Sage 500 (US)

ZAP data management and BI for Sage 500 (US)

ZAP improves the financial and operational performance of businesses using Sage 500 (US) by speeding up and simplifying the analysis and organization — as well as the collection and integration — of ERP and related data.

ZAP data management, analytics and BI for Sage 500 collects ERP data using a pre-packaged data connector. Data instantly becomes available for reporting, thanks to a pre-packaged Sage 500-specific data model. It becomes integrated with other business data in an automated data warehouse, while ZAP’s intuitive data modelling UI and semantic layer automation make it simple to prepare for analysis. And a central library of over 500 pre-set analytics, KPIs and calculations — accessible via dashboards aligned to specific roles and functions — enable governed, self-service BI for users across an organization.

Sage 500 data management and business intelligence

A data-driven business makes confident decisions quickly, based on truth. To achieve this, ZAP provides business-wide visibility across multiple systems and data sources. It automates the collection and integration of data from all modules of Sage 500 — Financials, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Sales Management/Distribution, Inventory and Warehouse Management/Distribution, Business Intelligence (BI), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Human Resources (HR) — as well as data from other applications and sources. ZAP’s ability to integrate hitherto-inaccessible or siloed data strengthens business decision making, by unlocking previously hidden insight.

Relevant information is delivered, on any device, via personalized dashboards aligned to Sage 500 roles. Enterprise-class, dynamic analytics and data visualization tools are available through a touch-friendly UI, providing all members of staff — no matter what their level of BI experience — with drill-down data discovery and information sharing.

Out-of-the-box Sage 500 data visualization and more

Conscious of short- and long-term IT overheads, ZAP is rapid to deploy and simple to administer. ROI is increased as business insight is delivered immediately. TCO — including setup and maintenance costs — is minimized thanks to both ZAP’s pre-packaged components, automation and ‘out-of-the-box’ capabilities. And thanks to its deep integration with Sage 500 itself.

Security and data governance are integral, as with all ZAP products. ZAP for Sage 500 has also been built with potential migration to Sage X3 in mind: it is possible to retain historic Sage 500 data and access it for reporting purposes once using Sage X3, removing a significant headache from the migration process.

IDC reports on ZAP

“ZAP’s solution aims to automate elements of the time-consuming and more complex aspects of manually building a
data warehousing and BI platform. A good example of this is the support and pre-packaged content ZAP provides
for specific development tasks, including data connectivity. Data connectors for files, cloud applications or services,
and on-premises relational databases are supported.”

IDC Market Note, ZAP: Improving Time to Insight for Midsize Firms
(doc #EMEA43048517, September 2017

Key features of ZAP for Sage 500

Information empowerment comes from the five key facets of ZAP for Sage 500: hybrid data collection, intuitive data modeling, automated data integration, data warehouse and semantic layer, BI and analytics, and built-in governance.

Hybrid data collection

Connection to — and collection of — Sage 500 and other business data is automated by ZAP, with rich data connectivity to source metadata, multi-lingual caption extraction and customization detection. Out-of-the-box connection to other cloud and on-premise data sources is also provided via ZAP Data Gateway, a straightforward, secure and optimized way of accessing cloud or on-premise data sources across existing networks and firewalls.

Intuitive data modeling

ZAP has a pre-packaged Sage 500 data model that delivers immediate insight. A user-friendly data modeling interface with drag-and-drop UX means data models can be customized to meet even the most demanding reporting requirements. IT overheads are reduced as ZAP’s intuitive data modeling UI enables users of all levels of expertise to prepare data for reporting.

Automated data integration, data warehouse, semantic layer

ZAP integrates Sage 500 with other data sources into a secure, central hub of business-wide insight. Further sources can be added at any time in the future. Technical effort is further reduced by ZAP’s data warehouse and semantic layer automation, which removes the need for a manual data warehouse project.

BI and analytics for Sage 500

ZAP’s pre-set Sage 500 dashboards, reports and calculations span all business functions, from finance to sales, procurement to inventory, with over 500 analytics ready-to-go, out-of-the-box.

Self-service reporting is delivered via both enterprise-class analytics and data visualization tools. Our responsive, touch-friendly user interface — with ready-to-use, role-based dashboards — adapts to any device, driving user adoption across the business. ZAP for Sage 500’s dynamic visualizations enables data discovery and information sharing.

If you are already using a BI tool, you can use it to analyze ZAP for Sage 500 data. Built on ZAP Data Hub technology, ZAP for Sage 500 makes it quicker and easier to analyze data with your chosen BI tool. See how ZAP Data Hub provides secure, efficient and accurate access to data for users of all leading BI tools such as Power BI, Tableau, Qlik and other self-service BI tools.

Built-in data governance

Data governance is at the heart of ZAP. Our systems have strong, comprehensive system administration and data governance tools built-in. Enterprise-class security controls set permissions, regulate access and protect data at any level of granularity.

ROI is maximized as usage can be both monitored and audited via specific dashboards, which keeps performance optimized and costs minimized. TCO is controlled as upgrade life-cycles can be actively managed to ensure consistency of data and business continuity at every turn.

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Software as a Service, Private Cloud, On-premise or Hybrid

As ZAP for Sage 500 is built on ZAP Data Hub technology, it is available as a fully-featured, on-demand Software as a Service product which removes the technical, resource and time costs associated with connecting, collecting, securing and analyzing your Sage 500 data. In short, it helps you become a data-driven business faster.

In terms of other deployment options, ZAP for Sage 500 can be deployed on a private cloud, on-premise or as a hybrid combination of the two. ZAP Data Hub’s flexible architecture, on which ZAP for Sage 500 is built, is specifically designed to enable multiple deployment scenarios and scale as both the volume of users and the volume of data in an organization increases over time.

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