ProClarity eNewsletter
Volume 2 — Issue 3
March 2006
Understanding Awards 2006
ProClarity Recognizes Excellence in Business Intelligence with Awards at Understanding
Customers and Partners Acknowledged for Outstanding Application of Analytic Technology and Innovative Business Solutions

ProClarity hosted customers, partners and industry experts in Sun Valley for an annual worldwide user conference Feb 27 to March 2. The event provided all parties involved with ProClarity a chance to meet and discuss best practices, solve problems, review the latest technologies and products, and strengthen relationships. During the conference, the ProClarity Understanding Awards were presented, recognizing customers and partners for their outstanding application of ProClarity Analytics and creative resolution of complex business challenges.

The ProClarity award winners are Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union, Union Standard Insurance Group, Veterans Health Administration, Acorn Systems, Inc. and OLAP Business Solutions. These organizations were judged to have demonstrated innovative business intelligence solutions and industry best practices through the deployment of ProClarity Analytics.

The award categories and finalists are as follows:

Understanding Award finalists: Level 3 Communications, Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union, PeaceHealth and Union Standard Insurance Group

This Understanding Award was given to Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union and Union Standard Insurance Group for applying their skills and technology to create cutting-edge analytic applications that incorporate industry best practices and support high standards in business intelligence solutions.

Enterprise Analytics Award finalists: Barnes & Noble, NCCI Holdings, Veterans Health Administration and Urban Outfitters

This Enterprise Analytics Award was given to Veterans Health Administration for its excellence in business intelligence deployment and user adoption to positively impact the organization.

Application Partner Award finalists: Acorn Systems, Epicor, Moore Stephens, Urix and Zilliant

This Application Partner Award was given to Acorn Systems for creating unique solutions and solving specific business problems with ProClarity Analytics, demonstrating keen insight into marketplace needs.

Implementation Partner Award finalists: Ideaca, Hitachi Consulting, OLAP Business Solutions and Solid Quality Learning

This Implementation Partner Award was given to OLAP Business Solutions for developing deep ProClarity technical knowledge, business intelligence expertise and implementation best practices.

"Business intelligence is a top priority for organizations, yet many companies struggle to successfully apply analytic technology to resolve complex business problems," said Bob Lokken, ProClarity President and CEO. "The Understanding Award finalists have demonstrated the innovative application of ProClarity analytic technology to address unique business challenges while enhancing overall business performance. We're proud to recognize these ProClarity customers and partners as true leaders in business intelligence."

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ProClarity for Business Scorecard Manager Gives Users Tools to Investigate the "Why" Behind Key Performance Indicators
Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager is a comprehensive scorecard and dashboard application that helps organizations visually display progress towards strategic goals. On its own, it's powerful. Combined with ProClarity for Business Scorecard Manager, it's even more usable and versatile, and enables decision makers to quickly and easily analyze results. Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager shows what is happening; ProClarity helps users drill down to understand why.

ProClarity for Business Scorecard Manager lets users perform root-cause analysis on metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) faster and more intuitively than with standard business charts and tables by incorporating patented and patent-pending visualizations, such as the Decomposition Tree, Performance Map and Perspective View.

ProClarity for Business Scorecard Manager offers:
Zero-footprint, thin-client, Web-based analytics
The ability to analyze what's driving your KPIs
Web-optimized charting and advanced visualizations
A seamless link to additional ad-hoc investigation

ProClarity for Business Scorecard Manager is available as a complimentary add-on to ProClarity Analytics that customers and partners can download from the ProClarity Web site.

Learn more about ProClarity for Business Scorecard Manager


Reckitt Benckiser Relies on Scorecards to Improve Performance
Reckitt Benckiser, the market leader in household cleaning products, uses balanced scorecards for measuring and managing key performance indicators
and critical company processes at various levels of control and activity, and across a variety of markets, cultures and geographies.

