VISIBILITY.net | Overview


Business Intelligence
Visibility's Business Intelligence Analyzers transform unrelated, detailed information from one or more disparate business applications into meaningful, business focused intelligence.
 
Business Intelligence is the delivery of accurate and valuable information, to key decision makers, "on demand." The purpose of which is not to answer the common questions, but instead to uncover new questions and find answers to questions you never thought you would ask. Visibility's Business Intelligence Analyzers transform unrelated, detailed information from one or more disparate business applications into meaningful, business focused intelligence.
 
These tools provide a pre-defined set of metrics which enable end users to analyze standardized business data, from any number of perspectives, using Microsoft Excel and Reporting Services. Visibility's Business Intelligence provides you with the tool-set for tailored reporting and analytics, thereby allowing you to control the information you see and need precisely at that moment. The Visibility Business Intelligence Analyzers are designed with a best practice architecture that facilitates speed to deploy and flexibility to accommodate unique measurements for your organization.
 
Solutions exist for:
• Finance (AP, AR, GL)
• Sales
• Purchasing
• Projects
• Inventory
• Labor
• Work-In-Process/Capacity Planning
 
Visibility uses Microsoft SQL Server to develop Business Intelligence solutions, as this is the only end-to-end business intelligence tool in the market which has its own database analysis tools and reporting services. Included in the Microsoft SQL Server package are a Database Repository, Data Transformation and Analysis Services; as well as Reporting Services. Furthermore it is possible to publish and share your reports over the internet through reporting services packages. It is easy for decision-makers to access the analyzed real-time information and reports at any global location through a shared, security protected, network facility.

Business Performance Management (BPM)
Business Performance Management (BPM) is a focused approach to analyze critical business data. It involves consolidation of data from various sources, querying, analyzing and presenting the results in an organized view. VISIBILITY.net BPM is supported by a suite of pre-linked data marts using Microsoft® SQL Server analytic tools. Use of Microsoft® Excel as the analysis tool delivers familiarity, comfort and ease of deployment. Best practice analysis of business information results in improved business operations.
 
Business Intelligence
Visibility’s Reporting & Analytic Solutions unlock critical business information and transform data into knowledge. All pre-built departmental solutions are designed with a best practice architecture that facilitates speed to deploy and flexibility to accommodate unique Key Performance Indicators for your organization.
 
Multi-Entity Consolidation
Visibility’s Financial Analyzer contains data from multiple business units; in both base and consolidation currencies. Powerful analytic displays deliver interactive comparative and consolidated results. The data loading phase of the consolidation data mart, processes currency conversion, ledger account mapping, and elimination entries.
 
Corporate Governance
Governance and audit controls exist both in the VISIBILITY.net ERP application and in the Financial Analyzer. Every record in the ETO ERP software application is user and date stamped. Changes to user and role permissions are tracked thus meeting control standards such as Sarbanes-Oxley. In financial consolidation, business unit controllers electronically authorize unit financials prior to clearing them for use in the consolidation. Where revisions are made, change history records are recorded. Additional information on Change Management and Logical Access can be found in the Secure Portal section of this document.
 
Managed Reports
Business reporting may be sourced from the core ERP database, or from the Visibility Analyzers. VISIBILITY.net supports security controlled access to reports and data sets, and content may be delivered on request, or using scheduled publication/intranet folder or email delivery methods. In financial consolidation, business unit controllers electronically authorize unit financials prior to clearing them for use in the consolidation. Where revisions are made, change history records are recorded. Additional information on Change Management and Logical Access can be found in the Secure Portal section of this document.

Collaboration
Improved communication with suppliers, partners, customers and employees, through easy to use electronic interaction, dramatically optimizes business processes, increases responsiveness and enables new levels of achievement throughout the enterprise. The VISIBILITY.net collaborative and secure foundation provides improved controls through the use of workflow, document management and threaded discussions. In addition, the system allows for personalization at both the system and user levels. These added controls increase compliance as well as help tailor and extend the application increasing usability and adaptability to best fit the business requirements.
 
Workflow
Many difficulties in business process management relate to “off-system” manual tasks, such as notification, investigation, authorization, and follow up. VISIBILITY.net has the ability to automate business processes through the use of workflow templates; making it easier to control and administer standard processes through the necessary steps. This allows companies to improve and standardize functions across the company without burdensome manual administration and provides employees visibility into the status of “in-process” tasks, making it easier for them to execute their tasks effectively.
 
The VISIBILITY.net workflow engine automatically monitors the execution of each activated workflow to assure its timely processing and allows users to quickly determine the exact state of an in-process workflow.
 
Personalization
When assessing how a comprehensive ERP application fits each individual business requirement, Visibility recognizes that seldom does “one size fit all”. VISIBILITY.net offers a number of built-in options that allow a business to set up, adjust and extend the core application to best fit the business requirements within the standard framework.
 
Document Management
Files and documents can be attached to any transaction or to master data. Attached documents are efficiently uploaded for storage in the backend relational database and linked to the originating transaction for absolute audit control. Attached documents can be retrieved for review via reference to the original transaction at any time.
 
Secure Portals
VISIBILITY.net implements the use of  role based security to assign each role the most appropriate access to transactions, application forms and reports. Based on the role to which each user is assigned, the application will display only those forms, reports, transactions and field level information to which the individual has access.
 
Threaded Discussions
Transactions and master data forms may be configured to allow for entry and maintenance of threaded comments. Threaded comments store notes in a conversational thread for multi-user collaboration. This is particularly useful for maintaining notes against items that need approvals, or for expediters’ notes on projects or orders. All comments are automatically stamped with user identification and the date and time.

Visibility Business Intelligence Analyzers
Visibility's Reporting and Analytic analyzers unlock critical business information and transform data into knowledge. These solutions are easily deployed to work with your current business systems and existing IT infrastructure. All pre-built departmental analyzers are designed with a best practice architecture that facilitates speed to deploy, and flexibility to accommodate unique KPI's for your organization. Some of the measurements you can expect to analyze in the business intelligence package are: General Ledger, Cash Management, Projects, Budgets, Actual Costs, Employees, Departments, Trends, Contributions, Returns, Suppliers, Number of Orders, Value of Orders and much more.
 
Business Intelligence Benefits
• Increase speed to access and analyze key business  data to make informed fact-based decisions faster
• Empower business users with tools to spot and explore trends
• Improve quality information and facilitate data consolidations
• Provide consistent data across the organization so users can spend less time reconciling differences
• Replace Home-Grown or ineffective standard report writer products
• Provide powerful analysis for intuitive assessment of business information
• Utilize existing IT infrastructure
• Reduce workload and impact on transactional systems
• Users can perform ad-hoc analysis through a drag & drop functionality
• Give your staff the power to access, analyze and collaborate
• Utilize software tools you already own, but are not employing fully