The future is here! To be more specific, I’m talking about the new normal for data management and analysis. When it comes to Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, the consumer-driven feature and functionality developments have arrived, paving the way for users to access, manage, and analyze company data from anywhere. Traditionally, we have been limited to on-premises access to company financials and operational information, meaning that you have to be in the office or rely on sometimes shaky remote connections. Those days are over as the brightest BI software offers the flexibility you need – through on-the-go web access and true hybridity for your modern business demands. This article will discuss web access, mobile applications, and the other options you not only need, but deserve in order to better access, align, and accelerate your data management processes.
THE WEB. For years, we have relied on accessing company data by being at the office and reaching it via an on-premises server. Then, the advent of remote server connections enabled the road warriors and others working out of home offices, coffee shops, and other locations to access transactional and operational information. Granted, the connection can be a little shaky with products like VPN or Citrix, but it helped. Now, web portals and Cloud computing takes us all into the future, and it was worth the wait. There is pure Cloud software – for both accounting systems and add-on third party BI solutions, allowing you access anywhere with an internet connection. But the truest solutions will offer the hybridity of on-premises access, a web portal, and even a mobile application.
MOBILE. Mobile applications are on the horizon, with a few Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) already offering financial reporting apps for truly on-the-go analytics. I’m sure you can think of a time when urgent decision-making or a looming deadline required your attention, and you were in the back of a taxi, in the boardroom of a client’s office preparing for a presentation, or on a flight. Fortunately, mobile applications are starting to roll out as a response to the on-the-go nature of business today, especially considering that we rarely go anywhere without our smart phones or tablets. Flexibility is key.
FLEXIBILITY. When considering an investment in one of today’s BI solutions, look for the flexibility that you need. More specifically, look for the hybridity of access, including on-premises, web BI, and a mobile application. Seek out a solution that allows you to choose between a live integration from your accounting system or querying data from a BI data store. Shop for software that is positioned within a fully integrated, customizable suite of BI tools. Take your processes into the 21st century by assessing, seeking, and implementing the flexibility you need. Welcome to the future!
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by Solver, Inc.