SMEs seeking ERP and BI integration

Pronto Software has integrated IBM’s BI suite, Cognos 10 into its PRONTO Xi transactional ERP system

Small to medium enterprises (SME) are clamouring for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI), seeking better reporting capabilities and business insight for better access to data, according to Pronto Software.

Speaking to Computerworld Australia, following the integration of its PRONTO-Xi software with IBM's Cognos 10, Pronto research and development manager, Chad Gates, said BI had typically been out of reach of the mid-market due to its cost and complexity.

"Pronto Software has done all the hard work to ensure that this is no longer the case," Gates said. "These traditional barriers to entry have been removed and we’re providing the mid market unmatched value by opening up a world of opportunity for them to access what they thought was beyond their reach."

"Mid market businesses are no less in need of BI capability than big business – they deal with huge volumes of data and need to make informed decisions," he said. "We are very excited by what we’ve achieved with the integration and know our customers will be too."

Gates said Pronto would signifcantly benefit from its relationship with IBM.

“There are some key benefits that the relationship between Cognos 10 and PRONTO-Xi bring to the table, namely the tight mesh between transactional data and the capability to make strategic and informed decisions based on that data – without the need to delve into the technology,” he said.

Commenting on the BI and ERP markets, Gates said the tight integration between ERP and BI removed a hefty amount of complexity from the traditional BI implementation, and the ability to “dive” into the data at various levels which is key for SMEs.

The offering is primarily aimed at mid-sized organisations, for which BI has typically been out of reach due to its cost and complexity, however, it can also benefit any industries that currently use ERP.

“These traditional barriers to entry have been removed and we’re providing the mid market unmatched value by opening up a world of opportunity for them to access what they thought was beyond their reach,” Gates said. “Mid market businesses are no less in need of BI capability than big business – they deal with huge volumes of data and need to make informed decisions.”

The integration will enable users to create ad hoc reports, “slice and dice” data and create dashboards in a new interface.

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