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Business Case - Dunkin Donuts
Daniel Mourand, CEO, chose Microsoft Great Plains sofware and, today, he does not regret his decision.

restaurant and bar inventory software  system communicated with the restaurant operators through a DOS station and a Novell server linked by modem and telephone to dumb PDT’s (portable data terminals), the change was to be a radical one, from both hardware and software points of view. The implantation of Great Plains began with the installation of Windows ® NT operating system servers connected to portable data terminals by radio modems, the migration of workstations to Microsoft Windows 98, and the installation of a Microsoft SQL Server

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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Pronto Software Limited


For over 30 years, we’ve been working closely with our clients to create business management software that helps them get the absolute best out of their business. Our vision has always been to deliver tools that allow our clients to excel and prosper in whichever field they may be in – from mining to manufacturing, distribution to retail and services. In fact, our software has adapted appropriate functionality based on years of listening to feedback from customers just like you.  Your business is our business, so we’ll make sure that, rather than offering you anything off the shelf, we’ll listen to exactly what it is you need. By understanding where you are, we can understand where we can take you. Next, we adapt what we already have to make sure it fits your  business perfectly. We know that the best solutions are the product of revisions and improvements, fine-tuning and perfecting. That’s why our support services are always on hand to field questions and spot opportunities. To back them up, we’ve also built up an online knowledge base, with contributions from staff, industry experts, and Pronto Xi customers just like you. Finally, we reveal a solution that we know will help you take your business to the next level. Our easy-to-use software, fully integrated with IBM Cognos business intelligence technology, allows you to monitor and control every aspect of your business, from top floor to shop floor. You’ll improve productivity, customer service, and inventory accuracy. You’ll keep track of what’s making you money, and where the opportunities lie.

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Epicor’s iScala enterprise resource planning (ERP) software enables businesses to automate and manage their standard business processes, and includes an e-business infrastructure focusing on a fully integrated set of ledgers. Among the software’s many features are: multi-dimensional account structure, currency and ledger revaluation, continuous and periodic consolidation, cash flow forecasting, automatic payments with payment ledger integration.    

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WorkForce Software, Inc.


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Founded in 1985, CARL Software specializes in computerized maintenance management systems (CMMSs) and enterprise asset management (EAM) software. The company is headquartered in Limonest (France), with offices in Paris (France), and international offices in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States (US).

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