From Business Intelligence to Information Management (part 7) – Wms Support

Dear Readers,

Something that is not to forget, especially those days while some are making a lot of noise about nothing, just to hide their lack of visualisation methods, is the possibility to make data easy to understand by the mass. What is Bi, if your report, dashboard or cubes are not easy to understand ? Just try to separate the legal documents (like reports production), the presentation side (Dashboards, Maps) and the analysis part (like Cubes).

Maps visualisation on Android

Maps visualisation is a must when it comes to display data using a geo dimension. Along with colors, you can easilly design a map that display Kpi (assuming you have a Kpi database and also a Map interface for Maps definition)

Going to Enterprise deployment, on Maps subject, most of our customers have already a Map Server … and communication between any Map Server and any user interface is easy once your interface is Wms compliant. Using Vanilla and our PlugIn (available in Birt and FreeDashboard), it’s very easy to design an interface that will use data from our Kpi database and communicate with a Map Server to get the Map result.

Dont confuse Wms standard (which is a communication protocol) with geolocalisation definition file like Kml (used to define Google Map) … the way you store your Map defintion has nothing to do with how you get the Map itself, and how you display the Map & make it interactive (on this subject, we have an OpenLayer support).

Respect of standard is one of the key subject to speed up adoption – some standard are stable (Sql to exchange with Sql Server …) … some standard may be in danger (Xmla to exchange with Olap Server) … some standard are moving to new version (Html, Css) … but they are still standard, this remain the most important.

Have Fun !

Patrick

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