OneStream XF has exploded in popularity over the last few years as a versatile unified platform to manage a wide variety of your business needs. One area
that has become robust is the dashboarding functionality of the application, which provides a canvas to present to end users of any organizational level that may
include a mixture of charts and graphs, narrative text, or even portions of your processes.
Today's market contains a hefty variety of options for visualization. I've worked with many as a Business Intelligence consultant to display data in a variety
of formats to paint the story of an organization's data in a way that is intuitive and insightful. OneStream's dashboarding functionality provides that same
capability with the system's financial data.
As a lifelong BI developer and administrator, I love the idea of having this type of functionality built directly into the transactional system and not relying
on ETL processes to pull the data out into another system to be analyzed. Of course, there are plenty of benefits to building data marts and warehouses, but
OneStream's built-in tools allow an implementation to contain so much of that functionality directly within the solution, which aligns perfectly with the
overall product strategy to have OneStream be the single point of interaction and not having multiple systems to maintain and use to perform and maintain
regular business processes.
With OneStream, you can achieve so much of this right within the app. The dashboards within OneStream serve a variety of purposes and are more than simply a
way to display some charts of your data, although it does that, too.
Here are just a few of the common applications of dashboards in a OneStream implementation:
The first and most obvious function of OneStream's dashboards is to display visualizations based on your data. This means producing reusable, well-defined
metrics to illustrate the performance or progress of different areas of your business. This features the usual suspects of charts and graphs, all built
based on cube views of your data that you also define. Here's an example of a rich dashboard with visualizations:
Dashboards can also serve as a quick, easy to navigate location for financial reports. Think of having your Income Statement and Balance Sheet defined and
developed and able to be refreshed from month to month. Those can be accessible via a dashboard to have them easily accessed when needed.
Landing Pages for Process Management and Administrative Tasks
You can also leverage dashboards to develop interfaces for receiving input from correctly provisioned users or to view, manage, and execute tasks assigned
to your position. This means a forecast manager can view a dashboard tailored to their job function to review and execute tasks within the forecasting
process, all from within the same sets of interfaces every other OneStream activity is performed in.
Further, you can run reports within your dashboard to audit your progress and your teams at any given point in the cycle, making your dashboards a sort of
command center for the financial processes that occur each period.
OneStream's Dashboards are robust and flexible. They allow you to view data in ways that both inform the executive level while enabling the analysts to perform
their regular processes. In upcoming blog posts, I will walk through the individual components of dashboards to show just how flexible and easy to maintain
they are, as well as provide additional examples of how they can be leveraged to get even more value from your OneStream implementation.