Your Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution is a valuable tool for automating processes that used to require so much in the way of time and resources. But that’s not the only advantage to having a top of the line ERP solution. One of the additional benefits Microsoft Dynamics ERP provides is the collection of all your business information in a single solution allowing you to generate valuable business intelligence.
The value of BI
Business Intelligence, or BI, is the product of using the data you have collected in your ERP solution, e.g. information regarding customers, sales, financials, inventory, manufacturing, and vendors, to provide insight and information about the state of your business and the direction you’ll want to head. BI will enable you to predict seasonal or regional trends in sales so you can optimize inventory levels, identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities and maximize manufacturing efficiency. You’ll have the key data on hand to answer virtually any question about your business quickly and easily.
Business Intelligence assures that your team is working with a single version of up-to-the-minute data. With a BI solution integrated with your ERP system, all employees in your organization will have access to the same information. There will be no more relying on assumptions, speculations and ‘guesstimates’ to make critical decisions based on information that is not complete and may be out of date.
BI made accessible
In the past, BI solutions required a significant investment of resources and technical expertise. Multi-tiered solutions built on data warehouses, OLAP cubes, offline analytical processing, and third-party reporting and visualization tools added an intimidating degree of complexity to the IT landscape. But today valuable BI tools are accessible for most businesses. For companies that use Dynamics ERP, new BI tools from Microsoft are remarkably easy to deploy and use.
At Western Computer, our expert team has been helping our Microsoft ERP customers with BI solutions for a long time. Our newest packaged service solutions, which include
Our methodology is to start with the basics. Every business has key performance indicators (KPIs) that define their success. We begin by helping you identify your unique KPIs, and use that as a starting point for your BI solution. By establishing meaningful KPIs in a few key areas, you avoid the costs of developing and generating excessive content and unnecessary reports. You will have the information you need in a format that makes it usable. Our BI starter package includes several prebuilt KPIs, as well as training, so you can build new queries and reports that continue meaningful to your business as it grows and evolves.
Personalize your BI
With Microsoft Power BI, you can create personalized dashboards and reports in a language that your team can understand and in an intuitive drag-and-drop format. A variety of charts, tables, maps, and other visualization tools enable you to spot trends, share insights, and make smarter decisions. Best of all, you can view your dashboards on any Windows, iOS, or Android device. This ensures your remote or mobile employees are kept in the loop.
If you have already invested in Microsoft Dynamics ERP, now is the best time to make the most of that investment by unlocking the value of your collected data with BI and using it to continue advancing your business.