Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management
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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

How to increase business intelligence user adoption

User adoption refers to the acceptance of a new system or process in technology. Gaining staff acceptance is an important consideration for companies hoping to move from an old system (such as spreadsheets) to a modern, more comprehensive and efficient system such as business intelligence.  A user adoption strategy is crucial to the new system's success so people know how the software will benefit their specific roles and how they can contribute.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive

Accounting analytics – how business intelligence helps

A decade ago, an accountant balanced the daily transactions and prepared a statement of profit and loss for the year-end. In recent times, the ERP and spreadsheets became the accountant’s best friend to create static reports and communicate historical financial performance. Now in today’s fast-paced business environment, the story has flipped on its head. Accountants manage the end-to-end accounting process as well as act as strategic partners to growth and success. They use accounting analytics to review data, collect insights and communicate outcomes to people across the organization, so everyone can understand the impact of their decisions in real-time.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Finance, Job Role - Executive, Financial Statements, business intelligence dashboards

Culture matters as Phocas scales up

Myles Glashier, our co-founder and co-CEO explains the evolution and development of Phocas on the popular podcast,'Scaling Up'. Myles chats with Ed Cowan about the story behind the data analytics business. The genesis for Phocas came when Myles was a backpacker in London and met ERP owner Paul Magee. The two co-founders have stuck together over 20 years, bootstrapping a subscription-based business intelligence software company into a global success story. If they had one rule, it's culture matters.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Company Updates, Job Role - Executive, Industry - Retail, Job Role - HR

Five strategic benefits of business analytics

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Business analytics provide people with an accurate and holistic view of their business. Executives and managers now have the ability to use data for real-time, actionable insights into everything from customer buying patterns to inventory management to make timely and accurate decisions. In this blog, we discuss five strategic benefits of business analytics .

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Executive

Financial data visualizations - how they help businesspeople communicate

Humans are wired to love numbers over text, pictures over written content, and dashboards over spreadsheets. To make business decisions with spreadsheets, the finance team has to pore over thousands of rows of data. Analyzing company data lying in cumbersome spreadsheets becomes a chore so is often neglected. But when the same financial data is consolidated using data analytics and presented in a visual format —it’s easier to analyze and communicate the insights with the whole team.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Finance, Job Role - Executive, Financial Statements, ERP - Epicor, business intelligence dashboards

Seasonal inventory management helps PoolPro stay afloat

In the southern hemisphere, pool season is just around the corner. The POPS Group is an Australian manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of PoolPro branded chemicals and products. Managing Director, Sean Ralph reminisces about the days when he used spreadsheets to manage its 1800 product SKUs which was 'very time consuming'. Phocas data analytics helps the seasonal business see the data in real-time so inventory management is efficient and POPS has enough stock to satisfy demand in hot weather.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, ERP - MYOB EXO, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Industry - Janitorial, Inventory Management

How to increase margins in your food distribution company

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The changing demand for organic, fair-trade or locally sourced products, as well as changing food industry regulations, are putting a strain on food and beverage distribution companies. Coupled with the perishable nature of many products and the power of major grocery chains, increasing  margins can be a challenge. Data analytics is proving to be a powerful way for food and beverage companies to predict changes in demand and respond accordingly.

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Topics: Industry - Food and Beverage, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Executive

The cost of business intelligence and other myths

Even though the business world is abuzz with business intelligence tools  and the internet is filled with endless information about data and the results it can deliver, there are many organizations that don’t use BI. Perhaps it’s because people believe their current system works fine, or they think the cost of business intelligence is prohibitive, or maybe it’s about the complexity they think is involved in implementation. Whatever you reason, we challenge you to consider BI in different ways.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive, decision-making

3 ways mobile business intelligence impacts decision-making

Mobile business intelligence or mobile sales enablement is defined as the capabilities and technologies that allow access to reports and insights while away from the desk, working remotely or in the field. Devices used to access mobile BI include smartphones, tablets, and dedicated hand-held devices. Sales people using mobile BI have a competitive advantage of those who don't have access to these tools.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - Executive, decision-making

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