Delivering on its promise of “Analytics for All,” BeyondCore today debuted the full production launch of BeyondCore for Office, now with access to Big Data sources, dynamic report sharing and editing capabilities, data cleansing and analytics scheduling in the only single-click automated analytics solution for Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Integrating the power of smart pattern discovery and advanced Business Intelligence (BI) analysis into the world’s most popular business software, BeyondCore for Office enables one-click analysis of data from Hadoop/Hive, SAP HANA, Oracle, MySQL and more, directly within Word and PowerPoint.
New sharing and editing capabilities, along with automated data quality checklist creation, enable virtually instant time-to-insights for business decision makers. This hypothesis- and programming-free capability transforms months of high-cost analytics work into a point-and-click process that takes just minutes, even for novice users, with no advanced data science knowledge required.
“Most customers who used the early release of BeyondCore for Office said that they were impressed with how BeyondCore converts data in Excel into actionable stories in Word and PowerPoint with a single click. We then went one step further by empowering users to analyze data from big data stores like SAP HANA and Hadoop from within Word and PowerPoint,” said BeyondCore CEO and Founder Arijit Sengupta.
New features enhance BeyondCore’s analytics power and make it even easier to use, such as:
- Report sharing and collaboration without access to the raw data that combines the benefits of centralized BI with self-service BI. Users start from BeyondCore’s one-click story, leverage BeyondCore’s guidance to augment the story, and then share the story but not the original data with other users. The recipients can still add additional graphs to their copy of the story and BeyondCore for Office continues to guide them to key insights and protect them from graphs that lie. Finally, BeyondCore informs the original author of how many users interacted with their story and what were the most popular graphs added by recipients. The original author can then easily add such user-requested graphs to their original story and push out an update to all recipients.
- Scheduled analysis that lets BeyondCore Enterprise users specify the data they want to analyze and receive regularly scheduled analysis of their data via an email message with the Word or PowerPoint report attached. Unlike ‘set it and forget it BI’ that provides the exact same graphs week after week, BeyondCore highlights the key insights for the most recent analysis period. If last week’s insight was related to revenues in China, but this week’s focus needs to be on the profitability of a certain product, the right graph and the corresponding explanation is included in the report. The reports include the BeyondCore for Office functionality so recipients can further customize their stories.
- Automated Data quality evaluation that is actually actionable. BeyondCore for Office now automatically detects data quality problems in Excel and presents a detailed quality improvement checklist. BeyondCore Enterprise users are also provided a list of recommended remediations that they can accept with a click, after which BeyondCore automatically cleans their data.
BeyondCore for Office fully integrates with BeyondCore Enterprise to maximize the benefits of each product for users in the same organization. Analyses initiated from BeyondCore for Office are logged and are visible through Enterprise for complete auditability. Enterprise users can also analyze larger datasets than are accessible to BeyondCore for Office users but when they share their story through Word or PowerPoint, BeyondCore for Office users in the same organization can fully interact with such reports. Two Fortune 500 companies are already leveraging this combination of Enterprise and BeyondCore for Office where their experts initiate Big Data analyses in Enterprise and then share the results with business users through BeyondCore for Office. The core IT team appreciates that Enterprise helps them maintain a single source of truth, a single copy of the data, data privacy and complete auditability of the data and analysis. Business users appreciate how BeyondCore automatically guides them to key insights as well as the flexibility of asking any question and receiving statistically sound analyses and explanations. BeyondCore has finally solved the centralized vs. self-service BI dilemma.