Business Intelligence (BI) tools and their use with Microsoft Dynamics GP

 

Part 1 of a 5 part series

With a more competitive market and the current state of the economy, among other factors, companies continuously search for new strategies and tools in order to make the best decisions possible.

The main improvements made over the last decade that help companies in making the best decisions are the rapid evolution of information technologies, the automation of many business processes and the possibility to store and manage high volumes of data.

This is where the concept of Business Intelligence comes in. Business Intelligence refers to being able to predict future events, optimize response times and avoid obstacles even before they have taken place.

Main advantages of Business Intelligence

1. Time savings. One of the key advantages of Business Intelligence is that most business processes are automated, which generates important savings both in time and costs, which in turn contributes to increasing overall productivity levels.

2. Easier and quicker access to information. It is clear that, over the last few years, the amount of business data has propelled. Therefore, it is important that companies focus their efforts on digitizing and collecting their data via document management software. However, it is equally important that Business Intelligence tools offer easily accessible information that clearly shows the evolution of the data and, this way, allows companies to anticipate future events.

3. Correct and relevant decisions. In order to stand out from the competition, reduce costs and increase profits, a company must make correct decisions. To do this, these decisions must logically be based on trustworthy and relevant data, and this is exactly where traditional methods begin to fail.

To help company’s bridge the gap, I will be posting a five part series on the BI tools available for Dynamics GP users and how you can use this tools to provide quick access to data to make the best decisions possible. Some of these tools include: Business Analyzer, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), Dynamics GP Excel Reports and Jet Express for GP. We will use some of these tools in this blog series to:

· Part 2 – Install and build a Sales Order Report with Jet Report’s Free Jet Express for GP.

· Part 3 – Use Sales Order Report, built in Part 2, to perform Market Basket Analysis in Excel 2013.

· Part 4 – Build an Excel 2013 Dashboards with Dynamics GP data.

· Part 5 – Use Solver’s BI360 One Stop Reporting Financial Statements to perform a more automated financial statement variance analysis process.

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