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Visualising Organisational Metrics from Web-based Organisation Charts

By / May 18, 2009 / / 0 Comments

Written by Jim Candler, Human Concepts
Re-published with permission.

Introduction

When we think of organisation charts, the delivery of analytical and metric information is not the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, we think of one or two page hierarchical charts used to view the reporting structure of a department or two. Usually these charts are in PowerPoint, Visio or similar format. By centralising such information and combining hierarchical data from all departments, many HR and HRIS practitioners are finding that centralised, Web-based organisation charts can deliver value far exceeding traditional expectations.

Many workforce analytics and scorecard systems can cost well in excess of US$4 million and take longer than 18 months to implement. Even with this investment, organisations are frequently left with unfulfilled expectations. For a modest amount of this cost, organisations can achieve a generous percentage of the original goals established for many workforce analytics and scorecard systems. By using a centralised, Web-based organisation charting platform as both a user interface and secure delivery vehicle, they can accomplish many key goals without such an elaborate investment.

The same charts used to visualise supervisory reporting structures at a departmental level can become a convenient launch platform for the delivery of many functions. These include simple reporting, critical data visualisation, organisational modeling, data validation and much more. Many enterprises are finding that Web-based organisation charts provide an effective platform for the delivery and visualisation of analytical data, metrics and organisational information in all forms.

As the structure of the global economy continues to take hold, the sheer complexity of the modern enterprise presents serious management challenges. In order to remain competitive in this environment, an unprecedented level of accuracy is required for a large variety of organisational information. There is no better way to correct inaccuracies than to conveniently and securely expose them to the people with a vested interest in their correction.

Using the unique features of centralised Web-based organisation charting, information can be easily and securely accessed by anyone in the enterprise via the use of just a Web browser and a click on a standard URL Web link. Further, by creating a single centralised platform for enterprise-level organisational charts, implementers create an unprecedented environment for growth, visualisation and accuracy. This strengthens an organisation’s ability to remain competitive in the economic environment of today and beyond.

We do not have to look far to see why this concept works so well. Most often HR analytics and metrics provide information about two things — individuals and organisations. Even when metrics are about individuals, they are best viewed in comparison to an individual’s peers. Additionally, there is not a better place to view organisational metrics than in context with the organisational hierarchy. This natural interface entices even the shortest executive attention span to take a closer look to visualise with a level of accuracy not possible with less intuitive interfaces.

Let’s look at a few simple examples…