C03: Multi-tier column charts

The multi-tier column chart contains three parts. In a first tier, this template compares different scenarios in a grouped column chart. The second and third tiers show different absolute and relative variance charts. E.g., these 3-tier charts are being used to analyze the temporal development of different scenarios.

Features for IBCS® certification of software


  • Proper scaling of charts with the same unit (values, volumes, shares, ratios) in this template
  • Legends at the left or right hand side of the data series
  • Value labels above or below the visualization elements
  • Red and green variances
  • Pins for relative variances, columns for absolute variances
  • Notation concept for columns showing different categories
  • Consistent title and footnote concept



  • Message concept
  • Integrating and highlighting comments
  • Highlighting with trend arrows