IBCS® with SUCCESS - Successful reports, presentations and dashboards

IBCS® with SUCCESS - Successful reports, presentations and dashboards

Join Asia Pacific's first IBCS® Certified Consultant and 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®).


Successful communication is based on binding rules. Creativity is not what is required, neither in verbal expression nor in visual design. Instead, it is a matter of consistent standards and simplification of the essentials, adhering to the seven core principles of SUCCESS:

SAY: Convey a message
UNIFY: Apply semantic notation
CONDENSE: Increase information density
CHECK: Ensure visual integrity
EXPRESS: Choose proper visualisation
SIMPLIFY: Avoid clutter
STRUCTURE: Organise content

An introduction to IBCS® is available in the blog post Report and dashboard design - what we can learn from road signs.

Who Should Attend?

Accountants, analysts, business intelligence specialists, analytic specialists, report designers/developers, dashboard designers/developers.

Why Attend?

Attending this training will help you 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 templates save time and cost for analysts and administrators.


The main objective of this training course is to present universal design standards for reports, presentations, and dashboards.  In turn, this will help participants report and present more effectively - with numerous before-and-after examples taken from actual practice.

Team/Corporate On-Site Training

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.

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.

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

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!

How does IBCS® with SUCCESS 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.

What will you need to provide?

A decent room with:

  • Table space and a chair for each attendee (no devices are required by the attendees)
  • Data projector
  • 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

  • Morning tea

What’s not included

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

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Greg Davey

Greg Davey
Asia Pacific's first IBCS® Certified Consultant and Trainer


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