Roy,

I used Spreadsheet Server and e-Dash for a few years with a prior employer. We were very pleased with the ease of development, performance, and the resulting Excel with drill down capabilities. After the initial 2 day training session, our financial analyst was building the majority of e-dash reports and only needed my assistance in locating appropriate data elements when introducing new aspects to her reports. Like all of the tools you will encounter, what is really needed is a good set of metadata for the users to understand where and when to pull data. E-Dash & Spreadsheet server pull data directly from the production environment on your IBM system I so you are not duplicating data into another data model; there are of course pros and cons to this.

You have a variety of options to choose from. Send us an update on your selection and let us know how well it works for you.


Regards,
Jon

-----Original Message-----
From: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy Jacobs
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:21 AM
To: MAPICS ERP System Discussion; MAPICS ERP System Discussion
Subject: Re: [MAPICS-L] Financial Report Writers

Roy

Spreadsheet Server for your accounting team and E-Dash for all your other needs are two products from Global software that will meet your needs. Spreadsheet Server can be installed and up and running in a day to your XA system saving you thousands.

We will contact you offline to discuss this further with you and setup a webinar

Andy Jacobs
President
Integrated Barcoding Systems


-----Original Message-----
From: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Roy Luce
Sent: Tue 8/16/2011 1:31 AM
To: 'MAPICS ERP System Discussion'
Subject: Re: [MAPICS-L] Financial Report Writers

One other multi-environment tool to consider is mrc's
(www.mrc-productivity.com) m-Power.

As a user I've used m-Power to develop the simplest to the most complex
report.
It supports graphical as well as providing more than rudimentary business
intelligence support.

MAPICS may be one of those ERP systems mrc has already mapped to m-Power.


Roy Luce

-----Original Message-----
From: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of LeLeux, James
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 8:59 PM
To: MAPICS ERP System Discussion
Subject: [MAPICS-L] Financial Report Writers

Hello everyone,

I know this topic has come up before as I was searching thru the ML
archives, but it seemed a bit dated.

Looking for some tips on acquiring a financial report writer to be used by
the finance team - not IT.

Looking at traditional accounting reports, but also looking to report across
the system, tapping into standard costing, item master, inventory, etc as
accountants often do.

Most likely looking for a graphical tool that is not AS400 specific so that
it is portable (think Syteline in x years...)


I came up with this list, and am about to jump in feet first, but I would
appreciate any tips on these or others.
1. Infor (looking to XA 9.X)
2. Advanced Logic Solutions, Inc.
3. Enterprise 21
4. Global Software's Spreadsheet Server and EDash
5. Jacana
6. FRx
7. Cognos


I am very open to anyone contacting me directly, as I know email can be
tough to write experiences/opinions when you're busy.

I do not have problems with vendors contacting me directly either.
We are willing to do the setup if there is a good product (FRx, Cognos) that
works, but lacks the mappings.

Thanks in advance for any input!


James LeLeux
IT Director: Cherry, Shur-Lok, & SPS Santa Ana
2701 South Harbor Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92704
M   714-929-8063
SKYPE james.leleux
jleleux@xxxxxxxxxxx


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