How Companies Are Using Business Intelligence Software

Read mini case studies of how companies are using business intelligence software. Some give their executives performance management dashboards. Some use data mashup functionality to unify disparate data sources to provide comprehensive dashboard reporting. All of them leverage InetSoft's business intelligence technology to derive intelligence from their data.

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Present Real-Time Data On Sales

Gypsum Management & Supply Inc. (GMS) selected InetSoft’s Style Intelligence in order to present real-time data on sales, purchases and receivables to varying levels of GMS staff. GMS is the largest independent distributor of drywall, acoustical and other specialty building materials in the United States and operates in 26 states, through a network of 43 subsidiary companies and more than 130 distribution centers. InetSoft's BI solution has enabled a new level of self-service BI for a very large population of GMS users who have been able to generate and print reports, create graphs, and view snapshots of their current business performance. Dashboards and reports have been created from data mashups across multiple data sources.

For the first time key performance measures have been consolidated into one system to provide easy access and have enabled even better informed business decisions. The company cited ease of integration with existing operational systems, flexibility in the design process and cost-effectiveness from a licensing perspective as key factors in the decision to select Style Intelligence.

GMS has found InetSoft's BI application to provide an intuitive platform with which they can generate easy to use reports and dashboards for their users. By consolidating the data into interactive reports that are easy to read and access, their users have been able to quickly make business decisions based on current data. In addition, using this system has eliminated the manual processes employees used to complete to consolidate the data before the deployment of the InetSoft solution. Removing these manual processes has allowed for faster and more accurate data analysis.

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Enhancing Reporting Capabilities

Underground Elephant selected InetSoft’s Style Intelligence with the goal of enhancing its already comprehensive reporting capabilities to all business units within the company. Underground Elephant is a global performance-based marketing technology company that specializes in customer acquisition solutions in a wide range of vertical markets and creates analyses on of lead generation and sales cycle to deliver an optimal mix of leads to each of its clients. The company has found InetSoft's BI software has boosted report development time, allowed even faster access to data, and provided a great deal of flexibility in report creation that has allowed Underground Elephant to match reports to existing workflows among the various business units.

A deciding factor in their decision to go with Style Intelligence was ease of installation and setup. They had previously selected another BI solution, but delays in the installation process coupled with insufficient documentation curtailed their confidence in its efficiency. They decided to give InetSoft another look, and were pleased when they were able to deploy the solution within one afternoon.

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Personalized Web-based Reporting

Fusion Alliance, a provider of supply chain management system, integrated InetSoft’s Style Report into its ComTrac solution to give their users a seamless and personalized Web-based reporting environment. Fusion Alliance’s ComTrac is a Web-based commodities management system that is a flexible and configurable solution for managing the lifecycle of raw materials purchased by utilities and manufacturers, including: contracts, pricing, inventory, quality, settlements, accounting and reporting. The completely configurable solution is Web-enabled, rapidly deployable, and built on an open architecture that interfaces with external suppliers, transportation companies and utilities and consolidates data from disparate sources internally and posts financial transactions to a centralized location.

InetSoft’s Style Report has been fully integrated into ComTrac as a seamless add-on that provides users with a wide array of self-service reporting options for their data. InetSoft’s tool provided a reporting option that met their core requirements and was easily bundled within their standard software without additional cost and effort. Other deciding factors included InetSoft’s 100% Java architecture, power and flexibility. ComTrac contains 280 reports, most of which can be run from custom selection screens, Web services, or from our custom Job Scheduler. If a customer cannot get to their data, it is a big problem.

With the use of InetSoft's reporting tool, the company has been able to not only meet the needs of their customers with simple reports, but with complex ones as well. Their ability to report effectively has been a deciding factor in some of their most successful sales and thus has allowed them to gain a tremendous benefit.

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“Flexible product with great training and support. The product has been very useful for quickly creating dashboards and data views. Support and training has always been available to us and quick to respond.
- George R, Information Technology Specialist at Sonepar USA

Departmental Access to BI Tools

The Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University joined InetSoft’s Academic Alliance Program with the goal of providing students in the Computing and Decision Sciences department access to BI tools. The Academic Alliance program is a global initiative that offers universities the opportunity to use InetSoft’s BI software within the classroom setting. According to the school, experience has shown that hands-on learning fosters a deeper understanding of core concepts than reading alone ever could.

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in quantitative methods and information technology, and found that the Academic Alliance Program to be a natural fit for their data analytics and enterprise wide system courses. The Computing and Decision Sciences department consistently tries to incorporate real-world experience and tools into the school’s curriculum. The department has found the power and flexibility of InetSoft’s data visualization software to be the perfect vehicle to provide students in a variety of courses exposure to this class of software.

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