This article will discuss the details of the Business Intelligence technology event of the summer, #BI360Focus15, hosted August 25th-27th, 2015 by Solver, Inc. in Marina del Rey, California.

Man, times flies, doesn’t it?  Microsoft Convergence, Intacct and Acumatica events were only a short while ago, yet seem like so far back, especially because of the work the conferences set in motion, the new collaborations, and other Business Intelligence (BI) events that have taken place in the meantime.  User conferences for Sage and SAP Business One are also coming up very soon.  Just like that, it is officially summer, and our calendars begin to fill up with meetings, events, family vacations, planning sessions for the second half of 2015, etc.  As we all start to solidify our itineraries for the summer, this article will discuss the premier BI event of the season, BI360 Focus 2015, Solver’s annual partner and user conference.  As a second time attendee of BI360 Focus, I will share the insights I gained from last year – and the inside scoop on what to expect this year.
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In this article, cash flow budgeting and forecasting will take center stage, with a spotlight on why this particular planning process is helpful to CFOs and companies in today’s business culture.

This blog has covered different aspects of financial planning for different enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and different industries.  Cash flow budgeting and forecasting are a couple of processes that zoom in on your actual cash money, specifically in terms of payments going out for payroll and debtors and the cash coming in from customers.  In other words, a cash flow budget showcases a company’s monthly capital requirement.  And unlike the more traditional operational and transactional budgeting, cash flow budgets are a little bit more complex because there are more unknown figures to calculate and analyze.  This article will zoom in on the process, so you can understand more about the ins and outs, as well as the benefits for your company.
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This article will discuss the topic of security in the Cloud and web-based technology world, specifically for modern, powerful Business Intelligence software.

It seems like a truly endless list of elements to consider when shopping for the best Business Intelligence (BI) software to help you achieve dynamic analytics.  However, as technology in general moves to the Cloud and/or web-based platforms, with BI tools following suit, one aspect has always stood out as a leading concern for consumer.  This concern has relaxed over time, but security seems like a sensible question mark because we have traditionally worked with platforms that we can manage on-premises.  And while security is still an issue with on-premises solutions, perhaps the tangibility and possession of the solution makes us feel more comfortable – or maybe it’s just the newness of Cloud computing and web-based technology.  This article will approach the topic of security head on, specifically with a focus on Cloud and web-based BI solutions.
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This article will discuss what to expect, what is up and coming, and what will rule in the business world, with a specific focus on the Business Intelligence processes our finance and executive teams will continue to be charged with improving in 2015.

I don’t know if you feel like this, but the new year came and went so quickly, and here we are in the second half of January.  We’re not only back in the swing of things, but business is racing as usual.  Sometimes, it seems as if we can get lost in the hustle of catching up from the holidays, preparing for the next big event, and/or traveling to visit a customer or partner.  But improving processes and staying competitive and connected to the industry, including trends and trajectories for the business world, is still on your to-do list.  This article will zoom in on the top trends for business and specifically performance management, so your company can be in front of developments and evolutions for financial reporting, budgeting, data visualizing, and data warehousing processes.
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Solver, Inc. hosted their Annual User Conference, Focus, in sunny Marina del Rey, and it was a huge success, with a bigger registration and more info-packed sessions than last year.

As a first time participant in Solver’s annual user conference, Focus, held in Marina del Rey, California, I am pleased to report that it was a huge success.  Partners and customers alike turned out in record numbers to sell out the conference.  Focus 2014 was truly bigger and better than last year in another way: the Solver team added a whole day of sessions dedicated to partner enablement to discuss sales, marketing, and the roadmap for the future of BI360.  My favorite part of the experience was the sense of community built through the networking nature of the conference.  Partners and customers were able to connect and put faces to names and e-mail addresses, with each other as well as with the Solver team.
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If you use Sage 500, it is beneficial for you to know the features and functions of today’s financial reporting and consolidation tools offered by third party manufacturers so that you can pick the right tool to help you meet company needs and goals for Business Intelligence analysis and reporting with Sage 500.

