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6 Critical Steps To Successful Reporting and Planning Systems.

“A step by step Guide for Creating Reporting and Planning Systems”


Here is what you will discover:

  • The most common causes of failure in Reporting and Planning Systems - and how to overcome them.
  • How to assess your company's reporting and planning “IQ” and be able to identify the tools that will deliver the greatest value.
  • How to verify and validate vendor claims and get them to work - for free!
  • Why your company probably already owns the world’s best reporting software and may not even know it. It's not Excel.
  • How you can outsource the whole problem for less than the cost of an IT professional.

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Dr Cyril Brookes,from BI Pathfinder (www.bipathfinder.com), says there are really only four fundamental questions for managers. These are:

What is happening in my business?
What is good and bad about where we are?
What is unusual about where were are and what is forecast to happen?
What do we need to do to solve potential problems?

There are many solutions in the market place to meet the requirements of the first two questions. The real value for most businesses happens when the software can be used to resolve question three, that is Forecasting and Modelling. The software in the market which excels at Planning, Forecasting and modelling, at a price that is accessible to most Australian businesses, is PowerOLAP from Paris Technologies (www.paristech.com).

Key benefits of forecasting using PowerOLAP for Forecasting and Modelling:

  • Use Excel
    Users work within a familiar Excel environment. No lengthy classes to attend or programs to decipher. Just use Excel spreadsheets but with automatically-provided data and the power of combining hundreds of spreadsheets into one using PowerOLAP.
  • Timeliness
    If it takes days or weeks to create forecasts, the opportunity to analyze the near-term business scenario will be lost.
  • Immediate data for Actuals
    Dynamically retrieved from transactional systems—which in turn serve as the basis for Forecast figures. This means an end to waiting for end-of-the-month, batched reports, as well as an end to redundant re-keying to prepare Actuals, Budget and Forecast data in composite reports.
  • Universal formula application
    You decide the percentages, weighting and other metrics that affect your revised forecast figures. PowerOLAP applies them across all areas, regions, products, etc. for fully automated calculations.
  • Share instantly throughout the enterprise
    Whether on the LAN or accessing forecast cubes remotely, PowerOLAP provides instant access and the certainty of working from the exact same version of the information.

Modelling or What if analysis with PowerOLAP

With PowerOLAP, you have limitless flexibility to analyse your data—viewing results according to any business parameter, entering "what if" figures, creating new models that reflect the changing nature of your business. These are just some of the advanced analytical capabilities you will enjoy, while dynamically accessing real-time data from underlying sources direct to your desktop.

Imagine the value of your organizational data—from all sources—if it could be tapped quickly, analyzed multi-dimensionally and reported easily. And what if all this could be done with real-time data? You can organize and analyze up-to-the-instant data from your accounting system and other databases with drag-and-drop, double-click speed. Period, item, style, price, territory, terms, you name it, PowerOLAP can analyze it and report with speed and with ease. This gives you a significant competitive advantage.

Consider the types of analysis your company could benefit from, when you work with unparalleled flexibility and the data right at your fingertips:

  • cash flow analysis
  • sales trend analysis
  • territory analysis
  • channel strategy development
  • product mix analysis
  • brand tracking
  • inventory projections
  • turn analysis
  • material needs analysis, etc

What if you could perform "What if" analyses whenever and however you want?

In PowerOLAP or Excel you can enter "what if" figures that will help you chart the near- and longer-term course of your business. You can write changes and save them to a new model, entirely separate from current and historical data (thereby maintaining data integrity), but still combine them for reporting as needed.

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