There is a gold mine of information in the many disparate silos of data in most organizations. It requires a solid understanding of your operations and the technology skills to truly mine and present the data in a format that identifies opportunities for improvement or confirms control of previous improvements.
There are several business intelligence reporting tools on the market and the key to getting your return on the investment in those tools is the implementation.
BIRT Performance Analytics
The cost of the software is not always representative of the value it adds. BIRT is an open source product that can offer as much, or more return as the highly priced, highly marketed tools. We can offer a proof of concept that will demonstrate our expertise in this area.
Many people view the Microsoft® such as Excel® and Access® as not robust enough for their environment. We can say from experience that the information that has been mined and presented using the Microsoft® tools has identified major cost saving opportunities in manufacturing operations.