Today, I read one of the best BI articles I have seen in a long time. It was called “Process-Oriented BI: Navigating the Road of Continuous Improvement”. The essence of the article is about how far you should be able to take BI these days by:
1) End-to-End Business Process Knowledge
2) Continuous Improvement Mindset
3) BI Capabilities of Operations
4) Data Governance Discipline
5) Data Latency Reduction
I encourage you to read the article and think about your own organization and what BI could do for you had the right BI tools and your organization was properly prepared. There is no doubt that the impact would be powerful and lasting for the business operations as well as for the bottom line.
With BI360, we have eliminated the classical barriers between “corporate BI” and operational BI, by enabling both real time reporting and data warehouse-based reporting, consolidations and planning. And, just as important, we have strived to provide you with user-friendly interfaces that any business user can manage without the assistance of IT or BI experts.
You can read the full article here:
https://www.information-management.com/newsletters/BI_BPM_process_oriented_data_governance_latency_realtime-10020818-1.html?pg=1

See us at the Business Intelligence & Analytics for Healthcare Conference & Exhibition, July 11-12, 2011, San Diego, CA.
Solver and InterDyn Remington will show how to use the BI360 software suite to manage data to drive quality, financial performance & accountable care.
An increasing number of healthcare provider and payer organizations are looking to business intelligence and analytics technologies to deal with the challenges of health reform, including meeting Meaningful Use requirements and creating sustainable accountable care organizations (ACOs). This Conference, which builds on our groundbreaking event in 2007, focuses on innovative applications of business intelligence and analytics, data mining, data warehousing, data integration and decision support to facilitate quality measurement and reporting and pay for performance initiatives, improve clinical outcomes, increase efficiency, reduce costs, increase revenues, deal more effectively with government regulation, increase patient satisfaction, enhance organizational agility and promote greater transparency and organizational information sharing by dismantling the silos of data typically found within healthcare organizations.
Providers and payers will face an avalanche of data in the coming years. This conference will provide detailed and practical instruction on how to effectively manage and use this data to provide the right information at the right time to the right people for optimal decision-making.

Solver recently partnered with Sage to offer the BI360 suite to Sage MAS 500 and X3 customers world-wide. This will now bring the leading BI360 reporting, budgeting, dashboard and data warehouse suite to Sage customers that are looking for a powerful and user-friendly Microsoft Excel-based reporting and budgeting experience.
The initial MAS 500 integration inclus LIVE reporting on the General Ledger, Purchasing and Sales modules in MAS 500, and last week this integration was expanded to include Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.
The Sage X3 integration includes live reporting on the General Ledger, Analysis and Sales modules and it will be expanded to other X3 modules prioritized by customer demand.

While “Financial Reporting” often used to be synonymous with financial statements such as Profit & Loss reports, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow statements and consolidated reports, these days companies are using dual purpose tools like BI360 to also handle their operational reporting.
A quickly increasing number of BI360 users are developing operational reports such as:
– Reports help them manage inventories with details about standard cost, quantities and physical value.
– That shows purchase orders versus requisitions with related information about delivery dates, unit price, quantity ordered, purchase price and purchase quantity.
– Production orders with trend charts that quantities items ordered by date.
– Work-in-progress reports (WIP), quantity per order, how much of an order has been started and the WIP amount.
The above types of reports are particularly popular amongst Microsoft Dynamics AX customers because a good number of them are in manufacturing or related industries.
We also see more customers deploy the BI360 data warehouse in order to combine their ERP data with other operational data sources. Examples of these are healthcare providers that combine financial data with payroll and patient data to produce reports or dashboards that show average cost per patient day, statistical trends like Average Length of Stay (ALOS), etc.
As companies go operational with their reporting and the business users that truly understand the information needs of the business are able to design the reports, the result if often high value reports that earlier where non-existent or that had to be pieced together manually in spreadsheets.