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This article will discuss the third party offerings that will expand data management and analytics for SAP B1 users seeking best-of-breed corporate performance management.

A question I run into regularly has to do with SAP Business One users wondering why you might need to implement independent software vendor (ISV) software in addition to the accounting system.  It is always interesting to discuss this concern, maybe as a hurdle for ISVs, but a legitimate confusion for some SAP B1 customers.  A couple recurring clarifications tend to naturally surface.  Firstly, no software manufacturer can produce a technology that solves every single organizational problem.  For example, Apple iPhones offer the built-in Maps application, but still allow users to download Google Maps, just like any of today’s flexible accounting systems, like SAP B1.  Since every company who uses SAP B1 has specific goals, particular budgeting requisites, and rules, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system will vary in effectiveness for each organization.  ISVs offer corporations the ability to personalize their data management and analyses.
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This article will recap the Dynamics User Groups Summit, held in Reno, NV October 11-14, 2015 and discuss the highlights from the Expo floor, in the breakout sessions, and more.

Just like that, the fall event that I know a lot of Dynamics folks were excited and gearing up for, has come and gone. Last week, the Dynamics User Groups Summit for AXUG, CRMUG, GPUG, and NAVUG took Reno, Nevada by storm for a week of learning, sharing, networking, and community building, as well as some gambling and sightseeing.  This was the first time I was able to attend the event, but it really seems to be the premier consumer-driven Dynamics event, delivering visibility in terms of leadership within the user groups, as well as roadmap plans for the individual products and how the communities are navigating challenges and opportunities for best practices and best-of-breed tools that can speak to modern data management and analysis processes.  In this article, I’ll discuss the highlights from the 2015 Dynamics Communities Summit.
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In this article, data warehousing will be discussed, both generally and specifically, for retail organizations who are looking to expand their Microsoft Dynamics NAV experience.

In the fast lane that is business today, maybe especially for retail companies, data is vital.  Since data drives decisions, retail organizations are making plans to stay on track and on budget with their customers, stores, vendors, management, etc. – and data warehousing can be really effective in organizing and empowering stronger Business Intelligence (BI) analytics.  Like most software, if you aren’t familiar with it, you likely have questions.  In this article, I’ll answer frequently asked questions about data warehouse solutions for retail companies using Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
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This article covers data warehouse solutions, both in general and in specific for retail companies who are seeking to expand their Microsoft Dynamics AX analytics.

In today’s fast-paced business world, perhaps especially for retail corporations, data is essential.  Because data is driving decision-making, retail companies are strategizing to stay on budget and on track with their stores, customers, vendors, managers, and so on – and a data warehouse can be really impactful in supporting Business Intelligence (BI) analyses.  As with most technology, if you aren’t already using a modern offering, you probably have questions.  This article will go about answering the most common questions you might have about data warehousing with Microsoft Dynamics AX for your retail company.
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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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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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This article will take a deep look at today’s best financial consolidation tools for Microsoft Dynamics SL users, focusing specifically on must-have features and functionalities.

Plenty of Microsoft Dynamics SL customers are overseeing financial consolidations for a parent company of multiple subsidiaries.  Aggregating company information from more than one legal business unit, particularly if there are diverse monies involved, can be difficult without a robust financial reporting and consolidations solution.  Data continues to grow in amount and significance to decision-making for the future of the business, so it makes sense that executive teams are seeking an easy-to-use software for the regular responsibility of data consolidation into a unified set of financial statements.  If it’s your responsibility to consolidate subsidiary information with Dynamics SL, this article will explore your options for easy-to-use, modern, and powerful solutions.
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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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This article will prepare you with the top questions you should be asking when shopping for a Business Intelligence (BI) solution to improve your Microsoft Dynamics NAV experience.

If you are running Microsoft Dynamics NAV, shopping for third party Business Intelligence (BI) solutions to upgrade your data management and analysis processes can be confusing and sometimes, overwhelming.  You’ll go through your share of sales pitches, webinars, and demos, but this is a process you won’t do often.  I’ve spoken to several professionals, most recently at Microsoft Convergence, who know what has worked and not worked for them, but don’t know what they should be looking for and asking regarding the features and functionalities of modern, powerful BI solutions.  Most people are simply looking for the right fit to best meet their business demands, but where do you start?
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