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CorVu in the Progress Market
Executive Summary
CorVu Corporation delivers an integrated suite of business intelligence, business performance
management and balanced scorecard solutions designed to help organizations capture the strategic and
competitive value of their information storehouses. Combining end user query, production reporting,
executive alert., OLAP analysis, forecasting, "what-if" analysis (simulated business modeling) and
Balanced Scorecard applications, CorVu provides the only complete and fully integrated business
intelligence solution for the Progress community.
CorVu Integrated Business Intelligence Solution
Designed as a complete enterprise decision support solution, CorVu is comprised of end-
user query and reporting, production reporting, multi-dimensional Online Analytical
Processing (OLAP), executive alerts, forecasting, what-if business modeling, and
balanced scorecard applications.
CorVu Balanced Scorecard
This unique business application assists in the automation of a business performance
management system. More than simply providing a performance scorecard, CorVu
produces an interactive scorecard that enables users to drill directly into performance
data for online performance analysis.
CorVu Web Server
The CorVu WebServer provides the features and benefits of CorVu’s Integrated
Business Intelligence Suite – over the web! This enables Windows-based browser users
to utilize CorVu's powerful Business Intelligence and Balanced Scorecard applications
over the Internet or corporate Intranet.
These products combine to provide the most powerful business intelligence solution for the Progress
user community. While the benefits are numerous, several key benefits are summarized in the following
Unique Benefits for Progress Users
Native Progress Support
CorVu’s native support of the Progress database simplifies the administration and connectivity issues
associated with the deployment of a decision support solution in a Progress environment. Progress
customers no longer have to concern themselves with ODBC connections, since the native support
provides a more reliable and efficient way to access Progress application data.
Complete, Integrated Decision Support Solution
Information analysis empowers workers to make use of the information critical to success. However, the
types of access and analysis required may vary greatly among different types of users. For example,
senior executives, business analysts, IT professionals and others will not only access differing sets of
data, but also analyze this information for different purposes. For this reason, businesses need an
integrated product suite, which can deliver the complete range of business intelligence capabilities.
Product integration issues associated with multi-product, if not multi-vendor, solutions have become
increasingly critical. The technical administrative overhead associated with implementing and
maintaining multiple products from multiple vendors has raised much concern regarding the total cost of
ownership. Robert Craig, Director of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence at Hurwitz Group
recently stated, “…customers have learned that it can be difficult, expensive, and time consuming to
integrate technologies from different vendors.” As further support for an integrated solutions approach,
Gartner Group stated, “Query tools, report writers and EIS viewers have long been considered discrete
categories of [Business Intelligence]. User organizations are frustrated by this division, demanding
single-vendor, if not single-product solutions for these operations. Gartner Group’s most recent review of
the market shows that vendors that have not responded to this demand have suffered the
CorVu’s complete offering, including its OLAP query and reporting system, Executive Alerts,
Forecasting, Impact Analysis and Business Performance Management applications, gives customers a
tightly integrated solution. Progress customers must no longer work with multiple vendors in order to
implement a complete decision support suite.
Additionally, CorVu provides various options for embedding reports, graphs and other CorVu objects
within Progress applications using APIs, command-line interfaces and Microsoft’s® OLE2™.
Leverage Progress Software Investment
In order to achieve both end-user and advanced information analysis, many Progress customers have
felt the need to export data to other database platforms. This is no longer the case. Now, they can
utilize CorVu’s integrated decision support suite that leverages both the financial and knowledge
investment they have made in the Progress database.
This point can not be overstated. The design, implementation and maintenance expense associated with
moving Progress data into some other database engine can potentially exceed the value derived from
the final solution. In addition to the purchase of another database, such solutions require the
development of expertise in this new database platform, heterogeneous data extraction and replication,
In stark contrast, CorVu’s native access provides a complete business intelligence solution using existing
Progress systems. Thus, CorVu allows users to leverage the investment and expertise in their existing
Progress applications.
"CorVu’s offering allows Progress customers to take existing investments in technology and personnel
further than before," said Frank Gillett, senior analyst for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence at
the Hurwitz Group. "This allows customers to focus on improving their business and reduces the need to
build an external decision support system. "
CorVu Product Overview
CorVu Graphical Query & OLAP
CorVu’s Graphical Query & OLAP module empowers users with easy ad-hoc access to data. Once
retrieved, users can drill dynamically through their data to explore and analyze information. Such ad-hoc
analysis enables users to uncover and understand trends that may be hidden in the data.
