Here is an overview of SI and SEI to get you started.
Sage Intelligence (SI) – Provides the convenience of a familiar, Excel-based interface to quickly slice and dice financial data, analyze risks, adjust forecasts and deliver up-to-the-minute reports using the templates provided. A cost effective option to manipulate real- time ERP data, it can also extract data from other ERP modules and databases and offers an OLAP option for advanced analytics on all business operations.
Sage Enterprise Intelligence (SEI) – Provides self-service BI capabilities, in a proprietary Web interface. It can be used out of the box in all areas of business, for sales analysis, inventory control and analysis, quality control (purchasing, production, and customer service), productivity analysis and budget management and control. It provides graphical analytics and a variety of options to share views in Web portals or mobile devices.
What’s the difference between Sage Intelligence and Sage Enterprise Intelligence?
|Features and functions||SEI||SI||Comments|
|Real-time data/online analysis||Yes||Yes|
|Excel integration||Yes||Yes||Default supported with SI – while SEI requires additional licensing|
|Slice and dice||Yes||Yes||Pivot table and filters – Excel functionality|
|Drill down/drill up through transactional data||Yes||Yes||With Report Viewer access – if the report is shared as a disconnected Excel sheet(offline) then this is not possible|
|Filtering and grouping||Yes||Yes|
|Sorting and ranking||Yes||Partially||Sorting Yes Ranking No – ascending or descending sort will give you the results along with a filter defining the ceiling or floor levels|
|Queries and formulas||Yes||Yes|
|Exceptions and alerts||Yes||Partially||We use the Distribution engine – generates a report to a mail address(es)- does not work for system events, does not work realtime|
|Dashboarding and KPIs||Yes||Yes|
|Financial reporting and consolidation||Yes||Yes|
|Budgeting||Yes||Partially||Viewing budget is possible but not entering|
|Big data, OLAP processing||Yes||Yes||With OLAP connector license|
|Cross Modular reports||Yes||No||Combining Balance Sheet and P&L elements – eg. If one report has to have stock on hand (Inventory tables) and profitability (sales order tables) – this is not possible with SI – We will create two reports|
|Intuitive web user interface||Yes||No||Access from a windows machine as Report Viewer needs to be installed for online access. Offline can be accessed in any device where Excel reports can be read|
|User self-service design of new report and graphics||Yes||Yes||With Report Manager license – one license included|
|Dynamic data visualization (charts, gauges, maps)||Yes||No||Supported by Excel – graphs are not dynamic in SI|
|Search engine||Yes||No||Search for data across reports is not possible in SI|
|Automatic distribution of reports and analysis||Yes||Yes|
|HTML, Excel, PDF export||Yes||Partially||Excel and PDF yes, HTML No|
|Operates on mobile devices||Yes||No||Access from a windows machine as Report Viewer needs to be installed for online access. Offline can be accessed in any device where Excel reports can be read|