Regardless of where you stand this election, it’s clear that government institutions could use some help with their budgets. No, we’re not proposing a magical mathematical formula for balancing our bajillion dollar deficit, but we DO have some ideas on how federal, state, and local governments could leverage BI360 to plan, forecast, and better manage their budgets.
BI360 for Government offers a complete suite of powerful BI solutions such as excel-based reporting, budgeting, dashboards, data warehouse, and enterprise collaboration. However, given all the talk around government spending, we think a healthy Planning and Budgeting solution is worth debating about.
Here are a few ways BI360’s Planning solution could make a HUGE difference for public sector managers looking to improve their budgeting and forecasting activities:
Excel-based budget input and review
Streamlined budget entry:
– Copy history in a single click
– Spread budgets evenly or based on trends or budget at line item level
– Include comments (account or line item level)
Pre-built as well as user-defined input templates:
– Planning & Budgeting (Revenue, Expense, Payroll, Funds, Grants, Capex,
– Projects,Cashflow, etc.)
– Budget by Grant and Fund
– Forecasting (Single or multi-year)
– Modeling and what-if analysis
Budget data immediately available for reporting

Sophisticated approval workflow with full discussion and notification functionality
As government organizations increasingly adopt modern BI technologies to help drive better performance management, they’ll increase their efficiencies within all levels of government. Download our BI360 for Government white paper today. Get it here.

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October 27 – 30, 2012

Join us for our sponsor session or visit our booth to see how BI360 can enhance your NAV experience. We will be presenting and demonstrating our BI360 Suite. See powerful reporting, budgeting, dashboards and more. Solver is a proud Silver sponsor.

Self-service business intelligence is a must for financial professionals who need to make data-driven decisions quickly and accurately. Business intelligence tools like reporting, planning, budgeting, dashboards, and collaboration give trained users the insight to make better decisions in timely fashion. The key word here is trained. Self-service BI is a great vehicle, but it’s only as effective as the user’s ability to drive the car.
Once you’ve decided on a system, make sure your BI provider offers in-depth training, service and support programs. Set your expectations up front. Obviously they should understand your company’s business requirements, but they need to get granular with their training programs. Your team probably consists of technical and non-technical users. How does your provider address the needs of everyone? Whether it’s online training courses, in-person training courses, tutorials, webinars or whatever, make sure your provider understands your definition of success. Remember that even the most user-friendly solutions require proper training if you wish to truly become autonomous.
And training shouldn’t be a one-and-done experience. Pick a self-service BI provider that offers ongoing training and support, as well as a proactive partner that understands real-world scenarios and can anticipate potential speed bumps that apply to your specific business intelligence environment. Read more about self-service business intelligence training programs.

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October 22 – 25, 2012

Solver will be exhibiting in the Expo hall on 10/22. Visit us and see how the BI360 Suite is providing insight for AX Users everywhere. Live reporting, budgeting, dashboards, collaboration, and data warehouse to connect to all of your data sources. Learn more about AX 2012 and how BI360 offers full integration.

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October 17 – 19, 2012

Solver is a Silver Sponsor and will be demonstrating BI360 Suite, and showing our new powerful collaboration tool. Visit Solver at the Marketplace Expo Exhibit Hall. Advantage 2012 promises to be a great event with an information-packed agenda with sessions led by Intacct experts, practitioners, and customers.

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We all know about the enterprise collaboration tools that have been introduced over the past couple of years, and the accompanying issues that come with them. While there still may be a perception that enterprise collaboration tools are merely a Facebook-type of experience tweaked for the business world, the right tools—with proper usage of the right features—can significantly increase your efficiency.
But there’s more than just better efficiency and productivity at stake. Yes, a good collaboration tool will probably result in fewer emails and email trails, less time spent in planning and attending meetings, and make it easier to search and find information such as people with specific expertise that may apply to a project. I believe, however, that one of the biggest gains from an enterprise collaboration tool, especially as it applies to business intelligence, is better retention of your discussions from:
1)    The strategy formulation
2)    The budget process
3)    Monthly reports and dashboards
4)    General or specific improvement ideas and projects
Enterprise collaboration tools such as BI360 Collaboration organize and store all information (discussions, ideas, attachments, employee profiles, etc.) in a central repository. So, your company’s knowledge database isn’t just protected, it continues to grow and add value over time. Things like meeting notes that never get recorded, or conversations that are quickly forgotten are all captured and securely stored for future use, with Google-like search tools to find and retrieve the information, even if it’s years later.
Let’s say your team wants to review a report from three years ago, but the finance manager has long since left the company. With enterprise collaboration, you can access the archived information in seconds, plus leverage social media technologies with @mentions and #tags within live discussions, automatically cross-linking that information so others can view it at the same time. It’s like having a virtual water cooler that can serve up every discussion, from every meeting, on any project—throughout the history of your company. #goodstuff.
See more features of BI360 Collaboration here.

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October 15 – 19, 2012

Solver will be a sponsor and a featured presenter of the Self-service Business Intelligence Suite BI360. Don’t miss out! Visit us at booth: 300, 201. AXUG / GPUG Summit 2012 provides Microsoft Dynamics AX / GP users a unique and intimate opportunity to dive deep into Microsoft Dynamics AX / GP, tackle challenges and learn from the experiences of other users who think and work like you.

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Budgeting is a time consuming and complicated process for any company. But when you’re talking about an international, distributed organization, it can be downright apocalyptic: different budgeting models, locally managed spreadsheets, individual differences in background data and calculations. Imagine being the corporate finance manager in charge of gathering, consolidating and deciphering that budget information.
Typically, I’ve found that these types of large, distributed companies could vastly improve their budgeting processes (and save a lot of headaches) if their budgeting solution addressed three key requirements:

1)  Excel-based: It’s the program of choice for any financial professional. And since you’re talking about different managers with different levels of computer and technical experience, Excel covers the bases for everyone.

2)  Retention of legacy data: No one can afford to lose years of valuable budget models and background data, only to start from scratch with a new system. When implementing a new budgeting system, be sure it can address legacy data retention.

3)  Complete version control: While companies want to retain their legacy data, they also need to be able to eliminate the macros and other complexities in the old budget models that led to higher risks of wrong data in the first place. They also need to enable various unique sub-models to comply with localized requirements throughout their business units.
Budgeting solutions like BI360 are simpler, more secure, and much more efficient. Furthermore, they greatly reduce the time involved in the normal budget-planning process. These budgeting solutions offer more visibility into the process as well, giving managers at the regional level better control, collaboration, and insight into the numbers that matter.
Check out more benefits of BI360’s budgeting solution here.

Yes, replacing FRx is going to become a timely matter. As Microsoft continues to phase out FRx—and the upgrades and enhancements that come with it—you’ll soon find yourself looking for a user-friendly, excel-based reporting solution for leading ERPs.
When considering an FRx replacement, look for a solution like BI360 that’s completely Excel-based, with predefined templates and user-defined reports that run live on Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL, CRM, Sage MAS 500 and X3, Epicor Prophet 21, and SAP Business One databases. BI360’s out-of-the-box integration and ease of use gives IT and financial professionals a seamless replacement for FRx that delivers more on every level:

These are just some of the reasons BI360’s report writer is a great replacement for FRx. For more reasons to replace FRx, join us for a webinar October 11th and see how easy Solver will make it for you to replace FRx.
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

(To see a complete listing of all BI360 webinars click here)