Users can also create informative visual reports which may include unlimited headers and footers,
aggregates, conditional color-coding, and the ability to interactively expand and collapse detail-level
data. Users have excellent control over graphical output with the ability to insert bitmaps, wallpaper, etc.
CorVu’s enhanced drag-n-drop control of data dimensions gives users the flexibility to pivot and navigate
through their information in a truly interactive and ad-hoc fashion. Graphs may also be "rotated" at will
for 3-dimensional viewing, giving users a complete visual understanding of the information.
CorVu Executive Alerts
Executive Alerts are among the easiest to use yet most powerful of CorVu’s integrated components.
They enable executives to quickly and graphically monitor "key performance indicators" (KPIs). Quick
visual presentation provides immediate information regarding the health of an enterprise. As with other
CorVu modules, users may interactively "drill" into an Alert by simply clicking on the graph to view
specific sub-groups and constituents of the graph. This capability is key to providing decision makers
with the appropriate level of detail to answer specific business questions.
CorVu Report Writer
The CorVu Report Writer is a full-function reporting engine providing the more sophisticated user the
ability to produce composite reports including both data and graphics, multi-level groupings and
subtotals, bit maps, and other multimedia objects. An easy to use, context sensitive toolbar and structure
bars allow quick and easy formatting of detailed groupings, hierarchical structures, dynamic cross
tabulations, and financial reporting layouts. Additionally, through OLE 2 and command-line interfaces,
CorVu reports may be tightly integrated within an existing application. This ability is particularly
attractive for CorVu VARs.
Balanced Scorecard
Business Performance Management is the process of measuring and analyzing key performance
indicators (KPIs) in order to manage the internal business processes, which drive those indicators for the
purpose of improving efficiency and achieving both strategic and tactical objectives. This is an iterative
process, which yields progressive business performance improvements.
CorVu's Balanced Scorecard solutions enable organizations in any industry to measure, analyze and
manage business performance delivering the following benefits:
• Communicate vision and strategy throughout the organization
• Translate strategic and tactical corporate objectives into individual performance measures
• Offer every employee a blueprint for contributing to the overall corporate vision
• Link performance results with the processes which drive those results
• Align Strategy with tactical operations
• Leverage the value of all other IT applications
These benefits are delivered via the following key features:
• Communication and Feedback
• Robust Information Analysis
• Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Measures
• Component-based Design
• Web Deployment
Communication and Feedback
Critical to the success of performance management through a Balanced Scorecard system is
communicating organizational vision and strategy. However, according to a recent issue of CFO
Magazine, "Only 40% of the primary operating managers and 3% of the general employee base
clearly understand the strategic vision of their company."
CorVu’s Balanced Scorecard provides a collaborative environment for managers and employees to
exchange comments and feedback within the scorecard. This dynamic feature facilitates
communication of strategic vision and initiatives from the boardroom throughout all levels of the
organization. Executive and middle management are able to receive feedback from the entire
organization, make more informed business decisions and better understand performance results
and strategy.
CorVu delivers its powerful communication abilities through one of three types of commentary. The
intent of these is as follows:
Strategy Communication - These comments are designed to communicate the strategy
and vision of the organization for which this particular scorecard has been created.
Typically included is information such as:
• Why each metric has been included on the scorecard.
• How metrics are inter-related.
• Who is accountable for each metric?
• Formulas/calculations used for each metric.
• Performance targets for each metric.
Such comments are relatively constant and change in conjunction with strategy and
Gathering Feedback - These comments are designed to allow users and owners of
scorecards to provide feedback and explanations regarding performance results. For
example, a user may suggest that poor performance for a certain period is related to a
particular supplier's recent error in shipment. Such feedback becomes associated with
the specific measurement period. In other words, all feedback commentary is related to
a specific performance period.
Sticky Notes - These comments are entered by anyone. They are represented by text
boxes that are always visible (unless the user takes specific action to "turn them off").
They are designed to bring attention to a situation that may need immediate attention.
Robust Analysis
While the presentation of performance results is valuable, establishing a link between performance
results and the business drivers that produce those results is critical. Only through a thorough
analysis of performance data can such a link be established. With robust information analysis
technology as the foundation of the CorVu Balanced Scorecard solution, users are able to establish
and more fully understand this cause-and-effect relationship.
CorVu users simply click on a given KPI to employ CorVu’s powerful information analysis features.
