ARIS MashZone: Conversation with Joerg Klueckmann

Created: Thursday, April 8, 2010, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:51 am

Joerg KlueckmannJoerg Klueckmann studied Sociology, Business Administration, and Intercultural Communication at FSU, Jena, Germany, and LSU, Baton Rouge, USA. From 2000 to 2005, he was employed at Intershop Communications AG, where he was responsible for product marketing. In June 2005, Joerg Klueckmann joined IDS Scheer AG. Until 2010 he was responsible for ARIS Product Marketing, focusing on ARIS innovations. As Head of Marketing for the Process Intelligence Solution, he is currently in charge of marketing of all process intelligence and compliance products.

In this conversation, Joerg discusses ARIS MashZone, and how you can embed created mashups on web pages and PowerPoint slides.

Geetesh: What can a new business user unfamiliar with the mashing concept do with ARIS MashZone? How easy is it to get started and which scenarios can benefit?

Joerg: ARIS MashZone enables everybody to create cool business mashups in minutes. The times that you have to wait for IT to provide you with customized dashboards are over. Now you just create them yourself the way you want them to be and pass them to your management, and believe me, they will be impressed. It is easy to start with MashZone. You can download a free version on The product comes with installed mashup examples for sales, marketing, HR, management, IT, controlling and leisure.

However, how do you create a mashup in MashZone?

MashZone 2

Step 1: Obtain Data

You need to figure out which data you want to work with. Of course, you need the necessary rights to access the data. Then you should think about the KPIs you want to visualize in the mashup. MashZone supports CSV, XML, Excel, Open XML, ARIS PPM, and Web Services from Amazon, Google, Reuters, Yahoo etc . You can, of course, also use Excel-based SAP reporting to work with data from SAP systems, for example.

Step 2: Combine Data

Each data source can be a data feed. You can merge feeds, you can aggregate, apply arithmetic, etc. You can work with the data to get your desired results. MashZone has a feed editor which supports you to do so.

Feed Editor

Step 3: Visualize Data

After you worked with your data feed, you need to visualize it. For this, MashZone has a Composer which provides you with a wide range of components, such as speedometers, charts, tables, traffic lights maps, etc.

MashZone 1

Step 4: Share your Data

After you created your mashup you can easily share it throughout your organization. Others can either read it or, if they have the necessary rights, modify it, too. Data turns into transparent information and finally into knowledge.

Visit: to see ARIS MashZone in action. If you visit the gallery, you can open example mashups for all different use cases.

Have fun mashing!

Geetesh: Can I embed meshed dashboards created in MashZone on my web page or PowerPoint slide — can you provide some examples?

Joerg: MashZone is client-server based. This way your dashboard’s data is always up to date and reflect the latest updates made to the underlying data sources. Since its UI is Adobe Flex based MashZone is embeddable into other web pages easily. If PowerPoint is configured to embed Flash content you may even view your interactive dashboards right within your slides – and the best thing: you won’t lose any interactivity. All eye catching animations and graphic effects remain available.

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  • Thi

    Hi, I find this informations very useful. But I didnt find one way to use my dashboard in my powerpoint slide.
    How can I do that?

  • Thi, you can embed Flash content into PowerPoint. The new PowerPoint 2010 for Windows allows direct Flash import as well.

  • Hi,

    Maybe you can explain a more detailed step-by-step tutorial how to implement the MashBoard into a PowerPoint 2010 presentation? That would be great! 🙂

  • Actually, I've successfully implemented my ARIS MashZone into the PowerPoint Presentation, both with LiveWeb and Showroom.

    Both addins show the Login-Page, but after I have entered the user credentials and hit the login button, the entire screen goes blank. It seems that the flash content after the login can't be presented in the PowerPoint presentation. Have you experienced similar problems?

    I have tried several browsers, even Google Chrome with its own Flash Plugin. Nothing worked.
    I'm using the newest Flash version.

    Any help is highly appreciated 🙂

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