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Silvon: Providing Operational-Level Visibility to Manufacturers and Distributors

Discover Silvon’s approach to helping supply chain businesses drive superior performance with operational-level visibility.

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Stratum for Manufacturers

Learn how the Silvon Stratum™ suite of BI applications empowers manufacturing companies to gain greater visibility across all areas of the business.

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Stratum for Distributors

See how distributors use Stratum™ to evaluate promotional activities, identify growth opportunities, determine efficient product assortments, and bring greater value to the accounts they serve.

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Stratum for Food, Beverage & CPG

Learn how Stratum™ gives Food / Beverage & CPG decision makers the insight needed to better understand sales trends, demand patterns and trade promotion effectiveness and to drive improvements in inventory, supplier and production performance.

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Stratum for Publishers

Discover how Stratum™ gives publishers greater visibility into demand, title performance and the performance of marketing promotions. And how it also provides in-depth visibility into inventory, returns, reprints, and more.

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Stratum for Retail Ideas

If you’re a JDA Retail IDEAS customer, learn how Stratum’s web-based Viewer can deliver IDEAS analytics to your users in a number of flexible formats.

Application Brochures

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Stratum SPM (Sales Performance Management)

See how Stratum™ SPM can help you identify sales opportunities, improve your sales effectiveness, and more, with its KPI metrics, scorecards, dashboards, reports and alerts.

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Stratum IPM (Inventory Performance Management)

Read how Stratum™ IPM can help you analyze inventory, assess inventory trends, plan and optimize your inventory investments and better manage your inventory positions and projections.

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Stratum SRM-A (Supplier Relationship Management Analytics)

Learn how Stratum™ SRM-A can help you analyze purchase orders, assess average purchase prices and purchase price variances, produce vendor scorecards highlighting delivery performance, lead times, prices and more.

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Stratum CRM-A (Customer Relationship Management Analytics)

See how Stratum™ CRM-A can be used to scorecard your customers in terms of channel revenue, profitability, lifetime value, and more; to segment your customers for up-selling and cross-selling initiatives; and to analyze and help you improve your order fulfillment / service levels.

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Stratum MKM (Marketing Performance Management)

Read how Stratum™ MKM can help you analyze channel performance, assess sell-through and retail performance, analyze trade funds and their effectiveness, and produce category scorecards that spotlight growth areas, trends, UPC price analysis, and more.

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Stratum MPM (Manufacturing Performance Management)

Discover how Stratum™ MPM can help you analyze production performance and generate manufacturing scorecards highlighting downtime, scrap, performance to schedule, production variance, standard utilization, efficiency, and productivity.

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Stratum FPM (Financial Performance Management)

Read how Stratum™ FPM can help you in the area of financial planning and budgeting, G/L analysis, financial reporting, AP/AR management and profitability analysis tied to customers and products.

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Stratum KPIs

Learn what Key Performance Indicators are tracked by Stratum™ and why you need them.

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Stratum Planning

Discover how Stratum’s Planning functionality lets you create collaborative sales plans and budgets with ease using the same flexible interface as Stratum’s analytics.

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Stratum Forecasting

Discover how Stratum™ Forecasting lets you create accurate forecasts quickly and easily using proven statistical forecasting methods.

Information Delivery Brochures

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Stratum Viewer

Discover how you can present your Stratum analytics to anyone, anytime, anywhere using the Stratum.Viewer web interface.

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Stratum Broadcast Server

Learn how you can put your users in control of creating and distributing their own Stratum reports using the Stratum.Broadcast Server.

Business Intelligence WEBINARS ON-DEMAND

On-Demand Webinar (BI)

Lacking the Visibility You Need From Your Oracle JD Edwards Data?

During this encore webinar, we offer an overview of Silvon Stratum™ - the BI solution that's changing the face of Oracle / JDE reporting in a very big way! Plus, you get the chance to hear from Jim Valentine, CFO of ILSCO Corporation and long-time JDE user, who discusses why he invested in the Stratum BI suite after abandoning Oracle BI and how the analysis of his Oracle JDE data has changed for good ever since.

