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November 28, 2018
By Ben Douglass
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Microsoft Power BI and Tableau are data visualization tools. They are both used by manufacturing businesses to track and report the performance of their procurement, inventory and production processes.
Businesses often use ERP software such as Microsoft Dynamics, Sage and SAP to run these manufacturing processes.
ERP software is a primary source of data for a business that wants to analyze manufacturing performance with Power BI and Tableau. But ERPs are sophisticated pieces of software and the data they produce is often complex and not structured in a way that makes it easy to analyze.
The data needs to be restructured, or transformed, into a structure for analytics and reporting. Data management automation software, or ELT data warehouse automation software, like ZAP Data Hub, can be used to access data from ERP software and structure it for manufacturing analytics and reporting in Tableau and Power BI.
Once ERP data is structured for reporting, a business needs to decide which manufacturing analytics, calculations and KPIs to track. This should reflect the priorities of the business and can be a challenge to start.
That’s why we’ve produced our ERP Manufacturing Reporting and Analysis Top Analytics to Track. It’s designed to provide a starting point for businesses looking to kick-start their manufacturing reporting.
Cost efficiency analytics:
Delivery performance analytics:
Supplier Pareto analytics — vendor with 80% of total spend:
Spending over time – current year vs. previous year analytics:
Top 10 supply chain vendor statistics:
Current months’ inventory statistics analytics to track:
Inventory quantity by issue and receipt status analytics:
Inventory-to-sales ratio over time analytics:
Item group valuation analytics:
Quantity movement-by-origin analytics:
Inventory quantity movement trend analytics:
Order status analytics:
Order fulfilment analytics:
Production cost analytics:
Quantity produced vs. quantity remaining analytics:
Actual percentage of planned cost analytics:
Actual cost by resource group analytics:
Production order current status over time analytics:
Order ffulfillmentover time analytics:
Actual vs. planned consumption by resource group analytics:
If you are a manufacturing business using ERP software and would like to report in Power BI and Tableau, then ELT Data Warehouse automation software like ZAP Data Hub makes it easier to produce meaningful analytics from this data.
ZAP Data Hub automates the processes of accessing and structuring data for analytics and reporting in Tableau, Power BI, Qlik and other BI tools. It is specifically optimized for the Dynamics 365 suite providing:
ZAP is a Sage Rockstar ISV and ZAP Data Hub is optimized for key Sage products as:
ZAP Data Hub is also optimized for other major platforms:
If you would like more information on ZAP Data Hub, contact ZAP here. Or, maybe you’re interested in how integrating your ERP and CRM data can help you get closer to your customer? If so, read our Top 5 Tips for ERP Data Access blog.
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