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If you’re part of a Retail organization’s finance team and you’re using Microsoft Dynamics AX for your accounting processes, this article is for you, discussing your financial reporting software options.

Financial reporting is arguably the centerpiece of Business Intelligence (BI) analytics as they summarize the financial health of an organization in a hopefully easy-to-read set of financial and operational statements.  Business is moving at quite a rapid pace today, and Retail is no different.  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, like Microsoft Dynamics AX, typically offer financial reporting functionality built right into the program.  However, with the need for more complex, robust data analytics – and now, industry-specific reporting – the native report writing usually falls short of consumer needs.  This article will discuss your third party options for modern, powerful, and business user friendly financial reporting solutions, offering Retail organizations the information they need to make stronger decisions about the future of their company.
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Dashboards for the win!  This article is going to discuss the most popular tools in the Business Intelligence world for Microsoft Dynamics AX users, focusing on features and functionalities.

If you follow this blog, you know that we write a lot about dashboards – and it’s not an accident.  According to a recent study on CFOs’ priorities in terms of technology, results indicated that dashboards, scorecards, and performance management solutions are #1 for financial executives.  In the modern business world, decision-making needs to be quick, easy, and smart for professionals across an organization.  Dashboards are exactly that.  To be more specific, dashboards or data visualizations are charts, graphs, and scorecards that employ key performance indicators (KPIs) to illustrate business successes, opportunities, and trajectories in the data, whether you’re looking at it organization-wide, departmentally, or in the context of a project.
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In this article, modern financial consolidation solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers will take center stage, with an in-depth look at primary features and functionalities.

There is a population of Microsoft Dynamics AX users out there who are responsible for parent company financials consolidations of multiple subsidiaries.  Bringing together organizational data from a number of legal business units, especially if there are different currencies involved, can be challenging without a powerful financial reporting writing and consolidations tool.  As data grows in size and importance to decision-making for roadmap planning, executives are looking for a business user friendly solution for the routine task of consolidating information into a singular set of financial reports.  If you are responsible for aggregating subsidiary data with Dynamics AX, this article will discuss the options you have that will bring together ease of use, modernity, and power.
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How you access your data can determine the speed and efficacy you can achieve in your financial reporting processes.  This article will discuss data warehouse and OLAP cube based reporting.

Data is driving decision-making at all levels because data continues to grow in size and significance.  Logging, storing, and evaluating data has become a big part of the business culture today.  In order to produce rich, helpful financial reports for an analysis of a company’s opportunities and challenges, you will have to routinely store, access, and manage your data.  Because of this reality, you might feel overwhelmed your technology options for storing your data.  You have a few options, but they vary in functionality, and one might be better for your company than another, depending on what analysis goals you are trying to achieve.  This article will explore data warehouse and OLAP cube based reporting.
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This article explores your third party software options, specifically in regard to features and functionalities to improve and automate budgeting and forecasting processes with Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Maybe budgeting is such a dreaded task because of how logistically messy manual Excel–based planning processes are for budget managers.  While Excel is loved and trusted by finance teams around the globe, the spreadsheet program is simply not fit for organizations of a healthy size.  Therefore, Microsoft Dynamics AX customers are increasingly looking at independent software vendor (ISV) budgeting software to modernize and accelerate their planning processes.  Some of today’s ISV solutions simplify and turbo-charge budgeting and forecasting by securely inviting collaboration into the process.  Budgeting and forecasting are processes best served by collaboration because of the need to live within financial means as a whole organization in order to ensure future success.
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This article will discuss the top features and functions that you should be looking for in today’s financial reporting solutions to upgrade your Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting and consolidations experience.

Due to the importance of data to drive business decision-making, a powerful, dynamic financial report writer is necessary in order to remain successful in your industry.  In this article, I’ll discuss your Business Intelligence (BI) software options in terms of features and functionalities, so you can invest in the right financial report writing tool to overcome obstacles to powerful analytics and meet your goals as a Microsoft Dynamics AX customer.
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In this article, I will go about demystifying the purpose and functionality of data warehousing for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers, so that you can hit the ground running in your search for the best Business Intelligence data storage source for your organization.

Data continues to rule the business world, driving more informed decision-making for better business practices.  Hence, the rise of data warehouses.  You’ve definitely heard of them, but do you know the ins and outs of the prominent data sources?  For Microsoft Dynamics AX users, you might have questions – several even – but don’t know where to start, don’t feel like you have the time to learn about the software, etc.  That’s where this article comes in, answering the most common questions Dynamics AX users might have, so you can understand the product category in order to figure out your own data warehousing goals.
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This article explores your modern options for budgeting and forecasting software that works with your Microsoft Dynamics AX system to give you stronger planning abilities.

When budgeting, forecasting, or modeling for your company, you’re inevitably going to require projections and actual historical financials in order to craft a data-driven plan for managing organizational activities in the coming year.  There are quite a few software solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers that can improve your budgeting process, whether you build one yourself, rely on native Dynamics AX functionality, or a third party solution.  This article will round up some of your best options for modern budgeting and forecasting functionality for Microsoft Dynamics AX.
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This article will discuss the functional and flexible KPI analytics to think about when selecting a powerful, business user friendly retail dashboard solution for your Microsoft Dynamics AX experience.

Is it surprising to you that dashboards are the number one solution in the Business Intelligence (BI) marketplace?  Probably not. Gartner’s 2013 study on Financial Executive International CFO Technology reported that dashboards, scorecards, and performance management solutions are the number one priority for executives today.  The modern retail business moves faster than ever, and dashboards offer easy-to-read, quick-to-digest data analysis.  More specifically, dashboards are charts, graphs, and scorecards that showcase organizational trends, successes, and challenges with key performance indicators (KPIs), whether focusing on a project, a department, or looking at the whole organization.
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This article will discuss the key features, functionalities, and competencies that you should consider when searching for the right BI tool at the Microsoft Dynamics AXUG Summit.

Hosted in October every year, The Microsoft Dynamics Summit is about to be in full swing.  Attendees are flocking to the conference with the intent of upgrading their data management and analytics.  User groups under the Dynamics umbrella, like NAVUG, GPUG, CRMUG, and AXUG, are coming together to discuss and compare best practices, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) products, and crafting their own best-of-breed solution for heightened efficacy, a more dynamic workflow, and an effect on the bottom line.  In this article, I will focus on shopping for the best Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for your team’s specific business needs, with special attention on the premier features and functionalities of the best ISV software for Microsoft Dynamics AX.
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