On-Demand Webinar (BI)

Defining & Structuring KPIs for Success

Today we collect vast amounts of information and need to leverage it to manage the business.  But as former General Electric CEO Jack Welch said, “Too often we measure everything and understand nothing”. That being said, it is appropriate to ask some key questions about what Key Performance Indicators we should measure. During this session, various types of key performance indicators are discussed and a framework is presented to help you decide which ones you should track for your business.

Forecasting / S&OP WEBINARS ON-DEMAND

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Demand Forecasting Best Practices

Learn how successful demand-driven companies are approaching the demand forecasting process! During this session, we cover some forecasting essentials, help you better understand demand influences and their effects, explore various methods for using downstream data to improve the demand planning process, and discuss the key elements of a continuous forecast improvement plan. In addition, we share some best practices in generating baseline forecasts and leveraging analytics to measure forecast accuracy, improve forecasts over time, and better manage requirements related to manufacturing, inventory control and customer service.

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Measuring and Managing the Forecasting Process

Demand forecasting is one of the most difficult processes to manage and perhaps one of the most important processes to affect many downstream activities, as well as the overall efficiency of the business. In this session, we explain some approaches for establishing a practical forecasting process, evaluate various forecasting methodologies, share some industry benchmarks for success, and discuss key measurements that should be used in controlling the forecasting process.

WHITE PAPERS Business Intelligence

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The Business Value of Business Intelligence

While Business Intelligence (BI) continues to be closely aligned with sales analysis and reporting, more and more companies are evolving in their use of it to drive performance improvements across their organizations.  This paper focuses on the influence and value of BI as an enterprise-wide solution for performance management.

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The Bottom Line of CRM: Know Your Customer

Discover how customer analytics can help you make more informed decisions related to winning, retaining and keeping your customers profitable.

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Rise of the Intelligent Supply Chain

Find out how manufacturers are meeting today’s supply chain challenges through the use of collaboration and business performance analytics.

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Spend Analysis: The Foundation Of Strategic Cost Management

Inadequate spending analysis is a corporate epidemic that costs companies $260 billion in missed savings. Discover how supply spending analysis can yield significant bottom-line cost reductions.

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Leveraging Technology for Trade Funds Management & Promotional Planning

In this paper, we’ll discuss and share some best practices for tracking trades funds and their effectiveness in successfully promoting products and sales.

Forecasting / S&OP WEBINARS ON-DEMAND

On-Demand Webinar (Forecasting / S&OP)

Demand Forecasting Best Practices

Learn how successful demand-driven companies are approaching the demand forecasting process! During this session, we cover some forecasting essentials, help you better understand demand influences and their effects, explore various methods for using downstream data to improve the demand planning process, and discuss the key elements of a continuous forecast improvement plan. In addition, we share some best practices in generating baseline forecasts and leveraging analytics to measure forecast accuracy, improve forecasts over time, and better manage requirements related to manufacturing, inventory control and customer service.

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Measuring and Managing the Forecasting Process

Demand forecasting is one of the most difficult processes to manage and perhaps one of the most important processes to affect many downstream activities, as well as the overall efficiency of the business. In this session, we explain some approaches for establishing a practical forecasting process, evaluate various forecasting methodologies, share some industry benchmarks for success, and discuss key measurements that should be used in controlling the forecasting process.

Archived InSight Courses - click course title from list below

Stratum.Viewer Course

Using Voids to Identify Sales Opportunities (Users)

If you’d like to pinpoint selling opportunities within your customer base using Stratum but don’t know the best way to do it, this class provides some great ideas for you! During it, we discuss how you can use voids (or white spaces) in your Stratum data to identify sales opportunities with accounts that haven’t purchased from you recently but were expected to based on their past purchasing behavior. Thanks for tuning in to this INSIGHT session!

