Best Practices for Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting

Corporate budgeting, forecasting, and reporting presents a formidable challenge to most companies, regardless of size or industry. Companies that are able to address budgeting obstacles and improve their process will not only be rewarded with more accurate budgets, more timely re-forecasts, and improved decision-making, but also foster a disciplined financial management culture that will deliver a true competitive advantage

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Transforming Spreadsheets: Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting for Midsize Companies

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This white paper describes how workgroups and midsize companies can transform their spreadsheet-only processes to create flexible and timely plans, budgets, and forecasts. It outlines recommendations for implementing a complete performance management system, using an integrated reporting, analysis, and planning solution purpose-built for workgroups and midsize companies. Read More

Deploy Tactical, Affordable, Scalable Analytics

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Self-service solutions empower business users to drive decision making. IBM analytics solutions are easy to install, configure, manage, and secure, and they scale to a broad set of users. Leaders have access to data across the business. These solutions deliver a unified experience across Web, mobile, and desktop, including solutions for reporting, analysis, predictive analytics, planning, forecasting, and regulatory reporting. Read More

Guide to IT Best Practices in Application-Aware Network Performance Management

Businesses are constantly striving to do more with fewer resources, and information technology (IT) departments are subject to the same pressures. They must contend with a growing number of applications and an increasingly complex infrastructure. The IT department’s arsenal includes tools for monitoring network, application, server, database, and end user performance, but typically they are not integrated with each other. That means that it’s end users who are detecting poor application performance, and the role of the IT team is reactive.

A modern performance management solution must be easy to use, include comprehensive alerting, and offer reporting that correlates data from each component of an application and the underlying infrastructure. Application-aware network performance management (AANPM) tools aim to provide a holistic view of the performance of interdependent applications, servers, and networks. Such cross-platform visibility enables the IT department to ensure high-performance delivery of critical business applications.

This white paper describes the trends in application performance and network diagnostic tools and the drivers of AANPM. You’ll learn about best practices for implementing AANPM and discover some enterprise use cases. Read More

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Planning and Budgeting: Improving Effectiveness through Best Practices and Technology

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Planning and budgeting are critical components of any company’s performance management initiative, as they are a means of translating strategy into a coherent set of initiatives and provide a basis for objective assessment and alignment. But how well are companies achieving this? Read this benchmark research that examined the process, technology, and other components that reveal how effective planning and budgeting are. Read More

Unified Business Performance Management: How to Streamline Budgeting, Reporting, Analysis, and Forecasting

Why aren’t most companies able to achieve exceptional performance given that they have standard budgeting, analysis, and forecasting processes in place? It is because they don’t have a unified, integrated financial management process. Discover the benefits of a unified approach and the technologies that enable companies to adopt business performance management (BPM) best practices in just days or weeks, at an affordable price. Read More

Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Software Evaluation and Selection Guide

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Enterprise planning—budgeting, forecasting, and reporting—is a crucial component of financial management that contributes to companies’ success. However, planning is often seen as a time-consuming burden. Find out how an enterprise planning system can help you deliver more timely and reliable plans and enhance strategic decision making, to more quickly identify, analyze, and forecast the impact of changes as they occur. Read More
 
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