Professional Reporting in Excel

Why do you need Sparks?

Be it for the contents of a study or for depicting complex data in the financial field — reporting figures is often associated with some difficulties:

  • Many graphics programs lack a unified layout. The same base data can be shown to different users in the form of different graphics, which can result in messages being conveyed incorrectly or being presented in a way that can easily be misunderstood.
  • Proper depiction of the figures and their relationships with one another is another problem. The reason for this is that most graphics programs do not work in a dynamic way, which means that the values themselves may be displayed correctly, but their relationships with one another are not taken into consideration, meaning that their scaling is not depicted correctly.
  • Moreover, many graphics programs work independently of calculation programs like Microsoft Excel. Therefore, for reporting, the datasets must be transferred manually from the calculation program to the graphics program, which can result in transfer errors and lost time.
  • Another issue is found in the limited options for reporting in many calculation programs. The user usually only has access to a limited number of functions for creating graphics, whereby the figures can often not be presented in the desired format.
How to create a waterfall diagram while reporting with Sparks.
How to scale your Excel graphics while reporting with Sparks.

What advantages does Sparks offer?

Would you like to optimize your reporting activities, while also displaying the figures clearly and accurately? If so, then Sparks is exactly what you need. That’s because it is:

Standardized. Intuitive.

Thanks to the integration of the IBCS (International Business Communication Standards by Prof. Hichert), Sparks offers a standardized design and clear depiction of graphics. Here, the focus is placed only on the essential data, so that all of the information it conveys is significant. In addition to the integration of the IBCS, Sparks is also highly intuitive. The reason for this is the self-explanatory structure of the operational elements in the Sparks interface.

Fast. Compatible.

With Sparks, you can generate professional diagrams in less than 1 minute, based entirely on Excel formulae. Each graphic is constructed using Excel formulae, and thereby involves the full spectrum of functionality of the Microsoft Excel world. As it is Excel-based, Sparks can also be integrated into your SAP system with ease using Excel Inplace.

Dynamic. Customizable.

As Sparks is based on Excel formulae, you can also make use of the dynamic functions – depending on the size of the graphic and in relation to the graphical elements, you can adapt the diagrams to your needs. This will ensure that the correct proportions and scaling are always present.

Moreover, Sparks is also customizable, as you can merge as many different diagram types as you like within a single cell. Combine the columns, bars, lines and points with one another, as required. There are no limits placed on your requirements. As such, you can use corporate design templates that do or do not comply with the IBCS standard.

Examples of diagrams made with Sparks

How can you benefit from Sparks?

Sparks allows you to create professional reports in Microsoft Excel:

  • Create professional and understandable visualizations of your business figures or reports thanks to the IBCS (International Business Communication Standards).
  • Be creative and make your own corporate design.
  • Work in an Excel-compliant way thanks to the Sparks diagrams, which are based on Excel formulae.
  • Save yourself the time and effort required to transfer data and create your dynamic reports quickly, directly within Microsoft Excel itself.


Do you have any more questions?

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Product Manager Sparks

Soner Bargu

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