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! 08/2011

Ad hoc analysis in Analyzer mode

Greetings, fellow data analysts! The first bicycles as we know them today date back to the 1860s. Back then, riding a bicycle must have been very difficult; not only were they extremely heavy, but they also had a fixed gear ratio that could only be changed by taking off the rear wheel. It took decades until the shifter was invented – the patent for the first hub gear from Wanderer in 1902 and the invention of the derailleur by Campagnolo Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 07/2011

Making comparisons over time with moving averages

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Long-term developments and trends that affect or are affected by daily business are an important foundation for making management decisions. Yet, it’s often not easy to recognize them – especially when your business changes from day to day or even throughout the course of the day. When you collect data every hour or minute, you often get unsteady patterns which makes it difficult to detect the base lines. One option to cope with this situation is Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 06/2011

Location Analysis with Google Maps

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Nowadays, companies often want to get an overview of the developments on site. Where do our employees work? Where are we making money? Where are our offices, customers, patients, or service centers located? What are their surroundings? Thanks to Google Maps, you can easily obtain a bird’s eye view of these and other factors. And with the new Location Analysis module in DeltaMaster, you can connect your business data to these visualizations in order to highlight Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 05/2011

Editing pivot tables faster – with the mouse and control keys

Greetings, fellow data analysts! It’s amazing how quickly (and frequently) young people type text messages on their mobile phones. Nowadays, you don’t even need to press any buttons. If you have a handheld, smartphone, or tablet, you simply need to wipe or touch the screen to tell the computer what you want to communicate with someone else. This works on account of the devices’ technical capabilities but also because you hold them in your hand. After all, it is not Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 04/2011

Size settings and differentiation in graphical tables

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Most hobby photographers and even amateur picture takers have realized that new cameras with more megapixels do not necessarily take better pictures. (This, of course, is just an across-the-board statement and should be judged as such.) Yet although consumers feel this way, the marketing departments of the manufacturers haven’t seemed to notice because they continue to run sensational marketing campaigns advertising more and more pixels. Some people also feel that there is a tad too much Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 03/2011

Nested axes in pivot tables

Greetings, fellow data analysts! As the old saying goes, there is a time and place for everything. In good literature, for example, highly elaborate and intricate styles of writing are often a pleasure – or sometimes a pain – to read. Yet, if you have to communicate a message that people should understand quickly, it is probably best to use clear, simple language.When you analyze data from multiple dimensions, you also need a certain level of complexity. Yet, that can Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 02/2011

Using adaptive hierarchy menus to select dimension levels

Greeting, fellow data analysts! In a good restaurant, you expect the waiter to subtly mention if certain menu items are no longer available. That way, you won’t be disappointed if they don’t have what you want and your order won’t take longer than necessary. The restaurant could just cross out these items from the menu or daily specials sign – but that doesn’t look particularly good. In multidimensional data models, you also have many different choices with respect to the Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 01/2011

Presenting reports automatically – kiosk mode

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Many artists feel that art doesn’t just belong in a museum. It should also be where people are – in living rooms, in cafes, on the street, in city squares, or wherever else they congregate. Similarly, we think that Business Intelligence doesn’t just belong in supervisory board meeting rooms or executive suites. It should also be in the offices where people make operative decisions day after day – or places where colleagues meet and reflect about Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 12/2010

Analyzing value distributions with box plots

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Statistical distribution wasn’t exactly a hot conversation topic a few years back. Yet in Germany, it was almost omnipresent – at least as soon as we opened our wallets. A portrait of Carl Friedrich Gauß, the inventor of the normal distribution curve, graced the front side of the fourth (and last series) of the ten D-mark bill. Although this bill is now history, delving into statistical distributions of measures is still well worth the effort. Sometimes, Read More …