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What Do You Do When An Automated Email Report Refuses To Email Itself?

There’s nothing more frustrating than an automated email report that refuses to email itself. On a bad day, it may feel like your business intelligence solution is working against you, and nothing drives that feeling home like an SSRS data driven subscription email hiccup. We’ve examined some of the common problems and came up with a few simple solutions.

Topics: Data Driven Schedules SQL-RD SSRS Reports Automation SSRS

We Make SSRS Easy! Automate Your Reports Using SQL-RD

Would you like to manage your SSRS Reports distribution needs with greater effectiveness, speed, and efficiency? If so, SQL-RD is the automation tool for you. SQL-RD is a dynamic, flexible, function-rich and intuitive automation tool for scheduling, exporting, distributing and delivering your Microsoft® SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Reports. This scheduler will help you make quick, insightful business decisions at a lower cost of ownership.

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2 Powerful Ways Business Intelligence Turns IT Frowns Upside Down

What do you think comes to mind when employees think about their company's IT Department? If they're anything like the rest of the corporate world, you might hear things like, “I can't do my job because our IT Department is too slow,” or “I can't get you that report because the IT Department hasn't had a chance to fix my computer.” Now, try to imagine what your IT Department may be saying in response to your company employee’s complaints. Perhaps it goes something like this: “Our to-do list is as long as The Great Wall of China,” or “Why on Earth can’t some of these minor things be handled by the employees themselves.” In all honestly, both sides have valid points. Let's take a closer look at how business intelligence, or BI, can turn your IT departments frowns to smiles. 

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How To Get Organized with Business Intelligence Solutions

Business intelligence (BI) software solutions help you transform your data into intelligent reports for analysis and decision making. With so much organizational data, analysis can become daunting. BI solutions make it easier for you to slice and dice your business data and streamline your day-to-day operations.

Topics: IntelliFront BI Business Intelligence

The Best 3 Ways Your Business Benefits from Microsoft Power BI Tools

Business Intelligence is a necessary component of any business that wants to stay ahead of the curve. However, managing the mounds of data compiled can leave your head spinning. Thankfully, Microsoft Power BI tools allow your business to easily create reports and dashboards, leading to well-managed business intelligence. Moreover, these power BI tools generate information based on real-time events. Using these tools for automatic reporting allows businesses to make decisions promptly.

Topics: Power BI Reports PBRS Power BI Power BI Reports Scheduler Microsoft Power BI

Reasons Why You Should Use Dashboards for KPI Tracking

Key Performance Indicators, also called KPIs, are a means to measure your business performance and track progress towards your goals. KPI tracking can be a great tool in your business intelligence tool-set. You can measure progress through KPI reports or mount them on a dashboard for increased visibility. These metrics are a reflection of your company strategy and help propel it forward.

Topics: IntelliFront BI Business Intelligence

8 Amazing Ways State And Local Governments Benefit From Business Intelligence

Business intelligence provides government agencies with many benefits including improved effectiveness, reduced budgets, and operational efficiencies.  Our state and local governments consist of many different agencies.  Let’s look at some of the benefits business intelligence provides.

Topics: Business Intelligence

How To Generate An SSRS Report As A Password Protected PDF

Though SSRS already has built-in functions that allow you to schedule and run a SSRS report to PDF, there are plenty of reasons why you would rather rely on a dedicated scheduler to process reports into PDF files. Advanced report encryption including password protected PDF, PGP, and Zip encryption methods can ensure that reports containing vital data are secure. Adding an expiration date to an SSRS reports limits the reports availability to users even after it has been delivered. PDF permissions ensure the users cannot tamper with the PDF file as well. Let’s dive a bit deeper and find out how to use these features to not only format your report into PDF but keep them secure!

Topics: SSRS SSRS Reports SQL-RD

How To Make Your Marketing Department More Successful Using A KPI Dashboard

If your company doesn’t use marketing dashboards already, it should. A KPI dashboard for marketing is one of the best ways to stay on top of your operations. Dashboards are the backbone of business intelligence processes. Everything happening in your company that is relevant to its marketing goals is displayed here. You can manage all aspects of your business using a dashboard. Here are some of the main reasons why your company needs a marketing dashboard today.

Topics: Business Intelligence

SSRS Is A Step In The Right Direction, But Is There Something More?

In the “good old days” merely having technology gave firms an edge over their competitors. This is no longer the case. In today’s business world, technology is readily available and less costly than ever before. Even the smallest companies can afford to have technology at their disposal. This makes simply possessing technology not enough to stand above the pack. You are going have to do something more.

