How does TARGIT BI (Business Intelligence) Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics NAV give you the edge in Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics?
It’s not too hard to analyze data within your ERP solution. There are reporting capabilities built into Microsoft Dynamics NAV: reporting services, report manager and Jet Reports Express come with a number of canned reports, are parts of the tool set that Microsoft delivers out-of-the-box.
TARGIT Decision Suite and TARGIT BI (Business Intelligence) Accelerator (BIA) for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, however, give you access to your data on your own terms; drill through, users can filter and create reports and analyses in seconds.
Out-of-the-box reports, analyses and dashboards – Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics on the fly.
When investing in business intelligence (BI) and Analytics solutions, many companies start by looking for tools that deliver hundreds of reports. That’s because writing reports and creating analyses seems like a complicated task, requiring knowledge of databases, table relations, and even programming languages like MDX and SQL.
TARGIT’s approach is different: we deliver a set of core reports that give you a good starting point for building your own collection of reports, analyses, and dashboards customized to your own key performance indicators (KPIs). It’s our mission to deliver not just the reports and analyses your business needs, but to offer an intuitive and user-friendly front-end interface and training that make it possible for you to streamline your company’s reporting and analyses on the data within Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
The out-of-the-box reports and analyses give analysts of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV data unparalleled access and flexibility with businesses’ general ledger information (income, profit/loss, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, sales, inventory management, and budgeting).
TARGIT also has several customizable add-on modules, bolstering the solution for the food industry, manufacturing industry, and project management industry. These are offered on a customer-to-customer basis.
The role of a Business Analyst
Delivering excellent business reporting is, in many organizations, the primary focus for the business analyst or controller. Reporting and analytics are critical to operating a successful and expanding business. One key question is whether this role wouldn’t be better off split into business AND analyst.
Instead of repeating the monthly reporting cycle with ERP exports, Excel formulas and extracts from budgeting and CRM tools, wouldn’t the business side be better taken care of by building a consistent reporting solution? This would empower not only the business analyst but also the rest of the organization to dive into the data. Freeing up the business analyst by automating several of the recurring reports would leave room for unleashing the “analyst”, who could then possibly discover opportunities for improvement within the company.
Technology platform for the TARGIT’s Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV builds on Microsoft technologies like SQL Server and Sharepoint. The TARGIT BI (Business Intelligence) Accelerator embraces the same technology and delivers an open solution, in which customers have full control over their data warehouse and aren’t bound to proprietary executables or other hard-to-manage DRM solutions.
The TARGIT BI Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics NAV enables customers to create a customized Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics solution complete with ETL, data warehouse, and high performing cubes based on SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Database and SQL Server Analysis Services, all with very few clicks. And you’ll have the user-friendly TARGIT Decision Suite and a wide range of pre-configured analyses and reports.
For the end-user, the intuitive TARGIT Decision Suite offers accessibility of interactive analyses and reports, which can be experienced on dedicated applications for Microsoft Windows and Apple’s iOS devices. The Decision Suite also provides rich end-user experiences on browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox. TARGIT offers integration kits to enable integration to Microsoft Sharepoint though web parts and offers .NET developer support for integration into other 3rd party software or portal solutions like IBM WebSphere.
How long is a Dynamics NAV BI Accelerator startup operation?
Installation of the BI Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics NAV can be done within hours. The requirements vary on the amount of data and the business areas (Finance, Sales, CRM, Supply Chain Management [SCM] and Purchasing) that the project includes.
After the base install, customers have full access to perform analyses and reports, and this is typically the point where the power users and IT staff will be training in TARGIT though virtual classes, on-site classes, or by attending the regular scheduled classes offered by TARGIT.
On top of the base install, a requirements list and project plan is developed between the customer and a TARGIT consultant with milestones and goals. Typically, startup customizations will be estimated to about a week, but it can vary by customer.