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Business Intelligence solutions don’t have to be expensive or difficult to use. In this short video, Paul North explains how Illuminis Insight Software has overturned the traditional approach to BI

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Paul North, Managing Director, illuminis Insight Software

Hello and thank you for watching this short video.

My name is Paul North and I’m the Founder and MD of Illuminis Insight Software, home of the Illuminis business intelligence solution for SMEs.

Our offering to SMEs is unique: we combine reporting software along with data analyst support as part of a single monthly fee.

Today I want to tell you what makes our software so special compared to the rest of the business intelligence products on the market.

Illuminis is all about giving SMEs one-click access to their business data and to do that we approach analytics in a completely different way.

You see, large companies get to use traditional Business Intelligence software – known as BI, but in the main they’re beyond the budget of all but the largest of SMEs.

That’s because they are built to the individual design of each business.

Sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? Except that not only does this bespoke approach inevitably result in a very large bill, typically these systems take months to install, and – frankly the killer blow for SMEs – you do have to know what you want in advance, chopping and changing your mind will add a lot of extra cost.

Generally, these products are not what I would call truly “self-service”. You do need training and some level of skill to use them.

Now of course SMEs do want access to good analytics, but because BI products – until now –have been so expensive and so difficult to specify and use, very few managers have sufficient experience of using them.

So what with the cost and complexity, perhaps like many SMEs, you have shied away from the whole thing.

With many years’ experience in helping SMEs with their data, I knew a solution was needed which cut through all these problems and met the specific needs of SMEs, head on.

So I built our Octelas software to do just that.

How is it different to the other BI products on the market?

It’s an out of the box solution, typically installed in just a day or two and then – over a few weeks as you get to understand what you really need by way of reporting – we completely tailor it to your specific needs, all as part of a cost-effective, single fixed price.

So, no more manual collection of data

No more cutting and pasting.

No more multiple versions of the truth hiding in spreadsheets!

Instead, EVERY day Octelas picks up your data from every source and feeds it in to your system.

All you need to do is open your browser and login, to get what you’re looking for.

Octelas holds all your data with algorithms that give you all the reporting you need, updated every day.

It is incredibly easy to use.

Really, it only takes 10 to 15 minutes to show you around the system to be completely comfortable with it.

So Octelas gives you all the power of traditional BI software but without the price tag.

It’s a self-drive system and you don’t need special training to use it – if you can use an online shopping trolley, you can use Octelas.

And just to ensure you can really make the most of your data, we include access to one of our data analysts as part of the standard monthly fee.

So let’s take a look, a dashboard over-view is a good start but really you will be more interested in the detail behind.

Let’s focus on this year’s monthly sales, with a comparison against last year and our budget.

This screen shows a sample set of filters but of course you will have filters best suited to your own reporting needs.

Let’s look at Amanda’s sales – and of course her budget.  Just to say, when Amanda logs in this will be the data that she sees.

Hmm started off OK but we’re now falling behind.  Let’s drill down to a more detailed analysis of year to date – this one is by area.

And let’s go further to the customer level and sort to find customers running behind budget. Hey look at that, for a couple, not only are they behind budget their gross margin is shocking.

More drill down gets to the nitty gritty of the detail.

So it really is that simple.

But in practice, how are you going to use it?

Well, Typically, you will use the product in different ways

First, you will probably want some reports on a daily basis which you can set up on your favourites menu as a one-click.  So for example, volume of each product sold this month; sales reps against their budget showing worst performers at the top; Stock valuation by stock type.

Then you will have some monthly reports, such as gross profit for the last twelve months compared to the previous year and also to a gross profit budget; Old stock – maybe items in stock that have not been sold in a while; maybe order counts.

Another way is what we generally call following a hunch.  You know that feeling, something tells you that something isn’t quite right and you need to get into, and behind, the data, so you pick a start point, you try different filtering, different grouping options, looking to prove your case.

The speed and power of Octelas means you can do this in real time, for yourself.

No more waiting for someone else to collect and present data for you.

So to bring this all together, Illuminis is the one stop shop for SME reporting, combining excellent, easy to use software with specialist advice and support which is always on tap.

I’d love to give you a quick demo and show you how you too can have the reporting you need, at a level you really didn’t think possible at this price.

Email me or visit our website and get in touch. Thank you.

That’s why we have always included access to skilled data analysts along with our Octelas software.

How can we afford to do that? Well that’s where the design of Octelas comes into play.

In conception it’s technically very different to other business intelligence systems on the market.

Quick to install, Octelas can be changed and adapted literally in minutes, as your needs change.

This means we can include a data analyst service as part of the single monthly fee, something which just isn’t commercially viable for traditional suppliers.

I’d love to give you a quick demo and show you how you too can have the reporting you need, at a level you really didn’t think possible at this price. Email me or visit our website and get in touch.

Thank you

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