BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS — HOW TO GAUGE SUCCESS
Kutschke agrees that going beyond information reporting to providing launching points for other areas of the system adds value to a dashboard. That capability will be in Kodak EMS when it's released in July of this year.
The Prism Win management system offers users several methods to access interactive reports or query screens that provide business intelligence, notes Don Goldman, product manager at Prism USA Holdings in Wilmington, MA. This includes a new dynamic tool, called Prism-QTMS iQ, that was launched at PRINT 05 and "provides user-defined menus or 'dashboards' of functions and features," he adds.
The Prism dashboard is made up of a number of actionable buttons that can be linked to key indicator reports and data, along with providing shortcuts for launching modules, according to Goldman.
Cyrious Control software similarly uses function keys to trigger the gathering of information that is then displayed through a graphical reporting interface. In its initial development work for users in the sign and large-format printing sector, St. Cyr says the company found that access to information at a higher level was a key to growth for franchises using the system. Aggregation of data in real-time has continued to be a central feature of Cyrious' integrated management solution as it has expanded into other business sectors, including commercial printing, he reports.
EFI, by comparison, decided to develop its Enterprise Information System (EIS) as a separate tool in part to avoid having to develop the same capability for each of the management systems that the company offers, says Michael Henderson, product manager for EIS. The core of this dashboard system will essentially be the same for each MIS, but the installer may vary depending on the underlying database used by the MIS, he adds.
According to Henderson, the company's initial development phase has focused on data of use to executives for running their businesses, but it plans to expand into other areas, such as production. The product has been undergoing a staggered beta testing program that started with the PSI platform and commercialization will follow the same pattern, he says. Users who upgraded to the latest version of their MIS software and who have contracted for support will receive two EIS licenses.