Solver and Management Reporter are both reporting tools that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP, AL and AX. However, the similarities start and end there.
The way reports are built, viewed and shared in either application is completely different.
Since Microsoft announced in 2016 that there would be no further enhancements of Management Reporter, many of our clients are asking if Solver is a suitable alternative report writer to consider. For organizations looking to future proof and improve their reporting capabilities, Solver is absolutely worth evaluating.
What is BI360?
Solver is a corporate performance management tool that uses Excel, web and mobile interfaces to create powerful reports in a variety of layouts and presentation formats. With comment functionality and automated email updates, everyone can collaborate seamlessly and stay in the loop, whether you choose to deploy on-premise or in the cloud.
More Solver Features
- Budgeting– With Solver, you have the ability to turn your reports into input forms with minimal work, and then immediately provide the forms to your managers in Excel format. Department managers can then enter their budget numbers directly into the Excel worksheet and upload them to the central budget with the click of a button. The budgeting function saves time by not emailing budget versions back and forth. Users can just pull up the reports after the numbers are updated and immediately see the refreshed data.
- Data Warehouse– With Solver data warehouse, you can report from any data source and consolidate company information in one easy-to-use, high performance platform.
- Dashboards accessible By Smartphones and Tables– Solver offers a web-based dashboard with graphs and metrics that can be customized by users. The dashboard is also accessible on your smartphone via a free app.
Management Reporter is a basic reporting tool. It comes fully integrated with Dynamics GP and allows users to build traditional financial reports and schedule those reports to generate on a regular schedule. These reports will automatically populate with data from the general ledger and can be exported to Excel to allow for further changes but a major limitation is that it only draws data from the general ledger.
Management Reporter allows users to view information in an interface that is similar to that of its precursor, FRx, but the reports do not allow inputs from users.
Which tool is right for me?
For organizations with basic financial reporting needs and small teams, Management Reporter might fit the bill. However, as the business grows and needs change, Solver will offer considerably more functionality and make it easier to get critical data in the hands of decision makers without wasting any time.
With the new Cloud Starter offer from Sovler, this is a great time to get started with the basics and enjoy considerable savings. You can always add on additional modules down the road.