SAP Analytics Cloud achieved a major milestone—we are now IBCS certified!

The International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) provides conceptual design guidelines for conveying business information in the most concise manner to enable understanding, reasoning, and presentation.

This is a perfect fit for our vision to help people make better and faster business decisions. Our approach to become IBCS certified took a usability perspective with the aim to empower our self-service users to build IBCS compliant presentations as simply as possible.

We recognize that business leaders need clear and understandable information that’s in the proper context. Only then can they effectively analyze their data and make more-informed business decisions. Having a uniform set of rules for how to communicate business figures helps facilitate better analysis and understanding.

Best of all, the IBCS charting is seamlessly integrated into the product and available to all users, regardless of license type.

Focus on the Essentials—A Formula for SUCCESS

One of the most important roles of data visualizations is to make figures, relationships, and divergences easier to understand, especially when sharing or presenting that information. You want your audience to be able to quickly look at a chart or a table and sort out the information in a meaningful way so that they can act on it.

One of the challenges businesses face is communicating important business information, especially across business lines. Context is often lost when data is hidden or not shown in relation to other data. Without standards for displaying data visualizations, audiences may not be able to fully comprehend the information as effectively.

IBCS uses the SUCCESS formula, a leading method of business communication, to make business communication more effective. Business communication meets the IBCS® standards when it complies with the following seven rules:

  • Say — conveys a message
  • Unify — applies semantic notation
  • Condense — increases information density
  • Check — ensures visual integrity
  • Express — chooses proper visualization
  • Simplify — avoids clutter
  • Structure — organizes content

Whether you’re reporting or presenting, your charts and tables will be reduced to only the essentials so decision makers can gain a clearer understanding of the business.

IBCS Samples in SAP Analytics Cloud

In SAP Analytics Cloud, it’s easy to create charts and tables that conform to IBCS standard. Your reports, dashboards, and presentations will be dramatically improved and you’ll save a ton of time. Some standards are automatically applied such as time always being displayed on the X axis, the coloring of the versions, and so on.

Here are some samples of IBCS charts and tables in SAP Analytics Cloud:

 

 

Becoming IBCS certified means a lot to SAP Analytics Cloud as we are proud to adhere to the principles of SUCCESS, which is the foundation of effective communication.

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This article originally appeared on the SAP Analytics Cloud website and has been republished with permission.