In addition to parametrization and styling improvements, Indicee’s Holiday Release included a number of new features to make large dashboards more manageable and our game-changing Question Panel more intuitive. The Question Panel plays a key part in our vision to make BI more accessible for business users. With adoption rates for BI tools widely acknowledged to be stuck at around 20%, these improvements take us a step closer towards simpler, question-based analytics that anyone can use.
This is the second in our product series about the Indicee Holiday Release. As this was such a big release, with so many great new features, we decided that piling the details into one blog post would be an injustice. Instead, we’re going to delve a little deeper over three.
Report Drilling – New options for drilling into Indicee reports & charts
Zoom in or Expand in place
Indicee has had the ability to expand reports for quite some time. Now, report viewers have the option of specifying the drill-in-place (“expand”) or drill-and-replace (“zoom-in”) options. Drill-and-replace is a great option for larger tabular reports that become unwieldy as users expand them. When drilling, the report is replaced with only the “drilled” data.
Drilling like this also works on Indicee charts. Drill-in-place works well on smaller tabular reports where “expanding” the report results in a table that is still easy to consume.
Question Panel improvements for report designers and ad-hoc reporting
Our question panel is what got us started. The ability for business users to build their own queries using a Question type interface is always the highlight of our demos. Now we’ve made it even easier to use, especially for bigger data sets. Lots of ways to manage longer lists of measures, grouping clauses and filters.
Find what you need faster with new question measure pickers
We’ve replaced the simple drop-down menu for picking question clause measures with a picker dialog. This is great news for report designers or ad-hoc query users to help them quickly search and filter based on measure names, favorites and tags.
Trying out different question clauses is much faster now with drag and drop re-ordering of clauses and filters.
Free report creators from locked down formatting rules
The new measure picker serves double duty as a great way to override formatting logic that was applied at the modeling stage. Choose different date or number formats, different aggregation rules that apply to only this report.
Need more? Add a completely new reporting measure from the report editor without having to go back into the modeling interface. A great way to speed up report building.
More flexible filtering options
The new picker also provides some new flexibility in selecting filters. Instead of selecting from the predefined list of values, the report designer can enter their own list directly. Dates can now be selected from a new calendar control to make this faster and easier.