Nils Rasmussen
End of development for Microsoft’s Forecaster and Management Reporter tools – now what?

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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Matthew Felzke
Dashboards for Dynamics GP

Dashboards are an in-demand Business Intelligence tool because they are both brains and beauty.  This article will lay out how to pick the right Dynamics GP Dashboards tool to meet organizational needs.

According to a recent study from Software Advice, a company that reviews BI tools, dashboards and scorecards topped the list of desired tools of prospective BI software buyers, which makes a lot of sense.  In the fast-paced nature of business today, decision-making is simpler when utilizing dashboards or graphical scorecards to analyze company performance.  Simply, dashboards are a business intelligence tool used to analyze company data in a visual format.  More specifically, they are charts, graphs, and scorecards using key performance indicators (KPIs) to showcase the trends and trajectories of the entire enterprise, a particular department, or even an operational project.

 

The name, dashboard, derives from vehicle consoles of the same name – and they are accordingly very similar, telling the story of a company visually.  However, business dashboards are equipped for interaction and adjustment, as well as drill-down and drill-to capabilities to analyze the detailed input information to make decisions for future business.  When considering a dashboards solution, there are a handful of types and technologies to explore and understand before settling on an enhancement to Dynamics GP.

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