IBCS® with SUCCESS - Successful reports, presentations, and dashboards

IBCS® with SUCCESS - Successful reports, presentations, and dashboards

A one day corporate training course covering the report, presentation, and dashboard standards of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS®).  Delivered by an IBCS® certified trainer at your premises in the Asia Pacific region.

Contact Greg Davey, [email protected], +61 (0)428 031 223, to request a quote.


Learn design standards for reports, presentations, and dashboards.

Are your reports, dashboards and business presentations tough to read and confusing?

Too often charts and tables in reports, dashboards and business presentations have low visual quality, which don’t convey the message quick enough, leading to slow decision making or worse still, no decision made at all.

Enter the SUCCESS formula of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS), founded by Rolf Hichert, a set of design rules for successful reports, presentations, and dashboards.

Join an IBCS® Certified Trainer to find out why large corporations, such as Philips, have standardised their reporting with the SUCCESS formula of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS®).

IBCS Certified Trainer IBCS Certified Consultant

Hi, I’m Greg Davey, IBCS® Certified Trainer and IBCS® Certified Consultant.  I apply IBCS® in my day-to-day role of Business Intelligence Lead and Product Manager, where one of my responsibilities is designing dashboards and reports for large organisations.

What you'll learn

The SUCCESS formula

Business communication meets the IBCS® Standards when it complies with the rules of the seven areas that form the acronym “SUCCESS”. 

S AY  Convey a message

U NIFY  Apply semantic notation

C ONDENSE  Increase information density

C HECK  Ensure visual integrity

E XPRESS  Choose proper visualization

S IMPLIFY  Avoid clutter

S TRUCTURE  Organize content

IBCS® with SUCCESS – Successful Reports, Presentations, and Dashboards training course will guide you through these seven areas … the SUCCESS formula.

What will each full-day attendee receive?

143 page booklet with universal guidelines and numerous practical examples

Before and after examples, with sequential conversion steps, of charts and tables 

IBCS® with SUCCESS poster

Excel spreadsheets with how to do business charts

Plus more!

Who is this course for?

Anyone who reads, designs, or develops a report, presentation, or dashboard with charts and tables, including:

Data analysts

Business intelligence specialists

Analytics specialists

Report designers/developers

Dashboard designers/developers


FP&A specialists

Why attend?

Attending this training will help your organisation significantly improve your reporting:

Quality: Improved reporting quality standards means reports and presentations are much easier to understand, deliver clearer information, and ultimately lead to better decisions.

Reaction time: Reduced reaction times add value to the overall decision-making process. The delivery time of new reports and presentations will be shorter, business analysts can answer questions more quickly, and executives can make decisions faster and drive action.

Cost: Standardised, reusable report and dashboard templates that save time and cost for analysts and developers.

Contact Greg Davey, [email protected], +61 (0)428 031 223, to request a quote.


Introduction: The basics of business communication

  • Management reports: Reports should have something interesting to report
  • Presentations: The PowerPoint culture must be questioned
  • The SUCCESS formula of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS®)

SAY: Convey a message

  • Focus on the message
  • Detect, explain, or suggest
  • Substantiate message

STRUCTURE: Organise content

  • Use consistent, non-overlapping and exhaustive elements
  • Build hierarchical structures
  • Show logical structure

EXPRESS: Choose proper visualisation

  • Use correct chart type
  • Add comparisons and variances
  • Explain causes

SIMPLIFY: Avoid clutter

  • Avoid noise
  • Avoid redundancies
  • Replace with cleaner layout

CONDENSE: Increase information density

  • Utilise space
  • Add data
  • Add report elements

CHECK: Ensure visual integrity

  • Avoid manipulated axes
  • Avoid misleading representations
  • Use the same scales

UNIFY: Apply semantic notation

  • Unify terminology
  • Apply IBCS® Notation to report elements
  • Unify analyses


  • Significant results
  • Practical application
  • Next steps


Where is the course available?

Asia Pacific

How many can attend?

The ideal number of full-day attendees is up to ten. Plus, you can send as many as you can squeeze into the room for the first session, Introduction: The basics of business communication, which goes for about 1.5 hours.  You can elect to have more than 10 full-day attendees, up to a maximum of 20 additional attendees.

What will I need to provide?

A decent room with:

  • Table space and a chair for each attendee (no devices are required by the attendees)
  • Table/stand for data projector
  • Screen for data projector. The slides are 4:3, so if there is a choice of screen size go for 4:3
  • Table and chair for trainer
  • Whiteboard (clean!) with decent pens
  • Access to coffee/tea/cold water facilities

What will gdBI provide

  • Data projector
  • Morning tea
  • Course material

What’s not included

I’m afraid lunch is not included in the price.

Are public training courses available?

My fellow IBCS® Certified trainers have regular public training courses in Europe.  Take a look at the Europe course schedule.

IBCS with SUCCESS - Successful reports, presentations, and dashboards is a one day course available in Asia Pacific on-site at your premises or a location of your preference.

How does Asia Pacific in-house course differ to the public course offered in Europe?

In content … nothing differs.  Greg Davey is licensed, as an IBCS® Certified Trainer, by IBCS HICHERT+FAISST (ibcs.com) to deliver IBCS® with SUCCESS – Successful Reports, Presentations, and Dashboards training course.  Under this licence Greg Davey cannot (and he will not) change any content of the training course.

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Contact Greg Davey, [email protected], +61 (0)428 031 223, to request a quote.