Financial Times Insight: Business Growth

Even in tough economic times, innovative small-to-midsized companies can still find opportunities for growth. Technology and business software solutions like enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), product lifecycle management (PLM), and supplier relationship management (SRM) can help your company ride out the global economic downturn. Find out how.

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IBM Cognos Insight: Guiding Business Managers to Better Outcomes with Personal Analytics

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Business users need a simple but powerful way to navigate through data and find the insights to make timely, critical business decisions. This paper explores how IBM Cognos® Insight, a breakthrough personal analytics tool, enables business managers to improve performance within their functional areas. It describes the software’s core features and benefits, provides examples of several typical business applications, and explains how Cognos Insight provides a growth path to enterprise analytics. 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

Is an ERP Cloud Solution on Your Horizon: Five Signs You Are Ready to Make the Move

Globally expanding businesses have new needs and must face the challenges and demands of international markets. This is especially important for midsize companies, which require the ability to rapidly adapt to new markets. As businesses expand to international markets, accounting operations and systems must provide support for complex growth in international transactions. These demands mean changes or even replacements to entry-level based accounting systems, along with constant upgrades as needs change. But having a plethora of accounting applications can actually make managing finances more difficult. Consolidation of information is the key to success.

Oracle’s cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a way for companies to access their financial resources over the Internet in one information cloud. Accessing a unified system of information, the cloud, is a way for companies to remain competitive without having to overhaul or upgrade entire financial systems time and again. Oracle’s ERP cloud application provides a sophisticated IT operational base to protect financial data, but also provides support network with back-up and recovery capabilities and multiple data residency locales to protect your data.

This white paper looks at how an ERP cloud can provide companies with the ability to grow financially as demand necessitates, without having to acquire new software. Learn how a cloud-based system can modernize your business, leveraging information for efficiency by giving access to standardized financial information across departments, as well as over multiple devices allowing for decisions to occur in real time.  Read More

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Optimizing Financial Performance for a Competitive Edge

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In addition to traditional duties like financial planning, reporting, and governance, chief financial officers (CFOs) and financial managers are being tasked with more strategic responsibilities. Learn how the right data, performance management applications, and resources can help finance managers improve operational efficiency, ensure regulatory compliance, and control performance for maximized profitability. Read More

Ensuring Profitable Growth: Best Practices for the Chemicals Industry

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Chemical companies struggle with outdated manufacturing and financial systems, often not reaching their profitable goals. How can they give customers high-quality chemical products while improving the bottom line? Industry best practices can help you gain control over every aspect of your business by increasing your visibility into operations, helping production go more smoothly, and reducing costs and lead times. Read More

The Strategic CFO: Success Secrets of High-performing Finance Teams

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Finance executives must meet a growing number of challenges if their companies are to continue being profitable. So how can they deliver strong performance in every aspect of their businesses? The answer: by deploying a corporate financial management system that expands the capabilities of their core activities—a system that extends its reach to automate other processes within the enterprise. Read More
 
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