USAFacts Relies on Zebra BI Visuals to Open US Government Financials to Public

April 17, USAFacts released a 10-k report on US government financial using Zebra BI Visuals for Power BI. The shareable reports will drive interactive storytelling and deeper understanding of complex data.

USAFacts is a fascinating project funded by Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. The project's aim is to make vast amounts of US government data more open, accessible, transparent and easier to use. Engineers and researchers collected and organized 30 years’ worth of data from US Treasury Department, the Office of Management and Budget, the US Census Bureau, and the Federal Reserve. They then published it on a well-organized online hub that is neutral and focused on the thing that matters most – impartial data.

On US Tax Day, the initiative launched the 10-K report for the US government – in the US, 10-K is an annual report that gives a comprehensive summary of a company's financial performance and USAFacts did that for government data.

To make their findings better accessible to the public, they turned to Zebra BI visuals on Microsoft’s Power BI platform to create some of their interactive visualization:

You can also click "Chart view" below to see all of the visualizations interactively:

Zebra BI visuals for Power BI are a perfect fit for a project like this. Not only does it include a host of crystal clear visualizations and features, such as chart slider, small multiples and native support for IBCS, its design is completely responsive, so it can be accessed on mobile devices or desktops or even embedded on other websites to drive engagement. All of this makes Zebra BI visuals for Power BI the best choice for data-driven storytelling that uses clear, easy-to-understand and attractive visuals for communicating insights.

You can also find out more in Microsoft’s Power BI team announcement.

We are proud that the USAFacts team, in partnership with the Microsoft Power BI data journalism program management, has chosen our Zebra BI visuals for Power BI to bring the US government financials closer to the public. In many ways, this is for us an essential confirmation that we have have done a good job with our latest product and that our solution is a great choice for presenting business and financial data in a clear and understandable way.

We are an avid supporter of open data. Data transparency and clarity of business communication are at the very core of Zebra BI’s beliefs. It’s what we stand and work for.

USAFacts is a noble initiative and we are looking forward to supporting more projects like this!

Andrej Lapajne,
CEO at Zebra BI


Zebra BI Exhibits at AFP 2017 Conference, Oct 15-18, San Diego, USA

The 2017 AFP Conference, the most important event for treasury and finance worldwide, which attracts more than 6,500 finance professionals every year, will be held on Oct 15-18, 2017 in the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, United States.

The AFP conference is a yearly boost of knowledge for finance professionals., It's about connecting or reconnecting with peers, and staying up to date on industry issues. Sessions, tracks, speakers, and networking events are customized for all aspects of treasury and finance. Visitors hear from colleagues who tackle many of the issues they face daily, and learn about their best practices so they can implement them upon their return to the office.

Time spent at AFP 2017 is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge, discover innovative solutions and validate best practices.

Zebra BI presented in MindShift Row as one of the Innovative Service Providers

Jim Kaitz

At no time in our profession has it been more important to stay ahead of the tech curve. Moreover, it's our mission at AFP to ensure our members are prepared to leverage these rapidly evolving technologies in order to maximize their full potential in their organizations.

Jim KaitzPresident and CEO, AFP

AFP MindShift aims to unite the innovators, disruptors and macro-trend experts in a formal task-force that will transform the role that technology plays in corporate finance and treasury by developing solutions that drive future profitability, reduce risk, and improve operating efficiency.

MindShift will be highlighted at the AFP 2017 annual event through identifying certain educational sessions, speakers, and networking events that are deemed a 'MindShift event' given the topic is viewed as innovative or disruptive.

Lastly, the MindShift Row of exhibitors will feature only the most future looking technology solution and service providers exhibiting at the event.

Zebra BI is becoming one of the rising tools for finance professionals in Europe, having acquired customers such as Coca-Cola bottlers, Swarovski, Roche, SanofiAventis, SFGOV, ...

We now set our minds on becoming the go-to software for Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals in the US market.

If you plan to visit this year's AFP conference, we'd love to meet you. You'll find our exhibitor booth in the MindShift Row.

This year's agenda includes more than 130 educational sessions, divided across 7 tracks: Treasury Management, Payments, Financial Planning & Analysis, Global Treasury & Finance, Risk Management, Retirement Plans & Benefits, Career Development

More than 230 leading service providers will showcase their latest products and services that enable companies to streamline operations, cut costs and create business efficiencies.

Meet us for a live demo at our MindShift Booth!

About AFP

The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society committed to advancing the success of its members and their organizations. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. Each year, AFP hosts the largest networking conference worldwide for over 6,500 corporate finance professionals.


About Zebra BI

Zebra BI is the IBCS certified Excel add-in that helps create best-practice business reports, dashboards and presentations in just a few clicks. Zebra BI makes financial reports crystal clear to all levels of management in real working conditions where reader's available attention is limited. Download your 30-day trial here:

Andrej Lapajne to give a keynote presentation at XI. International ICV Congress in Warsaw, Poland (Mar 31)

On Friday, March 31, 2017 Andrej Lapajne (CEO at Zebra BI, ICV member, IBCS Association founding member) will give a keynote presentation about best practices in designing reports, dashboards and presentations at XI. International ICV Congress in Warsaw, Poland.

In a presentation entitled 'The Traffic Signs for the Management; Best Practices in Designing Reports, Dashboards and Presentations' Andrej will present practical business cases from some of the world’s leading companies. Examples include advanced sales analytics, profitability analyses, cash-flow forecasts, ROA-trees, trend analyses and more. They all have one thing in common: a clear and efficient visual design, according to the recommendations of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS).

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42 Controller Congress 2017

Meet us at the 42nd Controller Congress in Munich, Germany

The 42nd ICV Controller Congress, the largest event for finance professionals in Europe, will be held on May 15/16, 2017 in The Westin Grand Munich Hotel, Munich, Germany.

