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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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  • A Key Task for Finance - Measuring and Managing Customer Profitability

    A Key Task for Finance - Measuring and Managing Customer Profitability

    The only value a company will ever create for its shareholders and owners is the value that comes from its customers – current ones and new ones acquired in the future. To remain...

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  • Taking On the Complexity of the Financial Close

    Taking On the Complexity of the Financial Close

    Well, hopefully the year-end close process is complete for most companies who have a December 31st fiscal year-end.  Of course, there’s still plenty of work ahead on financial and...

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  • The New Revenue Recognition Guidelines - How EPM Software Can Help

    The New Revenue Recognition Guidelines - How EPM Software Can Help

    Business planning in the face of the upcoming, new revenue recognition guidelines issued by the FASB and IASB has created quite a flurry in finance and accounting circles. Revenue is...

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  • Support the C-Suite with Fast and Accurate Financial Reporting

    Support the C-Suite with Fast and Accurate Financial Reporting

    As a finance executive, you understand the importance of accurate financial statements. Traditionally, closing the books has included consolidation of data, then the reporting and...

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  • What’s On the Finance Executive's Wish List for EPM This Year?

    What’s On the Finance Executive's Wish List for EPM This Year?

    The 2016 year-end closing is well under way, and many Finance executives are busy wrapping up the 2016 fiscal year and creating their wish list for 2017.  So what’s on their wish list...

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  • Cloud-Based EPM Software:  Accelerating Year-End Close and More

    Cloud-Based EPM Software:  Accelerating Year-End Close and More

    It's 9 AM - do you know where your financial data is? If your firm is anything like hundreds of other companies, you have information stored in many different sources, including...

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  • What’s on Tap for Finance and EPM in 2017?

    What’s on Tap for Finance and EPM in 2017?

    Now that the dust is settling on the 2016 year-end close, and the 2017 budget is finalized (hopefully), Finance teams should be thinking about potential improvement goals for 2017. ...

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  • EPM Software:  An Essential Solution for Good Times and Bad

    EPM Software:  An Essential Solution for Good Times and Bad

    As we put 2016 in the rearview mirror and enter 2017, it’s clear that the world is becoming more unpredictable all the time.  Just think of the recent changes we’ve seen, such as...

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  • Host Analytics – Your Partner in Taking on Complexity

    Host Analytics – Your Partner in Taking on Complexity

    Happy New Year.  One thing that is certain in 2017 is change and complexity.  Business complexity. It comes at you, constantly, from all fronts. There are the external complexities...

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  • EPM and ERP Systems – Better Together

    EPM and ERP Systems – Better Together

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and enterprise performance management (EPM) sound like very similar processes and systems on the surface.  Given this, the need to have both systems...

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