Announcing the tool at the Kickstart 11 conference in Queensland Mr Jackman said that this did away with old fashioned command and control motifs for business intelligence applications and put the tool back in the hands of workers who often had most to gain from additional business insights.
Unlike may conventional business intelligence analytics systems which rely on taking data from transaction systems to build a data cube which can then be analysed by a separate BI engine, the new Pronto system (called Pronto-Xi Dimensions) allows intelligence to be gleaned from the ERP system itself - and according to the company in real time.
Mr Jackman added that traditional approaches which involved creating dimensionally modelled relationships in order to provide near real time business analytics could be too slow when dealing with large volumes of data and users. Embedding BI tools (Pronto has selected IBM's Cognos BI tool) and techniques in the ERP system would overcome the problem, he claimed.
According to Mr Jackman; 'Every user in Pronto has access to slice and dice,' which he said would lead to a 'socialisation of data,' putting it in the hands of people who could make use of the data as it became available - rather than being locked in management reports.
The system will be available as an on premises solution or sold as a service, and is targeted at mid range businesses.