XLCubed extends Excel's strengths, adding flexibility, visualisations and Enterprise-Wide deployment

XLCubed leverages everything which is good about Excel as a dashboard tool, and addresses the limitations to deliver a functionally richer, flexible solution with Enterprise scalability. Here are some of the key limitations and how we address them.

1) Additional, business focused chart types

XLCubed provides a number of additional visualisations to extend those available in Excel itself.  These include interactive small multiple charts, treemaps, geospatial mapping and a rich library of in-cell charts including sparklines, KPIs and bullet graphs. Our in-cell chart library is particularly useful for dashboards where space is at a premium.

2) Techniques to handle Changing Data Volumes

A classic problem in Excel reporting is where the size of a data table changes - how to handle growth from 10 to 20 rows where other data is being displayed beneath. XLCubed's viewport technology makes this easy, retaining all Excel's formatting and layout abilities whilst handling data growth.

3) An end to Spreadmarts

XLCubed connects directly to server-based data and so avoids the issues associated with using Excel itself as the data store, where core data can be easily overtyped or become out of sync with the central repository. XLCubed addresses this fundamental issue and the ensuing problems which have made Excel so unpopular in many IT departments, while retaining the flexibility business users love.

4) Widespread and mobile Report deployment

Excel is quick and nimble for report development, but is not well-suited for large scale distribution. It doesn’t handle multiple users well, and the alternative is distributing a potentially large workbook to hundreds of users each reporting cycle. With XLCubed Web Edition, data-connected and interactive dashboards are developed in Excel, and simply published to the web for browser and mobile app access. The web reports retain an active connection to the data, and can be fully dynamic.

The XLCubed example above was one of the winners in Dashboard Insight's Dashboard competition. It makes use of a combination of visual tables with in-cell charting from the XLCubed chart library, and well designed 'standard' Excel charts. The competition was based around a personal finance dataset, and the background and some of the thought process behind the dashboard are available by clicking on the image.

5) Responsive Reports

XLCubed dashboard sheets help users design fully screen responsive reports and dashboards in Excel.

One report fits any desktop, laptop or mobile screen size perfectly.


                   Personal Finance Dashboard, featured in Stephen Few's "Information Dashboard Design, 2nd Edition"