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For Microsoft Dynamics GP Customers, Choosing The Right BI Tool is Key to Improved Decisions

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
September 17 2010

Companies looking for ways improve to business performance in today's trying economic times need to have access to the right information to make better, faster, fact-based decisions.

One way companies, like those using Microsoft Dynamics GP, can make the right business decisions is by starting to invest in the latest Microsoft business intelligence (BI) tools like Management Reporter, Office 2010, and SQL Reporting Services, according to Nils Rasmussen, CEO of Solver Inc., a Microsoft Business Intelligence partner.

Speaking at a GP User Group webinar, Rasmussen said companies that invest in BI tools will drive employee productivity as well as performance and ultimately outperform their competitors.

However, Rasmussen said BI tools can't do much good if companies don't know how to properly take advantage of them.  Every aspect of business performance from formulating an initial strategy through budgeting, resource allocation, forecasting, reporting, scorecarding/dashboards and analysis, has the potential to utilize BI tools to help organizations gain a competitive advantage and improve business efficiencies.

Rasmussen detailed the Microsoft BI technologies that companies, especially smaller to mid-market companies running Dynamics GP, could use to improve their business processes.

PowerPoint, especially the latest version in Microsoft Office 2010, can help map the tactics and goals of a company's corporate strategy, he said.

And Microsoft's new Management Reporter, which is replacing Forecaster, and FRx, Microsoft's financial and reporting analysis software, are both good tools to use to store and manage KPI (key performance indictor) targets like revenue or customer satisfaction scores. ISVs offer a variety of tools for managing KPIs, and companies that want to keep things simple, can also organize their KPIs in Excel, he said.

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.