InetSoft's Collaborative BI

This world has been connected. BI systems are no different. The goal of collaborative BI is to facilitate quick decision making.

The shift to a better form of collaborative BI is happening. The ability to access BI applications from mobile devices has ushered in an entirely new era of data accessibility, and yet, the large majority of collaborative BI decisions are handled through email.

InetSoft seeks to change that. With it's 11.4 release of Style Intelligence, InetSoft brings users the ability to share bookmarks and annotations directly through their dashboards

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Shared Annotations

Shared annotations are exactly what they sound like: a comment added to a dashboard to provide some sort of explanation for another user. Annotations are versatile. They can be used to designate items of particular importance, or to share instructions.

This form of collaborative BI brings social functionality to business decision-making. In their personal lives, people have become used to the idea of "like, comment, subscribe" on sites like YouTube. This same idea is just as useful in dashboards, resulting in better content all around.

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Shared Bookmarks

Shared bookmarks are a way of taking annotations even further. Annotations allow users to leave notes for their colleagues, but bookmarks allow users to share data.

InetSoft's approach to bookmarks is a bit different than the traditional "I'll come back to this later" approach that Web browsers take. Bookmarks in Style Intelligence allow users to share snapshots of their data with others.

By creating a bookmark in a viewsheet, you have immortalized all the steps it took to get to that view. All filters, sliders, brushes, and other inputs that you made to view that customized bit of data is saved and can be viewed by any other user you want.

For instance, say you want to show your boss where you think company sales will close at the end of the fourth quarter. To do this, you need adjust the dashboard inputs to display the desired data. This may involve checking some boxes in a selection list, or manipulating a data slider, but once you have done that, you can send this data directly to your boss at the click of a button.

About InetSoft

Since 1996 InetSoft has been delivering easy, agile, and robust business intelligence software that makes it possible for organizations and solution providers of all sizes to deploy or embed full-featured business intelligence solutions. Application highlights include visually-compelling and interactive dashboards that ensure greater end-user adoption plus pixel-perfect report generation, scheduling, and bursting.

InetSoft's patent pending Data Block™ technology enables productive reuse of queries and a unique capability for end-user defined data mashup. This capability combined with efficient information access enabled by InetSoft's visual analysis technologies allows maximum self-service that benefits the average business user, the IT administrator, and the developer. InetSoft solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.

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