In an ideal world, every business executive would have his or her own executive dashboard to craft custom reports using files regardless of the application in which they were created. The problem with that vision is that the typical IT department doesn't have time to develop a custom executive dashboard for every user.
But at a time when more people than ever are asking for custom reports, IT organizations have another option -- Executive Report Manager (ERM) from Host Analytics.
Host Analytics provides a set of corporate performance management applications available as a service. According to Keri Brooke, the company's vice president of marketing, users can load any file into the ERM module to create custom financial or regulatory reports. In the absence of such a system, Brooke notes that most users are pretty much left to their own devices as they struggle to organize information stored in everything from Microsoft Office to complex ERP systems.
According to Ric Ratkowski, vice president of product management with Hosted Analytics, the real problem with the whole concept of executive dashboards is that they are really mashups of a lot of different types of content that not only take a lot of time, they're not a repeatable process, given the special needs of each user. This concept provides an online framework that puts the onus of crafting the executive dashboard back on the user where it belongs.
And in the not too distant future, says Brooke, Host Analytics also expects to be able to let external data sources being streamed directly into the Host Analytics environment.