ValQ Help & Support

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What versions of ValQ are available?

ValQ is available as a custom visual / extension for Microsoft Power BI and SAP Lumira.

What can I use ValQ for?

You can leverage ValQ to support several business cases that need you to perform scenario analysis & what-if simulations. Use cases supported include business modeling, planning, budgeting, periodic re-forecasting, variance reporting, sensitivity analysis and more.

In addition, you can also leverage ValQ to build KPI dashboards without simulation capabilities.

Is ValQ customizable?

The value driver tree is highly configurable with no need for coding. The hierarchy of nodes, the calculations involved at each level – which defines the relationship between nodes – can all be configured without need for any programming scripting.

Can I compare & save scenarios?

Absolutely. You can compare, save and share the results of your scenarios.

How fast is the runtime performance of ValQ?

ValQ comes with an embedded calculation engine that handles all calculations locally (front-end) on-the-fly. Once data is loaded into the tree for the first time, all further interactions & what-if analyses are handled locally without any requests going back to the server or the data source. As a result any changes due to simulations are updated in a fraction of a second.

Technical / Support

How complex is the installation process?
Installation takes a matter of minutes, as with any other extension for SAP Lumira Designer. For Microsoft Power BI, it is as simple as adding the custom visual from the Power BI marketplace
What is the maximum number of driver nodes that can be created and consumed with the Enterprise Subscription?

For optimal performance, we suggest that you have a maximum of 5,000 driver nodes in a model.  We also have a built-in restriction to ensure that a parent node does not have more than 250 child driver nodes immediately under it (it could, however, have more than 250 descendants – children of children nodes).

If you would like to exceed these limits, reach out to us for a custom build.

Is there any ongoing support for ValQ?

Yes. Visual BI offers global enterprise-class support for customers supported by a valid support and maintenance agreement. There is a dedicated helpdesk with a support portal that customers can access.

ValQ vs. Other Advanced Commercial Software

How is ValQ different from commercially available planning or scenario modeling software?
  1. You can model business scenarios on-the-fly – in a matter of few hours to a few days – something that would take weeks or months with best-in-class bottom-up planning software
  2. Highly visual and intuitive user experience means executive and operational management alike can analyze and simulate on their own completely changing the use of models
  3. You have a high-performance experience as ALL calculations happen on the front-end
Is ValQ intended to replace commercially available planning or scenario modeling software?

No, ValQ helps you build interactive & dynamic top-down planning models. These are intended to complement your investments on bottom-up planning platforms and deliver agility to your planning process.

We have an in-house, advanced software that we use for planning and budgeting. Why would we need ValQ?

With ValQ, you can model scenarios on the fly, and your executives can directly play around & interact with the models with minimal reliance on a IT analyst or consultant.

After a few initial iterations, discussions & feedback, you can subsequently leverage your planning software for a more detailed fine-tuning, configuration and validation. This saves a lot of time & effort. Your business meetings would also be more effective using ValQ as executives can receive instantaneous feedback on changes to scenarios.

Maintenance and Support Overview

Customers with a valid License and Support Contract for ValQ stand to gain the following benefits:

 

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Free upgrades to their licensed software, including major releases, minor releases and patches
SLA- driven support delivered by our global support team

Access to Support Portal to create, track and manage cases and escalations

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