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Finance teams are fast embracing cloud-based financial reporting tools for speed, flexibility, and agility. This observation is no different for the users of Oracle EBS Financial Modules including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cash Management, Fixed Assets and General Ledger.
Oracle EBS Financials also seamlessly integrates with other business systems including your company’s ERP, SCM and CRM. Among the many benefits of using such an integrated system is better financial decision-making with greater efficiency and effectiveness, thanks to real-time data available at your fingertips.
But, finance teams still team a world-class financial reporting tool to get a 360° view of data from the general ledger to the supporting details in sub ledgers.
A cloud-based financial reporting is becoming the default preference for businesses because of the following reasons:
Know Your Options: What are some of the popular Cloud-Based Financial Reporting Solutions?
There are many cloud-based, feature-rich financial reporting tools available today that provide businesses with choice but also make it difficult to identify the right one. Among the key features businesses look for, integration with Microsoft Excel is one. A popular tool used by finance users for analyzing financial data, easy integration with Excel becomes an important requirement to minimize dependence on IT and generate their own reports for further analysis.
In this category, some of the tools that stand out are Oracle’s Smart View, Financial Reporting Software from Insight Software and Wands from Insight Software.
Option # 1 – Oracle Smart View
Oracle Smart View for Office (Smart View) is a tool meant for accessing and integrating Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) content from within Microsoft Office products such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. It has a common interface that enables viewing, importing, manipulating, distributing, and sharing of data in Microsoft.
Some of its key capabilities include:
Option #2 – Financial Reporting from Insight Software
Insight Software’s solution also works well with EBS and ERP Cloud data, allowing drill-down visibility, eliminating discrepancies in data, and enabling faster decision making. In addition, reports and dashboards can be refreshed by the users themselves for achieving speed and efficiency.
Some of the features that make this a popular choice include:
Option #3 – Insight Software’s Wands
Insight Software also provides an exclusive Excel reporting tool for financial processes in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and SAP called Wands. The tool enables:
Option #4 – Orbit Reporting and Analytics
Another popular financial reporting tool that allows Excel integration with Oracle EBS and other ERPs is Orbit GLSense from Orbit Reporting and Analytics. The other feature that makes it distinct from its competitors is that it is also Web-based while others are only Excel-based. (Orbit also has an Excel Add-In, but it offers both web-based and Excel-based analysis).
Purpose-built software for finance users, Orbit GLSense provides a holistic view of data from the general ledger to the supporting details in the sub-ledgers. In addition, it expedites the reconciliation of and closure of processes by directly integrating with ERP financial applications to build financial statements.
Its five key benefits include:
Benefit #1 – Generate Live Financial Reports: Orbit’s GLSense generates live financial reports leveraging the convenience of Excel and managing the associated complexity and risk. Users can quickly produce financial analyses and statements by defining rows and columns using GLSense to access all General Ledger Segments, Accounts, and Functions.
Benefit #2 – Real-Time Account Analysis: Performing ad hoc GL Account Analysis for auditing and posting the transactions to the right GL accounts at the time of period end reconciliations is possible with GL Sense. The financial reports and ad hoc analyses can be shared directly from within Excel, enabling faster and more informed decisions.
Benefit #3 – Faster Period Closing: Quickly building financial statements within Microsoft Excel and automatically populating them with live data from the enterprise’s financial system is enabled by GL Sense. All key business applications can be connected for getting a holistic view of month-end, quarter-end, or year-end data in Excel. Make your close processes more efficient, accurate, and reliable by integrating GLSense with your ERP’s general ledger and sub-ledger modules.
Benefit #4 – Drilldown To Details: Find answers for your business questions using pre-built sub-ledger drill-down reports for modules like Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Inventory, and Purchasing. To view the journal activity for any balance, build charts, apply filters, and use conditional formatting.
Benefit #5 – ERP Integrations: Orbit is also a platform-neutral tool that integrates with leading financial applications such as NetSuite, PeopleSoft, and JDEdwards, in addition to Oracle EBS, Fusion, etc.
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