• Now that the dust is settling on the 2016 year-end close, and the 2017 budget is finalized (hopefully), Finance teams should be thinking about potential improvement goals for 2017. 

    But what are some of the latest trends in Finance and enterprise performance management (EPM) that organizations can take advantage of this year?  To help answer that question, Host Analytics has invited Craig Schiff, CEO of BPM Partners, an advisory services firm that helps clients address their performance management challenges, to join us on a webinar titled: “5 Predictions That Will Transform the Finance

    Posted by on January 11, 2017
    Topics: EPM
  • For years now, there’s been much speculation on when finance would move fully to the cloud. The conversation is heating up again as investments in SaaS are growing by more than 20 percent per year, according to Forrester Research. 

    Based on insight from Forrester, some of the strongest drivers for this are:

    • The need for business agility
    • The speed of implementing software
    • The ability to focus valuable resources on other critical projects
    • The ability to reduce costs
    • The ability to deliver new functionality fast
    • The ability to regulate and automate how enterprise software is upgraded
    • The

    Posted by on December 29, 2016
    Topics: Cloud
  • The Bob Dylan song “The Times They Are a Changin’” certainly rings true for what’s happening in the world of Accounting and Finance these days. 

    In addition to new regulatory guidelines impacting areas, such as revenue recognition and lease accounting, the digital economy is creating new challenges and opportunities for Accounting and Finance professionals. 

    At the recent Host Analytics Future of Finance Tour events, industry guru Brian Sommer highlighted the impact of the digital economy on Accounting and Finance and “the new game plan” that’s needed to fully leverage these changes.  I

    Posted by on November 8, 2016
  • Have we arrived at the tipping point in the adoption of cloud applications in Finance?  By all indications, it appears we have. This was further validated in a recent Gartner research report titled “Finance Moving to the Cloud: The Steps to Take and the Benefits You Can Expect.” 

    This is encouraging news and correlates with recent surveys of Finance executives on the adoption of and interest in cloud-based applications.  Adoption appears to be accelerating as Finance departments are becoming more confident in the security of cloud applications and more aware of the benefits.

    Gartner Sees

    Posted by on October 20, 2016
    Topics: Cloud
  • Finance is often flying half blind.  Charged with tasks such as budgeting, planning, forecasting, and reporting Finance executives are often only able to see half the picture: the limited amount of data that they have.

    This data is is usually limited to simply the planned or projected revenue and expenditures versus the actual revenue and expenditures. They often have no access to the data that tells the "how and why" that could lead to more accurate planning and forecasting.

    What is the solution? The solution is to break down the data silos and combine the data from other applications into

    Posted by on September 15, 2016
    Topics: Finance

    2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year in business.  Great Britain’s exit from the European Union and the upcoming US presidential election will certainly impact the global economy.

    If that’s not enough to worry about, add on new regulations such as the new overtime and revenue recognition rules, as well as volatility in oil prices – all of which make it difficult to plan and forecast for 2017. 

    Navigating Change

    The business landscape is changing and evolving. How will your Finance team adapt to these changes and make an impact in your organization? That’s the focus of The Future of

    Posted by on August 16, 2016