Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Corporate Express Simplifies Reporting

Corporate Express is the world's largest business-to-business supplier of everything from office and computer supplies to promotional products and imaging supplies. With $7.3 billion in worldwide sales in 2005, the company can deliver products to companies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

In preparing a business review to each of its 15,000 customers, the Corporate Express sales organization would spend up to six hours pulling together data and creating a PowerPoint presentation. Making the process more difficult, the company used 28 versions of a PowerPoint sales template rather than a centralized one.

Then the company decided to use an add-in to Microsoft's Office applications that incorporated MicroStrategy reports into its PowerPoint template. This action enabled users to answer two simple prompts to build a custom report with up-to-the-minute data for any customer, cutting the preparation time from six hours to just one.

Read the complete case study at this link.

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