Cantaloupe Systems Launches Seed Spotlight, Fast and Easy-to-Use Custom Reporting Tools for Seed Office
The Reports You Want, When You Want Them – Just-In-Time Business Intelligence
San Francisco, CA – April 18, 2017 – Cantaloupe Systems, the premier provider of cloud and mobile solutions for vending, micro markets, and OCS, today announced its release of Seed Spotlight™, an easy-to-use report writer that enables Seed Office users to build, run, and share customized reports about any part of their business without requiring database expertise or other advanced technical skills.
“I love the new report writer because I can pull anything about our operation—sales, service, warehouse, financials, you name it—and get it into the format I want”, explained Duncan Smith, Vice President and COO of All Star Services, a vending, OCS, and micro markets operator in Port Huron, MI. “I don’t have the budget or time to hire database developers to build custom reports. I just want to sit down and get information I need to run my business. Seed Spotlight lets me do it myself and do it fast. Now I’m in charge of my data!”
Seed Spotlight is easy to use. To build a report, users answer one question and then add columns using a simple search-engine interface. Once added, columns can be rearranged, renamed, and otherwise modified to fit the unique needs of each operation. Pre-built reports, for common tasks like financial statements, provide out-of-the-box reporting but also serve as examples that users can copy and modify to suit their needs.
Seed Spotlight reports are very, very fast. Most reports finish in just a few seconds, compared to minutes or even hours with traditional server-based VMS reporting. With Seed Spotlight, the days of long lunches or overnight waits for report results are over! Results can also be exported to Excel for further analysis.
Seed Spotlight provides just-in-time delivery for business analytics. “Our customers run data-driven businesses. At any moment, they want to know what’s selling and what’s not. They rely on data to make decisions,” said Anant Agrawal, Co-founder and President of Cantaloupe Systems. “Every customer has different reporting requirements, so ‘canned reports’ aren’t enough. Now with Seed Spotlight, operators can easily create custom reports on the fly, save them for later, or share them with co-workers.”
With Seed Spotlight operators can now avoid the pitfalls of building their own custom reporting software. “In a previous job managing a large multi-branch vending company, I was responsible for a custom data warehouse that we built because our VMS reporting was too inflexible,” observed Terry Rinck, a Cantaloupe Systems implementation consultant, “It was OK initially, but we couldn’t upgrade our VMS because it would break our reports, and we had to keep an expensive database developer on retainer. If we’d had Seed Spotlight, we’d never have built our own system, and we’d have saved a ton of money.”
Seed Spotlight provides comprehensive data about sales, warehouse, service tickets, product cost, commissions, taxes, assets, customers, products, and more. Operators can also add their own data using Seed Spotlight’s Custom Fields feature, making it easy to extend reports with operator-specific requirements like specialized accounting codes.
Seed Spotlight will be automatically available at no additional charge for Seed Office operators, as part of the monthly release of Seed Cloud that starts rollout next week. Future releases will enhance Seed Spotlight further. “Like all Seed Cloud features, we’re going to make Seed Spotlight better over time,” noted Justin Grant, Cantaloupe Systems’ VP of Product Management, “And as a hosted service we never need our customers to install software or manage servers.”
To learn more or request a demo of Seed Spotlight, Seed Office, and the rest of Seed Cloud, contact Cantaloupe Systems at http://seed.cantaloupesys.com/seed-spotlight.html or 415-525-8100.
About Cantaloupe Systems
Cantaloupe Systems is the vending industry’s premier provider of cloud-based, mobile technologies that deliver an integrated end-to-end vending and payment solution for cashless vending, dynamic route scheduling, automated pre-kitting and merchandising and inventory management…all accessible by any mobile device. With a combined 100+ years vending experience, Cantaloupe Systems’ expert consultation team can help vending operators modernize their vending business resulting in increased revenue, greater route efficiencies and streamlined back office administration. Hundreds of customers, with hundreds of thousands machines connected, rely on Cantaloupe Systems’ innovative solutions to give them full control and visibility over their operations, their inventory and their people so they can more proactively, predictably and competitively run their business. Learn more about smarter vending at cantaloupesys.com.
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