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Dashboards Anywhere: Building Mobile Dashboards

By Michael Cornford

Getting critical data analytics and reports to mobile devices is a critical modern business need. See your dashboards anytime, by building a cross-platform dashboard that pulls from multiple data sources to present critical business data.

Alpha Anywhere low code software for building dashboards that run anywhere

Alpha Anywhere low-code software can help companies collect, share and analyze business data anytime, anywhere. The Software allows developers to build web and mobile apps that can present dashboards on smartphones and tablets, so managers can get real-time business information on the move.

Experienced enterprise developer Michael Cornford shares a demo in which he uses Alpha Anywhere to build a business dashboard that delivers analysis and reports anywhere. In this case the client operates a busy clothing e-commerce site.


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE DASHBOARD?


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.

WHY WAS THE DASHBOARD BUILT?

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. The developer produced a dashboard to monitor order vs stock, and provide further BI (Business Insight).

The Alpha Anywhere viewbox has a number of advantages to the developer. A key data source for the dashboard was Redshift. Redshift is very fast and highly scaleable Amazon product. Alpha Anywhere low-code software connects seamlessly to Redshift, making data analysis incredibly powerful.

Watch the Demo: Create a Dashboard with Outstanding Data Visualization



THE DASHBOARD BUILDING PROCESS

The team put together a series of dashboard ideas. This sketch below showcase some of the layout ideas and types of data the developer considered as the dashboard was created. Once design started on the process it became much easier to refine the data required and the important data locations.

Build a mobile dashboard

Some images of the merchandise dashboard:

Dashboard that can run on a range of devices
Reporting and analytics
Data driven dashboard
Read the full article about how to build this mobile dashboard.
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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 www.tubifi.com.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.

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