iDashboards Users Conference 2012 - Agenda
Monday, July 23 - Pre Conference
8:00pm 10:00pm Opening Reception
Tuesday, July 24 - Day 1
8:30 9:00 Registration

9:00 10:00 Keynote Speaker

Creative Track Technical Track Functional Track
10:30 11:30 Breakout Sessions
Storyboarding Dashboards
Designing a dashboard is an art and a science. Borrowing a term from the animation space, “storyboarding” is the design process of drawing out the logical and informational flow of a dashboard. iDashboards has years of experience performing storyboarding sessions. Learn about our time-tested storyboarding methodology that you can apply to your dashboard projects.
Integrating iDashboards with SharePoint
Microsoft SharePoint is a great technology for centralized information management and tracking. iDashboards can be embedded into SharePoint pages to display dashboards that pull data from any data source iDashboards is connected to. Furthermore, iDashboards can pull data from SharePoint to display in its dashboards. This session will dive into the setup and functionality of both solutions.
Exploring iDashboards In Cloud - PAL and Private Cloud
It seems that everything is moving to the Cloud these days. iDashboards is no exception. With four Cloud-based offerings, we are pioneering “Dashboards-as-a-Service”. This session will explore the details of In Cloud (our shared offering), Private Cloud (your own hosted Cloud server) and PAL (our Public Access License for “Guest Users”).
11:30 12:30 Breakout Sessions
Analytics Dashboards Using Input Parameters & Picklists
Dashboards aren’t simply output tools for presenting data queried from a data source. Utilizing powerful iDashboards features such as Input Parameters, Picklists and Derived Columns, you can create dynamic “what-if” dashboards that allow users to enter criteria into dashboards and analyze the results. An iDashboards Engineer will dissect these features and demonstrate common analytics dashboards.
Connecting iDashboards to LDAP
Management of user authentication is critical for any organization with multiple systems. LDAP technology is often used for this purpose, most notably Microsoft Active Directory. iDashboards can connect to any LDAP directory and utilize its user authentication. Experience a live demo of this functionality and steps to set up.
Dashboard User Adoption
Now that you’ve spent time planning, designing and building dashboards, how do you get people to use them? Going beyond the simple fact that they should be aesthetically pleasing and information rich, there are a number of best practices you can follow to garner user adoption. Join this open discussion on user adoption to learn what others are doing and share some of your experiences as well.

12:30 1:30 Lunch

1:30 2:00 iDashboards Mobile Presentation iDashboards mobile applications allow users to view dashboards on the go. Native applications exist for the most popular mobile platforms on the market today, including Android and iOS (iPad/iPhone). These apps provide users with rich client functionality such as drilldowns, pivots and category navigation. During this presentation, our mobile apps will be demonstrated and the future of iDashboards mobile support will be discussed.

3:00 4:30 Ford Rouge Factory Tour

6:00 10:00 Detroit River Cruise
Wednesday, July 25 - Day 2
8:15 8:30 Registration

8:30 10:30 Customer Panel Three iDashboards customers will present the reporting/dashboarding challenges they faced and how they successfully deployed iDashboards to solve these issues. Each customer will separately present their use case, followed by an open Q&A and panel discussion.

Creative Track Technical Track Functional Track
10:30 11:30 Breakout Sessions Exploring Presentation Charts
Going beyond charts that display data only, iDashboards Presentation Charts allow you to incorporate images and HTML into your dashboards. Once more, these images and HTML elements can interact with other charts on the dashboard, providing for a visually dynamic and information rich user experience. If you’ve never worked with Presentation Charts, this session is a “must attend”.
Guest User, LCD User and Embedded Viewer Mode
Going beyond internal named user licenses, iDashboards provides “public” license types that allow organizations to publish dashboards on their intranet, the Internet and on LCD/plasma televisions. In addition, dashboards and individual charts can be embedded into web pages and web applications using Embedded Viewer Mode. This session will outline these features and demonstrate how to set them up.
Departmental Dashboard Examples (HR, IT, Finance)
Would you like to explore and dissect three professionally designed dashboards? Here’s your chance. Come learn ‘Tips & Tricks’ from our dashboard designers that you can apply to your own dashboards. Three common corporate functions will be used as examples: HR, IT and Finance.
11:30 12:30 Breakout Sessions Creative Chart Customizations
With over 100 charts in the iDashboards chart library and hundreds of configurable chart options, the opportunity for uniquely creative dashboards is endless. This is where the artist in all of us comes out. No matter how long you’ve been using iDashboards, we bet you will learn a few new creative ideas during this session.
Alert Setup and Email Templates
When not logged into iDashboards, users may still want or need to know when a certain metric hits a key threshold. iDashboards Alerts will manage this task by periodically checking (up to 1 minute) alert criteria that users configure in a chart. Users will receive an email alert when the alert triggers and will be notified graphically the next time they log in. Learn about alert setup, emails and custom email templates in this session.
Case Study: Dashboards for Healthcare
Learn more about best practices for Healthcare dashboards from iDashboards sales and technical personnel. This interactive session includes a presentation from an iDashboards Healthcare customer discussing their use case and an open Q&A discussion forum.

12:30 1:30 Lunch

1:30 2:30 Breakout Sessions Organizing Data for Dashboards
Dashboards are only as good as the data they present. Once you’ve designed your dashboard, you need to identify and organize the data so that it properly displays the way you intend. Manipulating data can often be a daunting task, but our Engineers are experts at formatting data for iDashboards and will share valuable tips for organizing data.
Importing/Exporting Dashboards
Perhaps you have a development, test and production environment or you would simply like to move your dashboards to a separate iDashboards server. Either way, utilizing the iDashboards import/export functionality, you’ll be in good shape. This should be done properly and with care, so come learn from one of our Engineers how they’ve become an expert at it.
Case Study: Dashboards for Education
Learn more about best practices for Education dashboards from iDashboards sales and technical personnel. This interactive session includes a presentation from an iDashboards Education customer discussing their use case and an open Q&A discussion forum.
2:30 3:30 Breakout Sessions Structuring Drilldowns
Drilldowns take the 2-dimensional and turn it into multi-dimensional. With iDashboards, you can drill down, across, to reports and even out of the software. Because of this, it can sometimes be confusing how to construct your intended functionality. This session will give you a refresher on the drilldown functionality and show examples to further solidify your understanding
Dashboard Security (Users, Groups & Filter-on-User)
As an enterprise-class application, iDashboards has powerful user management built in. This permissions structure can be as simple or complex as your business requirements demand. Permissions are managed by creating users, groups and categories, as well as assigning User Roles. Furthermore, implementing “Filter-on-User” will allow two different users to view the same dashboard, while automatically filtering the data based on their username.
Planning Your Dashboard Project
Whether your dashboard project is large or small, it should always include planning, design, development, testing and launch. Our iDashboards consultants have worked with hundreds of customers as they proceed through each step. Join us as we outline the dashboard project lifecycle and discuss best practices for ensuring a successful dashboard project launch.

3:30 4:30 Appointments with Technical Consultants and Account Managers
Thursday, July 26 - Post Conference
9:00 5:00 Optional Training and Workshops - Additional Fee This optional day of training is available for an additional fee. Similar to our on-site training engagements, these sessions will be led by iDashboards Senior Technical Consultants and customized to maximize your iDashboards experience.

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