Our Development Team has just put the finishing touches on the update to the CALUMO Business Intelligence Software. Highlights include:… Continue reading
Author Archives: Warwick Leitch
1. Ease of use. Excel is by far the easiest reporting tool around today. Start typing and get answers. You don’t have to be an IT person to use Excel, just a business person — from Accountants to Sales. … Continue reading
“Streamlining month-end is the Holy Grail!” I heard a management accountant, let’s call her Emma, say at a networking lunch I attended as part of the CPA Newcastle Convention. Emma works for a $100M+ company and month-end currently takes 5 days and is really tough. Month-end has to be… Continue reading
Most BI tools only report historical information – which is like only getting last week’s race results when what you really want to know is tomorrow’s winner.
Many companies use making historical information accessible as the justification for ‘doing’ BI – often a good return on investment but only second prize.… Continue reading
It appears my last blog hit a nerve. Call it Big data if you like… wasn’t supposed to be too funny or controversial but that’s how it was taken. Interestingly, I received quite a lot of feedback all suggesting Big Data is ah… a bit silly.
This quote, from an old colleague who responded to Continue reading
Harrison is a Financial Controller with a bit of an information systems bent. He was curious to know about Microsoft SQL Server and its tools versus what CALUMO can do for him.… Continue reading
I recently read an article, Big Data Cracks Top of the Pops and it’s upsetting the Bookies, which made me think that the hype around Big Data is a little out of control.
The set up
Willow is a Business Analyst for a large retailer. Willow gets all the reports from their stores and then spends two days per month collating, reviewing, fixing, checking spelling mistakes, and correcting numbers before it’s ready to present to the COO. This is a problem for Willow because she spends two 14 hour days to complete… Continue reading
Having seen so many big brand ERP implementations fail, I sometimes wonder whether implementing ERP is about better service to customers and better empowerment of staff or a high profile networking opportunity.
Fail!!! ERP Case Study
“They implemented [insert large ERP vendor’s name here] and me and 30% of the staff left the company!” I heard this at… Continue reading
I have worked with many organizations big and small and am always amazed that their number one Business Intelligence tool is Excel! It’s used for so many things and one of the most painful things is Company Budgets. I know, you think that BI should look at history and budgeting and forecasting is done by other tools… you’re wrong. But that’s another blog.
So why does budgeting in Excel make me cry? Here are the three main reasons:… Continue reading