Matthew Felzke
Data Warehousing for Manufacturing Companies using Dynamics AX

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This article will detail the effects of a commercial data warehouse for manufacturing and distribution organizations utilizing Microsoft Dynamics AX for their financials.

Data is the rightful buzzword for this era of business, perhaps especially for manufacturing and distribution organizations trying to meet their roadmap goals.  As data continues to grow in size and significance, data warehousing becomes a related task for modern business.  Even if you know a thing or two about data warehouses, you might have some questions or curiosities about them and how they relate to your manufacturing and/or distribution analytical processes.  Who manages a data warehouse? Are they like anything besides an OLAP cube?  At what point should a manufacturing and/or distribution corporation install one?  Cloud or on-premise?  How do we set up a data warehouse?  As a manufacturing or distribution Microsoft Dynamics AX customer, you likely have at least one of these questions.  This article will do the work of answering some of the more frequently asked questions, so you can more clearly see how data warehousing can be a solution for data management objectives with Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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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
BI360 Focus 16 Conference Recap

solver_awards_2016-045Solver Global came together at one location last week to host its annual Focus customer and partner conference at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel in sunny San Diego, California. Solver kicked off the conference with two-day intensive training classes designed for beginning and advanced users. There were valuable information-sharing sessions that attendees came to expect with additional learning and networking opportunities, including a dynamic keynote speaker.   Continue reading

Karen Barak
Making the Most of Focus 2016—Best Things to Do at THE BI360 Conference of the Year

In just a few weeks, from August 22 – 25, 2016, the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA will become the focal point where hundreds of BI360 Partners and Customers will gather to learn about one of the top full service business intelligence suites and corporate performance management (CPM) products on the market.

Determining which sessions and activities to attend at this year’s conference can be mind-blowing, making your head spin with all of the possibilities. To help you pinpoint key sessions and things to do at the event, check out my guide to this year’s conference.

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Karen Barak
Listen and Learn from Your Peers and Enjoy the Resort at Focus 2016

This year, Focus 2016, August 22-25, 2016, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA gives customers more ways to share their own BI360 stories with the community. Attendees can ask questions and gain valuable tips and insights from the people who have lived through the challenges and successes of a BI360 implementation during extended Customer Showcases and Panel Discussions. Then, attendees can enjoy the amenities of the resort with their colleagues while having candid dialogs during various networking activities.

 

Extended Customer Showcases

In prior Focus events, Solver created 20-minute Customer Showcase presentations, giving attendees a taste of real-world experiences. This year, we’ve extended that time to 45 minutes to give presenting customers and session attendees a chance to drill down further into the details of the customer’s story, thus allowing attendees more opportunities to ask questions and gather ideas they can try in their own organizations. This year’s featured customers and their scheduled sessions are below:

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Hanna Kim
Professional Services Dashboards with Dynamics AX

This article discusses dashboard solutions for Professional Services organizations hoping to expand their Microsoft Dynamics AX analytics.

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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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Karen Barak
Get your BI360 Guru on at Focus 2016!

Your company has put tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars into acquiring a budgeting and planning software system that will streamline your staff’s workload. Chances are, that even after training, you or your team has only been using a small percentage of the features or functions available in the solution.

Now, you or your team might wish to rediscover the full range of attributes, or you might even be seeking solutions to more complicated business process matters. Those answers and more can be found at Focus 2016, August 22-25, 2016, located at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA.

For four days in August, dozens of BI360 product experts, hundreds of technology professionals and BI360 users will gather to impart their wisdom to help you and others like you become BI360 gurus in their own right.

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Matthew Felzke
Data Warehousing for Professional Services with Dynamics AX

In this article, data warehouses for Professional Services organizations will take center stage, with a focus on expanding Microsoft Dynamics AX analytical processes.

Data is increasingly more important in today’s business world, perhaps especially for Professional Services organizations.  As data informs decision-making at all levels, Professional Services organizations are striving to stay on budget and on track with projects, vendors, clients, and so forth, a data warehouse can be positively impactful in supporting Business Intelligence (BI) analyses.  If you’re new to data warehousing as a solution, you might have some questions.  This article will go about answering your questions about data warehousing as a Professional Services organization using Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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Matthew Felzke
Is Forecasting Becoming More Important than Budgeting?

This article will discuss the difference between forecasting and budgeting, specifically in the context of which process might be more important to modern business planning.

Recently, I was talking to a finance professional who oversees accounting processes and helps his organization make decisions about the future in regard to budgeting and forecasting.  He posited that forecasting might be more important to running a business today than traditional budgeting – and it made me think.  I’m always writing about the constantly evolving world of technology and the fast pace of today’s business culture, so shifting away from a traditional way of accomplishing data management and analysis tasks sparked my interest.  Thus, this article will explore the differences between budgeting and forecasting to hopefully arrive at a better understanding of what is more impactful and productive to business today.

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Karen Barak
BI360 Focus 2016 – New Location. New Training Option.

A few weeks ago, the registration website for Solver’s Customer and Partner Conference, Focus 2016 launched. This year the event, to be held August 22-25, 2016, will take place in a new location: the classically beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA.

The new conference location is just a precursor to Solver’s plans to include other new elements in their event program. In fact, many of these enhancements come from suggestions Solver’s Partners and Customers have made. So thanks to many of you for helping Solver build a better event. My name is Karen Barak. I’m a marketing and events consultant extraordinaire with a passion for excellence and exceeding expectations. Read this and future BI360 Focus 2016 blogposts to discover what’s new and what’s exciting at this year’s ultimate Customer and Partner conference on BI360.

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