Creating and customizing reports should be easy, right? Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a strong ERP system for managing business processes and operations, but when it comes to accessing data, easy might not be the ideal word to use.
A general challenge experienced by most members of the Dynamics NAV community is that there is a complexity to building and configuring reports in such a robust system. Not everyone is a data expert and the ability to transform large amounts of data into a small, more manageable format is essential for communication, growth and decision making. Even with the launch of the new NAV 2018 Excel reports, there are still restrictions on the amount of preconfigured reports available, on top of non-existent drill-down capability and a lack of flexible custom reports.
People that work in Dynamics NAV every day, from reconciling inventory accounts to creating new vendor accounts, don’t want to have to call a consultant to pull a report. The hardest part is that they know all the BI tools are pre-built into the system waiting to be used, but without the technical background, it’s not something your average accountant or manager has the ability (or time) to learn. Ultimately, they want to be able to pull the report they need themselves.
When you don’t have a readily available IT team or the skills in-house to make Microsoft’s BI stack work for you, your users are faced with growing pains. Here are the top 6 reporting challenges compiled from Dynamics NAV users:
From frustrated employees and unrecovered time to increased risk and data errors, all of these reporting challenges eventually add up and result in costly damage to a business. We are living in data-driven times, and the key to business growth is inefficient, accurate business intelligence and reporting and the ability to use data for business decisions. The good news is, there are many stand-alone reporting solutions for Dynamics NAV that have been doing this for years.
If you’re ready to empower your NAV users with self-service reporting, we’re here to help. Download our latest whitepaper for a helpful framework for evaluating BI solutions, to ensure you choose the option best suited for your business goals.