At the beginning of 2016, it appeared that, all of a sudden, Management Reporter (MR) was trending as a topic of conversation – both in the blogosphere and in person, amongst Microsoft Dynamics users. It all seems to have started when Mark Polino, Director of Client Services at Fastpath and perhaps more importantly, a 9-time Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award winner, wrote about MR at the beginning of the year – and he expressed his frustration and disappointment. The article he wrote for MSDynamicsWorld.com has apparently struck a chord with Dynamics users as it has been brought to my attention several times. Joining this discussion, I’d like to write about a pretty simple question: does MR for Microsoft Dynamics support your Business Intelligence (BI) strategy?
This article will take a look at Management Reporter as a financial report writing tool, in terms of the investment you will make implementing and managing the product, in comparison to other solutions.
As with pretty much all Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Microsoft Dynamics has a number of reporting options for their ERP customers from native report writers in Dynamics AX, NAV, GP, and SL to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to Management Reporter. This blog article will zoom in on Management Reporter as a Microsoft offering designed to solve financial reporting “problems” – and knowing how to evaluate your specific needs and to know if Management Reporter will help you to achieve your Business Intelligence (BI) goals.
Finding a replacement for the retired FRx report writer can be frustrating and overwhelming, but for good reason. This article will discuss five financial reporting tools as a way to explore the today’s solutions to meet your company’s modern BI needs.
Some people might think the topic of FRx’s retirement is old news – and they would not be wrong. However, for several years, finance teams around the globe have relied on Microsoft’s free financial report writer, so the transition to a new tool has been slow and in some cases, resistant. There is an ecosystem of third party products that support professionals by hopefully making Microsoft Dynamics a best-of-breed solution by offering what the accounting system cannot. Additionally, as the years fly by, technology and the independent software vendors (ISVs) that manufacture Business Intelligence (BI) products continue to evolve at record speeds to meet customer demands for intuitive, powerful, business user friendly solutions.