New to SDK? A Quick Intro to Its Cool Potential
by BusinessObjects Expert staff
August 30, 2011
Take a brief look at how Xcelsius’ Software Development Toolkit can beef up data analysis.
A useful tool introduced in Xcelsius 2008 is called the Software Development Toolkit (SDK), which allows Xcelsius designers to create customized components for dashboards that fall outside of Xcelsius 2008’s built-in functionality. SDK uses Adobe’s Flex technology.
What does the combination of SDK and Flex provide in practical terms? Here are some examples:
- Data visualizations with customer item renderers, which let you adjust the display of data
- Heat maps, which use colors to highlight certain points of data on a screen
- Geographical mapping components that allow users to see a specific site’s sales and profitability (e.g., a retail store)
- 3D pie charts
- Hierarchical pie charts, which show not only data, but the relationship between data results (to see a cool example of a hierarchical pie chart, go to the Carrot2 search engine, try a search, and then view your results in the Circles tab)
- Multi-dial gauges
- Data meters
- Bullet charts
- Connections to Google AdWords
- Compound filters to further sort data
Ask your developers or designers for help with SDK if you aren’t familiar with it.