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  • CFO Research in partnership with Host Analytics recently conducted a survey of financial professionals. The result of the survey is the eBook - What CFOs Need to Know about Enterprise Performance Management. This eBook explores a number of issues for CFOs to consider about cloud-based EPM solutions including:

    • Why finance needs to phase out spreadsheets
    • The benefits of cloud-based technologies to streamline planning and financial reporting
    • The advantages of partnering with IT and business leaders to transform EPM
    • A look at the future of EPM solutions

    Below is the introduction of the eBook -

    Posted by on December 1, 2017
    Topics: CFO
  • According to a July 2017 survey by CFO Research and Host Analytics, finance departments are under mounting pressure to deliver budgeting, planning, and forecasting (BPF) data more rapidly, and to integrate the processes involved in BPF across the enterprise.

    Nearly 75 percent of senior finance executives that responded to the survey say they face rising pressure to more tightly integrate BPF processes and to deliver financial data faster; while 79 percent say that the demands on them to improve collaboration among key decision makers are increasing. It’s clear from the survey that finance

    Posted by on November 28, 2017
  • 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  Is your organization held back by outdated, legacy budgeting or reporting applications?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

    Posted by on August 24, 2017
    Topics: Planning
  • Driver-based planning is an approach to planning and management that is focused on identifying an organization's key business and value drivers and then creating business plans and budgets based on these key drivers. 

    The goal of driver-based planning is to focus business plans on the factors that are most critical to driving success, then creating mathematical models that enable managers to run scenarios based on these drivers to understand the impact on projected business results.

    For example, driver-based planning can be useful in long-range strategic planning, where Finance executives

    Posted by on August 22, 2017
  • Making the commitment to reduce reliance on Excel, or legacy applications, and moving to packaged enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions for processes such as budgeting, planning, financial consolidation, and reporting is a step in the right direction. 

    However, some organizations fall into the trap of selecting an EPM solution that only meets their immediate needs and doesn’t support future requirements.  By thinking about current and future needs when evaluating and selecting EPM solutions, organizations can avoid costly replacements and get a higher ROI from their EPM

    Posted by on August 17, 2017
  • As the final days of summer tick away, many organizations are beginning to think about their planning and budgeting for the 2018 fiscal year. What's your approach?

    Is your organization still plagued by a long, detailed, and painful annual budgeting process?  Do you spend most of the year explaining variances against a budget that was obsolete shortly after it was approved?  If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then it may be time to embrace the concept of “continuous planning.”

    This was the focus of a recent webinar sponsored by Host Analytics titled “Continuous Dynamic Planning: The

    Posted by on August 15, 2017
    Topics: Budgeting