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The Business Trouble with Spreadsheet Sprawl

Watch this video white paper to learn how to transform your spreadsheet-only processes so you can create flexible and timely plans, budgets, and forecasts.
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Are Spreadsheets Sabotaging Your Profits?

Due to their limitations, using spreadsheets to manage mission-critical business functions is an unacceptable risk. The requirements for finding the right inventory in the right place at the right time are being hampered by spreadsheet forecasts based on inappropriate source data. Packaged software with inventory management and collaborative capabilities will give your supply chain a competitive advantage. Learn how.
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The Case for Spreadsheet Automation: A High ROI Alternative to Traditional Budgeting, Forecasting, and Management Reporting

How can a budget administrator, burdened with the task of gathering data from hundreds of spreadsheets from all over the organization, manage this monumental undertaking? Additionally, how to avoid using a costly packaged budget application that doesn’t take the organization’s business rules into consideration? The solution: a spreadsheet automation tool that easily adapts to the organization’s unique corporate processes.
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Escaping Spreadsheet Chaos to Drive Business Performance

Spreadsheets inhibit a company’s ability to make real-time decisions. Prone to data entry errors, information delivery delays, and a lack of visibility, spreadsheets ultimately limit your ability to grow. While you can see your current budget, profit, or performance through Excel, you lack the ability to drill down further. Of course, it’s all very well to eliminate spreadsheets, but how are you going to replace them?
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Using Simulation to Move beyond the Limitations of Spreadsheet Models

Spreadsheets are great for accounting, but they simply don’t cut it when you need to build realistic and dynamic models of complex business and engineering systems. What can you do when your calculations—and your need for visibility and risk management—demand more than rows and columns? Create and manipulate data and equations, and predict the future behavior of systems, with a flexible, object-based simulation platform.
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Escaping Excel Hell: Budgets and Forecasting

For many companies, spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel are the principal interface for budgets and forecasting. Often, these companies find themselves in “Excel hell,” a state of inefficiency and disruption related to using spreadsheets for collaborative planning. The result: frustration, and decisions based on bad information. Learn about solutions that can help your company stay out of “Excel hell.”
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Zemeter Solutions Bears Fruit for Sunsweet Growers

For dried fruit producer Sunsweet, a spreadsheet-based planning system just wasn’t working. After reviewing several solutions, Sunsweet selected the Zemeter supply chain planning suite to eliminate the repetitive work involved in spreadsheet management. Zemeter’s accurate forecasting and planning process ended up saving Sunsweet money by increasing production line efficiency and reducing overruns by 18 percent.
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Meeting Business Challenges through Integrated Performance Management

Today’s finance executives must meet a growing number of complex demands and economic challenges to enable their company’s growth, profit, and risk objectives. Performance management (PM) capabilities such as financial modeling, profitability reporting, planning, budgeting and forecasting, and delivery of key performance information across the enterprise to a broader audience is more important than ever. Find out why.
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Standards for Financial Plans

Large companies can afford to develop their own budget and forecast systems, but for small businesses, there’s only one choice—the spreadsheet. But spreadsheet financial plans are all over the map—no rules, no procedures, no consistent formatting, and minimal GAAP accounting. This white paper proposes standards that can help entrepreneurs and small business owners create, format,and manage financial plans.
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Why and When to Get Out of Spreadsheets and Into HR Software

Spreadsheets have been the standard way to manage data since the 1980s, but at some point may become a pain and liability for the business. In this white paper we recognize the practice of using spreadsheets to track employee data, and discuss when and why it makes sense to start using dedicated HR software and the benefits. We focus on small and medium businesses and review a checklist of what to look for when considering HR software for your organization.
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