Corey Barak
Save Time and Money by Streamlining Your Budget Process

BI360 not only supports all departmental budgets, but supports revenue details, capital expenses, employee budgets and more. With BI360, budgeting and reporting processes become tightly integrated and easily accessed, all within a modern Microsoft Excel add-in for dynamic input forms and reports and with a SQL Server database on the back-end.
Plus, with BI360’s highly customizable capabilities, budgeting administrators can set upcentralized workflow with “social” collaboration features so that contributors and approvers can easily communicate objectives, comment and propose changes, saving valuable time and resources in your budgeting process.

By controlling the entire workflow process, BI360 facilitates a smoother, more efficient budgeting process across your entire organization. Be sure to watch our video to see how BI360 can save your company significant time and money in your budgeting process.  Watch now.

Nils Rasmussen
Collaborative Decision-Making in 2013: The BI Tools Will Only Get Better

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.

Nils Rasmussen
Factors to Consider when Evaluating Budgeting Software: Ease of Use (Part 1)

As with all other software out there, the most powerful budgeting applications on the market are not necessarily the easiest ones to use. Similarly, a simple application with just a few screens and menus can be mastered in a few hours, but will not have the flexibility as more complex software. In particular, you will find this to be true in the area of report writing. The more you want to customize reports and input screens to fit your company’s particular business model, the more powerful the report writer you will need and the more time you’ll need to spend learning it. While the most high-end budgeting applications offer customization of menus, labels, reports, and so on, lower end software usually has limited functionality in these areas.

All modern budgeting applications have graphical user interfaces where you can use a pointing device or  copy / paste between windows, and screens offer a variety of different fonts and colors. Online help files and context sensitive help have been a common feature to improve user friendliness. Every vendor (ISV) has its own unique screen layouts and user-related functions. The best way to get a good feel for a particular solution is to watch an in-depth demonstration or even better, to request a demo copy or a workshop where you can get some hands on experience to test ease of use of the application. The goal is to find out if power users as well end users will be comfortable with the application to the degree of where they adopt it and learn all of the features.

To help you meet your companies needs and goals, our solution BI360 Planning is being demonstrated next Thursday, May 31 @ 10 AM at our webinar:Looking to Take Away the Pain of this Year’s Budgeting Process?. BI360 Planning has a user friendly Excel-based interface, you can quickly adapt a budget model based on your existing Excel sheets; or you can completely re-engineer your process and input form layout based on your organization’s changing requirements. Join us and discover the complete value BI360 has to offer.

The Secret to Mastering Excel-based Reports for Microsoft Dynamics

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Date: Wednesday, Nov 10th, 2010 – Time: 1:00pm EDT (10am PDT)

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For all the tools, tricks, and skills utilized by Excel power users, the real secret to Excel reporting greatness is in the preparation. To really impress your executives and give your company a competitive edge you need to do things like create predefined templates, offer user-defined reports, and have the means to easily run reports live on the Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL and CRM databases, as well as your data warehouse and any other in-house or cloud-based databases. No small task!

Learn how to start taking the steps toward making powerful reporting a reality with a reporting solution that finally gives you the edge. The result will be professional-quality reporting that is accessible in familiar desktop tools, that users can refresh on-demand and drill through to gain further intelligence, and that will finally eliminate the need to prepare and distribute report books.

People who attend this webcast will…

  • Learn how end-users can customize their own versions of standard reports within Excel.
  • See how one report could easily serve many purposes just by changing parameter values.
  • Learn how one report can be connected to multiple databases.
  • Learn how Business intelligence (BI) technology can solve typical Reporting challenges.
  • See a live demonstration: Excel-based Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics

Register now and learn how elevate your Excel-based reporting skills to the next level!