25 Jul 2013 9:12 AM This is the second post in our five-part series, Five Ways to Turn Business Data into Business Insight. In part one we looked at the how to easy it can be to provide information and insight to your team members based on their specific roles. Today, we’ll discuss the push towards empowering users while lessening the business intelligence (BI) and reporting burden on IT. Take the burden out of business intelligence with self-service reporting If money were no object, you’d have a personal technology counselor for every employee. That’s why balancing the cost of IT “overhead” with the powerful benefits of your IT team is so tricky for every business. Just imagine if all your employees could manage, obtain and act on data on their own. Your people would have all the info they need, and your thinly resourced IT teams could focus on the bigger technology picture of your entire business. The reporting and analytics tools within Microsoft Dynamics ERP help you answer your specific business questions quickly through high-impact reports, charts and simple analysis designed to be easy, usable and adaptable for everyone. Put another way: you don’t have to be an analytics power user or software developer to get the reports you need. We’ve built hundreds of out-of-the-box standard reports. We’ve also given users the ability to tweak and adapt these standard reports—changing fields, adapting terminology and adding inputs from other data sources. All without calls to the helpdesk. With a reporting, collaboration and distribution platform based on Microsoft SQL Server, Office and SharePoint, you and your employees can take full advantage of your Microsoft investments and get the business insight you need. Again, without IT involvement. Don’t just take our word for it. Learn how a high school project turned into a multi-million dollar business now powered by Microsoft Dynamics. Put the power of BI and reporting in your team’s hands, and you’ll watch their productivity (and IT’s) skyrocket. In the next blog post, we’ll take this one step further, and show you how a business solution from Microsoft can make business intelligence as mobile as your team is. In the meantime, to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics: Take a product test drive or learn more about buying and deploying a business solution from Microsoft (insert link). Or check out this video to see how better business insight can transform the way you work.