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Host Analytics Modeling Cloud Simplifies Planning and Reporting

Our benchmark research on next-generation business planning finds that a large majority of companies rely on spreadsheets to manage planning processes. For example, four out of five use them for supply chain planning, and about two-thirds for...

Posted August 20, 2015    

Optimization Analytics Comes to the Mass Market

Optimization is the application of algorithms to sets of data to guide executives and managers in making the best decisions. It’s a trending topic because using optimization technologies and techniques to better manage a variety of day-to-day...

Posted August 14, 2015    

The Strategic Tax Department Is a Priority for Longview

Longview’s recent Dialog user group meeting highlighted the company’s continued commitment to providing much needed automation tools for improving tax department performance – tools that enable the tax function to play a more strategic role in...

Posted July 31, 2015    

New Revenue Recognition Rules Require Software

For most of the past decade businesses that decided not to pay attention to proposed changes in revenue recognition rules have saved themselves time and frustration as the proponents’ timetables have slipped and roadmaps have changed. The new...

Posted June 3, 2015    

Order-to-Cash Cycle for Revenue Recognition

Revenue recognition standards for companies that use contracts are in the process of changing, as I covered in an earlier perspective. As part of managing their transition to these standards, CFOs and controllers should initiate a full-scale review...

Posted May 28, 2015    

Adaptive Insights Highlights Importance of Strategic Finance

Adaptive Insights held its annual user group meeting recently. A theme sounded in several keynote sessions was the importance of finance departments playing a more strategic role in their companies. Some participating customers described how...

Posted May 1, 2015    

SaaS Buyers and Customers Beware: Data Issues Are Cloudy

There’s a long history of companies not paying close enough attention to the contractual elements of acquiring software. Today, this extends into the world of cloud computing. Many companies are choosing to acquire software services through cloud-...

Posted April 29, 2015    

Deciding When to Replace ERP Is Complicated

A company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is one of the pillars of its record-keeping and process management architecture and is central to many of its critical functions. It is the heart of its accounting and financial record-keeping...

Posted December 22, 2014    

Intacct Improves Cloud of Collaboration, Payments and Reporting

Financial management software provider Intacct recently held its fourth annual user conference. In addition to a long list of enhancements in current and upcoming product releases, the company used the occasion to announce Intacct Collaborate,...

Posted November 27, 2014    

Data-Driven Business Processes Essential for Optimization

When applying information technology to drive better business performance, companies and the systems integrators that assist them often underestimate the importance of organizing data management around processes. For example, companies that do not...

Posted October 17, 2014    

Oracle Financials Is in the Cloud

Like most vendors of on-premises ERP and financial management software, in moving to the cloud Oracle has focused on developing for existing and potential customers the option of multitenant software as a service (SaaS). (I’m using the term “ERP” in...

Posted September 23, 2014    

The Interplay of Software and Hardware with Business and Consumers

“What’s next?” is the perennially insistent question in information technology. One common observation about the industry holds that cycles of innovation alternate between hardware and software. New types and forms of hardware enable innovations in...

Posted September 12, 2014