Collaborative decision-making is a big trend in business intelligence (BI) with the rise of social and BI software. As much as we hear about it, I believe it’s just the beginning. The popularity and quality of the BI tools that facilitate collaborative decision-making will only continue to improve and evolve, reshaping the way organizations think and operate.
Not long ago, a collaborative decision-making tool was little more than cc’ing people in an email chain. Now, we have collaboration portals with social personal dashboards, alerts, workflow, discussions, resource tracking, project and idea management, all of which enable immediate, iterative decisions. Look for more of these tools to foster open and dynamic BI collaboration in 2013 and beyond.
Here’s a webinar I plan on attending January 8, 2013. It will cover research revealed in three key opportunities for business users to leverage the combined benefits of collaboration and business intelligence: collaborative interactions, information enhancement, and collaborative decision-making. You can register here.

Imagine being able to pull your latest financial reporting data and listen to the results anywhere…driving, at the airport, you name it. That’s exactly what BI360’s Narrative Reporting allows you to do.
With auto-narrative reporting, BI360 makes it easier for non-analysts managers to understand and react to internal corporate reports. BI360 can automatically author a narrative summary of your financial results…and can do so 100’s of times over without any human involvement.
See narrative reporting for BI360 in action by watching the video below:

XL Reporter was a popular Excel-based report writer for SAP Business One users. When SAP acquired Business Objects, they replaced the XL Reporter solution with Crystal Reports, leaving customers everywhere looking for a new Excel-based report writer that works the same way as XL Reporter did. Namely, a solution that integrates directly to GL and sub-ledgers in SAP Business One so that business professionals can report real-time results from SAP and into Excel.
BI360 is not only such a report writer, but is it also more dynamic and user-friendly than XL Reporter was. And, there’s even a process that allows you to build BI360 reports on top of the old XL Reporter structure. BI360 also offers a full BI suite so customers can also use it for Budgeting, Consolidations, Dashboards, Data Warehousing and Collaboration.

Here are some more features of BI360 Reporting:
– Supports Microsoft Excel 2007 and newer versions of Excel
– Reports are available both as pre-defined templates or business users can design   their own reports with the ease of drag-and-drop functionality in Excel. Any flavor of report can be designed, including profit and loss, balance sheet, cash flow, sales, HR, project, AR, AP, fixed assets, inventory, KPI reports and much more.
– Drill-down to detail from any amount in any report to quickly find the underlying reason for variances and exceptions.
– Produce ad-hoc reports in minutes with the easy-to-use Composer.
– Complete web-portal provides users with an interface to run reports on any device, including mobile devices, from any location with an Internet connection.

Get more information on a better Excel-based report writer for SAP Business One! Learn more.

Recently, Solver was a sponsor at the WennSoft User Conference where we received great feedback on BI360’s integration with WennSoft, as well as a number of other 3rd party Dynamics GP ERP ISVs. BI360 offers both LIVE reporting and reporting through the BI360 data warehouse. In the case of WennSoft, Solver has created an out-of-the box integration and it is part of the LIVE Dynamics GP reporting offered with BI360.
This provides Wennsoft customers with immediate value from BI360’s reporting and dashboard modules, which both utilize the same, live integration to GP.
Solver has pre-defined the integration with the WennSoft Job Cost and Time Sheet modules (see screenshot from the BI360 Report Designer below). Additional fields and tables can be added from the BI360 Integration Customization tool or the BI360 Meta Data tool. From time to time, Solver will also add new out-of-the-box integration touch points based on customer demand.
We have written a white paper on the many additional reporting capabilities offered by BI360’s integration with WennSoft.