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The Benefits Of A Crystal Reports Scheduler

Crystal Reports Scheduler is a business intelligence application that is used to design and generate reports from a variety of data sources. Not only do crystal reports provide dynamic data analysis, but they also contain up to date information. Crystal Reports also enable automation of reports which is a very efficient way of conducting business.

Topics: CRD Crystal Reports Crystal Reports Scheduler Crystal Reports Server

Top Ways Business Intelligence Is Conquering The Market

The world may be shrinking, but data continues to grow. Traditional approaches to data management and reporting simply cannot handle the sheer volume of data businesses generate and collect. Businesses need smarter solutions to handle both interior data management concerns and consumer-related collection. This is why Business Intelligence has risen to dominate the market.

Topics: Business Intelligence

Learning And Understanding The Different Types Of SSRS Subscriptions

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a very powerful Business Intelligence tool which can simplify your company’s business reporting needs. Customers deploy SSRS on their own premises for creating reports and then delivering them to the decision-makers in their organization. In scenarios where multiple users are using the SSRS reports with different needs, automation and subscriptions become a necessity.

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How To Improve Your HR Department With Business Intelligence

Business intelligence tools could help deal with the sheer volume of data processed by the HR department of your company. BI can be used in conjunction with your human resource management data to present clear, actionable information that will help you make better decisions for your company. This information could include profiles, benefits, appraisals, and more. Take the current employee data from your HR sector and turn it into information that can boost your sales, lower costs, and increase productivity. This article will discuss how to improve your HR department with Business Intelligence.

Topics: Business Intelligence

BI Solution On A Small Business Budget

Contrary to popular belief, a business intelligence solution is not exclusive to the multi-million dollar corporations. In fact, if you are a small business owner that uses QuickBooks to track financials or an Excel spreadsheet to track sales, you are already reaping the benefits of business intelligence.

Topics: Business Intelligence

How To Get Started With SSRS Reporting

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a Business Intelligence feature included in the SQL Server. It is used to design, develop, test, and deploy reports. For ease of use, SSRS reports are displayed in a web page format. This also makes them easy to use in your presentations. You can also share them with upper management, clients, and vendors.

Topics: SSRS SQL-RD SSRS Reports Automation

Utilizing Business Analytics In The Healthcare Industry

Today, business analytics technology is helping healthcare organizations regulate existing data to improve clinical and business operations. In addition, it is also helping to individualize services within existing communities. 

Topics: Business Intelligence

The Best Reasons To Monitor Progress Through KPI Reports

Key Performance Indicator reports, or KPI reports for short, are measurable values that can help your business track goals. Normally, organizations set targets for each fiscal year and use KPIs to evaluate their ongoing progress. For example, you can set KPIs at various levels within your organization to monitor aspects such as fiscal revenues, sales for sub-divisions or employee satisfaction.

Topics: IntelliFront BI Business Intelligence

The Impact Of Business Intelligence On Decisions Making

Business intelligence (BI) is a powerful tool that many organizations are using today for mining their data. The data landscape can be rather complex, especially for large-scale enterprises. BI tools can facilitate analysis and decision making by helping you slice and dice the data for your needs. Business intelligence has, therefore, become quite fundamental to many companies.

Topics: IntelliFront BI Business Intelligence

Nailing Down The Benefits Of BI In The Construction Industry

Beyond the boards and nails, there is a plan behind every single construction project.  From estimating blueprints, to labor costs, a plan is developed before the actual construction of the project begins. This plan may be utilized by the project manager, the architect, and the owner.  It is imperative that everything flows evenly so that no one suffers a loss. This is how BI in the construction industry is beneficial to everyone involved. 


Topics: Business Intelligence

The Best Benefits Of Automating SSRS Reports With SQL-RD

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a Business Intelligence tool which provides a great way to analyze your company’s data. You can share this analysis in the form of a report with the decision makers in your organization. However, when you need to share the SSRS reports with a large group of people, manually scheduling them can be a nightmare. If clients, vendors, or operations managers need the SSRS reports customized with various parameters, it helps to automate the SSRS reports.

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How To Improve The Banking & Finance Industry With Business Intelligence

Today, the banking and finance industry is being transformed by technology. Mobile devices, apps, and the internet have opened the doors to increased competition and changing client demands as well as the necessity of strict control and risk management in a highly aggressive market. Let’s look at some ways business intelligence is improving the banking and finance industry drive profitability, reduce risks, and create competitive advantages.

Topics: Business Intelligence

How To Get Started With Power BI Service

Power BI is a business analytics service that enables you to visualize and analyze business data with improved efficiency. It allows you to connect with diverse datasets and eventually create intelligent reports and dashboards with customized visuals. Collectively, power BI service helps you keep a finger on the pulse of your business by adding a layer of intelligence on top of your existing data.

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