Microsoft has discontinued sales and support of FRx–this is no longer news. You know you are going to have to migrate to something else eventually, but for now, the software is still working. No worries, right?
Well, not exactly. At some point, you are going to run into compatibility problems with your operating systems and other software applications. But even before that, you will probably decide it’s time to move on. But to what? The Microsoft migration path brings you to Management Reporter.
Like FRx, Management Reporter is a report writer. You program reports in the Report Designer by defining building blocks for row, column, and reporting tree definitions. You then store your reports in the Centralized Report Repository, and view them in the Report Viewer. Need to make changes? Go back to the Report Designer. Most of the resulting reports are tabular, but Management Reporter does have some graphics capabilities. If you need to look at financial reporting data compared to other administrative data such as time cards or data in your operations platforms like a point of sale system, you’ll need to rig up something in Excel. Management Reporter does not have a data repository that would allow you to look at all of your data in a single platform.
Think about this—as long as you have to move on, why not move up?
BIO Business Intelligence is a full business intelligence platform that provides interactive, self-service reporting and ad hoc analysis. BIO offers 60 out-of-the-box reports and allows for drag-and-drop, custom creation of fully-formatted reports that even your non-technical folks can master in no time, using on-screen tools like traffic lights and an in-grid calculator to provide meaning and insight. BIO provides pre-programmed accounting logic and other formulas and has built-in features that allow you to sort, group, roll-up, and more. You can build reports using ranges so you don’t miss any accounts and so that you won’t need to re-write reports if you change your chart of accounts. Because BIO is web-based, there are many distribution options including distributing through SharePoint, and if you must, data can be directly exported to Excel.
With BIO, you can do “speed of thought” ad hoc analysis. Drill-down and drill-through are just the beginning. You can track trends, identify outliers, change the dimensions—all on the fly. Any analysis can be saved as a report and even added to the BIO report library for others if you have the proper permissions. You can create role-based dashboards so users get at-a glance updates on the information they care most about. BIO’s role-based security will ensure that users will see only what they have access to. BIO gives you advanced visualizations so you can easily create stunning graphics that will catch the user’s attention and reveal insights.
Management Reporter allows you to report on your Microsoft Dynamics data, but BIO lets you consolidate data from anywhere in your organization and make it all available for immediate, self-service access. So if you want to analyze revenue compared to commissions to wholesalers, distribution costs, and days in transit by product and by territory, and if all of that data is available in separate systems within your organization, you can consolidate it and report on and analyze it right in BIO.
What all of this means is that Management Reporter will let you write reports. BIO Business Intelligence enables you to gain deep insight into your business through reporting, ad hoc analysis, and dashboards for better decisions, making your company more competitive and more profitable.
By Sandi Richards Forman of BIO Analytics, Corp., Microsoft Dynamics Business Intelligence (BI) Solution Provider
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