Wilfried Weber works as Manager in the Data & Analytics practice at the Advisory Service Line of Ernst & Young (EY). In this position he leads projects end-to-end that help clients to create data-centric solutions and gain insights about their enterprise. EY operates as a network of member firms providing assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services.
Wilfried Weber graduated as MSc. in economics and computer science at TU Darmstadt and is passionate about database systems which he has been working with for 10 years. He is interested in generating analyzable and business-relevant information out of unstructured and confusing datasets. This information helps making better decisions, identify chances and mitigate risks. Being a IBCS® Certified Consultant he puts special attention to visualize the extracted information in an understandable and value-adding way.
He supports in strategic questions with regards to introducing and using visualization and notation concepts in corporations. Also he escorts business intelligence projects from requirements engineering via design and programming of software and reporting solutions up to quality assurance. He also likes to do hands-on work implementing ETL processes, relational and multidimensional database solutions and reports. His technical focus is on the tools of the Microsoft BI Stack (SQL Server, Integration Services, Analysis Services and Reporting Services)
IBCS® Certified Consultant
Wilfried Weber has successfully completed the IBCS® certification for successful design of reports and presentations at the HICHERT+FAISST IBCS Institute in September 2016.
This example shows how different messages can be made using the same base dataset. To do so, it is important to make a decision on which dimension to put the focus. The message being send is highlighted as a prominent title on top of the chart.
An explanation of the differences between the original and the IBCS®-compliant version can be found here on pages 6 to 23.
Comparing the economic areas and the two different years are the superior dimension. It is easy to compare the value per economic area and it is visible that Germany hat a big improvement between 2013 and 2013 but the US are still leading.
The second chart focuses more on the chronological evolution in the economic areas which are now put next to each other as the superior dimension. This highlights the fact that the trend is only negative in Russia while it is positive for all other areas.
The P&L of HORNBACH-BAUMARKT-AG stemming from their annual report was used as a dataset here. The table shows how the usage of a uniform notation concept (the exemplary uniform IBCS® notation concept from the HCC training course was used) leads to the possibility to display a lot of information precisely and easily readable on very limited room. The difference between the two considered years (2014/2015 and 2013/2014) is shown using an additional delta column. The main message is highlighted both in the title and as an additional annotation. The economic evolution of the company gets visible on the first sight.
An explanation of the differences between the original and the IBCS®-compliant version can be found here on pages 24 to 31.
This work sample consists of the structure of a presentation to EY’s offering of ‘Methodical Information Design’. The core of this offering is to standardize the visualization of reports in a way that information can be better brought to its recipients (using the SUCCESS rules). The central message is “Methodical Information Design should be part of each BI project”. This message is being substantiated with a three-step deduction following the pyramid principle: Standardization leads to understandability in other disciplines. In BI-context messages get transported ineffectively or even wrong oftentimes. Thus Methodical Information Design will improve the transmission of business messages in the context of BI. Each of these three points is then backed by multiple examples through induction.
Here you can download the presentation.