The business need : Streamline data reporting
The amount of information and reporting required to properly serve today’s organisations’ complex and every-changing business needs grows in size and importance every year.
File sharing , often through Excel, is one of the most widely employed strategies to manage corporate reporting and information sharing needs.
Although this solution seems easy to implement initially, it presents many problems in the long term :
- Error-prone. Particularly with regard to formulas and consolidation, there is a lot of room for error associated with file-based solutions as opposed to a far superior server-based solution.
- Management of ever-changing common metadata throughout the entirety of a file-based solution is an exercise in futility.
- Security difficult if not possible to implement successfully.
- No workflow facility.
- No version control or release management.
These limitations and dangers make an inadequate system much more costly and risky than one would guess at first glance.
Shuttle Web offers a solution to these challenges by providing a simple solution that is easy to implement and use, while structuring the data collection and reporting process.
Whatever your industry or function, our solution is adpated to deploy collaborative web data entry forms that allow you to meet your data collection and reporting needs in a fast, transparent auditable, and reliable way.
To respond to business needs that we meet frequently, we have created Shuttle apps ; these are packaged applications that are built to meet specific needs. These Shuttle apps are one of the many ways we make our already record-breaking implementation times even faster.
We know that organisations’ and users’ resistance to change is a challenge that has the potential to make projects fail. The Shuttle Web’s solution addresses this problem by providing simple excel-like interface that gives users a familiar user interface with much of the same excel functionality they are used to like cell formatting and of course maintaining the ability to copy and paste.
Our vision for enterprise software : EPM-ize BI (Business Intelligence)
The players in the world of BI, such as Business Objects (SAP), Cognos (IBM), SSRS (Microsoft) or Oracle BI have always focused on the ability to extract existing data in databases to enable reporting and analysis.
Reporting elaboration : the classic BI vision
In this approach above, BI serves to make the information available to users (in the form of tables or graphs) but does not allow the users to interact with the data to launch calculations, perform simulations or what-if modeling scenarios, or add context and therefore more effective decision support to the data.
The Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) tools on the other hand provide the necessary features for user interaction with the data but all the applications are so specialized and, in some cases, vendor-specific, that it is from a cost and implementation perspective, very difficult to present a unified, truely enterprise-wide solution and strategy. To give an example, in today’s EPM marketplace, a customer would typically need to learn about, procure, and implement each of the following types of applications and countless others : budget preparation, accounting consolidation, scorecarding, costs alloction, HR cost management, procurement regulation compliance, audit and risk management, etc. Each one of these tools is likely to require a unique and siloed/isolated investment in :
- Specialized and often proprietary skillsets
- Training materials and trainings unique to the tool and it’s interface
- A separate licensing agreement for each application
Shuttle Web’s charter is to offer one universal tool to allow you to EPM-ize your information platform. Shuttle Web empowers users to :
- Make your data smarter by adding more context
- Interact and model more with enterprise data of all kinds
- Collect data of all kinds
- Collaborate in an environment where validations and controls can ensure compliance with rules of any kind.
The above functionality serves to propagate more intelligent, more meaningful data, all leading to better decision support and documentation. The fact that this can be done with one tool instead of many requires less investement in training, licensing, and staff.
Reporting elaboration : Shuttle Web vision
This solution is now used for many different types of applications by large and small groups in many different sectors (insurance, retail, industry, etc.).