Business Intelligence and analytics are essential for organizations that want to maintain their competitive edge and create a truly customer-centric business. The ability to make better decisions based on real-time visibility across your supply chain will become critical for success. But when different areas of your company are running customized solutions designed for their own specific needs, it can lead to unreliable, disjointed reports that don’t fully integrate data across these silos. To overcome this, many companies choose to have one comprehensive
Bringing Your Data Together
Moving your organization toward a
Advances in report writers themselves are also driving the single-reporting movement. Where it was once necessary to understand the source code in order to create the queries and generate a certain report, the best report writers now use wizards to guide the user. By asking the right questions, these wizards generate the necessary queries behind the scenes from the user's responses. The technical hurdles to report generation are wiped out by a good wizard.
Getting From Chaos to Cohesion
How do you move down the path from chaotic reporting with
Here are a few steps to consider if you’re looking for ways to achieve this:
Comprehensive solution – The first consideration should always be to consolidate your disparate systems into one business management software solution. If that's not workable, there are other alternatives to achieve single source reporting.
Data warehouse – Building a data warehouse is a good option for compiling information across disparate systems. When disparate data is managed in one place, it means your BI reporting tools can do their job more efficiently and accurately.
Report writers – Modern report writers do not require understanding of high-level programming languages; wizards do much of the work. This empowers your managers and end users to create new reports without assistance.
Data access - A single source of reports can push information out in any number of formats useful to your organization.
Generating reports, analytics and