Matthew Felzke
Cloud Budgeting for Microsoft Dynamics GP

This article will zoom in on your options for modern, robust budgeting in the cloud for Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Continue reading

Hanna Kim
Using Corporate Performance Management for Digital Transformation: Optimizing Operations and Transforming Products and Services, Part 2

The blog article is the second entry in the series about using Corporate Performance Management (CPM) for digital transformation.

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Matthew Felzke
Coming Back from Microsoft Dynamics User Group Summit 2017: Fixin’ to Hit the Trail Running

This article recaps the countrifried Microsoft Dynamics User Groups Summit in Nashville October 10-13, 2017. Continue reading

Alex Geller
My Prediction: Convergence between Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management Vendors in the Mid-Market

This article will focus on the demand for convergence of Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management tools and why this benefits mid-market companies.

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The latest release of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence strengthened my conviction that the market will see consolidation between the Business Intelligence/Visualization (BI) and Corporate Performance Management (CPM) vendors. Gartner classifies them in separate quadrants because the respective tools are evaluated differently during the sales process. Furthermore, BI tools usually sell into marketing and sales teams while CPM targets finance and accounting professionals. Consequently, there has been limited Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the space. Note that this article assumes readers are familiar with the basic definitions to focus on a narrative explaining the demand for their convergence.

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Hanna Kim
Dashboards for Real Estate Companies Using Microsoft Dynamics GP

This article will discuss dashboard solutions for real estate companies that are seeking to enhance Microsoft Dynamics GP data analyses.

realestateVisualization has some beneficial side effects. Visualization improves your performance; helps reach your potential, increases focus, boosts confidence, and so much more. Think about professional athletes. For instance, everyone from tennis player Serena Williams to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was a world champion body builder before he became an actor, have practiced visualization techniques. It makes sense to apply visuals to your financial reports and presentations. Think about receiving a stack of spreadsheets full of data. Is this how you extract your financial analysis? This is where a dashboard comes into play. The amount of data being created every year continues to grow tremendously. If your organization wants to make informed decisions, your company leaders need to be able to access and interpret data in real-time. The ability to act quickly on the data has become a competitive differentiator. A dashboard presents key data on a single page and uses visuals to summarize a large amount of data. In this article, we will discuss how dashboards will help real estate companies that are using Dynamics GP. Continue reading

Hanna Kim
10 Steps to Successful KPI and Metric Design Using Dynamics GP, Part 2

This article is the second part in planning for a KPI design project.

KPI1A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a lot like a GPS navigation system. A GPS navigation device allows a driver or a passenger to be in charge when making decisions about where to steer next. KPIs are the navigational tools that the team will use to understand whether the business is on a successful journey or whether it’s veering off. As mentioned in the previous article, a KPI can help your company understand if your company is on the right track and if it’s not, it can help your company understand where to focus your attention. According to Klipfolio, a KPI is “a measureable value that demonstrates how effectively a company is achieving key business objectives.” Organizations use KPIs at many levels to assess their success at reaching targets. High-level KPIs focus on the overall performance of the organization whereas low-level KPIs zoom in on processes in departments. In this article, I will cover the last 5 steps in planning for a successful KPI design project for Microsoft Dynamics GP users based on the “Designing Metrics and Key Performance Indicators chapter” of Business Dashboards, a book published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Continue reading

Hanna Kim
10 Steps to Successful KPI and Metric Design Using Dynamics GP, Part 1

This article is the first part in planning for a KPI design project.

KPI1A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) can help your company understand if your company is on the right track, and if it is not, it can help your company understand where to focus your attention. Love them or hate them, but KPIs might become the backbone of your business. A true definition of a KPI is a metric that is meant to be a measure that truly matters and that ideally can be acted on. KPIs are financial and non-financial metrics used to help a company define and measure their progress toward company goals. A metric can be the number of customers, the number of sales, or total revenue. Once you have defined your business goals, identifying and aligning the KPIs for your business will be easier and simpler. In this article, I will cover the first 5 steps in planning for a successful KPI design project for GP users based on the Designing Metrics and Key Performance Indicators chapter of the Business Dashboards published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Matthew Felzke
Reporting for Media Organizations using Dynamics GP

This article will discuss modern, dynamic reporting for media organizations that use Microsoft Dynamics GP, including what to look for in a software solution.

Financial reporting is absolutely unavoidable in the modern business world.  We’re all doing it, whether it is a homegrown Excel process, a legacy program, the native Microsoft Dynamics GP report writer, or an independent software vendor (ISV) solution.  And the media industry is no different.  In terms of process improvement, upgrading your reporting writing processes with a new solution means automated financial statements, modern security, accessible collaboration, and self-service analytics.  This article will explore what you should be looking for in a report writer to meet today’s analytical objectives, zooming in on what a reporting tool should offer you as a media organization using Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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Hanna Kim
The Benefits of Dashboards in Your Month-end Financial Presentations

This article focuses on using dashboards in monthly financial presentations for stronger decision-making.

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Image taken from Shutterstock.

Graphics are everywhere. They are literally everywhere we go, filling our kitchen pantries and even the clothes we wear. Red Crow Marketing Inc. mentions that “digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to around 4,000 to 10,000 advertisements each day.” If we’re drawn to visuals, doesn’t it make sense to apply visuals to your financial reports and presentations? Think about receiving multiple pages of spreadsheets full of data. Is this how you best extract your financial analysis at the end of every month? This is where a dashboard comes in handy. Dashboards are defined as charts, graphs, and scorecards that convey data trends, successes, and problem areas with key performance indicators (KPIs), whether you are looking at a store, region, product, and a corporate department in particular, or the entire organization. A dashboard presents key data from various financial and operational sources on a single page, and uses graphs and tables to summarize a large amount of data. In this article, Solver Controller Gina Louie will talk about her experiences in presenting month-end financial presentations to the management team.

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Hanna Kim
Dashboards for Media Organizations Using Dynamics GP

This article discusses dashboard solutions for media organizations that are seeking to enhance their Microsoft Dynamics GP data analyses.

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Whether your organization focuses on television, radio, the Internet or a different medium, a complete dashboard solution would be an effective way to ensure your company meets the demands of the digital disruption. Data visualizations provide easily digestible and accessible data analyses with charts, graphs, and scorecards that spotlight trends, successes, and challenges employing key performance indicators (KPIs) and your data to inform management decision-making for a department, a project, and/or the entire company.

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