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Best Practice selection criteria for determining which tool to use (Xcelsius, Dashboard Manager, or Performance Manager).

Selection Criteria 1 Do users need visualization and interactivity? 2 Is Just-in-time data needed ? (daily, weekly?) 3 Will a query result produce more than 1000 rows? 4 Does the database have to be "re-modeled" ? 5 Is Drill-down insight wanted? Under 3 levels? 6 Drill -down insight desired is over 3 levels? 7 Is all calculation logic performed in the database or Universe layer, not the Excel layer? 8 Is User currently experiencing poor query response time? 9 Are most users using Excel as a reporting tool ? 10 Have users expressed a need to use Excel in the future with BI data ? 11 Is there a need to integrate reporting data with visualization data? 12 Does user want to use an XML file within a dashboard model? 13 Does user need multiple XML files in a dashboard model? 14 The latest data is required to make intelligent business decisions. 15 The data presented in a model should be updated daily? 16 The process for updating data within the visual model should be completely automated? 17 Are XML maps anticipated ? (Mapped and streamed) Excel 2003 compatible. 18 Is quick turnaround time for deployment necessary? (less than 6 months) 19 Is company trying to meet SOX requirements? Desire secure data models? 20 Does your dashboard need to provide alerts? ( based on Values and %) 21 Does your users utilize Infoview as a starting point in their BI experience? 22 Are all corporate departments aligned with a centralized respository of data? 23 Do you wish to leverage existing user knowledge of Excel? Do you wish to leverage existing user collection of Excel worksheets and mini-data24 marts? 25 Reporting (not interactive visualization) is the requirement? 26 Will Query response times support the interactivity? 27 Are offline access and printed output a key requirement? 28 Do the users want to set goals and track performance? 29 Are business processes part of the overall BI strategy? 30 Do you have 12 months for planning, design, build and deploy? (Long Lead Times?) 31 Do you have sufficient staff to support a frequently used application? 32 Are you comfortable with sharing the maintenance of the data and models with users? Score (Lower is First Choice)

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