Planning for Business Resilience

In the past, most businesses have operated more or less effectively with a certain level of downtime—whether required to maintain systems, applications, and data, or to produce daily analysis reports. Unfortunately, today’s emphasis on ever-greater productivity and profitability means that downtime becomes an obstacle to improving perfor¬mance and delivering value—the two essential conditions that make your business competitive.

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

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Change may be the only constant in business. But why do so many companies lock themselves into a rigid system of annual plans, budgets, and targets that make rapid response to changing markets—and increasing competition—difficult, if not impossible? Discover how you can replace tedious annual planning cycles with regular business performance reviews and rolling forecasts, for more informed and accurate decision making. Read More

Why Enterprise Resource Planning Software Is Your Best Business Intelligence Tool

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If a business is going to successfully operate competitively, it needs to expand its analytics processes beyond the rear-view mirror. In-context analytics derived from both historical information and real-time data provides more accurate and intuitively structured intelligence. Accessing this information through a built-in BI tool within an ERP environment enhances the process and empowers users to improve business outcomes in real time. Read More

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Case Study: CBH Group

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Facing a projected 400 percent increase in transactional volumes for its key grain handling application, CBH Group needed to boost performance, resilience, and availability. Learn how the company’s new server consolidation and virtualization program helped it achieve a 400 percent increase in transaction volumes, cut costs, reduce power and cooling requirements, and enable rapid response to new business requirements. Read More

A Practical Framework for Business Intelligence and Planning in Midsize Companies

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Every company needs a clear set of goals and objectives to achieve maximum benefits from its business intelligence (BI) and planning projects. But a company must do more than state its goals to achieve its BI and planning objectives. It needs a working framework that provides a blueprint for success. Learn how a software solution can provide essential BI and planning functions while setting the stage for future growth. Read More

Planning at the Business Unit Level

Planning at the business unit level is most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to format and consolidate. While business units can’t escape from “spreadsheet hell” using a corporate business performance management (BPM) system, they can streamline planning and analysis processes with the right software solution. Find out how. Read More
 
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