This article focuses on modern features and functionalities for financial reporting, so you have a better understanding of what to look for when seeking a tool to improve your experience with Sage 100.

Trend in Business Intelligence for H2 2015

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In today’s data-driven world, your organization needs a powerful financial reporting tool to help you stay competitive in your industry.  In this article, I will explore the Business Intelligence (BI) options you have for software, specifically looking at feature and functions, so you can select the best reporting tool to navigate your organization-specific issues in managing and analyzing your data as a Sage 100 user.
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Recently, in two separate announcements, Microsoft has stated that they will no longer develop their Forecaster budgeting tool and their Management Reporter financial report writer. How does this impact the almost 200,000 Dynamics AX, GP, SL and NAV customers out there? Is it a bad thing or may it be a smart move by Microsoft?
To take Dynamics NAV first, Management Reporter has not supported NAV for a while and most customers look to best-of-breed third party solutions with a live NAV integration, such as the Excel-based report writers like BI360 (www.solverglobal.com) and Jet Reports (www.jetreports.com).
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This article focuses on budgeting software, specifically zooming in on the automatic spreading functionality.

Budgeting with Automatic Spreading
Budgeting software is one of the most fundamental and critical tools for managing your money. Think about all of the time and energy your company allocates to budgeting. I think about my recent car investment and all of the costs that come with it, including car insurance. I feel extremely overwhelmed just thinking about it, but knowing that there is a simple solution to budgeting calms my anxiety. Do you feel overwhelmed at work? You may feel like this if you are punching in your budget data manually. If you are working toward a financial goal or you are working with limited money, finding an easy way to budget will benefit you at both a personal and organizational level. In this article, we will be covering the first topic of our budgeting series where I will be focusing on an important budgeting need that a budgeting software can solve with corresponding features such as automatic spreading.
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This article focuses on financial reporting and roll-up solutions for not-for-profit organizations utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP.

NFP Fin Cons GP
Financial reporting and consolidations can mean different things to different people. Many larger Microsoft Dynamics GP not-for-profit customers are managing the finances of a parent organization with multiple locations rolling up to it. First things first, let’s define financial roll-ups or ‘consolidations’ as it is typically called in the corporate world. It can simply mean that an organization is combining data from multiple locations either as part of the planning process or for reporting purposes. It can also mean a lot more than just combining data. Financial consolidation is the process of aggregating transactional data from several departments and from multiple business entities within a company for the parent company. In these cases, simply combining data can be complex for multiple reasons. For instance, legal entities can have different charts of accounts or fiscal years. They may also be partially owned. This article will explore the elements and functionalities of financial consolidation for your non-profit organization using Microsoft Dynamics GP.
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This article will help organizations identify signs that they need a new Business Intelligence system.

Trend in Business Intelligence for H2 2015
Today, plenty of large organizations, as well as small and medium-sized companies, are stuck using old or manual Business Intelligence (BI) tools that are in desperate need of a replacement. BI translates to technology-driven processes for analyzing data and presenting information that will help companies improve the decision making processes at all levels of management. Well, how do you know if you need a new BI/Analytics system? You should begin by constructing the right set of questions. What tool(s) does your organization have to have right now? What are your BI goals, and what is your schedule for building the BI toolbox to meet analytical goals? Also, outdated BI systems show several warning signs such as wasting time, harming decision-making, and keeping organizations from taking advantage of their data.
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This article discusses dashboard solutions for Professional Services organizations hoping to expand their Microsoft Dynamics AX analytics.

ProServ Dashboards Dyn AX

We’re all collecting data – stacks and stacks of data. How do we use this data to make it worthwhile? It often comes down to dashboards and data visualizations including charts and graphs. According to Gartner’s survey on financial Executive International CFO Technology, dashboards and scorecards are top priorities in terms of software that executives are seeking. Companies are bombarded with useful information every day, but they often find it challenging to consolidate the information into digestible bits that can be utilized and implemented. Because business is constantly changing and moving quickly, analytics that are accessible and easily digestible is essential.  With dashboards, you have access to graphs, charts, and scorecards that illustrate trajectories, victories, and challenges through key performance indicators (KPIs) and your information to effectively keep a project or the entire company on track.
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This article focuses on Power BI and the influence it has on your organization’s data.

Do you ever feel like you’re inundated with information that doesn’t matter to you? If you’re nodding your head, then Microsoft Power BI might be an option for you. Power BI is a data visualization tool that helps users stay up to date with information that matters to them and complements their current third party and ERP reporting tools by bringing their data to life through visualization. Microsoft defines Power BI as “a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights.” The services and features enable you to find and visualize data in a compelling way, share discoveries, and collaborate in intuitive new ways.
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This article will explore the impact of a data warehouse solution for manufacturing and distribution companies using Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

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When it comes to making decisions within a company, data rules all. Organizations use data to set and meet goals in order to stay on budget. Data warehousing is a powerful solution to organize and strengthen Business Intelligence (BI) analyses. A data warehouse is a multi-dimensional database that can store a large amount of data, accumulated from a wide range of sources within a company and used to guide management decisions. They are not live, real-time integrations; therefore, the information in data warehouses can be used for scheduled budgeting, reporting, and dashboards or higher level performance data questions. They structure around the subject, so they focus the interaction through organizing by topic, such as customer, sales, or product. As a manufacturing or distribution NAV user, you may want to know the impact a data warehouse solution has for your company. In this article, I’ll go about explaining this solution for these two industries using NAV for managing data and analytics.
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This article will discuss how Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management systems differ – and how they overlap.

Many find the word ‘Business Intelligence’ (BI) often ambiguous and confusing. It can simply mean that you know something about the business, but Gartner, the world’s leading IT research company, defines BI as “an umbrella term that include the applications, infrastructure and tools, and best practices that enable access to and analysis of information to improve and optimize decisions and performance.” The objective is to provide the right knowledge to the right people at the right time to make informed decisions.
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