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Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

How agile are you? Take the 7-question Aberdeen Group assessment.

We’re often told that agility is essential in today’s volatile business environment. But agility alone doesn’t guarantee success. An organizatio...

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Continuous planning and rolling forecasts deliver major league advantages

In a famous scene from the baseball movie, Bull Durham, Kevin Costner’s character, a disillusioned minor-league catcher, tells a young protégé who...

Planning Analytics

Guy Jones

Looking for a new planning application? There is a better option!

You might have read my previous blog posts on things to look out for when evaluating enterprise planning applications. As you can see, some applicatio...

Planning Analytics

Guy Jones

Looking for a new planning application? Are you really getting a “single version of the truth”?

Have you sat through any planning application demos recently? Well, you will probably find that most vendors are spinning a "single version of the tru...

Planning Analytics

Marcus Dietrich

Want to use Microsoft Excel with IBM Planning Analytics? Here’s how it’s done.

You’ve heard us talk a lot about why spreadsheets aren’t suited to planning for large organizations. But Microsoft Excel is still the preferred to...

Planning Analytics

Guy Jones

In the market for a new planning application? Make sure you do the math first!

A new planning application can help take your organization’s planning process to a whole new level by reducing your dependence on spreadsheets, auto...

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Want more foresight in your forecasting? Look to non-financial data

Non-financial data can be an important supplement to financial KPIs when you’re building financial forecasts. That’s one of the key findings from an FSN survey of nearly 1,000 senior finance executives.

Analytics for all

Roberta Wakerell

Why software ratings in BARC reports matter to you

When analysts at the Business Application Research Center (BARC) recently issued two reports, one on business intelligence (BI) and the other on planning solutions, IBM solutions did extremely well. But for those who use the software day in and day out, do high marks from analysts really matter? The answer is an emphatic "yes."

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Four ways to cope with the seismic evolution in finance

The word “seismic” refers to earthquakes and things that behave like earthquakes. It’s the word analyst Gary Simon uses when he talks about changes taking place in today’s corporate finance organizations.

Planning Analytics

Gary Simon

Preparing the finance function for an analytical future

The power and sophistication of weather forecasting puts business forecasting and planning to shame. So, what can the modern finance function learn from weather forecasting?