Spreadsheets: An Inadequate Solution for Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting

Mid-size organizations have been conducting their budgeting and forecasting through a readily-available, inexpensive, and easy-to-use application—the spreadsheet. But spreadsheets fail to support complex planning processes, which involve multiple people, require real-time access to data, and demand comprehensive security. Discover how the Adaptive Planning budgeting and planning application can help you meet these needs.

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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

CFO's Guide to Cloud Expense Management Software

Very few executives consider the money and time lost by using Excel or other spreadsheets and systems to complete expense reports the old-fashioned way. A recent survey found that 53 percent of businesses are still managing their travel expenses manually. Chief financial officers (CFOs) need to know about the benefits offered by the next evolution of the expense reporting process—Web- and cloud-based automated expense management systems. Read More

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Transforming Spreadsheets: Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting for Midsize Companies

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