Today companies can leverage big data in order to have a more truthful overview of their business, in addition to creating a more solid and effective basis for organizing future strategies.
The most recurrent issue is the difficulty in analyzing and exploiting the vast quantity of information sourced from installed software in order to support the all the individual aspects of the company.
In this scenario, Business Intelligence (BI) is of increasing importance, as it is a technology that can allow to streamline and make more effective the analysis and the interpretation of data, helping companies in making data-driven decisions.
BI can benefit many different company areas
BI tools can provide accurate reports with data collected in real-time and allow to set up customized dashboards that become essential analysis and forecasting tools at the disposal of different company departments, from administration to marketing to sales force.
The ability of aggregating data from different sources, elaborating them on the basis of user's requests and present them in a comprehensible manner allows to employ the same data source for obtaining several different results.
For example, warehouse and sales departments data can be translated into useful reports for the administration department's economic assessments, or can be used for developing marketing campaigns.
The power and the versatility of this system resides not only in the possibility of analyzing big data, but also connecting and filtering them on the basis of the different needs and objectives of each company department.
The role of single versions of truth in business decisions
Business Intelligence allows to take effective decisions as it provides with a single version of truth.
Allowing every company stakeholder to act on a reporting systems generated from univocal and trustworthy data sources means avoiding data disruption or doubts deriving from discordant information that can slow down the decision making process.
Managing a company from a data-driven perspective today requires a platform that is capable of standardizing data sourced from software and provide with precise and coherent processing.
Microsoft Power BI: translate big data into strategic decisions
“Power BI comprises a collection of software, app and connectors services that interact with each other in order to transform non-related data sources in coherent information, that can be interactive and visually engaging."
The offer is composed by three elements:
- Power BI Desktop
- Power BI Service (SaaS)
- Mobile app
Power BI contemplates a Report Generator, that can elaborate paginated prospectuses and share them through a special service, in addition to relying on a Report Server where it is possible to store documents, after creating them on the Desktop platform.
This ecosystem allows to obtain all the data from different company sources, visualize useful information for reaching objectives and share them with other users. It is a tool designed for team work, able to adapt to different needs for every stakeholder and company structure. In addition to his, developer can use Power BI's APIs to execute information push on a data set or to embed dashboards and report in custom applications.
The integration Apparound between Microsoft Power BI
The process of improving Apparound's capabilities has made a great leap forward thanks to the integration with Microsoft Power BI.
Recent implementations have allowed to import reports inside the solution, in order to enable different company stakeholders (Sales director, area Managers, sales reps, etc.) to access a rapid and complete view of essential information in order to be effective in their work activities.
This integration greatly improves Apparound's Business Analytics system and streamlines the sharing of data across company departments, allowing sales reps to leverage up-to-date reports that are customized, detailed and easily understood.