Most organizations use spreadsheets as their standard analytical tool and spend significant efforts to obtain data for making critical business decisions. Business Intelligence: The Definitive Guide for Midsize Organizations from SAP provides a comprehensive overview of BI and the facts you need to make an educated investment that will change the course of your business for years to come!
BI allows business users to analyze and better understand organization’s plans and results. It provides insight into what’s working correctly while identifying potential problem areas in time for corrective actions to be taken. It can be used to recognize opportunities as well as problems, and alert your organization to potential issues when exception conditions occur—such as sales dropping 20% below forecast or inventory falling below a threshold value.
The following scenarios represent typical situations that could benefit from improved business intelligence (BI):
•Multiple versions of the truth. Interdepartmental meetings frequently turn into shouting matches as participants argue about whose spreadsheet has the correct figures.
•Inability to perform in-depth analysis. Your company knows which of its retail outlets have the greatest sales volume, but it doesn’t know which products have the highest sales.
•Need for simple-to-use production reporting technology. Your accounting department uses a word processor to generate customer invoices. Customers frequently complain about being invoiced twice for the same purchase or shipment.
•Historical values are not being retained. The sales department is conducting account reviews and wishes to compare each customer’s sales-to-date this year with its sales-to-date at this time last year. Sales maintains a spreadsheet for this year’s results, but the person who maintained the spreadsheet last year has left the company—and no one has any idea what happened to last year’s spreadsheet.
Business Intelligence provides relevant, actionable and near real-time information for enhanced decision-making capabilities. Find out how you can improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness – and eliminate Spreadsheet Chaos – with Business Intelligence: The Definitive Guide for Midsize Organizations.
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