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The Financial Close: Optimizing Performance and Driving Financial Excellence
“Financial close” is a company’s ability to complete accounting cycles and produce financial statements for internal management and external legal reporting@and

financial financial  Financial Close: Optimizing Performance and Driving Financial Excellence The Financial Close: Optimizing Performance and Driving Financial Excellence If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt St

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Optimizing Financial Performance for a Competitive Edge


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.

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Financial Packages


Financial packages encompass modules for bookkeeping and making sure that accounts are paid or received on time.

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Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) for Financial Packages Certification Report


Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of financial packages in TEC’s Accounting Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Financial Reporting-Who Needs It?


Solid financial reporting applications are as different from run-of-the-mill reporting tools as financial accountancy is from bookkeeping. Organizations routinely use common reporting tools for management accounting. But financial reporting applications can elaborate financial statements for external users, helping organizations to share information as necessary and comply with disclosure requirements. TEC analyst Jorge García discusses the benefits of financial reporting tools.

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TEC 2012 Financial Software Packages for Medium and Large Enterprises Buyer's Guide


Accounting and financial management is one of the most mature enterprise software markets, but that doesn’t mean it’s stopped evolving. TEC analyst Aleksey Osintsev walks you through the latest developments in financials and accounting solutions and looks at how trends like cloud computing, mobility, and social media are reshaping the industry. The guide also includes feature lists, vendor comparison charts, thought leadership from industry experts, and real-world case studies.

Accounting and financial management software is among the first software applications to have been adopted by organizations of all sizes and in all types of industries. In fact, the software has been around almost as long as computers have been in use. As the general concepts and principles of accounting follow objective, rational rules, it was relatively easy to develop accounting packages and to have them gain quick and widespread acceptance within the business community as a powerful tool for managing the financial activities of a business unit or entire organization. It’s hard to imagine that any company or governmental organization today could function without an accounting package in place— from micro businesses with a few users to national governments and global multinational enterprises with hundreds of users performing accounting and financial management work on a daily basis. With ample experience in accounting software, today’s tech-savvy financial managers and controllers are looking for software that not only is capable of performing accounting transactions and generating a standard set of quarterly and annual reports, but also is flexible enough to absorb and accommodate changes in the economy, business realities, and technological trends; is sufficiently rich and scalable to address a number of daily operations challenges; and is easy to work with. This buyer’s guide examines the major issues that medium and large businesses experience with financial and accounting processes, and looks at what various solutions can offer to mitigate those problems.


Table of Contents


Financial Software Packages for Medium and Large Enterprises

State of the Market

Evaluating Accounting and Financial Software

Conclusion

Vendor Solutions


TEC Resources for Financial Software Packages

Casebook

Acumatica Customer Success Story : Acumatica Reduces Time and Cost of Producing and Distributing Reports with a Consolidation Solution

Cougar Mountain Software Customer Success Story: Noah’s Restaurant

Microsoft Dynamics AX and Ignify Customer Success Story: Consumer Electronics Distributor Automates Processes and Improves Worker Productivity with Microsoft Dynamics AX

Pronto Customer Success Story: Hobart Canada—Developing a Recipe for Success

Sage ERP X3 Customer Success Story: Carson Home Accents Improves Service and Cuts Overhead Using Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP Solutions White Paper: Transforming Finance into a Strategic Resource

SYSPRO ERP Software Customer Success Story: Annabelle Candy Finds Sweet Success with SYSPRO ERP Software

UNIT4 Customer Success Story: UNIT4’s Coda Financials Solution Preferred by GSO Group over Incumbent ERP Solution


TEC Partners Resource Directory

Vendor Directory


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Issues Faced by Accounting Departments


As accounting and financial departments and associated business processes are an inherent part of any commercial or non-commercial organization, these departments face the same challenges as the rest of the company—a need to keep the business competitive and respond to tough competition during difficult economic times, attract and retain customers, provide an extremely high customer support and service level, constantly review and improve business processes, and many others. At the same time, accountants experience challenges and business pains owing to their specific accounting and financial management processes and tasks. Following is a list of major challenges and issues faced by accounting and financial departments with regard to these processes and procedures.

  • Accounting and financial activities and internal processes must conform to various types of standards and rules, from international regulations such as the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to local or even municipal requirements. This is exacerbated by confusing taxation and reporting regulations prescribed by law. The task becomes much more complicated upon company expansion and entry into different markets, regions, or countries— in which case accounting and reporting processes must comply with multiple standards simultaneously. And at this point, the process of financial and reporting data consolidation becomes a non-trivial and constantly changing task—financial managers and their employees must always keep abreast of these changes.


  • Relatively recently, the need has emerged to accommodate alternative accounting models and non-standard accounting and financial management principles, in addition to or as substitutions for traditional ones. Lean accounting is an example of such a model. Unlike traditional accounting practice requirements, lean accounting looks to calculate and track added value streams, sees a company’s assets and expenses in a different way (e.g., inventory as waste to be minimized or eliminated rather than simply a company’s assets), and generate profit-and-loss statements based on lean principles instead of GAAP or IFRS or in parallel to mandated (i.e., traditional-type) reports.


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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets


Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.

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Financial Excellence: Setting the Foundation for Business Success


To effectively track and forecast your company’s financial performance, you need up-to-date and reliable financial data. As your business grows and diversifies, you need to maintain liquidity and manage cash flow and profits. Integration of your business transactions and operational data with financial data makes this possible, and helps you eliminate departmental silos and streamline your business operations.

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A Smarter Way through Your Extended Close Cycle–Automated Financial Close Management (FCM)


Weeks of effort go into closing, consolidating, preparing, executing, and adjusting final numbers and narratives to report on any given financial period. Most companies use unconnected spreadsheets, email, and word processing documents to conduct the extended close cycle, from closing their books to filing their reports. But, all too often—and sometimes only hours before a filing deadline – financial close teams are made aware of a last minute change to the numbers.

A manual, disconnected extended close process that only loosely connects activities spanning the close process is too risky and inefficient. Even a small change made incorrectly during the final hours before a period closes can expose a company to the risk of financial errors and missed deadlines.

This paper reviews the processes involved in a company’s extended financial close process, the problems associated with a manual effort, and the benefits of using an integrated and automated single-platform solution for financial close management (FCM).

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Vendor Spotlight: GMS Accounting and Financial Management System


In this spotlight report, TEC Research Analyst Aleksey Osintsev examines GMS Accounting and Financial Management System, which was specifically designed for not-for-profit organizations. Learn all about GMS’s customers and marketing positioning, and how the software addresses the challenges for not-for-profit accounting. Also featured is a high-level overview of GMS Accounting and Financial Management System functionality.

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