Alphablox, EnFORM deliver customized executive dashboard for Compaq

Comprehensive analytic solution provides executives with end-to-end visibility across the business

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - March 6, 2002 - Alphablox Corporation and EnFORM have developed and delivered a customized analytic executive dashboard for Compaq Computer Corporation that enables top-level executives to monitor global operational performance across critical business functions with Web-based access to business performance measures. The dashboard was designed to aid in the decision-making process and improve response time to operational issues.

The dashboard solution, which is based on Alphablox's 100-percent Web, component-based analytic infrastructure software, was designed and implemented by EnFORM, which provides strategic end-to-end technology solutions. Compaq approached the two companies with the concept of the dashboard architecture based on executive needs and provided guidance in the software's development and implementation.

With the dashboard, Compaq executives are currently able to review human resource metrics, financial metrics against revenue, planned versus real performance within different departments, and to measure inventory levels. The application architecture combines custom business logic and metrics, historical trend data, current transactional data, and operational snapshots of finance, human resources, supply chain, and customer satisfaction ratings. To provide this comprehensive viewpoint, Compaq's internal implementation leverages multiple data sources including an OLAP data warehouse, a transactional ERP system, and various external news feeds.

"This tool assists us in improving day-to-day operations by providing upper-level management visibility into the multiple aspects of our organization," said Ed Pennington, vice president, Corporate Administrative Solutions, Compaq. "This product allows us to combine our defined critical business metrics with cross-functional reference data and deliver personalized views of the business to each user, which cannot be achieved with query and reporting tools or out-of-the-box analytic applications. Alphablox's technology and EnFORM's technical expertise supported Compaq's implementation team to quickly deploy an analytic solution that met our unique needs."

"Innovative companies like Compaq understand that generic, off-the-shelf solutions do not provide competitive advantage," said Polly Sumner, president and chief executive officer, Alphablox. "Instead, you must leverage technology that is flexible and powerful enough to meet the unique needs of your business. Together with EnFORM, we were able to provide Compaq with a competitive weapon the exact solution they needed to more effectively utilize their information assets."

Based on the executive dashboard implementation within Compaq, EnFORM will take the application architecture solution to market under the name of Visible iQ. The flexible nature of the Alphablox technology enables EnFORM to tailor the solution to best meet the needs of each customer's individual business model and performance measurement processes.

"The Compaq implementation was so successful, we began exploring ways the basic technology framework can be replicated for other companies," said Colby Thames, director of culture and development, EnFORM. "The result is a highly-customizable solution we can use to more quickly deliver value to our customers."


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