What is iCube?

iCube is a standard product for reporting of structured information. Data from the enterprise’s basic systems is organized in a reporting database and made available graphically. The program retrieves structure and data from the accounting, personnel and production systems, among others.

 

A wealth of opportunities
The data is presented visually as organization charts, geographical maps, or other structures that communicate information rapidly and provide greater insight into relationships and trends. The boxes in an organization chart can be colour-coded to indicate variances or values achieved. This makes it easier to see what one should concentrate on. Each summary screen also serves as a menu, making it possible to view data in more detail.

iCube has its own report generator, which makes it easy to create reports with a few clicks of the mouse. All reports automatically include functions for drilldown into underlying levels and for changing the focus across the structures (pivoting data). All the models also provide easy access to business graphics.

With Drag’n’Graph, you can compare data from different sources. You can drag a report element and drop it into the Drag’n’Graph window to display a trend graph for the selected data element - for example, sales figures for the product. If you perform the same action using the figures for expenses for the marketing campaign, you can find relationships. Reports can be saved and rerun when new information is available.

iCube M/b has a query module where you can compose free-format searches using point-and-click functionality. A defined search can be saved as a report for display or editing.

iCube’s Autopilot makes it easy to view reports and graphs. Autopilot shares some features with presentation programs such as MS PowerPoint or Freelance Graphics. The difference is that but the parameters necessary for viewing the reports. In this way, the Autopilot sequences are always updated dynamically. From a report that has been saved, you can use all the other functionality in the system.

When novice users need to present data, Autopilot is ideal – it can be set up in different ways depending on the user’s experience.

You can start iCube’s Autopilot directly from an icon; you can remove menus and toolbars; you can set up icons that make it easy to browse through reports; and Autopilot can be closed automatically.

In all modules, you can add and change comments on the data, and comments can be imported and exported freely.A range of administrative features is available to superusers, including column definitions, user administration and macros.

iCube provides access to data and its historical profile. The system includes a calendar function used for retrieving data for a given period.

 

iCube for small and large organizations...
Most organizations have a variety of reporting needs. Top managers often want summary information, while financial controllers are more interested in details. iCube covers both these needs, as well as many other areas of use. Here are some examples.

 

Unique reporting capability
Many organizations use standardized reporting,with a number of different reports which are distributed internally. With iCube, users can look at the aspects that interest them, and produce the reports that they wish to keep. If everyone needs access to certain reports, they can be made available as Autopilot sequences.

Autopilot sequences are well suited to applications such as displaying results in divisional meetings. The unique advantage of iCube’s Autopilot is that you can go beyond the reports that have been stored without making adaptations. You may have stored a report that shows the data for the month, while a participant wonders about the accumulated figures at the same date. In iCube – even in Autopilot mode – a click allows you to shift the focus from periodic to accumulated and answer the question,although the report was not stored in this sequence.

 

Information for the organization
Executive information (EIS/BI) can be presented as a combination of graphics, outlines and reports in iCube, organized in Autopilot sequences. Using the same basic data for all iCube users ensures uniform and coordinated understanding and reporting of the organization’s data.

 

Balanced scorecard management
A growing number of organizations wish to balance their operations in relation to a complete picture of various goals and strategies. Today, many players restrict their focus to finance. By defining critical success factors, balancing them in relation to each other and following them up, the whole organization can work towards the same objectives.

In iCube, you can draw outlines that present the relationships visually. Colour codes can indicate whether the enterprise is ahead of schedule or lagging behind in its efforts to achieve its goals, and can show where improvements are needed.

The cream of the crop
iCube is available with user interfaces for Web and for Windows, and it is easy to combine these. If you use Windows at the office, you can still select the Web interface at home.

 

From novice to pro in a day or two
iCube is a powerful but simple tool. Courses are usually based on the organization’s own data, and last from a half to a whole day. Superusers need an extra day of training, and should also participate actively in introducing the system in their own organization.

 
 
 

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