Well, summer is coming to an end soon – vacations are winding down, kids will be going back to school, and many of you in Finance will be starting the planning and budgeting process for 2018.
This is also a good time to evaluate your approach to budgeting, planning, and reporting, and to think about how you can improve. Are you struggling through these processes with spreadsheets and email? Is your organization held back by outdated, legacy budgeting or reporting applications? If so, maybe it’s time for a new approach.
Host Analytics recently sponsored a series of webinars focused on helping organizations understand best practices in budgeting, planning, and forecasting and how cloud-based planning solutions can help them adopt more dynamic and agile planning techniques.
Here’s a summary of these recent events with links to the replays.
Why Budgeting, Planning, and Reporting are Moving to the Cloud. In this webinar, we cover the capabilities and advantages of cloud-based budgeting, planning, and reporting solutions and why the industry is now embracing the cloud as the preferred method of deploying new applications.
Continuous, Dynamic Planning: The CFO’s 2018 Mandate. In this webinar, we review how organizations that implement dynamic, driver-based planning allow Finance to deliver strategic value in three key ways. By acting as trusted advisors across departmental lines. By identifying the right growth opportunities. And by providing senior management with a dynamic financial plan that informs better decisions across the enterprise.
5 Ways to Ease the Pain of Budgeting Season. In this webinar, we discuss the key market trends in budgeting, planning, and forecasting and the 5 best practices companies are adopting to reduce reliance on spreadsheets and email, and to ease the pain of annual budgeting.
Reduce Reliance on Excel: Streamline Planning and Forecasting. Watch this webinar to learn how leading organizations are reducing reliance on spreadsheets and email by moving their budgeting and planning processes to the cloud. Find out how they’re easing the pain of collecting and consolidating annual budgets, gaining more line management participation, and accelerating the process as a result.
Budgeting, planning, forecasting, and reporting don’t have to be a painful process. With the right people, processes, and technologies, organizations can transform these processes from dreaded annual rituals to productive business processes that help improve business performance.
For more information about these and other webinar replays, and to access white papers, analyst reports and customer case studies, visit the Host Analytics Resource Center.
About the Author:
John O’Rourke is Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Host Analytics. With a background in accounting and finance, John has over 30 years of experience in the software industry and 20 years of experience in EPM product marketing at Hyperion Solutions, Oracle and Host Analytics. He has worked with many customers and partners on financial reporting and planning initiatives and has spoken and written on many topics in EPM. John has also held positions in strategic marketing and product marketing at Dun & Bradstreet Software, Kenan Systems, and Decisyon. John has a BS degree in accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from Boston College.