Unlocking The Value Of Your Business Data
Business Intelligence allows organizations to better understand, analyze and even predict what's occurring in their company. BI helps your organization turn data into useful and meaningful information and then distribute that information to those that need it, when they need it. It also allows you to combine data from disparate sources such as sales, marketing and finance to get a clear view of the data driving your business so executives, managers and users can make better decisions. Providing access to this information will enable your organization to operate more effectively and more efficiently while providing an immediate ROI.
Our goal is to help you identify trends, respond quickly to change, discover competitive advantages and gain a comprehensive understanding of the factors driving your business. We accomplish this goal by combining industry-leading BI tools from SAP BusinessObjects with our extensive product knowledge, best run practices and proven methodology.
Our highly experienced consultants know how to make the best use of BI technologies, enabling you to access the information you need, analyze it and share standardized reports across your enterprise and beyond. We can help you in all aspects of your business intelligence strategy including staffing needs on individual projects, leadership in implementing a sound solution or a long-term partnership. Throughout the evolution of your business intelligence strategy, we can help you implement:
What if your organization could combine the simplicity of search with the power of BI? Trying to find the exact data you need can sometimes be the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Bringing together the simplicity and speed of search with the trust and analytical power of BI can provide immediate answers to business questions.
With BI Search, business users can employ familiar keyword searches to find the most relevant information instantly across all of their applications and data sources. Data sources and metadata are pre-indexed so that users can search and explore enterprise data such as operational systems and data warehouses directly and with near instantaneous speeds. No pre-existing reports or metrics are required. In addition, the most relevant key word search results are presented first and are complimented with additional contextually relevant details such as with charts and graphs. The experience is as easy as browsing an online store.
Query & Analysis
Querying data and analyzing it provides end users with the power to find exactly what they are looking for without the assistance from IT. The presentation layer hides the underlying details and shields end users from the data's complexity. Thus, worrying about table joins and database connectivity is a thing of the past.
The added benefit of this is the end user now has the ability to efficiently organize the data once it's retrieved. This then allows the development of complex queries with ease and developing sophisticated reports for publishing and analysis. Because of this efficiency, productivity has increased and going from query to report to analysis to decision making has reduced the timeline to an infinitesimal magnitude.
Dashboards & Visualization
Dashboards provide a user interface that with the use of dials, sliders, maps, and graphs, allow for a better understanding of data. Dashboards harness interactivity on the desktop to provide the user with a high level glimpse into various degrees of data. Revenue of the business, location of field workers, and status to the completeness of orders are just some of the possibilities to report on. Within each of these, the desktop user has the ability to point and click and seamlessly ‘drill-down' and gain further information about the data being displayed. Revenue of the business can be exploited to reveal each of the individual business units; location of field workers can be uncovered to understand the regions where these workers current location is for better dispatch; and viewing the status of orders can show which warehouse is fulfilling the most orders fastest.
There are also several other measures to build dashboards around. Identified Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), balanced scorecards, and sales figures also work to make dashboards that much more valuable.
One amazing characteristic of a dashboard is its ability to be updated in real time and thus, allow for corrective measures to be put into effect upon their discovery, instead of waiting for a report. The immediate availability of this information allows for executive decisions to be made in the same manner, immediately.
In addition to having these dashboards update with real time data, the use of historical information against last months, last quarters, or even last year's numbers provides an at-a-glance comparison that aids in the guidance of succinct decisions.
Finally, you can incorporate tickers that display the organizations stock price, company news, and all types of vital information.
Scorecards provide a real-time, interactive means to uncover whether a business' activities are on target with the company's vision and strategy. Scorecards use various input metrics such as marketing, sales, operations, and HR to evaluate and determine the performance of the business. These, along with interactive dashboards provide a holistic approach to understanding the progression of an organization.
A scorecard is best put to use when evaluating trends over a longer period of time (e.g. yearly), where at certain time intervals, data is gathered (e.g. weekly). Also, because markets change, businesses grow, and acquisitions occur, recalibrating scorecards to ensure the units make sense to the organization is extremely simple.
Enterprise Reporting is a method of querying and interpreting data from different views within the enterprise into human readable reports. Typically this data is stored across databases, and complex queries and data manipulation is required to access such data. Enterprise reporting removes the need for this complex understanding by providing an abstraction from the underlying physical structure. Typically, data is moved from its source system into a central location that all departments can take advantage of. This data movement, along with data cleansing, is done via an ETL process, or Extract, Transform, and Load. Its target is something where data is homogeneous and stored in a data warehouse.
Enterprise reporting uses a powerful set of tools to provide decision makers with the necessary information to make clear, concise, and coherent decisions. This information can be a report that contains tables, charts, and graphs and can be delivered in a variety of mediums. From print, to electronic mail, to web based content, all of these provide a remarkable way to bring about this vital information.
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