PrecisionPoint Software has been awarded top marks for ‘lifting the lid’ on data held in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP system, by Ken Blanchard Companies, a training organization. It has invested in PrecisionPoint Business Intelligence (BI) Software and has signed a capital deal for a 25-user system to be installed and hosted in its San Diego headquarters.
PrecisionPoint converted a 10-user Subscription deal for a managed service to a capital deal for a 25-user system, following a successful six-month trial of the software. The Ken Blanchard Companies have customers world-wide and they work in 12 languages across 6 continents. The information stored away was prolific.
Terry Orletsky, vice president of IT, Ken Blanchard Companies said: “I don’t know of any other BI solution that starts at the data layer and presents the cube in such a short space of time. Most BI systems out there concentrate on the presentation layer and rely on the user to create the data connection. This becomes an obstacle and a recipe for BI failure that PrecisionPoint has surmounted. I believe PrecisionPoint is one of the more affordable BI solutions. It used to cost a lot of money to build a cube but Precision Point creates a useable cube out of the box. The video training provided is outstanding. I was writing useful reports within one day. If you use Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you should have PrecisionPoint.”
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In the short months since the initial deal was signed, the BI-driven analysis has helped provide new reporting capabilities to a recent restructuring of the company into 5 separate business units.
In terms of time-savings, Terry Orletsky refers to them as ‘enormous’. He cites the example of an in-depth review of the organisation’s telecommunications bill. This involved digging out thousands of transactions and spending 60 hours “normalizing” the data in Excel. The result of the exercise was the saving of $65,000. With just a little PrecisionPoint experience, the report was re-created in less than 2 hours and this was subsequently reduced to just 8 minutes. “PrecisionPoint can save so much time and such a lot of what the analysts do is drudgery; resurrecting data and putting it into Excel.”
The Ken Blanchard Companies were able to discover the benefits BI of this calibre would deliver,without having to invest in the software up front. They took advantage of the Subscription Licensing Option that provides a full-managed service for a monthly fee.