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This year, Focus 2016, August 22-25, 2016, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA gives customers more ways to share their own BI360 stories with the community. Attendees can ask questions and gain valuable tips and insights from the people who have lived through the challenges and successes of a BI360 implementation during extended Customer Showcases and Panel Discussions. Then, attendees can enjoy the amenities of the resort with their colleagues while having candid dialogs during various networking activities.

Extended Customer Showcases
In prior Focus events, Solver created 20-minute Customer Showcase presentations, giving attendees a taste of real-world experiences. This year, we’ve extended that time to 45 minutes to give presenting customers and session attendees a chance to drill down further into the details of the customer’s story, thus allowing attendees more opportunities to ask questions and gather ideas they can try in their own organizations. This year’s featured customers and their scheduled sessions are below:
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Your company has put tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars into acquiring a budgeting and planning software system that will streamline your staff’s workload. Chances are, that even after training, you or your team has only been using a small percentage of the features or functions available in the solution.
Now, you or your team might wish to rediscover the full range of attributes, or you might even be seeking solutions to more complicated business process matters. Those answers and more can be found at Focus 2016, August 22-25, 2016, located at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA.
For four days in August, dozens of BI360 product experts, hundreds of technology professionals and BI360 users will gather to impart their wisdom to help you and others like you become BI360 gurus in their own right.
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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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This article will discuss the difference between forecasting and budgeting, specifically in the context of which process might be more important to modern business planning.

Recently, I was talking to a finance professional who oversees accounting processes and helps his organization make decisions about the future in regard to budgeting and forecasting.  He posited that forecasting might be more important to running a business today than traditional budgeting – and it made me think.  I’m always writing about the constantly evolving world of technology and the fast pace of today’s business culture, so shifting away from a traditional way of accomplishing data management and analysis tasks sparked my interest.  Thus, this article will explore the differences between budgeting and forecasting to hopefully arrive at a better understanding of what is more impactful and productive to business today.
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A few weeks ago, the registration website for Solver’s Customer and Partner Conference, Focus 2016 launched. This year the event, to be held August 22-25, 2016, will take place in a new location: the classically beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA.
The new conference location is just a precursor to Solver’s plans to include other new elements in their event program. In fact, many of these enhancements come from suggestions Solver’s Partners and Customers have made. So thanks to many of you for helping Solver build a better event. My name is Karen Barak. I’m a marketing and events consultant extraordinaire with a passion for excellence and exceeding expectations. Read this and future BI360 Focus 2016 blogposts to discover what’s new and what’s exciting at this year’s ultimate Customer and Partner conference on BI360.
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This article will discuss the year ahead of us, specifically in terms of what 2016 holds for Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management for modern businesses.

Another year has come and gone, seemingly faster than ever – and we’re already into the second month of 2016.  At the end of 2015 or in early January, some people were writing about Business Intelligence (BI) and Corporate Performance Management (CPM) trends they predicted we would see manifest this year.  However, much like my current approach to New Year’s resolutions, I felt it was important to let the dust settle, work through the workload hangover of the holidays, and have the New Year function as a soft opening.  This way, we can approach 2016 with a rolling start that doesn’t set us up for failure.  This article will discuss some key trends and trajectories that data management and analytics will take in 2016.
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This article is going to tackle OLAP cubes as a solution concept for Business Intelligence processes, within the context of other BI data store options.

Let’s do it – let’s talk about OLAP cubes.  With the amount of data only growing, exponentially for some, Business Intelligence (BI) data stores are becoming more and more prevalent – and are sensible ways for modern organizations, companies, and corporations to access, store, and organize company data for financial reports, budgets, and dashboards, as well as financial consolidations.  Whether you’re relying on a data mart, data warehouse, or an OLAP cube, your data queries won’t slow down the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, and you can grab multiple types of data to enrich and broaden your analyses.  But this article will specifically zoom in on OLAP cubes.  Who manages them?  What are they? When do OLAP cubes come into play?  Where are they staged? Why would you choose an OLAP cube over another BI data store?
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In this article, replacement alternatives for Sage Active Planner will take center stage, specifically focusing on modern budgeting and forecasting solutions that expand your Sage experience.

Whether you’re budgeting, forecasting, or modeling for your organization, you need historical actuals and projected figures, so you can build a plan to navigate challenges and seize opportunities in the coming months, quarters, and years.  A lot of Sage customers default to Sage Active Planner when choosing a planning tool despite that it is aging and despite the limitations or issues you might read about if you do a quick search on the internet.  However, there are several budgeting tools available for Sage customers that can upgrade your planning functionality, whether that be homegrown, native Sage ERP abilities, or an independent software vendor (ISV) offering.  This article will discuss your best options for replacing Sage Active Planner.
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Solver and its global family of international companies came together last week to host their annual partner and user conference, BI360 Focus 2015, in beautiful Marina del Rey, California.  As expected, it built on last year’s momentum delivering higher attendance, more learning sessions and educational tracks available for participants – and even a Ted Talk speaker presenting the second keynote address of the event.
This was my second time participating in Solver’s big user conference, BI360 Focus, hosted in sunny southern California, and it simply got better.  Networking happened organically through thoughtful discussions, panel presentations, Q&A sessions, a welcome reception, a game of volleyball, or Amazing Race teamwork, amongst other opportunities.  Customers and partners alike registered in record numbers, selling out the conference.  And while Partner Day was added last year, the Solver team expanded the day to include a track of consulting/technical implementation and independent software vendor (ISV) sponsor sessions, detailing integrations and best-of-breed solutions with BI360.   The Welcome Reception, held in the courtyard of the Marriott, offered a tasting event of California trends in food and beverages that brought customers and partners together before the customer conference even began.
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This article will discuss what is trending in terms of Business Intelligence, specifically what you should know about for the rest of 2015 and beyond, so you can continue to make strong, data-driven decisions.

July 1 has come and gone, and we’re flying at full speed in the second half of 2015.  Conferences, summits, business deals, partnerships, and other organizational happenings fill up our days, months, and years, but we have to stay focused on so many things directly related to the success of our company.  One of those things has to be how we access, manage, and analyze our data for stronger, more informed decision-making.  In this article, I’ll discuss what you need to focus on in terms of Business Intelligence (BI) trends for software solutions and how we conduct our analytical processes.
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