In today’s data-driven business world, a modern financial reporting tool is a requisite for any company that wants to continue being competitive in the marketplace.  In this article, I will discuss the plethora of options and available functionality offered by independent software vendors (ISVs), so you can navigate the market to pick the best reporting solution for your data analysis needs and goals, powered by business intelligence (BI) analysis, all while enhancing Sage 500.
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Now that Microsoft has retired FRx, report conversions have become a checklist item for replacing the retired financial report writer.  This article will discuss FRx report conversions and the third party reporting tools offering FRx upgrades.

The era of FRx is over – and has officially been over for a little while.  On this blog, I have written about how to replace the Microsoft financial report writer – and the costs associated with that task.  But now, as companies are moving away from FRx, replacing it with Microsoft’s successor, Management Reporter (MR), or even already replacing MR, there is a demand for converting the financial reports created in FRx to the selected new solution.  Logically, some software manufacturers anticipated this and produced a conversion tool, ensuring that the transition in reporting is more automated.  However, as some companies may still be procrastinating with replacing FRx, there is probably a general confusion about options to make this upgrade.  In this article, I’m going to discuss the routes for FRx conversion, so that if you haven’t participated in this important task or have moved on, but still holding on to FRx because you don’t know how to convert your old reports, you will be aware of your options.

Let’s first tackle MR since I know a lot of people went to Microsoft’s replacement, probably by default.  If you are in this boat, you might already know that MR comes with automatic conversions of FRx reports.  MR is the follow up to FRx, and the two products are very similar, with perhaps the main exception being an updated main user menu and some minor feature enhancements (and loss of certain features), so this conversion is not necessarily rocket science.  However, the real frustration with MR is the all too familiar limited features and functionalities.  It is still a proprietary interface, so the familiarity of Excel is not there.  The conversions assist this update, but MR is arguably not much of an upgrade with only providing basic GL reporting, but you can feel pretty confident that your FRx reports will come with you using this financial report writer.
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As a Dynamics NAV user, you should know the functionalities and key features of modern financial reporting tools available on the market today so that you can select the best tool to enhance Dynamics NAV and meet your Business Intelligence needs by generating sophisticated analytical reports.

In today’s business culture, a powerful financial reporting solution is vital for any organization that is dedicated to developing into a competitive, well established corporation.  This article will explore the variety of options and available features, so that you can select the best financial reporting tool to meet your company or finance team’s needs and goals using Microsoft Dynamics NAV as the core data source.
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Every once in a while, a company needs to answer a question that is outside the regular BI reporting done for performance management, and this is called ad hoc reporting.  This article will discuss the benefits of this functionality and what to look for in a solution to best meet your company’s needs.

Financial reporting is arguably the most utilized solution in the Business Intelligence (BI) world of analytics – and serves as a foundation for other functions, like data visualizations, budgeting and forecasting, and consolidations.  Generally speaking, financial reporting is analysis done in a comprehensive, routine manner to make sense of company data for better decision-making.  Ad hoc reporting and analysis zooms in for a more particular type of report.

Ad hoc refers to something done for a specific reason, so ad hoc reporting refers to a report that professionals need for a particular query.  Furthermore, ad hoc reports usually drill deeper or answer questions that the regular company-wide reports are not addressing.  Ad hoc reporting enables business users to seek answers to their own questions regarding company data, without interrupting or changing the course of organizational reporting permanently.  Because the data is coming from the same sources, the analysis is consistent and accurate, but much like project budgeting, questions and projects can arise outside of the standard, routine reporting that guides the overall course of the entire company – and different corporate cultures have different needs.
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At Solver, we are very excited to announce the second annual BI360 User Conference, Focus 2014.  This year, Focus will take place in sunny Marina del Rey, California, September 9-11th.  Last year’s inaugural event proved to be the ultimate learning and networking event, and that tradition continues this year.  Attendees will get the opportunity to learn best practices and network with other users to improve their performance and get results.

We’re thrilled about our agenda, as it is even wider reaching than last year.  With four simultaneous tracks, a hands-on lab, and over 25 different topics covered in workshop sessions, our product experts and customer presenters will ensure that attendees will leave with questions and curiosities answered.  It is our goal that users head back to their offices having gained valuable new insights through informative breakout sessions and access to BI360 experts; empowered with a hands-on know-how to optimize the use and value of BI360; and aware of emerging trends in Business Intelligence, new product features, and Solver’s road map for BI360.  On top of all that, we have added to our Focus conference experience – just for our trusted partners.
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