This year's congress, which is entitled “Agile controlling in digital reality: Managing upheavals successfully” will take the participants into an agile reality. In the attractive agenda you will find relevant and up-to-date topics, presented by successful top managers and controllers from well-known companies.

42nd Controller Congress

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Meet us at the 4th International Controlling Conference in Croatia

The 4th International Controlling Conference in Croatia will be held on 8th of November 2016 at Westin Hotel in Zagreb, Croatia.

The main topic of this year's conference, which is entitled “The Future of Controlling Has Already Begun”, is inspired by economic development influenced by global changes, and controlling has a major role to play in this regard.

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Zebra BI Exhibits at IBCS Annual Conference 2016, June 3, Warsaw

IBCS Annual Conference 2016, the place where IBCS professionals share their experience, will be held on June 3rd at Mamaison Hotel Le Regina in Warsaw. The conference will enable employees from finance and IT departments that are in the process of implementing the IBCS Standards to meet their peers, thought leaders, consultants, and software developers.

Key topics:
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Zebra BI Event Sponsor at marcus evans Corporate Performance Management conference

The marcus evans Corporate Performance Management conference will be held on May 24th and 25th 2016 in Berlin, Germany. It will serve as an excellent opportunity to engage in discussions on topics such as how to redefine performance management in a global company, extract knowledge from data with the creative use of analytics, challenge your KPIs and improve processes.

Zebra BI is the sponsor of this year's event, subtitled "From Data Crunching to Value Creation". The conference will offer practical insights from companies, such as
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The fastest way to insert lollipop charts in Excel

Lollipop charts are a great data visualization technique. Data visualization professionals and business analysts like them for a good reason. They can be used in similar situations as bar charts and column charts, but they have the advantage of producing a cleaner-looking picture.

The sticks of the lollipops are thinner than the bars/columns, which allows the chart to "breathe", while the lollipops force the reader to focus on the most important part of the chart - the values.

Jon Peltier, Stephanie Evergreen and Jon Schwabish all wrote their own guides on how to produce lollipop charts in Microsoft Excel - "the primary data visualization tool for most of the world", according to Schwabish. These kinds of guides are necessary because lollipop charts are not included in the default set of charts found in Excel.

All of these guides work well for producing lollipop charts in Excel, but they all have one flaw: they take time to complete.

Ideally, you wouldn't need a guide to produce a lollipop chart in Excel...

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IBCS Compliant Profit & Loss Report

Andrej Lapajne to give a lecture on IBCS at McKinsey & Co. (NYC, Oct 22)

On Thursday, October 22, 2015 Andrej Lapajne (CEO at Zebra BI and IBCS founding member) will lead a presentation on IBCS in front of one of the world's most advanced dataviz communities: Data Visualization New York Meetup group. The meetup will be held at McKinsey & Co. 21st Fl. Conf. Center.

In a presentation entitled 'Dr. Hichert's IBCS: Designing reports, dashboards and presentations' Andrej will present the key features of IBCS through real-world examples and discuss their slightly controversial proposition: the design of business information should look (more or less) the same across all companies, regardless of their size, industry or location.

It seems the US public is eager to learn about IBCS - the 150 spots available at the meetup filled up in a couple of days and additional 63 members are queuing on the waiting list.

We're especially proud to lecture at this event, since the story of IBCS began exactly in New York City, exactly at McKinsey&Co, almost exactly 35 years ago! Here's how the story goes:

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Zebra BI Fall 2015 US Tour

The popular IBCS standard is being introduced to the US audience

The highly popular International Business Communication Standards, developed by Dr. Rolf Hichert and his associates at the IBCS Association, are rapidly spreading in companies throughout Europe. Some of the biggest companies in Europe (SAP, Bayer, Lufthansa, Philips, Coca-Cola bottlers) have already realized the importance of standardization in business communication. The Standards are finally ready to break into the US market. We at Zebra BI, one of the most passionate supporters of the IBCS, are going to actively contribute to its introduction to the US audience.

At the end of October our CEO Andrej Lapajne, a founding member at IBCS Association and one of Dr. Hichert's closest associates, is traveling to the US to spread the word about IBCS. Here's how his schedule looks like right now:

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HICHERT@IBCS certified Zebra BI version is out

On June 8th, Zebra BI passed the IBCS certification process, becoming the first "IBCS certified charts + tables" software.

IBCS certified software seal - Zebra BI

The certification commission from the Business Application Research Center (BARC) in Germany that issued the certificate was very impressed with what Zebra BI can do. Here is one of their comments:

The certification commission was impressed with Zebra BI. All templates matched the patterns provided by the certification commission almost identically.

Today the Zebra BI version 1.4.1 (that was used to pass the IBCS certification) is ready to be publicly released.

This version includes many new features. Read on to get detailed information about each of them.

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Zebra BI silver sponsor at IBCS Annual Conference 2015, June 19, Royal Philips, Amsterdam

IBCS Annual Conference 2015, the key event for reporting professionals to exchange experience with their peers, thought leaders, consultants and software developers, will be held on June 19th at Royal Philips Global Headquarters in Amsterdam. The conference will offer practical case studies of rolling-out IBCS (International Business Communication Standards) in established corporations, as well as focused discussions led by reporting and visualization experts.

IBCS Silver SponsorZebra BI is the silver sponsor of this year's conference, where Mr. Ilkay Furmaz of Coca-Cola İçecek, the Coca-Cola bottler for Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia and Pakistan, will deliver the keynote speech on their experience in international roll-out of IBCS-compliant reports and dashboards, implemented with Zebra BI. Andrej Lapajne, CEO at Zebra BI will contribute to the conference by leading a breakout session titled "IBCS charts in practice - real world examples and dilemmas".

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