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You no longer need to be a big company to get access to big data. Once available only to large companies, advances in technology over the past several years are giving small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) worldwide access to data visualizations and the ability to improve business operations, automate processes, make data-based forecasts, gain valuable customer insights, improve customer service, and uncover competitive advantages.
The resulting business intelligence (BI) has become a very valuable asset, and the trend is only accelerating. Consider these statistics:
Being a data-driven organization – a necessity in today’s competitive marketplace – requires online data visualization tools that help decision-makers to see and easily understand their data.
Dashboards and data visualizations reveal business and market trends, uncover patterns and connections, and produce instant insights that would otherwise take hours or days mulling over spreadsheets to arrive at through traditional reporting tools.
These new business intelligence tools and visualizations offer:
Think of an airline pilot suddenly forced to land with a dashboard that has stopped working. Talk about flying by the seat of your pants! Yes, while the pilot can look at each individual instrument or gauge and talk to the tower, it’s the dashboard in context within the work space that brings all the details together to ensure a safe, smooth landing.
When you run a business in which many of your employees are already interacting heavily with software, the new performance standard isn’t just simplifying and automating operations. It’s analyzing data and processes, finding patterns and trends, and making that information evident to employees at every level of decision-making authority. Advanced analytical and visualization capabilities within your existing application framework provide these capabilities.
Building on its past reporting, many of today’s best data analytics tools are incorporated into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution with modules or applications that run each department or function of a business. With embedded analytics such as key performance indicator dashboards and auto-generated reports, it’s now possible to relay critical information to and from key decision-makers instantly and without business interruption.
As part of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, business intelligence software brings previously disparate data together, making it available through embedded dashboards and visualizations that are understandable and generate real business value.
Think about that airline pilot with a digital instrument panel. The information it shows doesn’t take time away from flying the jet; it makes flying easier, not to mention less risky.
While access to the latest business intelligence tools requires a commitment to its use, an investment in product, training time, and time to incorporate new tasks into your work, it is worth the benefits of true insight and faster decision making.
Until this decade, larger corporations ran out to an unfair lead, armed with expensive, complex software and teams of business analytics pros to run them. Now, data visualization technology has been distilled for smaller companies and made available through economies of scale.
Today’s ERP solutions are designed to be turnkey, enabling executives to glean powerful business insights and competitive advantages with small sample sizes. It is easier than ever to begin, and the benefits start to accrue the moment your business goes live with your industry-specific ERP solution.
Embedded right within the ECI industry-specific ERP software, ECI’s Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards offer dynamic, graphical visualizations of your business data for fast, fact-based decision making. Cognytics is ECI's proprietary embedded BI technology platform that connects infinite data sets to display dashboards and data visualizations within ECI ERP business applications.
With dozens of key business metrics available on financial, sales, service, and more, you'll get a complete picture of your business automatically delivered to you in an easy-to-understand way which empowers you to make better informed decisions.
Specific to ECI’s Red Falcon, DDMSPLUS, and Horizon ERP software for office supply companies, Cognytics-powered dashboards quickly uncover problems and find opportunities to grow your businesses. Relevant, actionable insights are automatically delivered to you in an easy-to-understand way, empowering you to make better informed decisions.
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The role-based Executive Dashboard is provided by permission to business executives such as the owner and CEO. It provides instant access to high-level business health metrics along with single-click drill down into key metrics. It offers compelling data visualizations, customizable reporting capabilities, and everything your business needs to compete with the big box stores and win.
The Sales Dashboard offers sales leaders and individual sales personnel a detailed look at sales data including new orders, open orders, and sales trends. Sales leaders can select a specific salesperson and view unique details about their current sales, gross profit, and other performance metrics to provide guidance and motivation.
ECI’s MarkSystems ERP for residential home construction companies includes Advanced Executive Dashboards that deliver a snapshot of business performance at any time and the information builders need to make strategic business decisions. Executives can drill down into the details or use advanced data filters to see under-performing communities, sales trends, or review warranty claims without running multiple reports or doing manual calculations. The dashboards can be customized for each individual builder’s needs.
New dashboards from Cognytics are being created and added on a regular basis. Learn more when you visit https://www.ecisolutions.com/business-applications/cognytics/
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