Certero Business Intelligence and Reporting
Stop Guessing, Start Knowing: Refining Data into Business Intelligence
It is said that ‘Data is the new oil – it’s valuable, but if unrefined, you can’t really use it’…
The challenge of generating knowledge from data is becoming ever more critical, as those business that harness the insights of Business Intelligence are able to Digitally Transform and refine how they operate to seize competitive advantages. Good decisions require good information and Certero can help you to eliminate the uncertainty.
As 2020 showed, you don’t always have the luxury of time to respond to business challenges. IT now, more than ever needs to empower the business and be ready for anything. How ready you can be often depending on how quickly good decisions can be made.
Businesses need to have a full and complete understating of their capability – this obviously requires deep Business Intelligence on the assets and technology that can be called upon and what limitations or challenges stand in the way of delivering the goal.
For meaningful Business Intelligence, you must first have good data available and this is still the stumbling block for most organizations. Data still fragmented, out of reach, unfathomable, held in silos within legacy asset management toolsets, still disparate.
This inevitably means waiting for reports or running scripts and pulling information out of different tools – manually collating… a process that’s time consuming, prone to error and ultimately the information attained immediately becomes stale.
Data collated in this way is then extremely difficult to enrich with further intelligence that would make the task at hand easier, as it is inconsistent due to coming from different sources and becomes unwieldy to make any meaningful sense of. This makes the processes that are reliant on the data much slower, more difficult and potentially even risky to the business – wasting time and draining more precious resources.
This lack of quality and trust in the data itself is compounded as often the tools it’s come from are not 100% reliable either… leaving fundamental gaps and uncertainty in a process that should deliver insight and inspire confidence.
When demand arises, you need to be able to interact with your data in a way that gives you the precise answers you need and you need to know that the data itself is reliable. Traditionally, this multi-toolset spanning challenge has proven too difficult to transform such complex data into usable knowledge you can trust to make decisions… that is, until now.
An End to Data Chaos
Certero helps business harness the power of their BI by fundamentally eliminating the old challenges once and for all, through the unique design philosophy of the Certero Single Platform.
The difference a modern Single Platform makes when it’s covering ITAM and SAM from Mobile to Mainframe to Cloud, is huge:
You Get Data Consolidation, by Default
Instead of multiple data silos, Certero data is consolidated by default, consistent by default, rationalized by default… straight out-of-the-box for IT asset intelligence in one place – a ‘Single Source of the Truth’.
Automatically Enriched for Greater Intelligence
Instead of presenting masses of raw data, Certero can apply intelligence to data, automatically enriching it, removing noise, making sense of it and making it suitable for more complex management tasks – such as automatically recognizing not just what discovered Software is but what commercially licensed Software products are installed and how they need to be managed – truncating a complex part of the SAM process.
Simple Is Powerful – the Certero UI
Ultimately the User Interface is where you can interrogate and mine data and is critical that you’re able to ‘ask’ the questions you require answers to. Certero’s UI is extremely powerful in its simplicity – it’s consistent across all products on the platform and follows the same logic and flow.
This way a broad spectrum of technical and business users can interrogate any aspect of the data, drill-down for evidence, use data grids, trending charts, customizable dashboards, share views and reports and set proactive alerts – the possibilities to gain deep and critical insights are endless and good data is transformed into meaningful Business Intelligence, obtainable by everyone who needs it.
Not needing to export any data means that Certero is always live and up-to-date whenever you look at it, without having to prompt the solution to manually recalculate, it’s ready for you.
Fundamental Data Integrity at the Source
The intent of Certero has always been to not limit you with what you can do with your information. It is not just a SAM solution, or just an ITAM solution or just a Cloud or Datacenter solution.
Your data have value, so if information can be retrieved from an inventory then Certero retrieves it, makes it available for you and supplements it where possible to gain greater insight. This eliminates the need to run scripts or have to supplement data with additional tools. It removes the old guesswork and gaps that plague legacy toolsets and replaces it with greater evidence and value, ready for you whenever you need it.
The depth and completeness of Certero inventory is uniquely powerful, going those extra few steps above and beyond the norm. For example, Certero captures:
- SQL – not just databases but clusters, versions, editions, data paths and features like reporting and analysis services, all of which can be licensable.
- Exchange Server – editions, mail boxes, mail box size & mail box features to help right-size licensing.
- Oracle – not just databases but database options & packs, providing the underlying evidence of how they’re used.
- SSL – Security Certificates
Let Certero Drive Your Digital Transformation with BI
As Digital Transformation strategies make the difference between the businesses that are adapting and ‘winning’ in a post-Covid19 economy and those that are still to catch up, the ability to measure and identify possible improvements is the key.
Certero prepares you for this journey by simply removing the complexity from achieving good quality data within IT and being able to transform data into meaningful business insights, easily.
Fundamental data consolidation is the enabler to measurement, easier understanding, refinement and automation. The ways in which you can get ahead of the game with that information is then up to you – be it through pro-active alerting instead of reacting to surprises, or simply the clarity of a defined, measured IT strategy.
Certero enables you to understand your resources and the impacts of events quicker and therefore be more effective with the resources you have to be ready and able to respond to business demand. To find out how Certero can help you contact a member of the team.