More than three decades after their introduction, the popularity of spreadsheets shows no sign of abating. Spreadsheets are the de facto ‘workhorse’ of the finance function and have ridden out every successive advance in technology. They can be found on laptops, viewed on... more >
Spreadsheets often suffer a bad press at the hands of the Business Intelligence software industry and other business stakeholders (auditors, regulators) who favour limiting their use or displacing them from core financial management applications. Yet despite the many... more >
As global competition continues to intensify, investors and boards are demanding more top-line growth as a way to further increase shareholder value. Many are pursuing this growth in revenues and earnings through mergers or acquisitions, which are some of the more challenging... more >
While business performance management (BPM) software, also referred to as EPM and CPM for enterprise and corporate performance management respectively, has progressed into its third generation and joined the migration to cloud architecture, some usability and participation... more >
The past decade has seen an explosion of data, one that is fundamentally transforming how businesses make decisions and improve their bottom lines. For business executives who seek to respond to market movements, timely decision-making is more critical than ever. However,... more >
Over the past decade, senior executives have increasingly demanded more from financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals. Corporate leaders who once might have been satisfied with assessments informed by intuition now demand data-driven guidance for the decisions... more >
As cloud storage solutions have become more and more popular, understanding what that means for the security of your business documentation is crucial.
There are many types of cloud file sharing and storage solutions, at all price levels- from free up to hundreds of... more >
Business collect, track and analyze data from a wider and deeper set of sources than ever before. They use these analytics-based insights increasingly in every aspect of their business - to assess financial performance, process quality, operational status, risk and even... more >
While most enterprises understand the value of an enterprise performance management (EPM) solution, they often find it difficult to justify its benefits and accurately know its costs. As with BI investments, EPM frequently involves significant hidden costs and upfront... more >
Running a successful business starts with effective planning and performance management, and the data you generate during these critical processes is among the most important and sensitive in your organization. A miscalculation, oversight, or a security breach could be... more >
Nephophobia is the scientific term for a fear of clouds. The origin of the word is Greek – nepho meaning clouds and phobia meaning fear. People suffering from Nephophobia are afraid of clouds in the sky and even cloud photos can cause extreme anxiety.
The fear of... more >
SPI Research (SPI) presents key performance metrics, latest trends, market predictions, and critical business processes designed to empower you to compare, diagnose and improve performance. This lauded report compares surveys from over 250 participants and provides seven-... more >
Regulation is nothing new for the financial services industry: Rules governing banks and insurance companies have existed for centuries. However, in the wake of the 2008-09 financial crises, governments worldwide have imposed even more rules, intensifying the compliance... more >
What’s the real business value of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) applications to CPG, manufacturing and supply chain organizations? It’s a question that forward thinking finance professionals are asking as they consider investments in technology to improve how they... more >
“Integrate the operations plan with the financial plan. Let’s operate with one set of numbers.” It sounds so easy, but it is not. This document is designed as a guide for the financial group to align plans across the company and use technologies to maximize... more >
CFOs have always served as the patron of financial data – both inside and outside of their companies. Over the years, however, the focus of this role has shifted. As internal business requirements continue to grow, today’s CFOs are expected to focus on supporting management... more >
Our year of birth is both unique and important, because the events we witnessed, the cultural attitudes we live with, and the beliefs of our era have built certain values, attitudes, and behaviors, which then manifest themselves as expectations at work. These behaviors and... more >
Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals are in danger of becoming obsolete as more companies outsource administrative, compliance, and generalist functions. Many titles are rapidly going the way of the dinosaur, and FP&A appears to be on the same path... more >
Most companies need to accelerate their accounting close. Our recent benchmark research found that, on average, companies take longer to complete this process than they did five years ago: 8.0 days vs. 7.5 days for the quarterly close and 7.2 days vs. 6.5 days for the monthly... more >
Whether you call it ‘forecasting’ or ‘planning’, the key is to enable a continuous process that delivers real-time, up-to-date information to drive effective business decisions.
Download this whitepaper to learn how you can bring everyone in your organization into your... more >