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Comparing Business Central Reporting and Dynamics SL Reporting

It is often a well-known fact that businesses experience difficulties when it comes to using the basic reporting functionality within Dynamics SL.  These Dynamics SL problems include limited customisation options and problems with report generation which often holds back businesses. 

In today’s data first business setting, the ability to be able to gain valuable insights from both your financial and operational data is vital in making the right decisions across your business. Therefore, making the move from Dynamics SL to Business Central can enable your business to gain access to enhanced reporting and analytics capabilities. 

Why should your business upgrade from Dynamics SL to Business Central? 

When it comes to upgrading from Dynamics SL to Business Central, these are the most commonly associated problems with remaining on Dynamics SL: 

  • Limited reporting functionality 
  • Siloed data and inefficiencies 
  • Manual reporting 
  • Lack of real-time insights 
  • Complex data evaluations 
  • Heavy reliance on IT for reporting 
  • Limited visualisation elements 
  • Inability to bring in multiple data sources 

How can Business Central provide users with advanced reporting functionality and seamless integration with Microsoft Power BI 

Seamless reporting inside Business Central 

You will find that Business Central contains a whole host of in-built reporting tools that can help users to produce meaningful reports from inside Business Central. These tools contain standard information such as financial statements, sales reports as well as inventory analysis. From this, users are able to easily customise these reports to meet their specific business needs as well as tailoring the visualisation element and format to match these business needs. 

Seamless integration with Power BI 

One of the real game changing strengths of Business Central is the fact that it can seamless integrate with Power BI. You will find that Power BI enables users to build interactive dashboards, visualisations and reports that take things way past the capabilities of traditional reporting tools. Furthermore, you will also find that the seamless integration between Business Central and Power BI allows more real-time data to be shown as well as quicker insights to enable better decisions to be made based on accurate data. 

Pre-Built Financial and Operational Dashboards 

You will also find that Business Central has a number of pre-built financial and operational dashboards that can showcase a quick view of current KPIs and metrics. Better still, they can also show via dashboards more insights into the overall finances of your business, sales performance, inventory management if required and much, much more. As well as this, users also have the ability to both customise and personalise these dashboards where needed to focus on the metrics that matter most to the business. 

In Depth Reporting Capabilities 

You will also notice that Business Central has a whole host of in-depth reporting capabilities that help to show data in a more creative way and give you the ability to analyse it in more depth. Furthermore, users are able to take advantage of the drill-down functionality, filters, sorting as well as grouping to learn more about their data and establish any trends and patterns. In addition to this, the ability to export reports to Excel, PDFs and Word further adds to the flexibility and accessibility of Business Central. 

Power Query and Data Modeling 

You will find that Business Central allows users to make use of Power Query which is a revolutionary data transformation and modeling tool in Power BI. Furthermore, Power Query gives users the power to connect different data sources, combine and transform data and build sophisticated data models. This capability makes it easier to analyse data by giving you an overview of the data from different sources thus making it much simpler to gain better insights and to make much more data-driven decisions. 

Decision Making based on Accurate Data 

Given how sophisticated the reporting and analytical functions are within Buisness Central, businesses are able to use this to their advantage to make better decisions based on accurate data. By taking advantage of these tools and data integrations from multiple sources, users can easily gain a thorough understanding of overall business performance. From this, trends can be identified, historical data can be assessed and future outcomes can be forecast, thus making it easier to make accurate decisions that can help the business to grow and become more profitable. 

Self-Service Analytics 

You will find that Business Central allows users to take control with self-service analytics, reducing their reliance on IT teams to help them create reports. With this in mind, users will be able to build reports and dashboards, quickly analyse data and share their insights with their peers. By using this approach will help your business to improve its agility as well as enabling users to gain access to real-time information and respond fast to changing business requirements. 

In Summary 

You will find that making the move from Dynamics SL to Business Central will allow you to gain more advanced reporting and analytical functionality. By making the most out of these integrated reporting tools, seamless Power BI integration and advanced features in Business Central, businesses will be able to realise the full power of their existing data. Equipped with extra insights, customised dashboards and self-service analytics, users will have the power to make decisions based on data that can help to drive growth and success in today’s business environment. 

Next Steps? 

If you are a business that is looking to make the move from Dynamics SL to Business Central or are wanting to improve the reporting across your business through the powerful Microsoft Power BI tool then arrange to speak to our experienced Dynamics 365 experts now to discuss all your specific business needs. 

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