From a methodological viewpoint, the visualization of management information is very similar to visualization in engineering drawings, the visualization of music, and visualizations in many other disciplines such as geography or road signs. The difference is: The visual “language” of these other disciplines is standardized using an internationally well-known semantic notation. Things that mean the same look the same, and if two things have a different meaning, they do not look the same.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 09:00 (UTC) to Wednesday, November 09, 2016 09:05 (UTC)
Language: English

Course information


From a methodological viewpoint, the visualization of management information is very similar to visualization in engineering drawings, the visualization of music, and visualizations in many other disciplines such as geography or road signs. The difference is: The visual “language” of these other disciplines is standardized using an internationally well-known semantic notation. Things that mean the same look the same, and if two things have a different meaning, they do not look the same.

The reasoning behind all notation concepts is the same:

  • Better and faster visual documentation of ideas, analyses, and recommendations
  • Better and faster understanding of the content to be conveyed

In this course, we will learn how to add a new semantic notation to already accepted conceptual and perceptual rules for the creation of reports, presentations, and dashboards. The resulting visual language has the potential to become an International Business Communication Standard (IBCS®), comparable to the established notation standards in engineering drawings and sheet music.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Need for Semantic Notation
Week 2: The SUCCESS Formula of IBCS®

This course is hosted by openSAP but the content is created and provided to you by the IBCS Association*

Target Audience

  • Managers
  • Business analysts, controllers, management accountants
  • Business intelligence employees and consultants

Course Requirements

  • Basic understanding of management reporting
  • Basic understanding of analytic software

* SAP accepts no responsibility for the content delivered in this course.

Course contents


  • Week 1:

    Need for Semantic Notation
  • Week 2:

    The SUCCESS Formula of IBCS®
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Dates and Statistics


This course was held from Oct 11, 2016 through Nov 09, 2016.

6488 learners enrolled.

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In 2004, Prof. Dr. Rolf Hichert founded HICHERT+PARTNER, now called HICHERT+FAISST. More than 5,000 participants have taken part in his seminars HICHERT®SUCCESS.

In 2013, he transferred major parts of his intellectual property to the newly-founded not-for-profit International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) Association in order to discuss it in public forums and disseminate and further develop it under a Creative Commons license. Today, Rolf Hichert serves as president of the IBCS Association.

www.hichert.com/en/company/rolf-hichert

As Managing Partner of HICHERT+FAISST, it is Jürgen’s mission to enable managers and business analysts anywhere in the world to benefit from the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS), a set of rules for the design of successful reports and presentations. He also serves as Managing Director of the IBCS Association, a not-for-profit association striving for promulgation, maintenance, and further development of the IBCS Standards.

www.hichert.com/en/company/juergen-faisst

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