Building a Dashboard with Alpha Anywhere Rapidly

By Michael Cornfrord

In this case the client operates a busy clothing e-commerce site.


The Dashboard is a quick source of weekly data showing sales and inventory and is designed to help management get a better understanding regarding how the business is doing. It can be viewed by country or fabric, price band or season. There are historic comparisons over the  last four weeks, the last 12 weeks and more.

Merchandising was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on product. The spreadsheets that used to drive the process were becoming slow and breaking. They had 7,000 plus SKUs and more than a 100 weeks worth of historic data for many of the more established SKUs.

Check the demo (by clicking the link below) which shows how the Dashboard was built in Alpha Anywhere by taking advantage of  the Alpha Anywhere "toolbox control layout" feature.

Watch the demo video here 


Step 1: The team put together a series of dashboard ideas.

This sketch below only shows the layout and boxes with the type of data to be displayed

Once design started on the process it became much easier to refine the data required and the important data locations.

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About Author

Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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