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Finance and Accounting Solutions Buyer’s Guide for Small to Medium Enterprises
For large organizations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems promise big gains by helping grow revenue and increase productivity. But can ERP benefit

business intelligence food and beverage products consultations  changes in market demand. Business Intelligence One of the newer components of most modern midmarket ERP packages, BI shines a bright light into the heart of a company's performance. In general, an ERP suite's analytics or BI tools allow users to share and analyze the data that the ERP applications collect from across the enterprise from a unified repository. The end result is more informed decision making by everyone from executives to line managers to human-resources professionals to accountants. A

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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2011 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide: BI for Everyone


This buyer guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of business intelligence (BI) systems across large enterprises as well as small to medium businesses (SMBs). It presents a comprehensive view of the wide spectrum of BI software solutions currently available and investigates how they match different types of organizations according to size and need.

The guide addresses software solutions in three major groupings:

  • BI for large enterprises
  • BI for SMBs
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI offerings
The guide covers a wide range of BI solutions for almost all organizations, and anyone interested in a BI system should be able to identify a potential suitable solution. Each section contains specific information to help organizations research and analyze BI solutions, and make decisions about which BI software is a good fit for them.


Table of Contents


Preface

Business Intelligence: A Buyer’s Guide

SAP Customer Success Story
Marcus & Millichap Sharpens Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio

SAP Customer Success Story
Aquent Uses SAP BusinessObjects Software Tools to Deliver Talent

QlikView Customer Success Story
Fast Growing Company, Mayflex, Chooses IBM Cognos Express to Deliver Essential Business Intelligence and Planning Capability

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story
Using MicoStrategy Mobile to Perform Marketing and Consumer Shopping Behavior Analysis

Thought Leadership
SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us

SAP Special Report
The Business Information Revolution: Best-run Businesses Innovate Better with SAP

TEC Special Report
The Role of Business Intelligence in Content Strategies


Vendor Directory


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Is BI Really for Everyone?


BI for Large Enterprises

Because of the nature of BI, which traditionally involved the incorporation of expensive high-end software technology, BI software systems were first deployed in large enterprises. To encompass the complete BI life cycle process, it was necessary to have strong budgets, as well as the means and justification for taking financial risks in order to gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this competitive advantage, many large companies were eager for software tools that would enable them to improve their decision-making process. Some software companies responded to this need by accelerating the evolution of classical decision support systems to provide sophisticated analysis tools with high-end software technology. Naturally, the high cost of these types of tools limited their accessibility to large-scale companies (also, the technical requirements for this technology could be met by big corporations only).

In the last four or five years, economic factors as well as the exponential growth of data volumes generated by organizations have forced the development of very sophisticated BI applications, and also expanded the kind of tools a classical BI system normally uses. The BI space is still growing and maturing, and large corporations are still demanding new solutions for new enterprise needs.


BI for SMBs

With recent economic conditions and the information boom, many smaller companies have found themselves requiring analysis tools that enable them to improve their business monitoring and performance improvement strategies. BI solution innovation has cascaded down from large companies to provide adapted and specific services to companies with a need for advanced analytic software tools but with very limited budgets. Recent BI tools have improved the BI life cycle to help organizations of every size and shape to improve analysis, data management, and data visualization tools.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2011 BI Buyer’s Guide for large enterprises and SMBs.

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SAP Business Intelligence Partner Program


In this webcast you ll learn how you can use SAP Business Objects, BI OnDemand, to provide a world-class business intelligence solution to your cus...

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Business Rule Management: Accelerating the Process of Locating, Managing, and Leveraging Business Processes


Two indicators of a successful enterprise are its longevity and its ability to adapt to a constantly changing business environment. However, an enterprise’s business processes, including its analysis and management tools, often fail to keep up with those changes. Knowing how to modernize existing tools in order to prevent the loss of valuable data and application functions is essential—and not as difficult as it sounds.

