About Budget In Brief

Create and manipulate budget data.

Budget In Brief is a tool for Budget Analysts and Enterprise Solution Integrators. The Budget In Brief application was built with the goal of allowing budget analysts and enterprise solution integrators to create and manipulate budget data. Budget In Brief automates the production of budget documents, providing a solution combining financial information, exhibits, reports, and narrative and media documents, all created with common word processing packages, into final documents that are ready for publication.

For Budget Analysts
Budget In Brief enhances the current budget formulation and publication process. With an automated, standardized, and repeatable process, suitable for any kind of budget submissions. It drives a consistent look and feel across all organization budget submissions, and flexibly adapts to the latest organizational standards.

No matter whether you are a member of a Federal, State, Municipal or Commercial organization, the Budget In Brief application will support the budget formulation for Presidential, Congressional, or any other internal submission.

The user interface is simple, friendly and robust; it provides all the required information in one window, and was created with the Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 with the focus on 508 compliance requirements.

A simplified installation process does not require administrative privileges. It can be installed or simply copied in to the folder making it easy for all to use.

Supported Client Side Platforms:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

For Enterprise Solution Integrators
Budget In Brief does not need Microsoft Office to produce documents. It is a totally independent solution, which provides everything that is needed to produce Office files. None of the risks associated with the Microsoft Office package are inherent to the Budget In Brief application.

Budget In Brief is very secure, due to its components running in the user context. Therefore, Budget In Brief’s components do not pose a potential risk to vital system resources. Furthermore, when a document is created by the Budget In Brief application, macros do not automatically run. 

Budget In Brief tools do not need any additional parts or pieces in order for the application to function.

The command line tools do not require any human response, and are designed for server automation. 

The Budget In Brief application is scalable and fast. Most Office applications are not designed to be simultaneously used by hundreds and thousands of users; but contrary to this, the Budget In Brief application is designed for just that. 

The Budget In Brief application performs flawlessly whether on a user laptop, single server or on a load balanced web farm powering an Enterprise wide application.

Supported Server Side Platforms

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Budget In Brief is available in Professional and Enterprise Editions
The Enterprise Edition adds:

  • Input from Databases, Accounting Systems, Financial Systems, Enterpise Applications and Third Party Applications
  • Crosswalks, Financial and Accounting Data and Performance Data
  • Data Transformation Scripts
  • Exhibits

Budget In Brief Enterprise Features:

  • User Interface and command line tools
  • Very small space imprint. Application can run from USB memory stick.
  • No need for the installation. Copy and paste or carry application with you on USB.
  • Friendlier UI with integrated help
  • Improved book and exhibit generation event messaging
  • Ability to browse through the all generated artifacts
  • Consolidate data from multiple files
  • Control the document's look and feel with the style template
  • Use your existing Microsoft Excel crosswalks. Just add name ranges and you're good to go.
  • Automated exhibit generation.
  • References in data files
  • References from the crosswalks
  • Open to solution integrators
    • Open book format
    • Open exhibit format
    • Open reference format
    • Open data format
    • Open XSLT transformation
  • Use existing XSLT transformation scripts that produce HTML
  • Control what you want to generate: the data, the exhibits only, or the whole book.
  • Support for hard linking to the exhibit documents or pre-generating the exhibit documents.
  • Working with data
    • Use your existing Microsoft Excel crosswalks. Just add a named ranges and you're good to go.
    • Provide data extracts in XML format from any data storage
    • Effortlessly introduce data dimensions
    • Spread cost by different dimensions
    • Fund spreading on desires level of details
    • Use pre calculated values or perform XSLT roll up
    • Link to data directly from your narratives or other context documents
    • Link values from excel spreadsheets, or data files, to Narratives
    • Association of the same data elements with different dimensions
    • Inject attributes in to any dimension
    • Support for control numbers
    • Support for any type of data: strings, text, money, numbers, etc.
  • Optimized for servers
  • No need for Excel or Word - Budget In Brief does it all.
  • Extensive list of the supported excel formulas to aggregate the values and perform calculations.
    • Database functions:
      • DAVERAGE, DCOUNT, DCOUNTA, DGET, DMAX, DMIN, DPRODUCT,
        DSTDEV, DSTDEVP, DSUM, DVAR, DVARP
    • Date and time functions
      • DATE, DATEVALUE, DAY, DAYS360, HOUR, MINUTE, MONTH, NOW,
        SECOND, TIME, TODAY, WEEKDAY, YEAR
    • Financial functions
      • FV, NPV, PMT, PV
    • Information functions
      • ISBLANK, ISNA, ISNUMBER
    • Logical functions
      • AND, FALSE, IF, NOT, OR, TRUE
    • Lookup and reference functions
      • COLUMN, COLUMNS, HLOOKUP, HYPERLINK, INDEX, INDIRECT,
        LOOKUP, MATCH, OFFSET, ROW, ROWS, VLOOKUP
    • Math and trigonometry functions
      • ABS, ACOS, ACOSH, ASIN, ASINH, ATAN, ATAN2, ATANH, CEILING, COMBIN, COS, COSH, DEGREES, EVEN, EXP, FACT, FLOOR, INT, LN, LOG, LOG10, MOD, ODD, PI, POWER, PRODUCT, RADIANS, RAND, ROUND, ROUNDDOWN, ROUNDUP, SIGN, SIN, SINH, SQRT, SUBTOTAL, SUM, SUMIF, SUMPRODUCT, SUMSQ, SUMX2MY2, SUMX2PY2, SUMXMY2, TAN, TANH, TRUNC,
    • Statistical functions
      • AVEDEV, AVERAGE, CORREL, COUNT, COUNTA, COUNTBLANK, COUNTIF, LINEST, MAX, MEDIAN, MIN, PEARSON, RANK,RSQ, STDEV, STDEVP
    • Text functions
      • ASC, CHAR, CODE, CONCATENATE, DOLLAR, EXACT, FIND, FIXED, LEFT, LEN, LOWER, MID, REPLACE, REPT, RIGHT, SEARCH, SUBSTITUTE, T, TEXT, TRIM, UPPER, VALUE