Stratum.Viewer Course

Viewer Express: Overview & Features (Users & Admin)

Listen in to this recording to learn more about Silvon’s newest Stratum addition, Viewer Express, which lets you serve up consistent views of targeted Stratum data to select groups of users so they don’t have to create or manipulate views or reports on their own. This can include key daily flash reports, views that show divisional executives how they’re doing compared to other divisions, and so much more. We take you through a test drive of the menu-driven interface that powers Viewer Express, how users can select what they want to see in their reports using drop-down filter lists, and how you can set up Viewer Express so that no sorting or filtering of the data is required by your users. In this case, all they’d have to do is view the data – it’s that easy!

Stratum.Viewer Course

Creating Report Packets with the Stratum Broadcast Server

During this class we show you how you can create and distribute “packets” of Stratum reports quickly and easily on an ad-hoc or scheduled basis.  This session provides case examples using the Stratum Broadcast Server – one of Silvon’s newest applications for delivering Stratum data to others both inside and external to the business.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Stratum Viewer V6.4 New Features

During this session, we discuss all of the key new features of Version 6.4 of Viewer. We show you how you can now filter and sort on Totals with this latest Viewer release, apply top / bottom filters to the most detailed level drilled to in a View, easily control how Totals are calculated, share Views with other users, assign common home pages to groups of users and more. We also show you Viewer's newly refreshed look-and-feel and easily customizable home page with on-demand access to how-to videos and other user training.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Time & Viewer: Using Time as a Hierarchy (Users)

Tune into this recording on how to use time hierarchies when building your views. Our primary focus is on the use of “time hierarchies” vs. “time ranges” – although both are available to Viewer users and appropriate for different types of views. We cover both basic and more advanced (and unique) applications of time as a hierarchy, including its use in calculations and filters!

Stratum.Viewer Course

Users Lists & Advanced Filtering

This course covers all of the filtering options available to you in Stratum.Viewer.  Learn how to manage filter lists and where to apply filters in a view definition.  See how to create view prompts that are used to filter results.  We also show you how MDX statements can be used to get what you need out of dynamic user lists.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Graphing with Viewer

During this class you’ll learn how you can take Stratum.Viewer graphing to the next level! This session features live demonstrations of discussed techniques vs. the use of static Powerpoint slides. If you’re already familiar with basic graph creation, editing and formatting, you won’t want to miss this class to see how you can enhance what you’re already doing with Viewer to create graphs for visualizing your Stratum data.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Viewer 6.5 – New Features

During this session, we discuss all of the key new features of Versions 6.4 and 6.5 of Viewer.  We demonstrate how to use the new Filter button to streamline the filtering process and some of the shortcuts we’ve added to make filtering faster and more intuitive.  Additionally, we show you some of the new View management features that make finding and managing Views faster and easier. We talk about new ways to control the “All Others” rows and columns to improve performance.  We show you how you can now filter and sort on Totals with this latest Viewer release, apply top / bottom filters to the most detailed level drilled to in a View, easily control how Totals are calculated, share Views with other users, assign common home pages to groups of users and more.  Plus, we discuss Viewer’s customizable home page with on-demand access to how-to videos and other user training. 

Stratum.Viewer Course

Building Enterprise Reports using Viewer and SSRS (Admin)

During this session, we show you how you can enhance the value of your Stratum implementation by leveraging Microsoft Reporting Services with Viewer. We explore various tips and techniques for creating reports that highlight Stratum data. Plus, we show you how you can build reports that link to data outside of Stratum!

Stratum.Viewer Course

V6.4 / V6.5 – New Features

During this session, we discuss all of the key new features of Versions 6.4 and 6.5 of Viewer. We demonstrate how to use the new Filter button to streamline the filtering process and some of the shortcuts we’ve added to make filtering faster and more intuitive. Additionally, we show you some of the new View management features that make finding and managing Views faster and easier. We discuss new ways to control the “All Others” rows and columns to improve performance. We also show you how you can now filter and sort on Totals with this latest Viewer release, apply top / bottom filters to the most detailed level drilled to in a View, easily control how Totals are calculated, share Views with other users, assign common home pages to groups of users and more. Plus, we discuss Viewer’s customizable home page with on-demand access to how-to videos and other user training.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Actions & Broadcast Server (Users & Admin)

