I've had a request come in to see how to make the flat UI style tabs that are used in my Balanced Scorecard dashboard. Here is how you can make those tabs by layer core out-of-the-box components.
Some dashboards have a lot going on and maybe a simple loading spinner doesn't cut it. One solution would be to use a loading bar. If you have several queries, you could count the number of them that have returned data to update the overall progress. Or, if you know roughly the speed to update the dashboard, you can just ballpark the loading progress using the SAP Dashboards / Xcelsius history component. Want to know more?
I've had a number of people reach out in response to my teaser post about the capabilities of Inovista add-ons. Before I jump into things like the concept of sliding panels, we need to cover some of the basics.
If you are going to invest in the Inovista add-ons, I highly recommend that you get the full developer suite for $999. Remember, this is only required for the developers and not the end users, so it grants a lot of extra features without being a big deal if you have a couple hundred end users. Usually I recommend that organizations have at least 2 licenses because everyone needs a back-up. If you end up building a lot of mobile dashboards with Inovista, they have another option that allows you to package your own apps. I haven't reached that point myself, but their mobile app reader is a great way to get started.
Here are some of the packages in the suite:
- Advanced Shapes
- Mobile Components
- iOS Components
- SVG / Image Controllers
- Inovista Mobile Charts
- Inovista Grids
- Inovista Microcharts
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Continue on to the post if you want to try out my cheesy animated tree-trimming dashboard!
In looking to improve the quality of my Xcelsius/SAP Dashboard data visualizations and incorporate UX in line with current web trends, I have been working with Inovista over the past few months to better understand their add-on suite. I would say that there is a lot of power here, with many hidden gems. The mobile options hold some cool tricks, and you don't have to be using their mobile stand-alone app to enjoy the benefits.
While my personal specialization is in dashboard design and data visualization, I'm finding that there are a lot of tools and options to choose from. Although I have focused on several of these, it is important to understand the overall market trends and the benefits/comparison to the alternatives. Gartner's 2013 BI Magic Quadrant is a great place to start, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the corresponding job market for some of these tools. To accomplish this analysis, I used the trends feature on Indeed.com. For a current snapshot, the following chart shows the number of listed openings by term searched. I'm sure that there are duplicated positions and such, but it gives us a nice order of magnitude demand for these skills. The accompanying comments and opinions below are my own.
Apart from my regular blog visitors looking for dashboards, Xcelsius tricks and design inspiration... I've had a lot of people request the different versions of my Career Path Template. For far too long I have dragged my feet on finding the unlocked Excel version and posting it here. That wait is finally over!
Click on the image below to download the file.
Since I'm fresh off of the 2013 ASUG Developer Wars, I felt inspired to build another dashboard quickly. Plus I had hours to kill in the airport while waiting to return to the East Coast. I figured this was a great time to build another sample showcasing our upcoming add-on package and stand-alone dashboard reader.
I've spent a lot of time reviewing the entries Stephen Few's recent dashboard competition. In particular, Jason Lockwood's winning dashboard entry, so I used that as inspiration for this example.
I started this blog several years back when I created my custom Xcelsius theme. But challenges when upgrading versions of Xcelsius and the fact that it doesn't work in the mobile version has been disappointing. Now I finally have the chance to work with a more reliable solution that can produce lightweight, minimalist charts consistently. Powered by Inovista, this custom add-on suite and super simple stand-alone iPad app allows me to get the visuals I want with the bonus of accessing Business Objects BI services without needing a BI 4.1 environment!
Lately there have been some nice SAP samples for Dashboards and Design Studio posted to Twitter. Soon I will be joining forces with Coy Yonce to discuss dashboard design and mockups in more detail, but I wanted to show you that you don't need a graphics department to make sharp designs.