Reckitt Benckiser operates in 60 countries with a workforce of 23,000 employees worldwide, generating net revenues in excess of £3 billion. The company, which owns brands such as Calgon, Dettol, Harpic, Immac, Lemsip, and Mr. Sheen in Europe, and French's Mustard, Lysol, Resolve, Wizard and Woolite in North America, was created in late 1999 out of a merger between Reckitt & Colman plc and Benckiser N.V.

A Balanced Uniform View
The Reckitt Benckiser business intelligence solution includes the ProClarity Analytics Platform, which provides the technology foundation for the custom balanced scorecard application, and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services. The resulting system provides balanced scorecard functionality for the business around the world, implementing one version of the truth. The delivery of consistent information and views throughout the business, together with standardized reports, makes it easier to manage the business. The system also has the benefits of low total cost of ownership and a central, Web-based, global deployment.

At the strategic level, the functional architecture comprises top level balanced scorecard KPIs, such as in-market performance, key ratios, financials and special projects. The next level comprises functional scorecards for finance, category (brand indicators), supply (supply-chain indicators), human resources (manpower indicators) and sales. The third level comprises functional diagnostic drill-downs, with transactional systems, company and external databases providing the underlying information layer.

The scorecard solution allows Reckitt Benckiser to analyze captured information quickly, identify which promotions work and where benefits are derived. Equally important, Reckitt Benckiser is able to share this information with the rest of the organization.

Read the case study


Microsoft Offers Drill to Detail White Paper
During the Understanding Conference question-and-answer sessions, Bill Baker from Microsoft received several questions on drilling to detail (also known as drillthrough). Microsoft has posted a white paper on this that describes how drillthrough works in Analysis Services and includes implementation best practices.

Access the drillthrough white paper


PARTNER PROFILE
ADERANT
ADERANT (www.aderant.com) is a leading provider of practice management solutions for law, accounting, consulting, and other professional services firms. The company's solution suite, ADERANT Expert, provides firms with comprehensive functionality for time and billing, financial accounting, business development, matter/project management, business intelligence, performance management, and mobility.

ADERANT has formed a strategic partnership with ProClarity to market analytic solutions that help clients analyze critical data and make rapid, informed decisions to improve profitability.

"By partnering with an industry leader such as ProClarity, we are providing our clients with additional flexibility in how they access and use critical business data to improve their performance," said Don Howren, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for ADERANT.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, ADERANT is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner. The company's more than 600 clients include some of the world's most prominent professional services organizations, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG LLP, Macleod Dixon LLP, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP, Manugistics, Skadden Arps, and Winston & Strawn.

Learn more about ADERANT

PARTNER SUCCESS STORY
GeoAnalyzer Uses ProClarity to Develop Geographical Information System
GeoAnalyzer® has developed a geographical information system with ProClarity technology to analyze, build and plot routes and other mapping-related tasks.

The GeoAnalyzer solution consists of two components: the INTEGRA Information System and the geographical information system (GIS). The INTEGRA® Information System is the analytic foundation with components to change cube dimensions on the fly, update data and structures, and maintain information structures over time. It also includes complete business models and templates for the consumer packaged goods, banking, retail, telecommunications and transportation industries.

The GIS includes complete demographic information for Mexico and most Latin American countries and features detailed maps of Mexico that can be used to establish tracks and waypoints. It also addresses automatic coding using a proprietary algorithm, demographic analysis, thematic plots (such as radial, polygonal, etc.), commercial analysis and multi-coverage analysis.

The INTEGRA Information System and GIS modules work together, enabling users to begin analysis using a map and then jump into the cube analysis to complete the exploration. It's also possible to begin analysis using the Decomposition Tree and move to a map covering a particular area.

GeoAnalyzer also has a PDA module that provides checklists to field people. After conducting analysis using GeoAnalyzer, users can define roadmaps and assign priorities and responsibilities. GeoAnalyzer will then send information to PDAs with specific details and consolidate the status of individual checklists into the GeoAnalyzer application for analysis with ProClarity technology.

