Business Intelligence (BI) has traditionally been the domain of large businesses while small to mid-sized businesses avoid it because of the cost and complexity involved. In the last few years, however, newer generation intelligence tools have been built to specifically cater to small and mid-sized companies.

Gartner’s 2012 CIO survey showed that analytics and BI is the number one technology priority for CIOs in 2012. Though Excel is a powerful tool, small to mid-sized businesses have struggled with its limited ability to roll up data from multiple sources and maintain control and accuracy of data. Spreadsheets can also be time consuming to maintain and error prone as they are shared throughout the organization. BI pulls company data into an easily digestible format and gets the right information to the right people, when they need it. BI tools have become increasingly important as companies look to gain a competitive edge with the ability to make better decisions faster.

Sage ERP Intelligence Reporting is a new generation BI product, designed from the ground up with small to medium business’ needs in mind. Sage Intelligence empowers businesses to quickly and easily obtain the information needed for improved reporting across the entire business.

Sage Intelligence is a module of Sage ERP package, so no new relationships or extensive IT investments are required. However, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Different people within organizations have different business needs. Some require creating, customizing and scheduling reports, while others need to access real-time information.

Different components of the Sage Intelligence module can be chosen based on the needs of the roles within an organization and their reporting requirements.

If you’d like to learn more about how to find a reporting solution that fits your business needs, Sage’s BI Fit Calculator can help determine what the best reporting solution is for your company.