PowerPoint automation use cases

Indico Labs provides a comprehensive suite of automation solutions and services to help you generate PowerPoint reports...

October 6, 2023
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The ability to automate tedious tasks like creating PowerPoint slides is an invaluable asset in any business. Automation can save you time, money, and resources while also allowing you to produce high-quality reports quickly.

Indico Labs provides a comprehensive suite of automation solutions and services to help you generate PowerPoint reports in a fraction of the time it would take to manually populate decks. With Indico’s automated PowerPoint generation capabilities, you can create stunning presentations that are sure to impress your clients and colleagues alike, while winning you back hours of valuable time. In this blog post, we will explore the various use cases for automating PowerPoint slides and explain how Indico Labs makes it easier than ever before!

Custom solutions:

1. Preconfigured automation


This approach involves updating a fixed set of slides repeatedly without any involvement from the client. The content within these slides, such as shapes/objects (charts/tables), may change or grow (for example, adding new data for each wave), but the total number of slides remains the same. Essentially, it's like a template that gets updated with new information.

Our team of automation experts use their years of experience in developing Python libraries for report manipulation and automation to essentially connect the dots between a PowerPoint presentation and the Excel that houses the data to be used for production.

On execution, the code loops through the PowerPoint, populating the deck and completing any custom rules along the way. Examples might include applying conditional formatting to a chart, highlighting a specific statement or brand of interest, and so on.

Common use cases:

  • Regular Market Research brand trackers.
  • Multi-audience Market Research reports, such as international studies that require the same deck to be repeated for each country.
  • Regular reports for management/board meetings.
  • Regular KPI reports, e.g. sales, marketing, finance etc.
  • Financial reporting,
  • and generally, any report that follows the same repeatable structure.

Tim Hoskin, President of Quester Strategy and Insights, discusses the importance of the Indico Labs Report Population Service to Quester and the impressive ROI the business has seen from partnering with Indico Labs.

2. Flexible automation


The Indico Labs automation experts specialize in building custom solutions that can automate reporting, but still leave some level of flexibility. The process is much the same as the project level automation but comes with an additional tool for selecting the slides to be used for a specific report and to allow for changes in production depending on the need.

Here, Indico Labs automate each individual slide within the slide library. The team then provide the client with a configuration file that allows them to specify which slides they want to include and how many slides should be generated in the final output. This approach gives the client more flexibility and control over the selection and quantity of slides used in the automation process.

Common use cases:

  • Templated deliverables for "off the shelf" Market Research products, e.g. concept test reporting, pricing research reporting etc.
  • Market research reporting teams that have a slide library that they might cherry-pick layouts from.
  • Product sales reports that contain only information that is present.
  • Product/brand comparison reports where the user is selecting the products or brands to be compared.

In this video case study, Ryan Baum, the CEO of Wolvereye, shares how they were able to reduce their report production time by 80%, leveraging Market Research Report Automation from Indico Labs.

Ryan discusses how this service not only saved Wolvereye money but also allowed them to focus on tasks that have a more meaningful impact on their business and customers.

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3. Report Builder software


Report Builder is a report generation tool from Indico Labs, specifically for the Market Research industry. Report Builder allows researchers to generate simple, branded, editable reports directly from their aggregated survey data (sometimes known as banner tables or crosstabs).

Common use cases:

  • Top-line summary reports.
  • Appendix sections.
  • Simple multi-audience projects.
  • Simple trackers.

In this blog post, we will show you how to create a top-line summary report from your survey data in under 5 minutes. We'll cover the basics of top-line summaries, explain why they are important, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

4. PowerPoint Generator API


APIs provide a way for developers to connect with different services and access their functionalities programmatically. This makes it possible for users to create custom scripts that interact with these services and generate automated presentations using specific parameters or input data.

PowerPoint Generator API empowers developers with a simple method for populating PowerPoint slides with data, in a way that is cost-effective and easy to integrate.

Common use cases:

  • Catalogue production.
  • Sales reports.
  • KPI reports.
  • PowerPoint exports from Dashboards.
  • Online data tools that require a PowerPoint export option.
  • Stock inventory summary, etc.

Create a free account today and get started. We also have a team of dedicated experts on hand to complete the integration if you don't happen to have a team of developers at your disposal.

Automating reporting processes with Indico Labs can bring about a multitude of benefits for businesses. Whether you’re looking to create templated deliverables, generate top-line summaries or export data into PowerPoint slides, the Report Automation Service and other solutions from Indico Labs offer an efficient way of automating your reports.

With our help, you can save time and money while focusing on tasks that have a more meaningful business impact for you and your customers. If you want to learn more about how this technology works and what it could do for your business, reach out to our team today! We would be happy to discuss further options with you.

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