports are then produced automatically with a specific filename and date-stamp for the appropriate viewership.

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