Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting: Managing in Uncertain Economic Times

New economic conditions are driving companies to become increasingly cautious about the near future. But focusing on improving flexibility to dynamically account for change shifts focus away from budget accuracy—putting you at risk of falling short of shareholder expectations. To achieve best-in-class status, you must plan, budget, and forecast more efficiently for improved agility, accuracy, and corporate performance.

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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

What Keeps You Up At Night? 7 Logistics Challenges, and How to Solve Them

Even in the best of economic times, those in the transportation industry face daily obstacles—such as unstable fuel costs, providing superior customer satisfaction, improving driver and resource productivity, and maintaining healthy business growth—that keep executives up at night. Let’s address the seven most important logistics challenges (and figure out how you can sleep peacefully)! Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth

For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.  Read More

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Spreadsheets: An Inadequate Solution for Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting

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Planning and Forecasting: Use Continuous Planning and Rolling Forecasts to Support Adaptive Management

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