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The Top 8 Mission-Critical Factors to Consider When Selecting the Right BI Solution for Your Company Part 2: Agnostic & Insightful

During implementation, which typically is complete in 60 days or less, we work with you to easily configure the system to mirror the workflows in your environment. Once operational, the solution can talk to any database or system. In fact, you can have thousands of reports talking to thousands of data-bases. The CSS BI Solution works behind the scenes to ensure your data is accurate, secure and delivered on time with the same look and feel regardless of native application. 

3. Agnostic… your data source is irrelevant: The solution must have the ability to analyze and report on data from multiple sources.

  • Most BI and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems offer reporting functionality, but the reports are limited to the data housed within that Pink_shirt_iPhone.jpgparticular system. Also, the majority of these systems were not designed to easily interface with unlike applications, flexibly adapt to individual workflows or provide cross-functional report distribution.
  • Like most organizations, you’ve probably accumulated a multitude of applications across your individual lines of business. Now you’re faces with inconsistent and, often times, missing data and the inability to re-configure your current BI solution. The lack of ability to interface with the disparate applications dispersed across your enterprise is costing you valuable time and compromising data integrity. Before making an initial or further investment, ensure your BI solution can communicate seamlessly and will allow you to make ‘on the fly’ changes that accommodate your specific organization’s guidelines and needs.

4. Insightful…you deliver value to the right people, place and time: The solution must have the ability to rapidly and flexibly distribute insights to key stakeholders in a personalized way.

  • As your organization expands so does the pressure to deliver cross-functional information to validate critical strategic decisions. You can have a BI solution with the most elaborate reporting features on the markets, but if it requires you to build and configure specific distribution lists and manually add them to a server you’re losing time, money and weakening the security and integrity of your data.
  • You need a solution that can function as a centralized distribution hub. The solution should operate in a wide variety of environments including dedicated servers, virtual machines and cloud environments, support different protocols and formats and provide a seamless user experience-delivering the information based on the end user’s preference. The bottom line is: a closed system, is a closed system. Eventually the costs of operating in silos will far outweigh the investment in a flexible solution that can deliver meaningful information at the precise moment it is needed without causing a disruption in your internal processes.

To learn more about the rest of the Top 8 Mission-Critical Factors and the three guiding principles download our latest eBook " 2016 CIO Buyers Guide: How to Select the Right BI Tool for Your Company".

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