During the session, we discuss the differences between Action Scheduling in Viewer and Silvon’s new Broadcast Server. Plus, we show you step-by-step how to schedule actions with the Broadcast Server and easily distribute action-related information to others via email.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Did You Know? Stuff You Should Be Doing With Stratum 2017

Over the years, Silvon’s consultants and many of our customers have uncovered a number of unique ways to do things with Stratum. During this class, we share some of these ideas and discuss several product functions that are very beneficial, but that you may not be leveraging today!

Stratum.Viewer Course

Did You Know? Stuff You Should Be Doing With Stratum

Over the years, Silvon’s consultants and many of our customers have uncovered a number of unique ways to do things with Stratum. During this class, we share many of these ideas with you and also discuss a number of product functions that are very beneficial, but that you may not be leveraging today! For example, we show you how you can allow users to see data even if it’s not stored by some of the dimensions in the View (i.e. like viewing inventory when filtered by Customer, even though Inventory is not stored by customer). We also demonstrate how you can link a Stratum View to another View application, the why’s and how’s of linking Stratum to external websites, and so much more!

Stratum.Viewer Course

Integrating Stratum with Salesforce

Allow your SalesForce (or other CRM) users to quickly get to Stratum with a few simple additions to your SalesForce screens! By allowing access from SalesForce to Stratum the need to import all of your sales and order information up to SalesForce can be eliminated. Let SalesForce be your CRM solution and let Stratum be your BI solution and minimize the need to replicate information between the two. The concepts and techniques for allowing access from SalesForce to Stratum can be used by many applications, not just CRM applications.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Intro to Stratum Broadcast Server

During this webinar, we discuss and demonstrate our newest solution that enables users to schedule and send existing Stratum views of information to other users without having to rely on their IT staffs to do so for them.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Creating Operational Dashboards & Portals (Admin.)

Operational dashboards assist management in directing and managing growth and performance by providing a snapshot of present conditions, highlighting performance against plan, and ensuring early warnings for potential issues. In this session, we show you how you can take advantage of Stratum and Microsoft Sharepoint to create easy (yet powerful) dashboards and performance portals. Our examples will include executive-level displays of various Stratum views complete with graphical indicators, real-time alerts, and drill-down functions for root-cause analysis. Plus, we’ll show you some examples of dashboards consisting of unrelated Web parts (e.g., a collection of Stratum views, favorite Web sites and often-used applications arranged into a personal dashboard for easy access).

Stratum.Viewer Course

Stratum.Viewer Calculations & MDX (Admin.)

Viewer uses MDX (Multi-Dimensional Expressions) to create calculations. If you need to define view definitions with calculated columns, this course will show you how to create various types of common calculations like column difference, percentage calculations and conditional statements, among others. Learn more about how to manipulate time, hierarchies and members in calculations to display the data the way you want it. More advanced functions will be explored to help you take your calculations to the next level. This is a brand new INSIGHT session that’s focused in most part on Advanced Calculations and intended for more experienced administrators of Stratum!

Stratum.Viewer Course

View Building Best Practices (Users)

If you’re tasked with building Stratum Views, this session is packed with practical tips and best-practice techniques for you! We’ll discuss considerations that you should make when creating views in Stratum Viewer, methods for generating views that will “wow” your users, tips for working with parameter groups and view prompting, effective ways for leveraging the View Toolbar, methods for setting up drill-to Views, and more! Plus, we’ll review and demonstrate for you how much easier (and faster!) it is to deal with TIME when building your views and when it makes sense to use the traditional OLAP time of pre-6.0 releases vs. the “ranges of time” that are now available to you in Stratum V6.0 and beyond.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Using Stratum.Viewer Actions

During this class, we’ll provide a quick overview of the Action Scheduling functionality of Viewer and how you can use it to distribute view results via email and file share. Then, we’ll get into the more technical details of setup and the User IDs required.