This enables users to interactively analyze performance data using graphs, gauges, and reports.
Users are easily able to visually compare actual performance results versus planned targets and/or
industry benchmarks. Such comparisons may also be sliced-and-diced by a variety of data
dimensions to more fully understand the key business drivers. Thus, performance results are easily
linked directly to the business processes that drive those results. This linkage enables users to better
manage business performance improvement.
Critical to this capability is strong database connectivity. For the vast majority of measurement
metrics, CorVu is able to automatically retrieve performance data. This eliminates the need to
manually enter performance results for each measurement period. Data sources may include
relational and/or multidimensional databases, flat files and even proprietary files.
Quantitative and Qualitative Measures
CorVu's Balanced Scorecard application gives users the ability to include both qualitative and
quantitative measures on a scorecard. This capability is critical to a successful scorecard
implementation. As such, it is appropriate to provide a clear definition of these types of measures.
Quantitative measures, as their name implies, are easily associated with a numerical
value. As such, they are typically retrieved easily from corporate data sources by
querying the underlying database. These measures will comprise a large majority of
the measures on a typical scorecard. Examples would include Gross Margin,
Inventory Turns, Service Response Time, etc.
Qualitative measures are subjective assessments. These are measures for which
there is no simple numerical value. In fact, there may be no data whatsoever about
such measures. Qualitative measures are those which reflect the opinion of the
scorecard owner. For example, a manager may use various quantitative measures
to score employees. However, she may wish to temper performance results with her
subjective assessment of employee performance. Such an assessment does not
exist within any corporate database. Yet, its value is critical to achieving an accurate
measure of performance.
With CorVu, users simply enter qualitative assessments directly into the scorecard. Then, through a
simple method of scoring, CorVu seamlessly integrates both types of measures on a single
This unique integration of quantitative and qualitative measures provides managers the ability to
perform more accurate measurements and achieve a better overall assessment of the organization.
Component-Based Design
A breakthrough in scorecard automation, CorVu's component-based design enables organizations to
simply create a library of metrics from which scorecards are later assembled. Metrics is simply
created once for use on any scorecard throughout the organization. Performance targets for each
metric are then assigned at the scorecard level, enabling departmental managers to reflect their
specific goals. Any given metric may be reused on a number of scorecards.
Users utilize familiar Windows drag-and-drop techniques to assemble scorecards. As business
strategies are modified, users may easily add and/or delete metrics and modify scorecard design
using the same familiar drag-and-drop methods.
CorVu Forecasting
While the core modules of CorVu provide users an interactive window into corporate information
warehouses, it also includes a forecasting module. Unlike the query and reporting tools, which tell
users what has happened in the past, this unique business tool allows users to more accurately
predict what will happen in the future. In fact, CorVu is the first to incorporate and deliver a
sophisticated Forecasting tool in conjunction with a traditional OLAP query and reporting system.
The CorVu Forecasting module examines the past and applies selected statistical methods,
strategies and parameters to predict future trends and events. Once created, users utilize familiar
drag-and-drop techniques to modify forecasts as desired. Forecasts can also be exported for
“closed-loop” integration with production systems.
CorVu Impact Analysis
Impact Analysis is one of CorVu’s most powerful decision support modules. It provides "what if"
analysis for simulated business modeling.
A model(s) of the user’s business is created using familiar Windows Wizards. "What if" business
models are simulations which users analyze to help predict future trends and events. They also
enable users to test business plans and measure the business impact prior to implementation.
Model simulations may be compared with historical data or other models using CorVu’s many
graphical formats. These comparisons and analyses are accomplished using CorVu’s powerful drill
down features that integrate predictive business modeling with traditional OLAP operations.
CorVu Knowledge Library
Given the complex nature of corporate databases, it is absolutely imperative to provide a meta-layer,
which allows users to view data using familiar terms. The CorVu Knowledge Library does that and so
much more. For example, it allows administrators to store commonly used formulas and calculations,
create virtual columns and tables, and establish security privileges for users and/or groups of users.
All of this provides administrators the ultimate combination of user flexibility and centralized data
access management and control.
CorVu Intelligent Scheduler
In order to provide users the ultimate in flexibility, CorVu offers its Scheduler. This enables users to
effectively manage when their queries and reports will run. And because the CorVu Scheduler can be
either client or server-based, users can even choose from where their processes will be scheduled to
run. The Scheduler includes numerous customization features which enable users to specify, among
other things, what constitutes a "holiday", a "weekend", etc.
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