There’s no arguing the newest release of the TARGIT Decision Suite is more powerful than ever. So when trying to narrow down my list of the top three reasons I think everyone needs to upgrade now, it was almost impossible to stop at just three.
Our latest release of TARGIT Decision Suite is a major milestone in the development of our business intelligence solution. If we were to look into a time capsule and find a 10-year-old version of Decision Suite, we might have trouble recognizing how far it’s come.
I've been using the new software since December, and I was able to watch the solution take its first 64-bit baby steps at Convergence 2013. Now it's ready to run.
The last two months, I relied heavily on beta versions of the software for work purposes. Price lists, feature requests, website optimization and several POCs have been developed, and for a product that at the time still was a "teenager," it has gone remarkably well. I feel very confident in the stability of our new product.
If I had to pick the top three reasons to upgrade now to Decision Suite 2013 (and there are certainly more than just three) these would be my choices:
The Intelligent Wizard is a gem. From the moment I first used it, I could see its value in building analyses and reports. If the naming conventions in your data warehouse are straightforward, even the most inexperienced user will be able to build detailed and comprehensive analyses in seconds. Take a look at this video to see just how easy the Intelligent Wizard is to use.
The new GUI is a big improvement. I've found it intuitive to use the inside-out object definition tool with built-in search capabilities, and the new ribbon menu makes navigation throughout the applications fast and easy.
New and upgraded features make observation and analysis easier than ever. (I have to cheat a little bit and break number 3 into three parts - there's just too much I want to talk about.)
a. Smart Calculations make my life much easier. I've taught the TARGIT calculation class a hundred times, but I still love the simplicity of clicking on a single item and having my calculation done for me instantly without having to think about formulae.
b. Ever wanted to format that crosstab and spice up the solution? Now's your chance with the new Crosstab Theming feature. You can also "fit-to-page" your crosstabs, which can be very useful for complex analyses.
c. The Xbone and TimeLiner apps are valuable tools that add #BigData, ad-hoc analytics, and over-time reporting to your solution without needing any additional involvement from the IT team. Drag and drop a file to start working with the data.
It's also worth noting that upgrading to Decision Suite 2013 gets you up and running on a full 64-bit version of the TARGIT ANTserver, which allows you to use more memory to process complex reports and analyses. We're already working on even more features that will take advantage of the 64-bit environment.
If you haven't already scheduled a time to upgrade your Decision Suite, think about doing so soon. It's a very simple upgrade, and the benefits are huge
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I have been with TARGIT since 2006. I'm an expert in the field of Business Intelligence & Analytics, and my resume includes the project of implementing Business Intelligence at Tommy Hilfiger.
I currently reside in Tampa, Fla., but am originally from Denmark. I blog about my specialties at TARGIT, including Business Intelligence functionality.