What to do When Enterprise Resource Planning Integration is Not a Reality
Using BizNet and Excel to Consolidate Data from Multiple Systems
We talk a lot about the importance of seamless integration between your enterprise business systems in order to eliminate data entry errors and increase productivity. Unfortunately, seamless integration is not always a reality. Instead, managers often waste valuable time consolidating and reporting on data from multiple business systems. And, in spite of their best efforts, this process often results in inaccurate data being used for important business decisions.
Enterprise resource planning software, like Sage 100, Sage 300 and Acumatica, has been developed so that information can flow freely within all departments of an organization. An ERP provides one central location for all information so that there is a single point of control for data, eliminating duplicate data entry and ensuring data integrity. Even though ERP systems can offer software to improve company-wide functions, there is often a time when businesses have third party and legacy solutions with data that are not connected to the ERP.
If this describes your business, you are not alone. Many companies have multiple enterprise business systems that are not integrated. According to a survey conducted by BizNet:
- More than 80% of survey respondents have at least three process management applications (such as ERP, CRM, expense accounting, and project management). In fact, 20% have 6 or more systems
- 75% say they use Excel two to fives times per week to consolidate data from multiple systems
Microsoft Excel is the most popular analysis and reporting tool. In another survey, people said they used Excel because it was easy to implement and use:
- 68%–easy to create analytics
- 60%–easy to create graphics
- 67%–easier to build than alternative tools
- 64%–easy to format
- 66%–easy to share
If you are in a similar position—you have multiple enterprise systems and want the ease of analyzing and reporting in Excel—you may want to consider solutions from BizNet Software. Mindover Software can provide BizNet products that integrate directly with our enterprise resource planning solutions; Sage 100, Sage 300, and Acumatica.
BizNet provides tools that allow you to create and update your business reports directly in Excel. BizNet started out with products for financial reporting, but with BizNet Vision (formerly BizNet Insight Desktop Edition), you can do even more. Using data from across your enterprise systems, you can analyze and create reports on sales, inventory, payroll, vendors, customers, and many other business data. BizNet Vision is 100% Excel. It is easy to use, allowing you to evaluate any data from any system to answer key business questions quickly, without having to manually pull data from multiple sources.
While you need to bring data to BizNet Vision in tables, BizNet provides direct connectors that automate the data collection and reporting process. These Content Packs are plug and play modules. Each module is constructed to enhance your Sage or Acumatica ERP system without custom programming or modifications. All you need to do is drag and drop to import your system data. BizNet also supplies prebuilt templates so that you can be up and running within minutes. For Sage 100 and Sage 300, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and General Ledger, connections are a part of the Content Pack. General Ledger is available with the Content Pack for Acumatica. The data in your report go with it when you share, so users can drill into cells and get in-depth information without having to reconnect.
If you would like to improve your reporting across all enterprise software systems, contact Mindover Software to learn more about BizNet Software products that allow you to analyze data from your Sage or Acumatica ERP system directly in Excel. BizNet Software seamlessly integrates with your enterprise resource planning system including Sage 100, Sage 300 and Acumatica Cloud ERP.