LOS ANGELES, CA, November 30, 2012 – Solver, Inc., a global leader in Business Intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, today announced it was selected as a Red Herring Top 100 award in recognition of the leading private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.

“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Solver embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Solver should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been.”

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.

About Solver

Solver provides BI360, the leading Business Intelligence suite for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL, Intacct, Sage 500 and X3, Epicor Prophet21, and other ERP systems. Solver is a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner and the winner of the Microsoft BI Partner of Year Award. BI360 is sold through a world-wide network of resellers and is ideal for companies looking to find a user friendly, yet highly functional Reporting, Budgeting, Dashboard, Collaboration Portal, Data Warehouse solution to give them deep insight and actionable information across all facets of their organization.

For any questions, visit Solver’s website or contact Solver at info@solverusa.com.

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November 27 – 28, 2012

Solver is a gold sponsor and will be exhibiting and presenting BI360 at the annual Asia Partner Summit 2012 in Macau at Grand Hyatt Macau. Visit us and learn more about BI360 with full integration to Microsoft Dynamics. Partners will have the opportunity to preview the latest resources and knowledge that can help you to better position your business and leave a major footprint in the marketplace, and with your customers.

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Have you ever wondered what the cost is for your company’s web marketing efforts? In the following paragraphs we will look at an example where we analyze web site traffic and mix this data with the online marketing expenses tracked in the accounting system.
The first thing you would do is to download web site traffic data from your Web Analytics service provider. For example, this can be Google Analytics. If you plan to do this very often, you would connect to Google Analytics using a web service. If not, you can also download the data to e.g. an Excel file, and then import it to your data warehouse where you combine it with the general ledger data, where marketing expenses are tracked.
If you own BI360, you would typically use the BI360 data warehouse as the data store where you load the web statistics data and the general ledger data used in the examples in this blog.
Once you have the data in the data warehouse, you can use the BI360 report writer to create reports that combine the web statistics and marketing expenses to calculate metrics such as Average Marketing Costs per Web Visitor, and then display the result as a formatted report or a dashboard.

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When it comes to business intelligence analytics, I often find the outlying factors, which at first glance may seem insignificant, to be the most interesting and valuable nuggets of insight. It’s a little like predicting the outcome of a football game. Most analysts will pull out their stat sheets and substantiate their predictions with the usual tangibles like win-loss records, key matchups, skilled positions, etc. But the good analysts (usually the older retired coaches) always add those little insights that trump the statistical data. Things like warm weather teams traveling north in November. Rivalry factors. Short practice weeks. All the little things that don’t show up in the numbers, but have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.
Retail insight isn’t too different. Good BI analytics produces more than static facts and figures, it looks deeper into current trends, buying patterns—even events—that help you make actionable, informed decisions. For example, what outcome will the effects of Hurricane Sandy have on shopping in New York and New Jersey? Which neighborhoods are even functioning? Are consumers in those communities really likely to visit a store, or will they leverage online spending due to lack of transportation and infrastructure? How will that affect your staffing levels during the holidays?
Good BI analytics connects the dots between the real world and your business, helping you to accurately forecast, track and analyze your data in real-time, in ever-changing conditions. Good BI analytics offers complete visibility with timely, relevant data, and opens the window into consumer behavior and buying habits that turns predictions into profitability.
Learn more about Solver’s BI360 for Retail, and how to get the detailed insight you need to proactively run your retail operation. Read more.

Another huge opportunity that CFOs and CTOs alike are realizing is cloud-based financial reporting. Solver’s BI360 integrates seamlessly with cloud data sources like Intacct. There are several reasons why cloud-based is becoming increasingly popular with financial professionals.
Cloud-based reporting offers fast, secure, and flexible performance, with anytime, anywhere access to your reports. These solutions require no software to be installed on end-users’ computers or handheld devices, providing access to reports through any web interface. This can be a lifesaver when you need to review data on the run, or share information from remote locations.
I’d say the biggest barrier to deploying a cloud-based reporting solution is simply deciding to do it. Early on, there was concern around the performance, compatibility and security of the cloud, much of which has been dispelled as cloud services have evolved. Today, the cost-savings and massive scalability—combined with intense focus on security—certainly make cloud-based reporting a valuable part of the complete self-service BI picture.

LOS ANGELES, California, November 9, 2012 – Solver, Inc., a global leader in Business Intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, today announced that it has been selected as a candidate for Red Herring’s 2012 Top 100 Global award, a prestigious recognition honoring the year’s most audacious and far reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs from across the globe.

The Red Herring editorial team selected the companies demonstrating the most innovative technologies and business models originating from over 1000 companies from over 40 nations. These companies, representing past Red Herring Asia, Europe and North America awards, are judged on a range of qualitative and quantitative metrics, including but not limited to technology innovation, financial performance, growth criterion, management’s execution standards, potential globalization of the strategy and market share improvement.

“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook based on their increasing role within macro-economic environments,” stated Alex Vieux, Chairman of Red Herring. “2012 has confirmed the sector’s vibrant activity and its resilience to widespread economic problems. An unprecedented number of entrepreneurs are attempting to jump ahead of the competition and aspire to make a difference. Breakthroughs obsolete each other faster than ever before. Solver, Inc. has performed exceptionally in its field and strongly deserves to be singled out as one of the Red Herring Global Finalists. At this stage, we are left with the daunting task to select the best qualified companies for the 2012 Top 100 Global Award.”

The Finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles, November 27-29, 2012. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on November 29 at the event.

About Solver

Solver provides BI360, the leading Business Intelligence suite for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL, Intacct, Sage 500 and X3, Epicor Prophet21, and other ERP systems. Solver is a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner and the winner of the Microsoft BI Partner of Year Award. BI360 is sold through a world-wide network of resellers and is ideal for companies looking to find a user friendly, yet highly functional Reporting, Budgeting, Dashboard, Collaboration Portal, Data Warehouse solution to give them deep insight and actionable information across all facets of their organization.

For any questions, visit Solver’s website or contact Solver at info@solverusa.com.

On a recent flight, I was talking to a colleague about the importance of collaboration in business intelligence, and how new collaboration tools are driving better, data-driven decisions. He listened to a few of my analogies as I explained the advantages, and then said, “too bad they didn’t have those tools in 1988.”
He went on to explain the circumstances behind what was at the time, a newly delivered “fully automated” Airbus A320-111. On June 26, 1988, Air France was demonstrating the plane at an airshow. The plane was supposed to do a fly-by at a low altitude of 100 feet. Instead, it dipped below 30 feet and crashed into the trees beyond the runway.
Apparently, the avionics on that A320 were built with only two “feedback loops,” and where there was signal disparity, the flight management system (FMS) was left to arbitrarily pick one over the other. Unfortunately in this case, it picked the wrong one. But this was only part of the problem. When the pilot realized the plane was flying too low, he tried to pull up to regain altitude but was over-ridden by the FMS.
My friend’s point, while somewhat unsettling (especially since we were on a plane), was a good example of what happens when companies combine lack of input with organizational arrogance. Important strategic decisions are made every day where lack of insight, suggestions, or feedback leads to force-fed decisions made in isolation.
Today’s collaboration tools solicit insight from sources all over your organization… sources with great ideas and input that you would have never imagined. Sources that help build in redundancies so your organization can make sure its decisions have been completely vetted, all while reducing the time and resources it used to take to get there. How can BI collaboration tools help your organization make better decisions? Learn more.