Matthew Felzke
Enterprise Technology Cloud Strategy with Reporting and Budgeting for Microsoft Dynamics

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This article will discuss leveraging corporate performance management (CPM) solutions as a foundation for an enterprise technology cloud roadmap.

I find myself thinking about cloud technology all the time these days. And this is particularly peculiar when I zoom out and think about how I was an English major in college. However, cloud is permeating the culture – both popular and business – and I can’t help but think about how it is changing the way we store, manage, and leverage data. I have even seen memes on social media that make fun of the fact that we keep so many pictures – “for what?” is the punchline. The answer is because we can, and our massive and growing amount of data doesn’t bog down our devices because it is housed in the cloud. Beyond that though, in the business world, cloud as a platform follows the consumer marketplace trend of subscriptions to outsourced services as opposed to buying something outright. This is such a major shift in the business culture, and it creates a more efficient relationship in the context of technology management for both the vendor and the consumer. This article will explore the journey of transitioning reporting and budgeting solutions to the cloud – and suggest a starting place.

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Matthew Felzke
Replacing FRx and Management Reporter with Cloud Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics

Cloud Reporting for IntacctThis article explores the cloud reporting options you have for replacing FRx and Management Reporter.

Sometimes, it’s hard for me to believe that some companies might still be using FRx, as the product was retired by Microsoft – and replaced with Management Reporter (MR) – years ago. But MSDynamicsWorld.com recently hosted a webinar about replacing either, and hundreds of registrants attended. When I zoom out and think about process overhauls or technology replacements that I have been a part of, for the most part, they generally haven’t happened rapidly. Also, we’re all regularly in the trenches of our jobs, in this case producing reports or consolidating company financials for an understanding of company health, so taking the time to research, watch demos, have calls with sales folks, and test the power and viability of a new product can be tough. But as companies look to replace FRx and MR and at the same time prepare for a future move to a cloud ERP system, we’re seeing a lot of finance departments take the first leap by implementing a modern cloud reporting and budgeting solution, proving that a true business improvement momentum is building in the enterprise technology sector. This article will discuss the power of cloud reporting options not only to replace FRx and MR, but also as a strategic catalyst for a bigger picture cloud technology migration.

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Hanna Kim
FOCUS 2017: What are your expectations?

This article will talk about what BI360 customers and partners can expect for BI360 Focus this late August.

solver_awards_2016-001Solver Global, along with its customers and partners, will come together in just a few weeks on Monday August 21, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA. The fifth annual BI360 customer and partner conference will be a space where we can share best practices, networking and hands-on learning opportunities to take your BI360 experience to the next level. This article will focus on the activities and experiences BI360 Focus attendees can expect this year.

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Hanna Kim
Cloud Budgeting for Intacct

This article will focus on your options for modern financial budgeting solutions for your Intacct ERP solution.

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Budgeting is a vital and important process, regardless of whether you are planning your personal finances or managing your organization’s budgets and forecasts. We have been seeing more and more budgeting tools hosted on the cloud and even though it seems pretty straightforward, most companies are still used to hosting their corporate performance management (CPM) tools on premises. Choosing the right budgeting solution for your industry that integrates smoothly with your Intacct enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be challenging, but you have powerful options, and it will give you more knowledge about budgeting solutions for your company. In this article, we will explore Cloud-based budgeting and some of those solutions for your Intacct ERP system.

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Matthew Felzke
Cloud Budgeting for Acumatica

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This article will discuss the options you have to achieve modern, rich budgeting in the cloud with Acumatica.