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Business Services and Consulting


There are several ways to define the business services and consulting industry, but they all make a clear distinction between business services (services a client cannot or does not want to perform in-house) and consulting (services that will improve a client's activities). Of course, these two different types of activities can be combined into one, depending on the client's requirements.

However, the line between the two types is sometimes blurry. For instance, a company may provide shipping logistics services for a client (or for the client's clients), in the sense that it handles the shipping of goods for the client; but it can also provide consulting services (or extend its own logistics services) to help the client improve the transportation system already in place.

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The Five Styles of Business Intelligence: Industrial-strength Business Intelligence


If you’re not on top of the range of business intelligence (BI) functionality that has evolved over the past 15 years, this framework can help. There’s a fundamental shortcoming in most BI tools today, as a single architecture cannot support the full range of BI functionality—leading to excessive costs, delays, and user dissatisfaction. Learn about a solution that covers the five different styles of BI functionality.

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BizAutomation CRM + Business Management


BizAutomation CRM + Business Management is an all-in-one e-business suite designed to serve the end-to-end requirements of small businesses that have Microsoft Exchange on their network, or that want to subscribe to the suite via one of our hosted Exchange partners. All modules are offered in their entirety and can be used as needed, without the need to pay for add-on modules. It's the only business suite that leverages a 100 percent browser-based Web interface via Outlook Web Access (OWA) and regular Outlook.  

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Navigator One for SAP Business One


Navigator One is a suite of modules for SAP Business One—a business management software application designed specifically for small to midsize businesses (SMBs). Used by over 23,000 customers today, SAP Business One manages business functions across sales, operations, service, and financials, in an integrated software system. The Navigator One modules extend the core SAP Business One functionality in a completely integrated, same-look-and-feel option for Navigator’s customers and partners. · Production One is targeted at companies looking to track detailed costs and production processes during assembly or production. It can help production-oriented organizations mange their labor and material costs using touch-screen and bar-code collection devices.· Production One advanced planning and scheduling (APS) allows simultaneous scheduling of machines, labor, and tooling. The add-on also features dynamic inventory allocation and multilevel pegging for schedules.· Distribution One is designed for warehouse management and advanced forecasting and planning. It includes functionality for finance, sales, purchasing, customer management, stock control, and warehouse management for wholesalers and distributors.· Service One is aimed at companies that need to perform field service or depot repair and track warranties and maintenance. It can help service-oriented organizations process service calls, schedule, and dispatch technicians.· Project One provides project costing and project management for more project-oriented organizations, including firms that need to track construction-type projects.· Retail One provides point-of-sale (POS) capabilities for other over-the-counter (OTC) sales or bar-code/touch-screen-enabled retail sales. It supports credit cards and debit cards transactions, customer loyalty tracking, and store sales and inventory tracking. Navigator also provides additional functionality for rules-based product configuration, advanced shipping, credit card transactions, bin management, revenue recognition, return merchandise authorizations (RMAs), and bar-code data collection.

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Six Easy Steps to Finding the Right Business VoIP Service


For many businesses, focus on cost reduction often begins with the internal communication platform—the phone service. Businesses that have large sales forces, customer service teams, and help desks must continually scrutinize their skyrocketing annual phone costs. Find out how deploying a company-wide voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solution is one of the best ways to realize cost reduction across the organization.

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Enterprise Service-oriented Architecture from a Business Perspective: Differentiate, Accelerate, and Simplify Your Business


To survive in today’s global marketplace, companies must develop a competitive advantage. Your business can thrive with the help of enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA). With the ability to implement business strategies more quickly, this greater flexibility will help your new business processes and empower your information workers—giving your company long-term growth and an ongoing competitive advantage.

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IBM Cognos Business Intelligence: Business Intelligence (BI) Competitor Analysis Report


This business intelligence (BI) knowledge base covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This knowledge base covers everything from data mining to analytics, querying, reporting, workflow, and in-depth analysis.

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