Learn more about the ProClarity Partner Network

New Partners
ProClarity is pleased to announce this month's new partners offering dynamic solutions built on and around the ProClarity platform.

North America
Statera, Inc. - www.statera.com
Business Systems Consultants - www.bscichicago.com
LBMC Technologies - www.lbmc.com

International
Aventia - Spain - www.aventia.com
ORAYLIS GmbH - Germany - www.oraylis.de
PicNet P/L - Australia - www.picnet.com.au
Netstone BV - Netherlands - www.netstone.nl
In Summa - Netherlands - www.insumma.nl


TIPS & TRICKS
Insider's Insight
If you ever need to access the hidden MY VIEWS library using "Manage Books" in ProClarity Professional, here's how to do it:

Open the ProClarity_PAS database in SQL server, right-click the Libraries table and return all rows
Find the record with the Caption of "FAVORITES"
Alter the GUID from {1F823801-C6F2-11d4-81F6-444553540001} to {1F823801-C6F2-11d4-81F6-444553540000} (do this by changing the "1" at the end to a different number) and the TYPE to "BRIEFINGBOOK"
Refresh the SQL databases folder, and refresh PAS with the Admin Tool. You should now see the FAVORITES library appear. (Note: Although the naming conventions differ between the database and the front-end tools, the FAVORITES library is the same thing as the MY VIEWS library.)

You can now access your end users' MY VIEWS using ProClarity Professional or the Admin Tool, make any changes and republish the views. You can insert a page that you want all your end users to have in their MY VIEWS, update connection information in the MY VIEWS section, and change the Shared Items used in those views.


EVENTS
ProClarity Announces Sponsorship at E-Gov Institute Knowledge Management Conference & Exhibition
ProClarity is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Knowledge Management Conference & Exhibition on April 19-21 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. ProClarity will be exhibiting at booth 127 on Thursday, April 20, from 11-5.

As a silver sponsor, ProClarity has been authorized to offer a 20% discount on conference admission and complimentary passes for "Expo Only" registration on April 20. The conference includes valuable sessions and opportunities to network with others who are actively exploring, planning and implementing Knowledge Management solutions. This is the largest Knowledge Management event serving the government, with 18 sessions, three tutorials, the E-Learning Solutions Seminar, keynote addresses, breakfast and lunch daily, and exposition sessions.

Please email info@proclarity.com to get your complimentary pass.

Learn more information about the event

WEBCASTS
Integrating Analysis and Reporting Solutions
Join Mike Young, Manager of the ProClarity Center of Excellence, for this informative Webcast. You will learn how Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services combines OLAP analytics and relational reporting into one powerful tool — and how the latest release of ProClarity Analytics 6 helps harness that power and simplify the process. The Webcast will cover the key differences between analytics and reporting as well as how to integrate the two to deliver the information users need.

Date: March 16, 2006
Time: 9 a.m. PST | 12 p.m. EST | 5 p.m. GMT
Location: Online

Register now to attend

Improving Performance with Analytic Dashboards
Analytic dashboards help decision makers monitor business conditions and respond effectively with at-a-glance insight into performance. This informative Webcast, featuring Rentcash, the sixth-fastest growing company in Canada, will show you best practices for implementing successful dashboards that turn information into action and improve corporate performance.

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Time: 11 a.m. PDT | 2 p.m. EDT | 6 p.m. GMT
Location: Online

Register now to attend


In This Issue
Understanding Awards 2006
ProClarity for Business
Scorecard Manager
Reckitt Benckiser Relies on
Scorecards to Improve
Performance
Microsoft Offers Drill to Detail
White Paper
Partner Network News
Tips & Tricks: Insiders Insight
Events
Webcasts


Intelligent Insight
"The future never just happened. It was created."
Historians Will and Ariel Durant


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