Cloud-Based Reporting and Mobile Reporting Apps

In our last blog post, we discussed options for reporting out of ERP systems focusing mostly on desktop solutions.  But as business becomes increasingly global, operational teams are less centralized and more distributed around the world. For companies with employees contributing remotely to data management and analysis processes, web-based reporting a powerful option.

Reporting Apps | AccountnetReporting tools like Solver’s BI360 allow users to craft financial reports in Excel — either running the reports in desktop Excel, on the web or even via mobile app.  While mobile and web options give you easier access to your data, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all web-based ERP reporting products are easy-to-use.  Ease of use should be one of your principal considerations when selecting cloud based reporting tools.  If your business end-users can’t easily learn to use and leverage the power of the software, it’s not a viable long-term solution.

As the use of mobile devices continues to overtake that of traditional desktops, it’s not surprising that companies are demanding access to business data on tablets and smartphones.  The ability to design and build reports via mobile isn’t there yet, but most reporting apps allow you to view reports and drill down abilities into your Dynamics GP data.  There are a couple of these third-party mobile apps already available (such as SalesPad Mobile GP and the free Microsoft Business Analyzer for Android devices) that come   pre-configured to provide business insights and a user experience that can be personalized to fit your company’s needs.

Before making an investment in financial reporting tools for your Microsoft Dynamics GP system, make sure to do a thorough evaluation of your company’s specific BI needs and goals.  Accountnet can help answer questions about BI360’s Excel, web and mobile apps for real-time or data warehouse integrated analysis. Contact us today for a free phone consultation.