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Achieving agility in financial planning, budgeting and forecasting requires more than just views into historical performance data. It requires organizations to plan, analyze predictive data, and collaborate across departments and teams.

This research brief hones in on... more >

Today's business environment has driven new imperatives for agile planning, budgeting and forecasting. However, getting there is easier said than done. This handy four-step guide distills the key insights from the recent Aberdeen Group report.

Staying Ahead of the... more >

What does it take to be an agile enterprise?

In today's volatile business environment, agility is essential for creating accurate forecasts, taking advantage of opportunities, and driving course correction when adverse events happen. As the speed of business... more >

In this report we reveal in-depth research about what makes Silicon Valley startups successful. The report is a 50 page analysis based on data from 650+ web startups. The report was coauthored by Berkeley & Stanford faculty members. Other contributors include Steve Blank... more >

While nearly all high growth technology startups have historically emerged from no more than 3-4 startup ecosystems, namely Silicon Valley and Boston, this trend appears to have reached its end. Simultaneous with a global explosion of entrepreneurship has been an explosion in... more >

Imagine a rich seam of minerals under ground. We’ve poked around and we know its there: lots of value just waiting to be uncovered. Imagine too that we also know there is a market, growing larger each month, with an insatiable demand for consuming these treasures. Now,... more >

What makes startups succeed or fail? The Startup Genome Project is trying to answer this question. We believe increasing the success rate of startups has the potential to dramatically increase economic growth all around the world. On May 28th we released our first report. On... more >

As your business joins the subscription economy, you need a new business model, one whose focus shifts from one-time transactions to long-term, recurring customer relationships. In the software world, categories like ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer... more >

For thriving businesses, the initial public offering (IPO) is a major milestone, as your company receives a capital infusion and undergoes a far greater degree of financial scrutiny from auditors, regulators, and investors. In most respects, the reporting, process, and... more >

The hype cycle surrounding cloud computing has been mounting, leading many companies to invest in Software as a Service (SaaS). Front office applications such as salesforce automation (SFA) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions have led the way. These “... more >

Managing the growth of a software business, whether selling traditional on-premises software or SaaS, is far more likely to be successful when management is metrics-driven and has good visibility into all the key performance indicators described in this paper. With greater... more >

There is no doubt that implementing an integrated performance management system is a complex undertaking, but successful companies no longer believe it to be a “nice to have”, but now more of a “need to have”.

This complimentary eBook, authored by Ventana Research,... more >

The democratization of data is the process of expanding business information and the tools to analyze it out to a much broader audience than traditionally has had access. In most companies, the IT department has long been the gatekeeper of BI and analytical tools, not because... more >

Security – the one thing that keeps CFO’s awake at night. Not long ago, security was viewed as one of the biggest obstacles to widespread adoption of cloud-based technology. Couple that with the risk of putting sensitive company data in the hands of a third-party provider.... more >

Change – your friend or your enemy? Change is inevitable, and often provides an opportunity for growth, but it’s how you embrace it that makes all the difference.

Make change your friend by embracing the real power of cloud technology. Spend less time and money... more >

The time is now. No longer are people talking about the risks of moving to the cloud – they are talking about the risks of NOT moving to the cloud.

The benefits of moving to the cloud are undeniable, and while many companies are moving in this direction, such decisions... more >

Report after report suggests that forward thinking organizations either plan to, or have moved to the cloud. The numbers don’t lie.

CFOs are no longer seen as bean counters in the back office juggling numbers. They are more than ever a critical member of the C level... more >

Constant economic churn and technological change have made profitable growth more elusive than ever. As today’s CFOs try to improve their companies’ decisions, however, many are impeded by financial systems environments where information is inconsistent, incomplete and... more >

Every services finance executive is feeling the pressure these days. You've got to manage your cash flow and improve your bottom line in an uncertain economy. But how?

This exclusive guide—written and designed for CFOs and finance executives in the services... more >

Service Performance Insight (SPI Research) believes the professional services market is back – showing growth rates in excess of 10%. This growth bodes well for PS executives who work to expand geographically and introduce new services. However, it is not... more >

Software finance executives are feeling the pain—you've got to help your company navigate out of the downturn, while keeping up with the demands of your CEO and board.

In this guide, written by and designed for software and SaaS CFOs and finance executives,... more >

Financial leaders today balance the need to manage an increasing level of business complexity with the need for speed. In today's complicated business climate, is your accounting software helping you grow and compete—or holding you back? How do you begin to research, evaluate... more >

Learn the best practices to avoiding common audit-related pitfalls.

Independent external audits of GAAP financial statements are an inescapable reality for finance professionals. External audits are required by statute for public companies and are also... more >

Every finance executive is feeling the pressure these days, struggling to provide greater and more strategic value to their organizations but spending significant amounts of time managing inefficient accounting processes. You've got to manage your cash flow... more >

With complex regulations, continually evolving interpretations and stiff penalties, the mission-critical task of revenue management is more complex than ever. 66% of companies fail to evaluate the revenue impact of deferred revenue, and a whopping 92% of public companies say... more >

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