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TARGIT Decision Suite 2017

TARGIT har her i efteråret 2016 frigivet Decision Suite 2017 - som er nyeste udgave af deres brugervenlige Business Intelligence værktøj. Og i starten af december kom desuden første update med nogle stabilitetsrettelser.

Her er hvad TARGIT selv fremhæver af nyheder i den nye udgave:

This newest version is loaded with brand new features, improved functionalities, and a full-body makeover that we’re particularly proud to show off. This just might be TARGIT’s biggest update ever.

Splash Screen
The first thing you see after logging into TARGIT Decision Suite 2017 is a new introductory splash screen. This virtual assistant helps users by directing them to relevant resources such as an introduction to TARGIT Decision Suite and commonly used tips and tricks, depending on user level assigned to the user.

The default site can be customized in TARGIT Management, making it possible to display your company’s own site when users log in. These customization options open endless possibilities for alerting users of software maintenance needs, updates, and general information and help.

Start page
Once the splash screen is closed, a brand new start page is revealed. The new start page has been simplified with just the options to open existing documents or create new ones. This improves overall usability by making it easier for users to gain an instant overview and navigate and search documents. Administrators will also find it easier to organize documents.

The Open section resembles two already well-known ways for users to navigate to documents: the TARGIT Anywhere client and the Windows File Explorer. In addition to all of the familiar folders in the file structure, we introduce a new folder structure we call Pinned Folders. Pinned folders are each user’s customized shortcut to relevant folders. Any folder users utilize on a regular basis or want easy access to may be pinned, making the folder content available in the pinned folders area.

This is similar to the way documents are displayed in the TARGIT Anywhere client, and was designed to ensure easy identification of documents with a thumbnail view. Folders can be rearranged with simple drag-and-drop technology.

When dealing with larger folder and file structures - which is often the case with the shared folder - a more convenient way to navigate to users’ documents is to use lists in which content is condensed to single lines. Navigation was designed to feel similar to the Windows File Explorer, so users will have instant familiarity when navigating folders.

Moving and copying content is also significantly easier with drag-and-drop, shortcuts, and three available layouts for folders and files. The new Instant Search option also displays matching documents while users type with an option to search within document content.

The New section allows users with less TARGIT Decision Suite experience to create new content such as documents, notifications, and scheduled jobs quickly and easily. Short help texts and videos introduce users to the main functionality and help them easily start creating their own content.

New Charts
One of the major highlights of the 2017 version is the new chart engine. The new engine delivers stunning data visualizations with an amazing look and feel offering an array of new text formatting options, chart stylings, coloring options, and more.

When opening existing documents in the TARGIT Decision Suite 2017, the client automatically converts charts to the new design while maintaining existing formatting. The entirely new chart library includes design updates to the column, bar, area, line, scatter, bubble, radar, and map. Additionally, four new charts have joined the line-up: area map, spline, step line, and waterfall.

Pay special attention to the area map chart that redefines the way we display data in a map. Users can now map data to areas defined in SVG files, which opens up the use of third party tools to create any image imaginable and map your data to it. The nature of SVG files also allows for impressive zoom abilities to make your maps look great no matter if you are zoomed into details or zoomed out for an overview. Whether you want images of geographical maps, stores, calendars, organization charts, or your own custom map, TARGIT Decision Suite 2017 takes your dashboards to a whole new level.

Scheduled Jobs
Working with scheduled jobs has become a breeze with scheduling and management now unified into the Windows Client. Users can search and filter their scheduled jobs, and designated super users can be given Scheduled Jobs Administrator rights, which enable overview and management of all jobs throughout the organization, thereby eliminating the need for logging into TARGIT Management. This is much easier and more flexible scheduling management.

Scheduled jobs have also been improved with the option to run jobs once cubes have been processed, giving users the opportunity to act faster on changes in data. Variables such as date and user name can also be inserted in schedules to create backlogs of all exports, and a direct link to the document may be added to all email exports.

