DeltaMaster clicks! 03/2017

Setting up data input for planning – An overview

Greetings, fellow data analysts! In the last issue, we discussed how DeltaMaster can make it easier for you to input data in planning applications. Most of the functions described are available in all applications without having to be set up specifically for this purpose. However, some functions do need to be set up, while you will get more benefit from others if you prepare them carefully. These tasks are the responsibility of report editors and application administrators. This issue of Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 02/2017

Inputting data in planning applications – An overview

Greetings, fellow data analysts! When we demonstrate how DeltaMaster can be used to analyze variances during seminars and webinars on reporting, we sometimes find ourselves being asked the question: Where do you actually get the planned figures from that you use to calculate the variances? The answer is simple: From DeltaMaster! Some people may use it solely as a reporting and analysis tool, but for others, it is the most important instrument for collecting and storing planned figures. In this Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 01/2017

Calculating and displaying shares automatically in Graphical Tables

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Fulfilling some of the analytic requirements from business departments is often easier said than done. Let’s assume that your new marketing director wants to know what the current demand profile is and how it has changed over time. But what is a demand profile? How would you describe it or show its development? A little business sense is helpful to begin with. A demand profile could be the revenue breakdown by article groups. You could then Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 12/2016

Using Data from Microsoft Excel as a Measure

Greetings, fellow data analysts! When you are searching for new insights in data, you sometimes need to draw on new data – data that goes beyond what is offered in a data warehouse and, quite possibly, will only be collected for a specific purpose. For example, you may want to supplement the information that you provide on a regular basis with special analyses that stem from other systems or you might want to include external data, such as raw material Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 11/2016

Predefining a Navigation for specific measures

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Let’s stick with the navigation (Pivot Navigation): Sometimes you may want to establish some sort of standard agenda within a department – a common approach how data should be analyzed and discussed. With DeltaMaster, report editors can predefine a series of analytic steps so the recipients can easily follow this common thread. When a user double clicks on a value or selects Navigate/Plus in the Analysis menu, DeltaMaster will add exactly one attribute to the table Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 10/2016

Prepare graphical tables for custom navigation

Greetings, fellow data analysts! In the last issue of DeltaMaster clicks!, we showed how to use the Navigation to start an individual analysis from an existing report. This enables report recipients to work with the data on their own and transition very smoothly from an overview to the details – wherever this option is necessary or seems gainful. In Delta­Master 6, users can navigate in every Graphical Table and also in the Presentation Mode. The Navigation becomes especially easy and efficient Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 09/2016

Navigating in Graphical Tables – ad hoc analytics for all

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Starting with DeltaMaster 6, a number of functions that previously required specific licenses are now available to all users. This includes Browse, Zoom, and Navigate, the three most important functions to start an analysis spontaneously from a given report. Using these functions in DeltaMaster 6 is simple – even for those with little practice or training. This opens many new possibilities to design reports and applications! The Navigation, in particular, has what it takes to drastically simplify Business Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 08/2016

Using variables to automatically publish reports for individual recipients

Greetings, fellow data analysts! If you want to send information or write a letter to more than one person, you inevitably come in contact with placeholders, fillers, or variables as they are called in the world of data processing. Letter drafts and templates, for example, often start with “Dear Mr. …,”. This ellipsis is also a variable because you want to replace it with the respective last name in the output. The Publisher or the Report­Server of DeltaMaster provide a Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 07/2016

Designing reports for automated publishing

Greetings, fellow data analysts! In a three-part series from April through June, we presented the output formats and channels that you can use to automatically generate, update, assemble, and distribute reports. Many of you responded with inquiries about Publisher or ReportServer, as the module is called in DeltaMaster 5. Some of the questions are easy to answer. For example: Isn’t this type of automation, a “server”, something for large applications with many consumers and frequent updates? No! Automation has its Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 06/2016

Considerations for selecting the report format and distribution type

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Distributing reports is the one task in Business Intelligence where you can see the efficiency gains so clearly like nowhere else. Once you have created a DeltaMaster application or analysis session, you can use it as a template to automatically generate, update, assemble, and distribute tailored briefing books for individual consumers – all at marginal cost close to zero. In order to do that, you need a report format called Graphical Tables, which ensure efficient, reliable Read More …