Organizations go to great lengths to implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like Oracle, SAP and PeopleSoft for good reasons. These systems support data centralization and eliminate islands of information caused by software applications that don’t communicate. Despite their overall benefits, many users find ERP systems rigid and difficult to adapt to certain workflows and business processes.
It’s no secret that many finance users find standard ERP reporting tools difficult to use. Because of the complexity of data structures in systems like SAP and Oracle, these users often find themselves dependent on IT or consulting resources to create reports ― or waiting on lengthy downloads of static information from a warehouse to where it’s formatted and analyzed, which is usually in Microsoft Excel.