Sage Group has introduced an Excel-based reporting tool for its small-business-oriented Line 50 accounting application. Sage Intelligent Reporting aims to provide out-of-the-box reporting and business intelligence functionality. It gathers data from Sage Line 50 and presents it for use within Excel where it can be mined and analyzed within a familiar environment.
It is supplied with a range of pre-defined but customizable reports covering areas of business such as customers, suppliers, nominal and financials, products, invoices, and sales and purchase orders. Information can be displayed in automatically created dashboards, and there is support for drill down.
The add-on application also supports multi dimensional analysis enabling data to be analyzed from a number of different angles.
Sage already offers BI for the higher end Line 200 and Line 500 products, but this is the first time it has added this kind of capability to the entry-level product in the family.