Essbase 7X brings interactive BI to BPM
New HVE client offers analysts enhanced control over business dataFollow @infoworld
Once a DBA or expert user has configured access to specified dimensions in EAS, HVE users launch their work area from within Excel. The analyst then works in a drag-and-drop interface that's best described as a lower-friction pivot table scheme. Dimensions and measurements appear on the left, and users drag and drop them to columns and rows, grouping them, applying filters, and choosing from a small palette of display methods.
Once mastered, it's effortless to use. Yet achieving that mastery requires an investment of trial-and-error time. Those comfortable with data manipulation will find HVE a fast way to navigate a lot of dimensions, ask a lot of questions, and find a lot of indications.
Hyperion has given much thought to squeezing the most juice out of HVE. HVE has some thoughtful and convenient features, such as a menu command to take a snapshot of the current chart or graph, which can be copied to the clipboard and pasted into a presentation or file. Further, you can make compound charts that show quite a bit of data, which can make them confusing for for many viewers -- even the author. HVE helps sort things out by displaying a data description of the bar or part of the graph you're hovering over, and that makes reader absorption a little easier, too.
Hyperion deserves attention from organizations looking for a BPM solution provider. I hope the company chooses to beef up the business analytics abilities of the product, adding torque to the forward-looking aspects of performance management to complement the backward-looking muscle the tools already have. And if Hyperion keeps easing the analysts' work routine with usability touches the way it has in this release, the company will continue to merit extra attention. That's because BPM, like any mission-critical metasystem, can only be as valuable as its administration and UI allows it to be.