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! 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! 05/2015

Pivot Navigation with a double click – predefining analysis paths

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Many regular sources of information follow specific conventions or guidelines regarding the content and order for reporting things. Standards for form and content make it easier to create and use reports as well. With DeltaMaster, you can even standardize things that are not part of the initial report – namely, the interactive steps to trace values and variances back to their origins. Using the Pivot Navigation, you can define and save analysis paths directly in a Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 03/2015

Linking reports – From a pivot table to detailed analyses

Greetings, fellow data analysts! The Brockhaus encyclopedia, once known throughout Germany as the epitome of a reliable information source, is now a thing of the past: The printed version was discontinued in 2014. New media and Internet portals such as Wikipedia sealed its fate. If you browse through their articles, however, you will sometimes miss the professional expertise that made the printed works so renowned. On the other hand, you probably do not want to miss the flexibility to jump Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 02/2015

Comparing positive and negative variances in the same report

Greetings, fellow data analysts! A general rule of writing says that the most important message belongs at the top, for example, in the heading or at the beginning of an explana­tion. That’s how we learned it, and that’s how we do it – in writing as well as reporting. When you analyze customers, products, materials, etc., you probably also sort them by a measure so that the most relevant objects appear at the top of the table. Yet in the Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 10/2013

Check list for DeltaMaster applications – Part 2: Pivot tables/graphical tables

Greetings, fellow data analysts! Companies spend a great deal of time and effort collecting, saving, preparing, and consolidating data – and, ultimately, making reports. But if a report is read and understood or even triggers a reaction doesn’t just have to do with the quality of the underlying data. The design plays a key role as well. When it comes to designing reports, DeltaMaster already answers many open questions and takes over a range of tasks, for example, through reasonable Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 11/2012

Organizing pivot tables with additional gaps

Greetings, fellow data analysts! As a graphic designer, Otl Aicher has shaped the image of modern Germany. His pictograms didn’t just define the look and feel for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Decades later, they still guide travelers through train stations and airports throughout the world. Aicher was one of the founders of the Ulm School of Design, which similar to Bauhaus is one of the most prominent schools of its kind. The real art of his work was Read More …

DeltaMaster clicks! 04/2012

Circles as in-cell charts in pivot tables

Greetings, fellow data analysts! The circle is a powerful symbol that dates back to ancient times. It has no beginning and no end – an allegory for the sun, completeness, and even perfection. When it comes to serious information, however, circles are often seen in a dubious light. Someone who talks in circles, for example, is neither getting ahead nor to the point. In data visualization, using circles in charts is questionable as well. The readers would have to compare Read More …