Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dodeca Dashboard Screenshot

One of our customers recently sent us a screenshot of a dashboard they developed in Dodeca. This application, which is deployed to over 1,000 Essbase users worldwide, allows users to easily analyze over 250,000 SKU-level products by customer and by business unit. The application, which was implemented to replace a failed attempt at forecasting within SAP, uses Essbase and went live in less than 20% of the time that was put into the SAP system.

We think it looks great.  How about you?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Applied OLAP

Last Monday, we reached a milestone at Applied OLAP as it was the 15th anniversary of our incorporation.  I founded Applied OLAP on March 18, 1998, because I was not satisfied with the status quo of Essbase reporting at the time which was, of course, the classic Excel add-in.  And, despite the fact that I was one of the original five Microsoft Excel MVP's in the world, I was frustrated by inherent limitations in the add-in which meant limitations to what users could do with the spreadsheet.   So, being the totally unreasonable* person that I am, I quit my job in order to start a company focused on making it easier for users to leverage Essbase.  Flash forward 15 years and now we have Dodeca!

*One of my favorite quotes is from the playwright, George Bernard Shaw:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Am I unreasonable?  Why yes.  Yes I am!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We Don't Make Essbase, We Make Essbase Better!

We have always claimed that Essbase was better with Dodeca, but until now we had only anecdotal evidence about how our customers get more return on their Essbase investment using Dodeca.  Now we have something a bit more concrete.  Recently, the annual BI Survey, which bills itself as the “world's largest vendor-independent survey of Business Intelligence and Performance Management users”, published the results of their annual survey, The BI Survey 12.  As in past years, we asked our customers to participate in the survey and, as a result, we earned a mention in the survey.  More importantly, we are thrilled by how we were mentioned.

One particular question in the survey asks customers how well they achieved their goals with their selected product.  In the past, Essbase has not scored well on this metric but, this year, for the first time ever, Essbase attained the highest score in goal achievement among all the products in the BI Survey.
  • Better than Microsoft Analysis Services?  Yes!  
  • Better than SAP BW?  Yes!  
  • Better than Cognos?  Yes!   
  • Better than Microstrategy?  Yes!  
  • Better than TM1 / Tableau / QlikTech???   Yes! Yes! Yes!   
  • Even better than OBIEE?   Yep!  
The analysis provided in the survey provides clues as to why the Goal Achievement Index for Essbase was the highest of all 25 products reviewed:

"This year for the first time we have a BI Giant with the highest goal achievement level. Oracle Essbase which has had quite low goal achievement scores in previous years, performs very well this year.  The sample includes more answers this year from companies that use Essbase in conjunction with front-end tools like Dodeca. These seem to increase the ratings for Essbase compared to ratings from users that only use the Excel Add-in."

That’s right.  Dodeca appears to be the reason that more customers achieve their goals with Essbase than with any other product.  If you are still using one of the Excel add-ins as your interface to Essbase, what are you missing?  Contact us today to learn more about how you can make Essbase better at your company using Dodeca and don't forget to ask about our no-cost evaluation program!

We have just released some exciting innovations in our most recent release.  Click here to read about the newest innovations inside the Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System.