Modern Reporting Strategies for Dynamics AX, Part II: Where Business Intelligence Really Fits

In the first half of this article, we looked at crafting an advanced reporting strategy for Dynamics AX.

This time we'll explore where business intelligence (BI) fits into that strategy; and finding the BI that fits your organization.

There are mixed messages and misperceptions about what BI is, exactly. Regardless, whichever BI strategy you look at should have the following general description.

BI is a solution that includes technical elements that give the user the ability to extract and format Dynamics AX and other data into meaningful information efficiently.


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About Don Riggs

Don Riggs is a well-seasoned veteran with 25+ years of implementation consulting and 13+ years of Microsoft Dynamics AX experience. In his career, he has been involved in anything from helping design ERP systems, developing and marketing ISV solutions, to delivering a number of successful AX ERP implementations. As a regular participant in AXUG, he has delivered many courses and presentations. Don is considered by many to be an AX expert, particularly in the areas of inventory costing, manufacturing, AX project module, and implementation processes. Having attained APICS certification in the early 1980's, Don considerers himself a manufacturing consultant by trade and his love and enthusiasm for the industry has never waned. Always interested in new challenges, his branching out into other areas of the product has allowed him to become very knowledgeable in many areas. 

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Excellent article. Thank you for sharing. You do not mention Power BI and Microsoft BI strategy centered around their relatively new product. I was just wondering why given that Power BI has been positioned as a leader in the BI market by Gartner. Again, excellent article!

Power BI

I will be doing more research on Power BI. I wanted to make sure it just wasn't a product of the moment. I will be reviewing Power BI in the near future to see how it stacks up with other BI offerings. Part of my consideration is what type of a product this is. An enterprise solution or a data mining solution.