element61 - “Out of the box” PowerBI & Analytics for Dynamics 365 Business Central & NAV

The “out of the box” Microsoft BI solution for Microsoft Dynamics365 Business Central / Navision contains pre-packaged ETL, a pre-packaged data warehouse layer, a pre-defined Tabular model, and predefined PowerBI & Excel dashboards and Reporting Services reports that give you a head start versus developing all the Analytics layers yourself.

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Today, business leaders identify your company’s data and analytical capabilities as one of the most important assets to survive in an increasingly competitive world. The right information at the right time is key in making decisions, from strategic to operational level. 

Often companies have a tough time to get these right insights after a Microsoft Dynamics NAV  or Business Central ERP implementation.

There is even a burden to get your core figures right! As a consequence, people lose confidence in spreadsheet based reporting, hesitate to act on data and are disappointed with the investment made in the ERP system. Finally, your company risks ending-up in what we could call a ‘disconnected report culture’ of manually produced Excel spreadsheets. 

Is your company also struggling in making such informed decisions based on your data, despite investments made in Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Business Central ? 

Time to act! 

At element61, we have the DNA to understand your aspirations and challenges regarding business analytics. Putting together our know-how and experience in deploying Business Intelligence at numerous Microsoft Dynamics NAV customers, we developed NAV “BI-in-a-Box”. NAV “BI-in-a-Box” is a pre-packaged Business Intelligence solution covering all your most important figures, analysis, dashboards and reports!

NAV “BI-out-of-the-Box” provides dozens of viewpoints on your business data.

• Sales analytics Get instant answers on questions like: ‘Which top 10% customers are key to my success in terms of contribution? What is their back-order rate?’ ‘Which product categories have a major increase in turnover?’

• From a Financial perspective : ‘Is my working capital where I expect it is? In my stock, creditors? Debtors?’ ‘Which cost centers will exceed their budget? Which costs are involved on a consolidated or company level?

• A Supply Chain and Purchase manager could find out: ‘What are my slow moving products, what was their production or purchase history? What is the price evolution of my raw materials? Is this trend vendor-independent or not?’ The possibilities are end-less. You will experience that the answer on one question triggers other questions, until you have a profound understanding of all your business data!

NAV/Business Central “BI-out-of-the-Box” Benefits

- Pre-packaged solution - Covering the domains of Sales, Purchase, Finance, Inventory and Production, for all NAV/BC versions (even different source versions can be combined)

- Agile - Achieve insights on day one, and enjoy fast improvement cycles

- No burden on IT - IT keeps control of the back-end, while your company enjoys both corporate and self-service BI

- Reduced risk - Open for customization, scalable and stable due to proven technology and best practices

- Access - Insights made accessible through PCs, tablets and smartphones

- Version neutrality - The solution can access and combine data from different NAV/BC source system versions and can deliver the Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 or 2017

- BI for all users - Data becomes available in cubes (Analysis Services), for reporting (Reporting Services) and for Self-service and Mobile BI (PowerBI).

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