Matthew Felzke
Best Report Writers for SAP Business One

In this article, today’s best features and functionalities of independent financial reporting software vendor offerings for SAP Business One users will take center stage.

If you don’t have a dynamic, modern financial reporting tool, you are practically treading water in today’s business world of data management and analytics, instead of fully competing in your sector.  This article will discuss your options for features and functionalities that third party solutions are offering, so you have a head start in your search for the best report writer for your SAP Business One (SAP B1) ERP system.

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Matthew Felzke
Financial Reporting Alternatives to Crystal Reports for SAP Business One

SAP Business One retired XL Reporter to focus on Crystal Reports, causing plenty of SAP users to look for alternatives.  This article will discuss powerful, easy to use financial reporting options.

More SAP Business One (SAP B1) customers than ever are looking for a true replacement for XL Reporter (XLR) – and I’m not talking about Crystal Reports.  SAP B1 has a passionate population of users that are loyal and invested in their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  This user group is at a crossroads of sorts, with SAP more recently discontinuing the Excel-powered financial reporting tool, XLR, and shifting to Crystal Reports because of acquisitions.

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Matthew Felzke
Web-based Reporting and Dashboards for SAP Business One

This article will discuss the brand new product category of web-based financial reporting portals for SAP Business One customers as a solution to multiple business problems.

A major evolution in the Business Intelligence (BI) marketplace, particularly for financial reporting, is starting to make ripples, and you should be in the know.  Broadly speaking, this evolution is a response to multiple organizational workflow problems, with a focus on business user friendliness, flexible access, and collaboration.  More specifically, SAP Business One (SAP B1) users should pay attention to web-based report libraries as they will create a new normal of streamlined, modern, and easy-to-use platform for next level financial reporting.  As all kinds of software continue to migrate to web interfaces, so has the BI realm.  In this article, I will explore the new product category emerging for SAP B1 customers – and the modern business problems solved by a web-based reporting and dashboards with collaborative features for discussion and analysis.

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Matthew Felzke
Automated Reporting and Budgeting for SAP Business One

Automating Business Intelligence (BI) processes, such as reporting and budgeting, increases the value of your investment in a modern tool.  This article discusses today’s automation options for SAP Business One.

Reporting and budgeting are popular article topics for SAP Business One users, whether it is in print, on social media, or blogs.  On this blog, I have covered reporting and budgeting, zooming in on options for SAP B1.  At this point, you probably think that writers of these articles assume that all you do in your role is build financial reports and manage budgets – and spend the rest of the time reading about these processes.  If you feel this way, I get that.

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Matthew Felzke
Excel-based Financial Reporting for SAP Business One (SAP B1)

This article will explore the flexibility and familiarity of easy-to-use, modern Excel-powered financial report writers, so you can get a head start in upgrading your data management and analysis processes.

Financial reporting is arguably the premier tool in the world of Business Intelligence (BI).  For SAP Business One (SAP B1) users, this process can be repetitive, tedious, limiting, and mind-numbing, depending on the software you rely on to put together financial statements.  Data management and analysis is a big task that only gets bigger every year as types and amounts of information continue to grow.  The larger the amount of data and the more diverse the types, the richer the analytics that can inform stronger decisions and strategies for the future of your company.  In this article, I’m going to discuss the power, flexibility and business user friendliness of today’s best Excel-based financial report writers for SAP B1 customers.

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Matthew Felzke
Excel, Web, and Mobile Reporting for SAP Business One

This article will examine and discuss your financial reporting options for your SAP Business One experience with a focus on the key feature to seek: flexibility.

Flexibility is the buzzword when it comes to approaching the increasingly more consumer-driven and global marketplace.  Flexibility, in the context of data management, refers to your ability to access your company data, which you rely on to make sound decisions about the future of your company, on the go.   Beyond SAP’s own strides, third party Business Intelligence (BI) vendors are competing to offer B1 users ultra-modern, easy-to-use financial reporting functionality, which now more than ever includes the necessity to access information anywhere the job takes them.  Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have excelled at identifying this consumer demand and have produced with flexibility in mind for SAP B1 customers.

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Matthew Felzke
Replacing XL Reporter with Modern Reporting Tools for SAP Business One

If you are looking for a true upgrade to XL Reporter (XLR), this article will compare a few alternative solutions with the goal of highlighting important features and functionalities for your SAP B1 financial reporting experience.

I keep running into SAP Business One (SAP B1) customers as I spend more time in the world of Business Intelligence.  While the population of SAP B1 users is somewhat small in comparison to other popular accounting systems, it is a passionate group that is steadily growing.  And right now, as SAP has retired the trusted Excel-based financial reporting tool, XL Reporter (XLR), this community of customers is at a crossroads.

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Matthew Felzke
Dashboards for SAP Business One

There are plenty of functionality and flexibility aspects to consider when selecting a powerful, business user friendly dashboard solution for your SAP Business One experience.  This article will explore your options, so you know what to look for in the best data visualization solution for you and your team.

Dashboards are the number one solution in the Business Intelligence (BI) marketplace: old news?  Not quite. Gartner’s 2013 study on Financial Executive International CFO Technology reported that dashboards, scorecards, and performance management solutions are CFOs’ number one priority.  The fast pace of today’s business world insists that you and your team have easy-to-use, flexible access to data that drives key decision-making.  Data visualizations of company information, like dashboards, are the answer to that need. Continue reading

Matthew Felzke
Mobile Reporting and Dashboards for SAP Business One

In today’s increasingly global business world, there’s a growing demand for flexibility, secure collaboration, and accessibility when generating financial reports and dashboards.  This article will discuss mobile reporting and dashboards in the context of meeting modern professionals’ BI needs.

I was recently talking to a CFO of an international company who lived and worked from the headquarters in Seattle, Washington about the limitations and related frustrations he was facing in trying to run his company.  In the past few years, he has been traveling a lot, sometimes internationally, because of a reorganization and the growth of his company.  His team is using SAP Business One and Crystal Reports, but he is currently in the market for a new Business Intelligence (BI) solution that will empower him and his finance team to easily collaborate, report, and generate data visualizations whether they are in the office, in one of their international offices, or even somewhere like an airport restaurant.  Sound familiar?

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Matthew Felzke
Crystal Reports and XL Reporter Alternatives for SAP Business One

With SAP Business One retiring XL Reporter and focusing on Crystal Reports, a lot of B1 customers are looking elsewhere for a modern, powerful, and easy-to-use financial report writer.  This article explores the features and functionalities of a few solutions on the market to understand the options to replace XLR.

As I spend more time in the Business Intelligence realm, I keep meeting more and more SAP Business One (SAP B1) customers.  It is a relatively small, but definitely mighty community of users that are passionate about their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  However, this community is dealing with a shift when it comes to Business Intelligence (BI), specifically when it comes to financial report writing.  SAP recently decided to discontinue their Excel-based reporting tool, XL Reporter (XLR), in somewhat of a confusing move because it is fairly young and seemingly beloved by its customer base.

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