Unified Planning and Consolidation: A Wise Investment for Mid-sized Companies

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This paper examines the imperative for midsize companies to not only move away from the use of spreadsheets but ensure they use unified solutions in the core performance management disciplines of financial consolidation and planning. Unified planning and consolidation refers to systems that are specifically architected to use a common platform and data structure with a common user interface.

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Finance Executives on the Value of Technology Investment for Midsize Companies

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Once you are able to provide people easy access to a little bit of information, they start asking for more—which ultimately sets a foundation for leveraging information to make better decisions. Read this report to learn why an integrated business intelligence (BI) and planning solution helps maximize the return on investment (ROI) in technology for midsize companies. Read More

Analytics and Big Data for the Mid-Market

Midsize companies increasingly have to grapple with big data, but determining which solutions among all the options will best help extract business value from their data is challenging. This report focused on 69 mid-market organizations, offers guidance to these smaller companies on how they might narrow the options by revealing which technology enablers are prevalent in the mid-market, investigating which features are most used by top performing companies, and showing how these solutions provide tangible benefits to line-of-business operations.  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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