The leading cloud ERPs, like Acumatica and recently acquired Intacct, were ahead of the curve with their platforms – and we’re seeing the rest of the enterprise technologies race to join them in the new normal of cloud solutions. As you hit your stride in Q3, some of us in a new fiscal year, while others are starting the budgeting process for 2018, planning might be a central focus for you and your team. However, Acumatica cloud customers have not had many choices of true cloud budgeting tools in the past, where Adaptive Insights and Host Analytics have been mostly alone in the mid-market. The challenge has been limited integrations to Acumatica at a high cost. Now, new cloud solutions like BI360 Cloud are coming to the marketplace, both with better Acumatica integrations than the older cloud tools, more flexible budget form designers and a price level more suitable for the mid-market. This article will explore what to look for in a modern cloud budgeting solution for Acumatica users.

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Matthew Felzke
Cloud Reporting for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition

This article will focus on financial reporting tools for organizations using Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition, so you can invest in the right solution for your team.

This past November, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Dynamics 365. Combining the Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings in one unified cloud-hosted solution, there are two versions of Microsoft Dynamics 365. The lower end version of the product is called the Business Edition and is based on Dynamics NAV as a framework. The Enterprise Edition is the higher end version, which is based on Dynamics AX and created for larger corporations in the top of the marketplace. Both are hosted by Microsoft and deployed in the Azure cloud. In this article, we will explore what you should look for in a financial reporting tool for your organization to use with Dynamics 365, Enterprise Edition.

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Hanna Kim
Cloud Data Warehouse for Acumatica

This article is about data warehouses (DWs) for organizations utilizing Acumatica so you can optimize your reporting capabilities by making the best software investment.

 

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Have you ever set foot in a factory or a warehouse before? It’s usually a large space that is used as storage for goods. For companies, there has never been a better moment to increase productivity and lower costs. In a warehouse or factory, there is production support, opportunity to expand, packing and processing, saving time and money, and minimizing business risks. The benefits apply to data warehouses (DWs) as well. If you are starting to feel like you are wasting time and energy that can be used toward something else rather than analyzing and managing data with Microsoft Excel, DWs can help by removing tedious manual work and any errors. In this article, we will focus on Cloud DWs so you can make the most out of your Acumatica experience.

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Matthew Felzke
Power BI and Cloud CPM for Microsoft Dynamics ERPs

This article will discuss the power of combining the forces of cloud corporate performance management (CPM) and Microsoft Power BI for a true best-of-breed solution with Dynamics ERPs.

It’s hard to deny the popularity and buzz of Microsoft’s Power BI. It is the current shining star of enterprise technology, and with the brand power of Microsoft, it has made its way into a lot of companies’ portfolio of systems. It makes sense too: not only does the executive team want data visualizations, but cross departmentally, information workers of every type can access insight easily and quickly about the health of the organization or the progress of a project. However, dashboards, like charts, graphs, and scorecards, are just one form of reporting and can be limiting for certain teams.

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Matthew Felzke
IT as a Crucial Partner in Cloud and On-Premises CPM and Enterprise Technology Management

This article is an interview with Solver CIO Hadrian Knotz about the role of IT in managing cloud and on-premises technologies.

In this changing enterprise technology climate, I knew I wanted to sit down with an IT subject matter expert to learn how companies are managing applications and systems that reside either on-premises or in the cloud. The best person for the conversation is Hadrian Knotz, who is the CIO at Solver, Inc. and is, generally speaking, a gentleman and a scholar. Read on to learn about the challenges facing IT teams who are supporting the technology needs of organizations, big and small – and how these professionals are providing solutions. 

Felzke: Solver has recently launched BI360 Cloud, a cloud deployment Corporate Performance Management (CPM) suite offering, after years of success with the on-premises version of BI360. How have you seen technology management change since when you joined Solver and started leading that team?

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Hanna Kim
Development Changes and Challenges for Cloud CPM

This article is an interview with Solver’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Applegate about technology development and enterprise technology management in the Corporate Performance Management (CPM) realm.

 

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As many of you know, Solver launched BI360 to the cloud in June, so I decided to sit down with CTO Mike Applegate to discuss life after the cloud launch. Mike leads the product strategy and development team. With Mike’s knowledge and experience, this interview is a must-read for those interested in developing applications that are on-premises or cloud-hosted.
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