Goals and Features of BI Front-end Solutions
Goals and features of BI front-end solutions
The benefits of BI front-end solutions are to decentralize supplier quality information, automate reporting, and save millions of dollars from walking out the door of your business. So, here are some things to look for in BI solutions for supplier quality. Don't settle for less.
1. First and foremost, the software must automate the process of pulling information out of the back-end system and putting it into an overall quality dashboard and individual supplier scorecards. You should be able to get updates as frequently as every few hours. Yes, hours!
2. The system should be capable of alerting you in real time if things go in the wrong direction and immediate correction is needed.
3. The software must be able to provide all the information needed to quickly see the supplier's quality compared to targets, the location of quality problems, if there is one supplier that is causing problems across plants or even lines of business, and show the total cost of poor quality.
4. The software should be able to show the aggregate view as easily as it can for individual location or individual supplier. With this sort of reporting, companies can decentralize their entire supply chain for even faster manufacturing and delivery times, as well as see the overall cost of doing business with national or international suppliers.
In some cases, manufacturers have been able to reduce centralized overseers and improve supplier quality at the same time. The use of this sort of BI tool enables supplier quality to be in the hands of directors at different locations or lines of business.
With the speed of automated extraction and decentralized reporting, the other two major supplier quality problems are solved. The moment a field manager sees that there is an immediate response when he or she fills out the online problem-reporting form, the system starts to work. Once the field managers throughout the company use the system, the meaningful data needed for supplier negotiations is created and real change can happen.
What BI software such as this does is enable productive conversations between a company and its suppliers, where blame isn't assigned but, rather, responsibility is taken by the right people in an efficient manner. Everyone wins when the process is smooth and streamlined, and money is being saved.
And so, it really is prime time for these BI front-end solutions. All these features are available. Don't let your operations managers settle for less. Bring this technology solution to their attention and show them how to save millions of dollars-all by building a better front end.
Roland Hoelscher is the CTO for the arcplan Group. Roland joined arcplan in 1993. As marketing director, Roland was responsible for the market introduction of arcplan's first software solution in 1994 and he established the U.S. subsidiary, arcplan, Inc. in 1997. Roland served as its CEO and president, responsible for corporate development and strategies in North and South America (until he returned to arcplan Information Services AG in 2003). Previously, Roland held many integral positions with arcplan, including director of application development and director of marketing.
Prior to his employment with arcplan, Roland worked for a consulting organization, conducting portfolio analysis to support strategy development of financial institutions. Roland's versatility and various positions at arcplan and other companies have made him an expert in the business intelligence field. Roland holds a degree in Economics from the Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.