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

This entry will recap the Biz.ONE User Group Conference, held in Garden Grove October 23-25, 2017 – and what’s on the horizon for SAP Business One.
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This article recaps the countrifried Microsoft Dynamics User Groups Summit in Nashville October 10-13, 2017. Read more

CPMnetflixThis article will look at the power of modern cloud financial reporting through the lens of powerful storytelling, as delivered by Netflix’s Okja.
Sometimes, a movie comes along that captures a generation and perhaps even changes the culture. But unfortunately, with the amount of content and sheer number of options to stream, view, or purchase movies, television, and other video, it’s hard for any particular movie to stand out and captivate such a wide audience. That said, I have recently watched a Netflix original film, called Okja, and while it definitely got a solid promotional campaign in my part of the world, I don’t think it has quite permeated the culture the way that it arguably should have. However, a key takeaway for this one-time English major was the power of storytelling as a way to enable decision-making. This article will focus on how the right kind of storytelling can drive world-class decision-making, from Okja to financial reporting.
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award winnerThis article will recap all of the details from Focus 2017, the 5th annual user conference for BI360 customers and partners.

And just like that, Focus 2017 has come and gone. For the planning committee at Solver, charged with the planning and execution of the 5th annual user conference for the community of BI360 customers and partners, it is bittersweet. To me, the best conferences can seem like summer camp for adult professionals, as you step out of your routine and your life to take up residence at a specific locale that is an all-inclusive on learning new skill sets, making new connections, and having fun. And Focus never disappoints in the context of this analogy. This is the fourth year I have attended the event, and it was such a joy to see familiar faces and share memories from past years with new faces at the ample networking opportunities. This blog entry will recap the highlights from this year’s Focus event.
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This article will discuss leveraging corporate performance management (CPM) solutions as a foundation for an enterprise technology cloud roadmap.
I find myself thinking about cloud technology all the time these days. And this is particularly peculiar when I zoom out and think about how I was an English major in college. However, cloud is permeating the culture – both popular and business – and I can’t help but think about how it is changing the way we store, manage, and leverage data. I have even seen memes on social media that make fun of the fact that we keep so many pictures – “for what?” is the punchline. The answer is because we can, and our massive and growing amount of data doesn’t bog down our devices because it is housed in the cloud. Beyond that though, in the business world, cloud as a platform follows the consumer marketplace trend of subscriptions to outsourced services as opposed to buying something outright. This is such a major shift in the business culture, and it creates a more efficient relationship in the context of technology management for both the vendor and the consumer. This article will explore the journey of transitioning reporting and budgeting solutions to the cloud – and suggest a starting place.
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Cloud Reporting for IntacctThis article explores the cloud reporting options you have for replacing FRx and Management Reporter.
Sometimes, it’s hard for me to believe that some companies might still be using FRx, as the product was retired by Microsoft – and replaced with Management Reporter (MR) – years ago. But MSDynamicsWorld.com recently hosted a webinar about replacing either, and hundreds of registrants attended. When I zoom out and think about process overhauls or technology replacements that I have been a part of, for the most part, they generally haven’t happened rapidly. Also, we’re all regularly in the trenches of our jobs, in this case producing reports or consolidating company financials for an understanding of company health, so taking the time to research, watch demos, have calls with sales folks, and test the power and viability of a new product can be tough. But as companies look to replace FRx and MR and at the same time prepare for a future move to a cloud ERP system, we’re seeing a lot of finance departments take the first leap by implementing a modern cloud reporting and budgeting solution, proving that a true business improvement momentum is building in the enterprise technology sector. This article will discuss the power of cloud reporting options not only to replace FRx and MR, but also as a strategic catalyst for a bigger picture cloud technology migration.
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Power BI P&LThis article will discuss the power of combining the forces of cloud corporate performance management (CPM) and Microsoft Power BI for a true best-of-breed solution with Dynamics ERPs.
It’s hard to deny the popularity and buzz of Microsoft’s Power BI. It is the current shining star of enterprise technology, and with the brand power of Microsoft, it has made its way into a lot of companies’ portfolio of systems. It makes sense too: not only does the executive team want data visualizations, but cross-departmentally, information workers of every type can access insight easily and quickly about the health of the organization or the progress of a project. However, dashboards, like charts, graphs, and scorecards, are just one form of reporting and can be limiting for certain teams.
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This article is an interview with Solver CIO Hadrian Knotz about the role of IT in managing cloud and on-premises technologies.
In this changing enterprise technology climate, I knew I wanted to sit down with an IT subject matter expert to learn how companies are managing applications and systems that reside either on-premises or in the cloud. The best person for the conversation is Hadrian Knotz, who is the CIO at Solver, Inc. and is, generally speaking, a gentleman and a scholar. Read on to learn about the challenges facing IT teams who are supporting the technology needs of organizations, big and small – and how these professionals are providing solutions. 
Felzke: Solver has recently launched BI360 Cloud, a cloud deployment Corporate Performance Management (CPM) suite offering, after years of success with the on-premises version of BI360. How have you seen technology management change since when you joined Solver and started leading that team?
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This article will simplify the architectural building blocks that unite data for decision making.
Understanding the technological architecture necessary to enable analytics is a daunting process for mid-sized companies. The marketing noise around “Business Intelligence” and “Big Data” has created confusion for managers. Having attended several conferences in the past few weeks, I found myself drawing diagrams to explain the structured and unstructured data architecture to frustrated executives. A company’s data architecture describes how data is collected, stored, transformed, distributed, and consumed. The purpose of this article is to share a simplified version of this architecture and explain how the components work together to support managerial decisions.
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