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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 will discuss the best options you have for financial reporting and consolidation solutions for your Sage X3 data management and analytical tasks.

There are plenty of Sage X3 users who are responsible for consolidating their parent company information from one or more manufacturing or distribution subsidiaries.  Combining financial data from more than one entity, at times with multiple currencies, can be a challenge if you don’t have a modern financial consolidation solution to supplement Sage X3 and any other ERP systems that your subsidiaries might use.  Data is only growing in size and significance to corporate decision-making, which is why more executives are seeking the best software to enable their business end users to aggregate information into a unified set of financial reports.  In this article, we’ll focus on your technology options for today’s intuitive, business user friendly financial consolidations with Sage X3.  If your manufacturing or distribution organization is rapidly growing, a high-powered reporting and consolidation software can simplify your Sage X3 implementation and give you more flexibility and power in your reporting process.
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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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This article will explore the impact of a data warehouse solution for manufacturing and distribution companies using Sage X3 for data management and analytical processes.

Data continues to be the non-negotiable ingredient to decision-making, maybe especially for manufacturing and distribution companies trying to stay on track to achieve their goals.  With data growing in amount and importance, data warehouses are tangentially relevant in today’s business world.  If you’re anything like me, you have questions that sound a lot like who, what, when, where, why, and how – all related to data warehouses.  Who can manage a data warehouse?  What do they compare to / resemble?  When should a manufacturing and/or distribution company implement one?  Where are they hosted?  Why not an OLAP cube instead of a data warehouse?  How do we configure a data warehouse?  As a manufacturing or distribution Sage X3 user, you probably have one or more of these questions.  In this article, I’ll go about answering some of the frequent questions, so you can understand data warehousing as a solution and decide how to best meet your data management goals with Sage X3.
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This article will discuss two of the primary Business Intelligence (BI) analytical processes for Sage X3 customers, financial reporting and dashboards, with a focus on modern functionality.

While financial reporting is arguably the cornerstone of Business Intelligence (BI) analytical processes, dashboards are the top priority in terms of solutions executive teams are seeking.  Both are important to understanding the overall health of your organization, and you have choices for both on-premises and web-based, Cloud-hosted financial reporting and data visualizations.  Sage X3 users should be in the know regarding today’s best software options for achieving accessible, easy-to-use, robust analytics, specifically in terms of financial statements and dashboards.  In this article, I will discuss both financial reporting and data visualizations for Sage X3 customers – and the modern business problems you can solve with today’s powerful BI software.
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This article is going to explore your budgeting and forecasting solution options that can expand your Manufacturing and Distribution planning processes with Sage X3.

Regardless of whether it is a budget, a forecast, or a what-if scenario you are putting together for your company, you will need actual historical numbers and projections, so you can plan effectively for managing your manufacturing or distribution company, meeting challenges and seizing opportunities in the coming period.  There are several software choices that can aid manufacturing and distribution companies using the Sage X3 ERP system in taking their budgeting to the next level, whether you choose to design your own process, rely on native Sage X3 functionality or select an independent software vendor (ISV) tool.  This article will discuss some of the premier options for today’s budgeting, forecasting, and modeling specifically to meet your manufacturing or distribution planning needs with Sage X3.
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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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In the Business Intelligence marketplace, modern, powerful, and easy-to-use dashboards are upgrading the Sage X3 analytics experience for Manufacturing and Distribution organizations.

Software Advice, a comparison site for Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, has reported that dashboards are a top sell in the BI software marketplace.  They conducted a study on technology for CFOs, and the results pinpointed that data visualization tools are at the top of the list of priorities for today’s executives.  If you’re responsible for management of a manufacturing and distribution company, you are very aware of the fast pace of business today.  Dashboards provide easily digestible and quickly accessible analytics.  Moreover, data visualizations are graphs, charts, and scorecards that showcase data trends, opportunities, and successes with key performance indicators (KPIs) for projects, divisions, and/or the whole organization.
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In this article, we’ll discuss your options for budgeting and forecasting solutions that upgrade your planning processes and overall Sage X3 experience.

Whether you are budgeting, forecasting, or modeling for your business, you’re going to need projected numbers and actual historical figures, so that you can put together a plan to manage organizational challenges and opportunities in the coming year.  There are plenty of technology options for Sage X3 users that greatly enhance your budgeting tasks, whether you build something yourself, depend on built-in Sage X3 functionality or an independent software vendor (ISV) solution.  In this article, we’ll round up some of the best tools for modern budgeting, forecasting, and modeling for Sage X3 customers.
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