Matthew Felzke
Building a Best-of-Breed Business Intelligence Solution for Sage 500

This article discusses independent software vendor tools that will turbo-charge data management and analyses for Sage 500 users wanting to build a best-of-breed solution.

Some Sage 500 users will probably always wonder why they would want or need to deploy independent software vendor (ISV) tool(s) on top of their accounting system.  This confusion is perhaps an obstacle for ISVs and a concern for some Sage 500 users.  There are a couple of clarifications that seem to organically come out of the conversation.  First, no ISV can create a tool that can be a solution for every single organizational hurdle.  A great example would be how competitive mobile device brands, like Apple or Android, provide their own native mapping applications, but still allow you to download an app from another manufacturer, which is similar to modern flexible enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, like Sage 500.  Because every organization using Sage 500 has particular objectives, specific budgeting requirements, and rules, the accounting system vary in how effective it is for each company.  ISV technologies enable organizations to customize their data management and analytics.

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Matthew Felzke
Useful Business Intelligence Add-on Products for Intacct

Independent software vendor (ISV) tools expand and streamline data management and analytics for Intacct users building best-of-breed Business Intelligence (BI) solutions.

One question that sometimes comes up in conversations with Intacct customers is related to confusion as to why you might need to deploy ISV tool(s) on top of the accounting system.  This is a small hurdle for ISVs as the confusion seems to quickly dissipate for the Intacct community.  First of all, no software solution, even as great as Intacct has proven to be, can answer to every single business-related analytical hurdle for every company.  A perfect example would be Apple offering their own native Maps applications on their iPhones, but still allowing consumers to install the Google Maps app, just as any modern flexible enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, like Intacct, does.  Because every organization who utilizes Intacct has particular objectives, specific planning needs and rules, the accounting system will differ in how sufficient of a solution it is for each corporation.  ISVs provide businesses the capability to customize their data management and analytics.

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Matthew Felzke
Useful Business Intelligence Add-on Products for SAP Business One

This article will discuss the third party offerings that will expand data management and analytics for SAP B1 users seeking best-of-breed corporate performance management.

A question I run into regularly has to do with SAP Business One users wondering why you might need to implement independent software vendor (ISV) software in addition to the accounting system.  It is always interesting to discuss this concern, maybe as a hurdle for ISVs, but a legitimate confusion for some SAP B1 customers.  A couple recurring clarifications tend to naturally surface.  Firstly, no software manufacturer can produce a technology that solves every single organizational problem.  For example, Apple iPhones offer the built-in Maps application, but still allow users to download Google Maps, just like any of today’s flexible accounting systems, like SAP B1.  Since every company who uses SAP B1 has specific goals, particular budgeting requisites, and rules, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system will vary in effectiveness for each organization.  ISVs offer corporations the ability to personalize their data management and analyses.

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Matthew Felzke
Business Intelligence for SAP Business One

In this article, I will discuss modern Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for an accelerated SAP Business One data management and analysis experience.

Today’s business world requires that our processes and our technology be flexible, and the several emerging mobile interfaces are Exhibit A for accommodating the on-the-go nature of global corporate culture.  And this includes data management and analytics for the SAP Business One customer base.  Today, you should have BI tools that meet your company’s needs for flexibility in accessing your transactional and operational data for richer, faster decision-making, whether you are in the office or not.  Independent software vendors (ISVs) are answering this call for more flexible BI solutions.

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Matthew Felzke
Business Intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

This article will outline today’s modern options for Business Intelligence tools to improve your Microsoft Dynamics NAV experience.

Today, the business world is about flexibility and now, mobile platforms to deal with our on-the-go culture, including data management and analysis for Microsoft Dynamics NAV customers.  You can and should have BI solutions that allow you the flexibility you need to access your operational and transactional information for stronger, quicker decision-making, in or out of the office.  Third party software manufacturers have been responding to this business cultural shift by producing truly flexible BI products.

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Matthew Felzke
Dashboards for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

When it comes to Business Intelligence, Dashboards are the Most Valued Player these days. This article will explore the features and options, so  you can pick the best Dynamics NAV dashboard solutions for your company’s goals.

Hopefully, you’re aware by this point: dashboards are leading the Business Intelligence (BI) tool marketplace in terms of demand.  Results from 2013’s Financial Executive International CFO Technology study by Gartner proved that dashboards, scorecards, and performance management solutions are the top priority for CFOs.  Today’s fast-paced business demands require that decision-making be user friendly and accessible for all levels of the company – and dashboards or scorecards make company performance analysis straightforward.  More specifically, dashboards are business intelligence visualizations of company data.  Dashboards are scorecards, graphs, and charts that utilize key performance indicators (KPIs) to demonstrate your organization’s trends, successes, and challenges – either collectively, departmentally, or focused on a project.

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Matthew Felzke
Dashboard Options for Dynamics and Other ERPs

Dashboards are the most relevant BI investment for financial professionals today.  This article will explore the functions and features of some leading solutions for a better understanding of what product will best meet the needs of your company.

As this blog has already reported, Dashboards are the big man on campus these days.  More specifically, dashboards are the number one Business Intelligence (BI) product for CFOs today.  Talking with BI customers in the business world, I hear it all the time.  One professional in particular spoke about needing fancy-looking dashboards for his executive team.  He told me, “I generate reports regularly, and they are still very valuable, but when it comes to presenting data to the executives, they want to see dashboards.”  He went on to tell me how dashboards are easy for busy professionals to read and analyze quickly.

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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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Matthew Felzke
FRx Replacement Cost

The motivation to replace FRx may already be there, but the cost of doing so is a mystery.  This article will lay out all of the figures to consider when thinking about replacing FRx, Microsoft’s now-retired report writer.

Reporting within FRx just doesn’t cut it for business today, not only because Microsoft officially retired the product a couple years ago.  Reporting software is available to truly accelerate Excel and deliver drill-down, drill-to, beyond the General Ledger reporting features.  Organization-wide, departmental, or even ad-hoc reporting are important capabilities today as the growth and maturity of a company relies on its ability to analyze transactional data.

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