The popular trigger feature has several improvements in TARGIT Decision Suite 2017. Users can now design navigation between documents with more power by choosing what criteria to include/exclude in the trigger dialog. Additionally, we have made it easier to customize navigation by introducing the trigger options “Open previous document” and “Open previous document (last drill state)”.

Custom triggers have also made their way into TARGIT reports, where users now have an integrated analysis and report suite to move seamlessly between analyses and reports with trigger functionality.

Required Criteria
Detailed data is something most users want to view. In previous versions of TARGIT Decision Suite, the only solution to display detailed data would be to define a drill-through or set up a trigger. Now we have an additional option: Required criteria. Required criteria is an option found in the criteria tab on the SmartPad, and is done by selecting the required criteria before the individual object is populated.
When working with dimensions containing millions of members, the default dropdown list, prepopulated with members, does not make a lot of sense and imposes an extra burden on the data source to retrieve the information. This can now be avoided by turning on the search-only option in the criteria bar or inside TARGIT Management.

TARGIT Anywhere
With this release, the TARGIT Anywhere client gets a major update that includes an array of powerful, highly requested features:

  • Start page is aligned with the new pinned folders concept and can be customized by adding folders from Documents and rearranging them on the start page
  • Support for drill-through and URL actions
  • Measure selector
  • Option to sort columns in a crosstab
  • Search-only setting in criteria bar is enforced
  • Option to share a document and include additional global criteria
  • Option to refresh documents

TARGIT Deep Integration
The feature set of TARGIT Deep Integration into CRM, AX, NAV, and SharePoint has been adjusted to match the capabilities of the Suite. This means that the Active Web Part will utilize TARGIT Anywhere and the feature set that comes with it.

TARGIT Data Service
With this release of TARGIT Data Service, we have added options to the cube attributes. This includes adding a member property to a dimension, which enables the user to take advantage of the email options when batch scheduling Data Service based reports. You can also change the default number format of a measure, thereby making it possible to set the number of decimals. TARGIT Decision Suite 2017 also offers new distinct count measures and introduces the Xport Data Source plugin, enabling users to move data between different Data Service instances. We’re also adding an additional Python option: “Python”, this enables users to execute Python scripts that take advantage of CPython libraries. The existing option has been renamed to “IronPython”.

TARGIT InMemory Database
This marks the first time that TARGIT Decision Suite can be delivered as high-performance end-to-end solution. The most important features of this release of TARGIT InMemory introduces support for many-to-many relationships, distinct count measures limited to a scope of values, and the powerful balance features that can be used for inventory and financial balances without the need for writing complex queries.

The TARGIT InMemory eco-system additionally delivers graphical tools to deploy, manage, and monitor a TARGIT InMemory solution and supports status notifications and multiple schedules.

The InMemory database allows consumption of data from OLEDB, ODBC, ADO.NET, and SQL Server. Additionally, we ship it with our own drivers for Excel, Fixed format, CSV, FileList, MongoDB, and Google BigQuery. The MongoDB driver is unique since it makes it possible to query the database with SQL-style language instead of having to learn the JSON query format. It also allows consumption of data from arrays with the collections. The Google BigQuery driver supports large table options, and is the natural fit for bringing the BigQuery data into the InMemory data store to deliver outstanding BI performance.

And Much More...
In addition to all of the above feature updates, we have a variety of additional improvements that enhance usability and ease of creating exactly the analyses and dashboards users want.

  • Set crosstab header fonts in crosstab themes
  • Easy export of single objects by maximizing the object before export
  • Option to include empty members in criteria bar and objects making full lists of dimension members available
  • Adding descriptions when saving a document and translations on the new start page
  • And more…

We hope you will enjoy the supercharged release!

Please note that with our dedication to the Anywhere client as our new and modern web platform, the TARGIT Web Client, TARGIT Integration Kit for .NET, and TARGIT Desktop are removed from TARGIT Decision Suite 2017. Furthermore, Xbone is discontinued because of our increased focus on TARGIT Data Service. Also note that this version of the TARGIT Decision Suite requires .NET Framework 4.6.