In today’s complex business environment, running a business is increasingly difficult and risky. Businesses have critical decisions to make and decision makers are challenged to analyze the right information in order to make timely, informed decisions.
One specific challenge is that large volumes of information are stored in different database systems across an organization. Those databases include OLAP databases, such as Oracle Essbase, and relational database systems that contain financial, transactional, general ledger and other data.
To leverage their strategic investments in these systems, businesses turn to software to help with their analysis, planning, and reporting needs. Unfortunately, they sometimes choose an approach with more costs than benefits, and more risks than returns. The following scenarios are not uncommon:
- Software is developed in-house that combines Excel and the Essbase Excel add-in, with custom Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code to fill in the functional gaps. As user requirements evolve and change, often over the course of many years, the Excel spreadsheets grow larger and the VBA code more complex. VBA-based systems are subject to version compatibility, system administration, scalability and security issues. The potential for user error is very high, yet difficult to resolve. Although users love Excel, the costs and risks far outweigh the benefits.
- Software is purchased from a vendor and requires significant effort by internal IT staff, along with a team of consultants, to implement. As the implementation progresses and costs mount, it becomes apparent that the system is too complex and too rigid to meet user expectations. Internal business processes are forced to change due to the inherent limitations and inflexibility of the software. In the end, the effort is either abandoned or the system is rolled out, but is not well received by users. By almost every measure, the software does not live up to the promise.
Without software that delivers a solution, users are left to cope. As a result they:
- Spend more time finding information than analyzing it
- Work on incomplete analyses which result in poor decisions
- Create their own mini-information systems which result in duplication of effort and inconsistent results
- Are unable to leverage new innovations that lead to better decisions
Dodeca Offers a Better Alternative
Dodeca is software that supports interactive analysis, planning, and reporting activities performed by business users and decision makers at all levels within an organization.
With a track record of 100% successful implementations and thousands of highly satisfied users, Dodeca is a unique solution that far exceeds user expectations. Users have the power to find and analyze the right information with confidence.
Easy to use. Dodeca is so easy that occasional users can quickly take advantage of its features, yet is robust enough to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding power users. This makes Dodeca perfect for your entire user base, from the hard core analyst to the top level executive.
Easy to configure. Dodeca delivers out of the box functionality to help get users up and running quickly. Virtually every aspect of a Dodeca application, from appearance and behavior to report generation, can be easily configured to deliver a unique user experience.
Easy to deploy. From five users in your local office to 5,000 users worldwide, Dodeca is very easy to deploy using its patent pending web service based architecture.
Excel compatible. Dodeca provides the usability, familiarity and calculation capabilities of Excel with the security and one version of the truth assurance of a centralized, managed environment.
Intelligent Navigation. Dodeca's Intelligent Navigation enables users to explore their data with a few clicks of the mouse. They can quickly and easily navigate from summary data to detailed data to source documents, regardless of where the data is located. Users are able to maintain a continuous thought process throughout their analysis.
Finding and assimilating the right information is similar to assembling a puzzle where many of the pieces are scattered or hidden. Dodeca enables users to quickly find the right pieces of information and fit them together to create a complete picture of their business. It integrates information from disparate sources, including Oracle Essbase and relational databases, into a single cohesive application. Exploration, collection, and analysis of information across systems is now seamless, transparent, and intuitive.
By dramatically increasing the speed, reliability, and accuracy of business analysis, planning, and reporting, Dodeca helps businesses gain better insight, make better decisions, and see better results.
We invite you to contact us to schedule a live demo of Dodeca.