What BI Solution for Microsoft should include out of the box?
You know that you need a reporting tool to solve your analytical problems. We all know that reporting in Microsoft Dynamics is slow, static and it costs you a lot of money. And things are getting even more chaotic when you need ad hoc reports when producing strategically reports. Your Microsoft Dynamics partner can build you basic, static reports which you can use for monthly reporting. But when you need to analyze through multiple dimensions or joining data from multiple companies or sources it is getting more complicated. At that point you should consider proper business intelligence.
Proper business intelligence is normally consisting of data warehouse, OLAP cubes. Prebuilt reports and dashboards are a big plus. You are probably wondering: “Why do I need all of that?”
Does your solution includes data warehouse?
When BI Solution has a data warehouse you don’t burden your Microsoft Dynamics system when you analyzing. Data Warehouse enables users faster reporting and guaranteeing reliability of the information.
What about OLAP cubes?
OLAP cubes are needed for better reporting. When you are buying a BI solution you should check the detail specification. That enables you to view if all standard application areas are covered. You also should ask your solution provider how you can import fields that are modificated into your BI solution.