Comparing BI Options for Microsoft Dynamics: Out-of-the-Box vs. Third-Party Solutions

A common question among users of Dynamics ERP systems is: ‘I just bought a new and expensive ERP system from one of the most well-respected technology companies on the planet, shouldn’t BI and reporting capability come with it?’ Well, it does! In fact, the solution that you now own is made up of an impressive list of tools that many in your company are already familiar with.

What this means to organizations using Dynamics is that in order to create a usable BI environment, or even to perform ad hoc reporting (think GL sub ledger report or trial balances during a month end close) is that they must have these skills on staff to create and maintain information gathering or analytic capabilities. Even with the skills in house, a common complaint from Dynamics users is about the time lag between an information request and its delivered date. This is a problem that can be overcome by gathering the proper skill sets, but for many organizations that solution adds up to time and money spent, and opportunity wasted.

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