Cost Driver’s Dashboard for a Supply Chain Executive:

Supply Chain Cost Drivers Profitability Dashboard
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Summary:

Profitability equals revenue minus costs – To that end, A supply chain executive is mostly focused on optimizing cost elements to drive profitability. Here’s a mock up of a dashboard created for an executive to help him keep an eye on the overall health while making sure he gets alerted for key cost categories.

The Dashboard was created using profitability data-set & also had drill down capabilities to analyze numbers for cost buckets like Raw materials, manufacturing & logistics.

Mockup:

Supply Chain Cost Drivers Profitability Dashboard

Business Intelligence Dashboard for Inventory management for a manufacturing organization:

Inventory Management Business Intelligence Manufacturing
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Mockup:

BI system allows the analysts & operational specialists to drill down to the lowest data available but here’s a dashboard for executives & Sr. managers:

Inventory Management Business Intelligence Manufacturing

Business Intelligene Dashboard for Quality Managers

Quality Test Results Dashboard
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Business Goal:

Need to understand the patterns in Quality test results data across all plants.

Summary:

– The solution involved creating a Business Intelligence system that gathered data from multiple plants. I was involved in mentoring IT team, development and end-user training of a Business Intelligence Dashboard that used SQL server analysis services as it’s data source.

– Dashboard development involved multiple checkpoint meetings with business leaders since this was the first time they had a chance to visualize quality test results data consolidated from multiple plants. Since they were new to data visualization, I used to prepare in advance and create 3-4 relevant visualization templates to kick off meetings.

Mockup:

(it is intended to look generic since I can’t discuss details. Also, drill down capabilities had been added to the dashboard to go down to the lowest granularity if needed)

Quality Test Results Dashboard

Business Intelligence Dashboard for Plant Managers (operations focused):

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Business goal:

Plant managers needed a centralized automated solution that helped them monitor key metrics (operations focused) to help them better manage manufacturing plants.

Technical Summary:

– Work with the plant managers to identify key metrics & calculations to be displayed on dashboard

– Work with the IT managers to identify data source systems.

– Develop the Dashboard using SQL Server Reporting Services. (Built iteratively by making sure to have three checkpoint meetings with plant managers while working with IT/Business-Analysts to ensure data integrity)

– Developed drill down reports see detailed data at plant and machine level.

Mockup:

Plant Managers dashboard operations manufacturing

SQL Server reporting services: How to add a seconday axis on a chart?

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Problem Statement:

Need a chart on a SQL Server Reporting Services chart with a secondary axes.

Need measure #2 on a secondary axes:

SQL Server Reporting Services Secondary AxesSolution:

1. In the Design Mode > Open the Chart Date Pane > For Measure #2, navigate to Series properties:

SQL Server Reporting Services Series Properties Chart Data2. From the Series Properties Dialog box, navigate to “Axes and Chart Area” and choose the option “Secondary” under vertical axes.

SSRS Secondary Axis Axes3. Click OK to go back to the design mode and preview the report to test it:

SSRS SQL SERVER SECONDARY AXIS LINE CHART BAR CHART

4. Make sure to rename the axis title of the secondary axis, format the number to make it consistent with the report layout.

Note:

SSRS Version needed: SQL Server 2008 and above.

Conclusion:

In this post, you saw how to add a secondary axis on a SSRS Chart.

“An unexpected system error occured…” – While trying to establish a Data Connection in Performance Point 2010 Dashboard Designer

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So I got an error while trying to set up a Data Connection via Performance Point 2010 Dashboard Designer: “An unexpected system error has occurred . additional details have been logged for your administrator” – and so I did quick searches and read this & this & this & this & this and with the help of the links I solved the error. Now, there are lots of moving parts but for machine I was able to solve the error by:

1. SharePoint 2010 Central Administration

2. Manage Services on Server

3. Stopping “PerformancePoint Service”

4. And then Starting it Again.

5. If you are still facing issues then consider re-booting the server. In my case, it was a demo machine and so I quickly rebooted it.

Simple? Yeah but I spent 30 odd mins trying to figure out how to solve this error and so I thought I would document this.

 

Works? Yes? Great! No? Try:

-> Configure secure service store and unattended service account.

-> you can check out the links that I added earlier.

 

Before I got the error – I had

1. Successfully Added “PerformancePoint Service Application” via “Manage Service Applications”

2. I had made sure that the PerformancePoint Service and the Secure Store Service were Started.

3. Created a Business Intelligence Center Site and checked the Site Collection Features were properly configured.

But I got an error while trying to create a Data Connection. And I solved it! And Now can spend time creating few reports! That’s about it for this post.

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