No one size fits all for business reporting systems

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Many businesses purchase established business tools to help their operations and processes run smoothly, often at a high price tag. Only to find that very soon their information demands become more and more complex and quickly surpass what their current system can offer them.


In most cases the response is to customise their base system so that their unique business operational flows and their reporting needs are met; incurring even more expenses and often not even resulting in a simple solution. This kind of customisation requires skilled programmers to hard code the changes, which means they will have a rigid reporting system that they cannot change without a programmer’s help. Subsequently it leaves them with a complicated system which requires more resources and attention each time someone needs to add or change anything.

Unfortunately for a lot of businesses, they continue to ‘limp along’ with systems that are not suited to their needs or they assume that a newer, bigger system is going to solve their problems (which they don’t). They make business decisions based on the information they have access to even if it is not the right information. In a nutshell, it is not a recipe for a successful business.


The problem with customising your actual operational system


Yes, it might sound like you are going to get a backend that caters to your every need with all the technological ‘bells and whistles’ but customising your operational system is performed by a programmer and not a data analyst. A programmer does not intimately understand business needs or how one functions. A data analyst can design your data structures around how your business functions and according to how you would like to interpret or filter your information.

Customising your operational or base system means that you are stuck with expensive software that you cannot easily upgrade or manipulate without redirecting large amounts of time, effort, and monetary resources.


e-magination, rather, customises a reporting system that works alongside it


When it comes to reporting, most Financial Managers or CFOs export data from their operational systems into Microsoft Excel and then spend valuable time customising their own reports because their own ‘custom’ reporting structures are too rigid for generating ad hoc reports.

Our solutions are built in Excel, software that most people already know and use everyday. We design your data structures around how your business functions as well as how you wish to interpret or filter that data. We then go on to build analytical graphs that tell a story about your business.

Building a custom reporting system that works alongside your operational systems saves you from having to customise your actual backend and gives you robust and flexible reporting. Would you like to build a custom reporting system that works alongside your accounting or operational systems? Let’s connect!

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