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Info-Explorer
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Analysis & Budgeting in the same tool.
Accessible, affordable Business Intelligence.
Budget beyond GL level with ease. 
WITH WRITE-BACK
- ideal for budgets, forecasts. Updated 2016 with new features
Compatible With: Sage 300 ERP [Accpac], Versions 6.0 , 6.1 , 2014
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Add. users N/A Uses Sage 300 Lanpaks
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Info-Explorer is a versatile, multi-purpose, multi-dimensional tool that provides two different but related functions:

  • Analyze & explore your Sage 300 accounting data and other data - easy to use Business Intelligence
  • Prepare Budgets & Forecasts more easily and quickly, & in greater detail

This delivers in depth insight into your true business performance, analyzing current data without the limitations of spreadsheets. When used for Budget preparation it enables you to review & fine tune your budget projections with all the advantages of multi-dimensional analysis and instant roll up/consolidation within the same tool.

Use Info Explorer just for its analysis power, or to power your budget too - with the advantages of budget write back to your Sage 300 database.

Liberation from the Limitations of Spreadsheets
Using Info-Explorer, the limitations of spreadsheets are eliminated: faulty data and formulae, different and obsolete versions, error-prone and manual consolidation, potential for error.
Data for analysis feeds from your database with background in-memory processing. The data is system-generated, giving you confidence in its accuracy, with teams confident they are reviewing the same data, budgeting too, and with consolidation an automated process. Because the raw data for analysis is not controlled by the user, error protection is enhanced.
With a familiar spreadsheet-type layout, Info-Explorer combines the ease of use of spreadsheets without the inherent weaknesses.

Analysis with User Friendly Business Intelligence
Info-Explorer helps address the following common issues experienced by many businesses today:

  • Lack of accurate and timely information, resulting in guesswork and poor decision making.
  • Information overload - too much to analyze easily
  • Key operational data not available for easy analysis
  • Time consuming and inefficient processes to prepare/extract data
  • Over reliance on spreadsheets, with their varied risks of error
  • Business and productivity monitored using intuition and not operational metrics and targeted financial outcomes

For example, look at daily sales results, or change the time period, compare with budget – and pull in specific regions, employees, products – to better understand the data. And drill down to data entry screens for full detail, or keep it high level.

Unlike static, two-dimensional reports, Info-Explorer provides a core of information where the user dynamically controls the view:
   – Add, remove, and change what you show
   – See it at once
   – No need to run additional Reports
   – Can include data from other databases

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the volume of data in your system, with a limit to the number of reports we can manage. Using Info-Explorer you have many views from a single cube - instead of needing multiple reports to review and compare. It gives you information self-service. Filter your data, look at it in different ways, add and remove facts and dimensions to show more detail or focus on high level results, so that you better understand the trends.

Budgeting, Forecasting
Using Info-Explorer for budgeting you can budget in more detail, beyond the GL level, such as Sales by Representative and Product Group or Customer or month. With multiple spread methods, insert a total and Info-Explorer can populate the build-up of this total, or maybe add 10% to a total. This gives a faster option to develop your budget - building from the detail, yet freed from the limitations of spreadsheets.

Traditionally, budgeting uses spreadsheets, to import Actuals and previous Budgets, work on them, and export/import the results back to the accounting system. This makes it hard to analyze, slice and dice results, having to manage and manipulate spreadsheet data.

With Info-Explorer you have a single interface for both budgeting and analysis, with budget figures saved to the underlying Sage 300 database using the Info-Explorer Write Back feature. This gives the user the immense analysis power of accessible Business Intelligence, normally available only to very large companies.

The Benefits
Info-Explorer will help you:

  • Reduce costs and improve productivity with better information
  • Make key business information easily available, resulting in better decision making
  • Improve customer service and loyalty through better customer insight
  • Gain visibility to potential problem areas, report Operational Analytics
  • Faster Budget preparation
  • Budget with greater insight, slicing & dicing both actual and budget
  • Budget in greater detail, with greater granularity
  • Eliminate multiple budget spreadsheets & obsolete data
  • Increase confidence in the accuracy of your data and reduced risk of error
  • Free the IT Department from routine reporting issues

Key Features

  • Real time - analyze your data in real time, “slice and dice,” with drilldown to Sage 300 data entry screens
  • Include external data - from other application databases (SQL & ODBC), e.g. CRM data
  • Calculations – include user defined calculations on cube data
  • Versatile, economical, flexible:
    • From one cube - create and save multiple Views
    • From single View – create and save multiple Charts
  • Dashboards - create your own, based on views and charts
  • Easy formatting - create your own styles to highlight results – e.g. “traffic light” reporting
  • Different users can choose their own input format for budget numbers
  • Standard cubes included for GL, AR, AP, OE/Sales Analysis, PJC, RMA, Budgets, US & Canadian Payroll, Inventory Control, Purchase Orders to simplify getting started and as the basis for your own cubes; works on or off-line
  • Export Views to Microsoft Excel®, CSV and HTML
  • Automate it, optionally schedule and distribute cube extracts with Orchid’s Process Scheduler module

Info-Explorer is intuitive and easy to use, with sample cubes provided. For new cubes, some set up is required to prepare required data for the cube.

ANALYSIS. You can use Info-Explorer to analyze data from most areas of your organization, simply changing dimensions, e.g. product, customer, region, period, employee, etc, for clearer insight. Use Info- Explorer to highlight exceptions, trends and investigative analysis, your own detective tool.
BUDGETING. Users have flexibility in the fields they use and how presented, with their cubes saved to the Sage 300 database after review and completion.

For more information on using Info-Explorer, please refer to the Orchid website: www.orchidsystems.biz.



Industries: Non-Industry Specific

Business Needs: Budgeting, Forecasting, Forecasting, Reports/Analytics, General Accounting, Reporting & Decision Support, Productivity Tools, Usability Improvements