Stratum.Viewer Course

Web-Based Collaborative Planning with Stratum (Users)

During this INSIGHT session, we’ll discuss the web-based collaborative planning functionality that’s now available using the Stratum Viewer user interface. You’ll get a sneak peek at how to set up a Planning view in Viewer and what’s required to do so. We’ll take you through a few scenarios of entering and changing Plans. Plus, we’ll explain how the Stratum update process handles Plans that have been created in the Stratum web-based Viewer.

Stratum.Viewer Course

User Lists & Filters

We cover all of the filtering options available to you in Stratum.Viewer. Learn how to manage filter lists and where to apply filters in a view definition. See how to create view prompts that are used to filter results. We’ll also show you how MDX statements can be used to get what you need out of dynamic user lists.

Stratum.Planner Course

Planner 6.0 Reporting & Automated Export Groups

Would you like to have Stratum.Planner views automatically emailed to your users as reports? Join us during this session and learn how you can make it happen! This class will show you how you can use Export Groups, Export Data Definitions and the Automated Export Groups (AEG) functionality of Planner to filter a single master view into several user-specific views, save those new views as Excel or PDF files, and then automatically distribute them to your users via email or file share. It’s such a simple way to get Planner information quickly into the hands of those people who need it. If you haven’t done it before, you certainly shouldn’t miss this class!

Stratum Management Course

Change Sets – Relationship Changes (Admin)

This class reviews the various features available to maintain historical data contained in your Stratum database. Change Sets and Relationship Change functionality allow you to realign data as your business changes. Automating this process is also discussed.

Stratum Management Course

Category Administration (Admin.)

During this class, we provide some tips and techniques for managing categories in Stratum. This includes ways to create and assign categories to structure code tables. We show you how to create calculated values and calculated categories. Plus, we review ways to assign View Groups to Categories / Structure Codes and give you some tips for adding or changing dimensions. This is the perfect class for new Administrators or for anyone who could use a little "refresher" on managing categories of data within Stratum.

Stratum Management Course

Stratum Year-End Maintenance (Admin.)

Prepare yourself for the administrative task of getting your Stratum environment ready for next year! This course reviews the steps needed to prepared Stratum.Server / Planner and Stratum.Viewer for the Year 2016 and beyond … and offers suggestions for getting your year-end tasks completed as effectively as possible.

Stratum Management Course

Stratum Uptime & Troubleshooting (Admin.)

Reduce those frantic calls to Silvon’s Support team and get more comfortable in troubleshooting and resolving Stratum.Server load process issues and Viewer cube building issues! In this class we will cover cube backup and recovery, as well as a troubleshooting approach in reviewing the processes involved in moving data from your source into Stratum and from Stratum into Viewer and key logs that can help.

Stratum Management Course

Using Microsoft SSIS to Load Stratum 6.x (Technical)

During this session, we’ll provide an overview of the capabilities of SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) - the powerful SQL Server replacement for DTS that’s used by Stratum for data import. We’ll review the basic process flow and components of the utility. Plus, a demo of the DTS packages currently available for Stratum will be provided.

Stratum Management Course

Stratum.InfoCenter (Administrators)

Attend this class to learn how Stratum.InfoCenter can provide administrators with greater visibility into the usage of Stratum by end-users … giving you the data you need to make more informed decisions related to maintenance, tuning and business process compliance decisions.

General Stratum Course

Integrating Inventory Data in Stratum, Why? (Users)

This session focuses on adding Inventory data to Stratum and the benefits it offers by enabling you to create new avenues of analytics far beyond sales analysis. We show you ways to analyze inventory that’s integrated to your sales data to see key inventory-to-sales ratios and indicators. We demonstrate how you can find out (in a much more timely fashion) if you’re holding too much or too little inventory so you can avoid stock outs and lost sales. You’ll see how actions can be made to alert analysts to potential stock outs or big orders. Plus, we show you creative ways to analyze inventory data even when filtering on a customer dimension.