Best CPM and Budgeting Strategies for Growing Companies

This article will describe how companies with multiple business units process budgets and forecasts.

 

 

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Hanna Kim
How Does Business Intelligence for Dynamics GP Benefit My Department?

This article will focus on the benefits of Business Intelligence (BI) for the sales, marketing, human resources, and information technology departments using Dynamics GP.

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Each department has an important role in a company. As a department leader, you may know what your team needs to achieve department-specific goals. BI solutions that cover budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and analyses can help you meet those goals in an efficient and quicker way. For example, at my own company, the current team of department heads includes Nils Rasmussen for Sales, Gina Louie for Human Resources, IT Manager Allan Bacero, and Marketing Director Vanessa Sierra. I will cover four general departments that you would typically find in an organization and explore how a BI tool would help each department.

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Hanna Kim
What Does My Company Do With Reporting and Budgeting When Dynamics GP Is Moving to the Cloud?

This article focuses on the future of Dynamics GP Users and their Reporting and Budgeting tools.

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Why are many companies still keeping their Dynamics GP ERP system on-premise when there is a cloud option available? Some may not know the options to migrate to the cloud. Others may feel safer using a more traditional platform. Microsoft just changed the whole game for Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) users. A true cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics 365, officially released this November 1st. Dynamics 365 lets companies combine CRM, ERP and Microsoft Office capabilities into the next generation of business applications in the cloud. This Azure-hosted Dynamics service seems to be the true future for many Dynamics GP customers. Therefore, if your company is slowly making its way to the cloud, and on premise tools are most likely developed less progressively, eventually moving to Dynamics 365 or other CRM/ERP tools seems a pretty interesting alternative. This article focuses on the steps your company will need to take when your ERP is moving to the cloud.

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Matthew Felzke
Understanding What Executives Look for in Business Intelligence with Dynamics GP

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In this article, we will explore the perspectives of some key leaders in regard to BI software that reports on, plans with, showcases, or manages Microsoft Dynamics GP data.

Oftentimes, the executive team tasks an employee, usually in the finance and/or IT department(s), with finding financial reporting, budgeting, dashboards, or data management solutions for the organization.  You might clearly understand what your team needs to achieve department-specific goals, especially with the muscle memory of processes as they heretofore have gone.  But you might not exactly understand what is important to your team of decision makers, whether that is strictly the executive team or a larger group of stakeholders.  In this article, we will explore the perspectives of some key leaders in regard to BI software that reports on, plans with, showcases, or manages Microsoft Dynamics GP data.

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Mike Applegate
Beyond Accessibility: 9 More Reasons why CFOs are Starting to Love Cloud Business Intelligence Tools

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There’s a lot more to cloud–based business intelligence tools than easy data accessibility. This article examines why CFOs and accounting pros see cloud BI as a great return on investment.

Like a lot of productivity and management software, business intelligence (BI) tools are moving to the cloud. Why? Sure, the cloud makes BI more accessible, and deployments more manageable, just like data of every kind. Whether it’s Corporate Performance Management (CPM) or even music, you can access it via any web browser or mobile device, anywhere, anytime.

But there are other reasons why the cloud and business intelligence tools are a perfect match, especially for CFOs or accounting pros who rely on BI to boost bottom-line performance. We’re talking about solving problems such as lowering costs, gaining flexibility, and increasing productivity, all while realizing BI’s promise of delivering the right information to the right people at the right time so they can make more informed decisions.  As Solver builds – and gets ready to deliver BI360 as an innovative cloud service, we continue to discover reasons why cloud is the future for Business Intelligence.

Here are 9 reasons why a cloud-based Business Intelligence Tool may be right for you.

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Hanna Kim
Excel- and Web-based Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics GP

This article will discuss your financial reporting options for your Dynamics GP.

reportingdynamicsgpYour organization needs a powerful and dynamic financial reporting tool to help you stay competitive in your industry by managing and analyzing your data without any disruptions. Navigating through Business Intelligence (BI) is much like maneuvering through the streets of a foreign country without a map or any directions. In this article, I will explore Excel-based and web-based financial reporting options, so you are able to select the best reporting tool to navigate your organization in managing and analyzing your data using Microsoft Dynamics GP. Continue reading

Matthew Felzke
Non-profit Reporting with Microsoft Dynamics GP

This article focuses on financial reporting options for non-profit organizations utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP, zooming in on features and functionalities to expand your analytics.

Financial reporting has traditionally been the lead singer if Business Intelligence (BI) processes were in a band, and it is no different for non-profit organizations.  If you’re utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP, you know that the accounting system is equipped with several native financial reporting functions.  However, plenty of organizations are moving to independent software vendor (ISV) offerings for their regular financial reporting tasks, but why?  Third party software solutions for financial report writing are designed in response to consumer demands, streamlining and expanding analytics for more robust insight into your data, trajectories, successes, and challenges.  This article will explore the benefits of an ISV financial report writer for non-profit organizations using Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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Matthew Felzke
Manufacturing & Distribution Dashboards for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Modern, easy-to-use dashboard tools are accelerating the data management and analytics processes for Manufacturing and Distribution companies using Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

It’s all about dashboards these days when it comes to presenting and digesting information in quick and easy-to-understand ways, which is particularly true in the Business Intelligence (BI) world.  They are increasingly more popular, especially for executives, due to their easily accessible visualizations of your data.  Dashboards provide easily digestible analyses for breakneck pace of decision-making for today’s businesses.  Also referred to as data visualizations, dashboards are graphs, charts, and scorecards that showcase trends, strengths, and weaknesses with key performance indicators (KPIs) for projects, divisions, and/or the whole organization.

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Matthew Felzke
Budgeting for Not-for-Profits with Microsoft Dynamics GP

This article will discuss today’s best budgeting and forecasting tools for not-for-profit organizations, specifically regarding their built-in features and functionalities to expand your Microsoft Dynamics GP experience.

Budgeting is such a crucial task, no matter if you’re budgeting for yourself or on the organizational level.  Regarding not-for-profit (NFP) organizations, budgeting might be the particular reason you are still afloat, living within your means to deliver for the community.  Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with NFP budget contributors, and the common theme was that technology has historically been restrictive when trying to meet modern planning goals.  Excel might suffice for your household budget, but is challenging for any healthy organization.  If you’re reading this blog post, you’re likely shopping around for independent software vendor (ISV) budgeting software that can read your historical Microsoft Dynamics GP figures and/or perhaps data from additional sources, like payroll from ADP or Ceridian, to streamline and improve your planning process.  Today’s planning solutions deliver secure collaboration functionality for planning tasks, which makes the inherent teamwork easier, so that your organization can be successful in living within their means.

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Matthew Felzke
Data Warehousing for Not-for-Profit Intacct Users

In this article, we’ll continue discussing the impact of data warehouse solutions for not-for-profit organizations who are using the Intacct accounting system.

Some people might think that non-profits are functioning outside of the typical business model, but in reality, data is driving the same vital decision-making for not-for-profit organizations.  As non-profits do the hard work of staying on track with budgets, donors, grants, members, and so forth, a data warehouse can be really effective and efficient for your Business Intelligence (BI) processes.  With online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes being a common technology presence, the difference between OLAP cubes and data warehouses might seem confusing to you.  In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of data warehousing for non-profit data management and analytics tasks using Intacct.

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