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

Phocas and Datafile join forces to offer SMEs a digital transformation roadmap

Phocas business intelligence and Datafile software solutions, two longstanding software providers dedicated to solving data problems for the  SME market in the United Kingdom, have signed a local partnership agreement. Together, they aim to provide a digital transformation roadmap to small and medium sized businesses by making business intelligence compatible to all versions of the Datafile ERP. 

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Company Updates, Industry - Retail, Press release, data analytics, ERP - Datafile

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

Phocas makes it easy for Litex Industries to find hidden data

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Industry - Electrical, ERP - Infor, decision-making, ERP -JD Edwards Oracle

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

Metalogic and Phocas partnership brings iMetal customers fast ERP reporting

A new partnership between Metalogic (part of the Jonas Metals Group) and Phocas business intelligence launches. The software pairing helps metal manufacturers, processors and distributors get fast ERP reporting and extend the data analytics functionality of the iMetal solution.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Company Updates, Press release, Dynamic reporting, data analytics, ERP - iMetal

Homeware supplier, Caprice makes better inventory management choices with Phocas

Caprice homewares uses Phocas business intelligence (BI) software to make better inventory management choices. Managing director Harvey Lewis says using the software is one of the smartest things he’s ever done. He estimates overall annual savings to the business of at least Aus$500,000 which is achieved by reducing the amount of reporting staff and stock that wasn't selling.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, ERP - Microsoft Excel, ERP - IBS Enterprise

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