This product is a landmark in planning and allocation.
We should bake a cake to celebrate.
Planning and Allocation systems are extremely powerful applications and invest significant amounts of time an energy in ensuring that the business can plan out all of the possible scenarios and understand the pros and cons of various approaches before any decisions are made. Which is lovely.
They have however; tended to have a common Achilles heel… reporting and analytics.
In most cases the processing required to make a set of data look pretty and presentable is an overhead to the essential processing required to calculate numbers and scenarios, and therefore, it gets dropped to the bottom of the pile.
One of the common solutions is to export the data from the planning and allocation environment and post it into a data warehouse for the fancy reports. There are a number of downsides to this, not least of which is that you have to hold the data twice as well as maintain configuration settings in 2 applications.
Here at Maple Lake we thought there has got to be a better way – cue inspirational music!
Why not take the industry leading and most flexible reporting and analytics engine and use it to power a presentation application directly over the planning database? You don’t need to move any data around and you only need to maintain one set of parameters.
QuickAnalytics™ unleashes the full power* of the MicroStrategy analytical solution and provides a capability in data analysis, presentation and distribution that will set a new bar for planning applications worldwide. With interactive dashboards, drill anywhere capabilities, powerful user formatting and calculation controls, QuickAnalytics™ provides the business with a new insight into the opportunities.
What’s really cool about this is that where traditional data warehouses enable you to drill into lots of historic data, with QuickAnalytics™ you apply the same logic over what you intend/project will happen in the future for the business. By presenting the plans in an easy to read and easy to analyze format, everyone in the business can be easily informed on the overall direction of the company, and what they are expected to contribute in order achieve success.
Finally, an integrated solution that doesn’t compromise either the powerful planning and allocation needs, nor the requirement for well presented, interactive and intuitive analytics and reporting functionality.
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it – good job we baked one earlier!
*’Unleashes the full power’ sounds like something out of a car commercial for a V8 with 300 horsepower. Sorry about that.
Company Founded: 2001
Head Office: Toronto, Canada
Satellite Offices: USA, UK, Australia
First Client: Roots Canada