Business Intelligence: Unlock the Hidden Value in Your ERP

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If you rely on Microsoft Dynamics to automate processes and manage your operations, you already know how ERP can transform your business. But there’s additional value to be had from your ERP. Because it aggregates all your business data in one place, your ERP also enables business intelligence.


Business Intelligence Build into Your ERP
Business Intelligence Build into Your ERP

Business Intelligence, or BI, crunches through the volumes of data you’ve amassed in your ERP system—customers, sales, financial, inventory, manufacturing, and vendor information—to provide insights that might otherwise be very difficult to uncover. Imagine being able to predict seasonal or regional trends in sales for specific products. Optimize inventory levels. Identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities. Determine manufacturing costs and efficiencies. Answer virtually any question about your business quickly and easily.


BI enables all these things. But more importantly, BI provides the much touted “Single Version of the Truth”, in a timely manner. With a BI solution running on top of your ERP system, all employees in your organization have access to the same information. The real information. No more relying on guesswork or “gut” instinct to make critical decisions based on information that is not complete and most likely days or weeks old.


BI is Within Your Reach

You may already be familiar with the advantages of BI, but unsure how to put these systems in place. Until recently, BI solutions required significant investment. 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 recent advances make BI accessible to virtually any business. For companies that use Dynamics ERP, new BI tools from Microsoft are remarkably easy to deploy and use. Western Computer has been helping our ERP customers with BI solutions for years. Our newest packaged service offering takes advantage of the new offerings, including Microsoft Power BI, to help clients get BI up and running in a very short time—with minimal investment in third-party software or hardware.


Our strategy is to start small. Every business has key performance indicators (KPIs) that define success. We start by helping you identify those metrics, and use them as a starting point for a BI solution. By establishing meaningful KPIs in a few key areas, you save the costs of up-front development and building a lot of content and reports you won’t use. Our BI starter package includes several prebuilt KPIs, as well as training, so you can build new queries and reports that are meaningful to your business as it grows and evolves.


Visualization Tools

With Microsoft Power BI, you can create personalized dashboards and reports on your data using natural language and drag-and-drop gestures. A huge array of charts, tables, maps, and other visualization tools enable you to spot trends, share insights, and make smarter decisions—often within minutes. Best of all, you can view your dashboards on any Windows, iOS, or Android device. This ensures your remote or mobile employees are informed and up to date.


Get Started Today

You’ve already invested in your ERP. Why not leverage that investment to drive insight and achieve a single version of the truth for your entire company? When you’re ready to unlock the value of your ERP data, contact Western Computer. We will provide a demo with a BI expert to see these powerful data mining tools.


by Western Computer

1 thought on “Business Intelligence: Unlock the Hidden Value in Your ERP”

  1. The start small approach is wise. Bison Analytics provides a BI and data analytics solution for emerging companies running on QuickBooks. We like to say that there are 3 key dashboards or reports waiting to reveal themselves in the QB data. If CFO's focus on finding those, and using them regularly, they can expand the use of BI and analytics further. Thanks for writing this blog.

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