In a recent global survey of SMEs, 37% of enterprises raised a need for better business analytics as the main driver for adopting new technology, while 34% cite a need for more comprehensive business management software to help them operate more profitably.

Business Intelligence software was once the domain of big business however innovative solutions such as Nectari (SEI), Alchemex (SI), SAP Lumina and products from the SAP Crystal range now place advanced business analytics within reach of SME’s. OLAP (Online analytical processing), dashboards, data mining, data warehousing, and KPI reporting help SME’s develop a clearer understanding of their key challenges and opportunities and provide the information to manage effectively.

Nectari (SEI)

Nectari Business Intelligence from Tangerine Software, also known as Sage Enterprise Intelligence (SEI) is an innovative self- service data analysis and reporting solution engineered for ease of use and performance. Nectari’s intuitive User Interface and advanced features facilitate real-time access to enterprise-wide information, quickly and securely. More than just BI, Nectari provides data entry and business logic capabilities supporting business processes such as budgeting and forecasting.

Nectari is a comprehensive Business Intelligence offering with both an Excel user interface license and a more advanced BI user license. Nectari OLAP cubes, the report distribution module and mobile user licenses are also available to help companies of any size become more productive around reporting. Nectari will help companies reach more informed positions, faster, in turn supporting improved financial performance.

SAP Crystal Business Objects Business Intelligence

The SAP Crystal Business Objects Business Intelligence range includes the advanced Business Objects application (SAPBO), Crystal Server and SAP Crystal Dashboard Designer, applications to meet the business intelligence and reporting needs of both large enterprises and SME’s. Sage X3 offers companies a set of pre-configured SAP BO data-marts for financials, purchasing, sales, manufacturing and services, accelerating deployment and use of SAPBO business intelligence at businesses using Sage X3.

SAP Business One includes Crystal Reports designer in its standard framework as well as offering SAP Business One users the option to incorporate Dashboard Designer, Dashboard Viewer and Crystal Server for more advanced SME Business Intelligence. SAP Business One sites can also turn to SAP Lumina or the more advanced reporting and analysis inside SAP Business One for HANA. Existing SAP Business One sites using SAP Business One with Microsoft SQL can also quickly and easily adopt the SAP Business One analytics powered by SAP HANA.


Alchemex for SAP Business One is a Business Intelligence application that presents SAP Business One data and data from other open data sources through the familiar and popular Microsoft Excel application views. Alchemex utilizes the power of Excel including the use of pivot tables, Excel’s presentation capabilities and formulas to provide companies with an easy to use BI tool. With simple refresh functionality and distribution options Alchemex can be used across your entire organization to inform staff via live dashboards and via traditional Excel sheets; by creating and delivering comprehensive board packs and by running adhoc reports to highlight anomalies, issues and opportunities.

Sage Intelligence (SI)

Sage Intelligence (SI) for Sage 300 is Alchemex re-branded for Sage offering all of the same benefits on offer to SAP Business One users.

The SAP Business One Analytics

The SAP Business One Analytics product powered by SAP HANA is available to companies using either the SAP Business One for Microsoft SQL system or SAP Business One for HANA. The SAP Business Analytics powered by HANA supports the creation and running of reports on live data in seconds including what if analysis. This product is particularly useful for companies who require fast analysis to enable rapid decision making and who can benefit from Google like searches across the entire database.

SAP Lumina for Business One

SAP Lumina for Business One is a data visualization tool that combines data, analyzes business trends, and shares valuable business intelligence in an engaging and effective way. SAP Lumira boasts a point and click interface and engaging visualizations, without scripting, allowing companies to quickly analyze data and to remain agile in a fast moving business environment.