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  • What’s the Best EPM Solution for NetSuite ERP Customers?

    What’s the Best EPM Solution for NetSuite ERP Customers?

    One of the biggest technology acquisitions of 2016 was the Oracle acquisition of NetSuite.  This deal brought a market-leading, cloud ERP application suite into the Oracle portfolio,...

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  • User Experience in EPM - the Host Analytics EPM Platform

    User Experience in EPM - the Host Analytics EPM Platform

    This post is the third in a three-part series on the topic of user experience (UX), where I’ll help you to understand the role of product design and user experience in the creation...

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  • Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting in 2017 & Beyond

    Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting in 2017 & Beyond

    Budgeting, planning, and forecasting are critical steps in the enterprise performance management (EPM) process.  They provide a vital link between corporate goals and objectives, and...

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  • How EPM Software Unifies Planning, Modeling, Reporting and Analytics

    How EPM Software Unifies Planning, Modeling, Reporting and Analytics

    Most finance professionals know that budgeting, planning, modeling, reporting, and analytics are all related business processes. But are you using the tools that allow you to perform...

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  • 5 Best Practices for a Less Painful Budgeting Process

    5 Best Practices for a Less Painful Budgeting Process

    Here we are in mid-March, and by now, most of you should have completed your 2017 budgeting process.  But while the memory is fresh, this is a good time to evaluate how well your...

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  • Hilb Group Supports its Growth Strategy with Host Analytics

    Hilb Group Supports its Growth Strategy with Host Analytics

    Since its founding in 2009, the Hilb Group has grown exponentially to become a Top 100 US insurance agency. Combining strategic acquisitions with investments in driving organic growth...

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  • Considerations in Evaluating & Selecting a CPM Software Vendor

    Considerations in Evaluating & Selecting a CPM Software Vendor

    The corporate performance management (CPM), also known as enterprise performance management (EPM), software market is crowded.   You'll find a variety of deployment models, price...

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  • 4 Risks in Relying on Excel for Financial Close and Reporting

    4 Risks in Relying on Excel for Financial Close and Reporting

    Excel has been around since 1985. It was one of the first spreadsheets to use a graphical interface with pulldown menus and to have a point-and-click capability with a mouse. Millions...

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  • User Experience in EPM - What is User Experience Made Of?

    User Experience in EPM - What is User Experience Made Of?

    This post is the second in a three-part series on the topic of user experience (UX), where I’ll help you to understand the role of product design and user experience in the creation...

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  • 2016 Year-End Financial Close Breakthroughs: Lessons Learned

    2016 Year-End Financial Close Breakthroughs: Lessons Learned

    It's over - you no longer have to worry about the dreaded year-end close. 2016 is truly behind us. However, the stress of the financial close period only repeats itself next year, or...

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  • Earning a Seat at the Table – How to Be a Finance-Led Organization

    Earning a Seat at the Table – How to Be a Finance-Led Organization

    Recent surveys show that while CFOs are still focused on the bottom line, cash flows, controls, costs, and risks, they also want to take on a more strategic role.  They want to...

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  • Want a Smoother Year-End Close? Get it Right Each Month and Quarter

    Want a Smoother Year-End Close? Get it Right Each Month and Quarter

    The term 'snowball effect' is often used to describe processes that start from an initial state of small significance and then build upon themselves, becoming larger and larger. When...

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  • Host Analytics Winter17 Improves Reporting and NetSuite Integration

    Host Analytics Winter17 Improves Reporting and NetSuite Integration

    In the Northern Hemisphere, winter means the doldrums for many people.  But in addition to spring, one thing to look forward to is using the Host Analytics Winter17 release.  This...

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  • Year-End Close and Reporting: What's Behind the Numbers?

    Year-End Close and Reporting: What's Behind the Numbers?

    For finance and accounting professionals, there are three words in the English language that induce headaches and in some cases, outright panic: "year-end close." At medium to large...

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  • Host Analytics Adds New EPM Talent to its Leadership Team

    Host Analytics Adds New EPM Talent to its Leadership Team

    In late 2016 Host Analytics added another talented EPM executive to our leadership team.  I’m talking about Chris LaBruna, who joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer.  Prior to...

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  • User Experience in EPM: What Is This Thing Called “Design”?

    User Experience in EPM: What Is This Thing Called “Design”?

    In a three-part series on the topic of user experience (UX), I’ll help you to understand the role of product design and user experience in the creation and evolution of the Host...

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  • The Road to Renewal – Creating Customers for Life

    The Road to Renewal – Creating Customers for Life

    What’s more important to a cloud-based software company – acquiring customers or retaining them?  The answer is that while acquiring new customers is important to driving growth in...

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  • What is Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)?

    What is Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)?

    There are a number of definitions of enterprise performance management (EPM) available in the market. There are also a number of competing terms that are used by various industry...

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  • 5 Predictions That Will Transform Finance in 2017

    5 Predictions That Will Transform Finance in 2017

    Change will clearly be the mantra for business in 2017, given the new administration coming into power in the US and other geo-political changes around the world.  But what are some...

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  • Is Excel the Right Tool for Corporate Budgeting?

    Is Excel the Right Tool for Corporate Budgeting?

    Well, here we are in late January and most companies have wrapped up their budgeting for 2017.  But while the memory of the process is fresh this is a good time to think about how...

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