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Optimizing Business Reporting with Advanced Analytics Tools

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July 31, 2023

Gary Crouch

Of course, with 40 years of experience, I have to say that EASY REPORTING is the most mentioned feature desired in a business system. Data-in is of little value unless you can get data-out in a format the user needs for proper decision making. In this article, we will explore the importance of effective reporting, discuss innovative products and services, and highlight key trends in data analysis for generating revenue and achieving business objectives.

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Importance of Effective Reporting

The rub comes in that everybody focuses on different aspects of the data.  In addition, the interpretive behavior is colored by how the user best accepts data.  Some are analytical and prefer charts of numbers, others are more attuned to graphical presentation, and still others simply want summaries.

  • Strategic Decision Making: Reporting provides business users with actionable insights derived from data analysis, enabling informed decision-making and driving business model innovation.
  • Enhanced Performance: Access to timely and accurate data empowers organizations to optimize revenue streams, improve operational efficiency, and identify areas for business growth.
  • Client Satisfaction: Detailed reports and analytics tools allow businesses to understand their customer base, address their needs, and deliver tailored products or services.

Cutting-Edge Reporting Software and Tools

While there are many tools available in the marketplace, we’ll talk briefly about the following:

  1. Acumatica ERP: Acumatica offers a powerful suite of tools, including financial reporting, flexible generic inquiries, and customizable dashboards. These out-of-the-box solutions enable businesses to generate customized reports and visualize key performance indicators (KPIs) effortlessly.
  2. Velixo: Leveraging Excel-based toolsets, Velixo integrates seamlessly with general ledger and project accounting tables. With custom formulae and user-defined criteria, businesses can perform data manipulation and create an extensive range of presentation models.
  3. DataSelf Analytics: This comprehensive business intelligence software establishes its own data pool connected to Acumatica, enabling real-time reporting across various modules. DataSelf offers over 5,000 reports out of the box and empowers users to modify and customize them according to their specific requirements.

A very strong set of tools is included with Acumatica ERP.  Financial reporting, flexible generic inquiries and customizable dashboards are all available out of the box.  Many standard offerings provide examples from which tailored presentations may be created.  

Financial statements with drill-down to the detailed transactions are available for multiple departments and/or locations based on the customers subaccounts.  Dashboards can highlight key performance indicators in graphs or tables and may provide color coding based on meeting specific predefined parameters.

Velixo Expands Options for Acumatica Users with Excel-based Data Toolset

Acumatica has a strong following of independent developers who make other options available, if these tools do not meet your needs.  Velixo provides an Excel based toolset which pulls data from general ledger and project accounting tables.  Velixo has programmed custom formulas which pull data matching criteria set by the user.  The data may be formatted using the tools available in Excel resulting in an almost unlimited range of presentation models.

Velixo has also provided a write-back feature which allows manipulated data to be pushed into Acumatica.  This feature was designed to pull financial results which can be modified and used as budgets.  

Report distribution is based on the recipient’s role.  Upper management may receive a packet of generalized reports while line managers may receive detailed reports on their specific area of responsibility.  Being automated, errors seldom occur.

DataSelf Analytics: Transforming Acumatica Data into Powerful Business Insights

Another toolset is provided by DataSelf Analytics which utilizes a connection to your Acumatica data to establish its own data pool.  Utilizing various business intelligence tools, presentations are available based on almost every module in Acumatica.  Data from sales, manufacturing, field services are just a few which may be formatted into valuable presentations on a real-time basis.  The comprehensive nature of this toolset allows every function within the business to yield its results to those who need to know what has occurred and how it affects the business.

The folks at DataSelf have prepared over 5,000 reports which you can use out of the box.  Again, these reports can also be used as a starting point to modify, resulting in the information you desire most.  It is a powerful tool which enhances the value of your critical business systems.

Reports present the results of your business processes.  To be valuable, reporting requirements must be considered by those who develop the processes.  Understanding what is needed for proper decision making sets the path for the business model and day-to-day tasks.  

Performed correctly, the right tool sets can provide you with the ultimate in dynamic presentations and enhance the process of making wise decisions to take your business to the next level. Here is a recap of just some of the things leveraging data analysis can do for your business’s success:

  • Data Discovery: Successful organizations tap into big data and explore vast data sources to uncover hidden patterns, trends, and business insights.
  • Predictive Analytics: By applying advanced analytical techniques, businesses can forecast future trends, anticipate customer needs, and make proactive decisions.
  • Revenue Optimization: Effective reporting and analysis drive revenue generation by identifying untapped opportunities, optimizing pricing strategies, and enhancing customer retention.

In today's data-driven business landscape, effective reporting and advanced analytics tools are integral to success. By leveraging comprehensive reporting software, businesses can analyze data from diverse sources, gain meaningful insights, and make informed decisions. Whether it is optimizing revenue streams, understanding customer behavior, or driving business model innovation, the right tools and strategies are essential for businesses looking to stay competitive and achieve growth.

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