When it comes to Business Intelligence, Dashboards are the Most Valued Player these days. This article will explore the features and options, so  you can pick the best Dynamics NAV dashboard solutions for your company’s goals.

Hopefully, you’re aware by this point: dashboards are leading the Business Intelligence (BI) tool marketplace in terms of demand.  Results from 2013’s Financial Executive International CFO Technology study by Gartner proved that dashboards, scorecards, and performance management solutions are the top priority for CFOs.  Today’s fast-paced business demands require that decision-making be user friendly and accessible for all levels of the company – and dashboards or scorecards make company performance analysis straightforward.  More specifically, dashboards are business intelligence visualizations of company data.  Dashboards are scorecards, graphs, and charts that utilize key performance indicators (KPIs) to demonstrate your organization’s trends, successes, and challenges – either collectively, departmentally, or focused on a project.
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What sub-ledger, transactional reports are you missing out on using native ERP reporting tools? What is the impact on your company’s future?  This article will discuss the different sub-ledger reports that empower your company’s leaders to make better decisions about the growth and development of the organization.

In the world of business, specifically when it comes to financial reporting, there is an abundance of Business Intelligence (BI) report writing tools that focus on the General Ledger (GL).  But what about all the sub ledger reports that different employees and departments rely on to make better business decisions?  What does the native Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) report writer offer you?  What are the pros and cons of this built-in offering?  And what are your other options for transactional reporting?  So many questions, and this might just be the tip of the iceberg regarding your search for better financial reporting solutions.
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As document management, reporting and business intelligence comes together, a new era of holistic data and text management begins.  This article will explore the world of content intelligence with a focus on the new product category offerings.

In 2007, Gerry Brown, now a Senior Analyst of Customer Engagement & Marketing Technology for Ovum in London, created the term, “content intelligence,” an aggregation of Business Intelligence (BI) and content or document management for improved insight and decision-making power.   What had been two disparate processes and sets of data became one as a customer driven term.  The concept was simple – professionals would like to be able to not only search for their scanned, virtual documents, but to analyze financial reports and drill down to the text and content that lies outside of already input data in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems like Microsoft Dynamics and Sage.  The concept was more than just another buzz word; it combined and streamlined two different analyses into a singular, more holistic approach to corporate performance management, and it is really starting to build momentum.
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When it comes to selecting a Business Intelligence (BI) solution to get the most out of your Microsoft Dynamics ERP investment, you have four choices:
1) Use the tools that come natively embedded within different Dynamics ERPs
2) Extend or replace the native ERP BI tools with the Microsoft BI stack of tools
3) Implement a best-of-breed third party solution
4) Some combination of the three options above
These options and much of the discussion below would apply for any ERP system, not just the Dynamics (AX, NAV, GP and SL).  This decision has a critical impact on the success of an ERP/BI deployment, and is often not discussed as thoroughly as it should be during the ERP/BI pre-sales process.
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Cloud BI software comes in different shapes and sizes for Microsoft Dynamics.  This article will discuss the options for deployment and compare the BI solutions on the market today.

While Cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms are growing in terms of popularity in the business sector, for some, it remains foggy at best.  I get this confusion.  It is a fast-moving evolution that makes a lot of sense, but if you are used to hosting your software on premises, as most of us have always done, the shift makes a lot of sense in theory, but not always so much in practice.  Questions of cost, security, access, management can start to pile up, and the frustration of confusion is exacerbated by the fact that some of us are inevitably going in the direction of the cloud, for parts of our IT solutions or the whole kit and caboodle.  However, there are some really impactful Business Intelligence (BI) options for Microsoft Dynamics users, and it never hurts to know your options.  This article will break down the facets of Cloud computing and explore a few Cloud BI options for Microsoft Dynamics.
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As a Dynamics NAV user, you should know the functionalities and key features of modern financial reporting tools available on the market today so that you can select the best tool to enhance Dynamics NAV and meet your Business Intelligence needs by generating sophisticated analytical reports.

In today’s business culture, a powerful financial reporting solution is vital for any organization that is dedicated to developing into a competitive, well established corporation.  This article will explore the variety of options and available features, so that you can select the best financial reporting tool to meet your company or finance team’s needs and goals using Microsoft Dynamics NAV as the core data source.
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Ever wondered why third party products are necessary with all the features and functions in Microsoft Dynamics GP for data analysis and management?  This article will explore the concept of best-in-breed software for corporate performance management.

Recently, I saw a user on LinkedIn pose a question, asking fellow Microsoft Dynamics GP users if they had some documentation regarding why the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system needs Independent Software Vendor (ISV) products.  It was an interesting discussion, perhaps a challenge to ISVs, and a legitimate question for Microsoft fans.  Several people chimed in, and a couple recurring comments seemed to organically surface.
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A financial consolidations tool is essential for any parent company that manages subsidiaries and wants unified reports to analyze overall company health.  This article will explore the key features and functions of today’s financial consolidation software.

There are plenty of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system users that are managing multiple companies or subsidiaries under a parent company.  Making sense of data from different entities, divisions, and sometimes, with different currencies can be a logistical nightmare without a professional financial consolidation and reporting tool.  As data becomes a bigger and bigger part of corporate decision-making, CEOs and CFOs of corporations that own multiple companies are looking for a Business Intelligence (BI) solution that includes a robust and business user friendly consolidation module.  For professionals in this boat, it can be frustrating, but specifically for the typical ERP users, there are not too many choices that combine power and ease of use.
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Every once in a while, a company needs to answer a question that is outside the regular BI reporting done for performance management, and this is called ad hoc reporting.  This article will discuss the benefits of this functionality and what to look for in a solution to best meet your company’s needs.

Financial reporting is arguably the most utilized solution in the Business Intelligence (BI) world of analytics – and serves as a foundation for other functions, like data visualizations, budgeting and forecasting, and consolidations.  Generally speaking, financial reporting is analysis done in a comprehensive, routine manner to make sense of company data for better decision-making.  Ad hoc reporting and analysis zooms in for a more particular type of report.

Ad hoc refers to something done for a specific reason, so ad hoc reporting refers to a report that professionals need for a particular query.  Furthermore, ad hoc reports usually drill deeper or answer questions that the regular company-wide reports are not addressing.  Ad hoc reporting enables business users to seek answers to their own questions regarding company data, without interrupting or changing the course of organizational reporting permanently.  Because the data is coming from the same sources, the analysis is consistent and accurate, but much like project budgeting, questions and projects can arise outside of the standard, routine reporting that guides the overall course of the entire company – and different corporate cultures have different needs.
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At Solver, we are very excited to announce the second annual BI360 User Conference, Focus 2014.  This year, Focus will take place in sunny Marina del Rey, California, September 9-11th.  Last year’s inaugural event proved to be the ultimate learning and networking event, and that tradition continues this year.  Attendees will get the opportunity to learn best practices and network with other users to improve their performance and get results.

We’re thrilled about our agenda, as it is even wider reaching than last year.  With four simultaneous tracks, a hands-on lab, and over 25 different topics covered in workshop sessions, our product experts and customer presenters will ensure that attendees will leave with questions and curiosities answered.  It is our goal that users head back to their offices having gained valuable new insights through informative breakout sessions and access to BI360 experts; empowered with a hands-on know-how to optimize the use and value of BI360; and aware of emerging trends in Business Intelligence, new product features, and Solver’s road map for BI360.  On top of all that, we have added to our Focus conference experience – just for our trusted partners.
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