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Add an information view to a Collection in a Business Intelligence and Performance Management Application Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180248D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The Business Intelligence and Performance Management Environment is geared towards moving from one view to another, changing views and using the information in the views for decision making or process fulfilment. Currently it is not possible to go through the business intelligence or performance management application environment and easily select a view to keep for later usage together with other related content. If users are working with information (could be reports, metrics, alerts, etc.) they are often in a train of thought to do analysis or review information.

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Add an information view to a Collection in a Business Intelligence and Performance Management Application Environment

This invention aims at making it possible for a general business user to capture a train of thought while working through a business investigation. Currently it is not possible to go through the business intelligence or performance management application environment and easily select a view to keep for later usage together with other related content. With this invention it is possible to collect a train of thought for review later or to present a business issue to others.

If users are working with information (could be reports, metrics, alerts, etc.) they are often in a train of thought to do analysis or review information. The Business Intelligence and Performance Management Environment is geared towards moving from one view to another, changing views and using the information in the views for decision making or process fulfilment.

In the current product offerings, users have the following options/solutions:
a. Save the view as a separate object in the content store, and place it in a separate "folder" if you want to keep the topics of interest in one place.
b. Once views are available, the user can combine views in e.g. a Dashboard/Portal to view the items in one overview.
c. Export each view as another type of file (e.g. Excel) and create multiple views in another environment (e.g. also MS Excel)
d. Take a screen cap 1-by-1 and include it in another tool (e.g. MS PowerPoint)

What these solutions are missing is the ability to combine the individual views into one "train-of-thought" collection. For each view, the user has to deliberately save and combine the information for later usage. The user has to think about how to name the view, or where to place it (another environment) and has to perform a separate task to combine the views into one view.

This invention offers a single click addition of a view the user is looking at to a collection of views related to one topic/analysis. The collection of views can be seen as a single object that the user can use at a later stage.

The advantages are:
- The user doesn't need to think about how to combine relevant information into one environment, it's an action that is always available.
- The user doesn't need to think how to store the relevant information while they are working in their "train-of-thought" doing an analysis or re...