New reporting solution to go live for by end of April
Dale Coveney, Commercial Finance Manager for G. Costa, said:
"To date I have spent around two days a week merely generating reports for our sales and marketing managers. Once we're live on Performance Analyser they will have ready access to detailed pre-formatted reports themselves. Previously I was spending 40% of my time producing information whereas soon I will be reinvesting that time in analysing critical business information to aid the business."
The contract was awarded to Geac after a thorough review process that included Cognos and Business Objects, as explained by G. Costa's Head of IT, Glen Boyle:
"Instead of doing a simple beauty parade we gave each company a detailed set of our data and said 'show us what you can do with this.' It worked extremely well as we could get a real feel for the products' capabilities within our own environment. It helped us dismiss one vendor straight away and the other showed that it would take an extra three months to create the metadata and the data extracts. This was just too long. The Geac solution was not only the most functional but it could be deployed extremely quickly, as it has a semi-prebuilt universe over the System21 data."
Phase one of the deployment will involve rolling out the solution to sales managers by February 2006. Previously they either went without data, as it was too difficult for them to extract it themselves or they used out-of- date information, once the IT and finance departments had caught up with their back log of data requests. Instead, Performance Analyser will provide them with real time access to centrally held data.
Phase two will involve demonstrations to other areas of the business to identify their precise reporting needs. Finally Performance Analyser will be used to provide advanced analytical capabilities on profitability by product, category, customer, and salesman. In this way G. Costa will have ultimate control over margin performance across the entire business.
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