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  • 4 Key Things to Look for When Evaluating Cloud-Based EPM Solutions

    4 Key Things to Look for When Evaluating Cloud-Based EPM Solutions

    Making the commitment to reduce reliance on Excel, or legacy applications, and moving to packaged enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions for processes such as budgeting,...

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  • How to Transform Budgeting for 2018 With Continuous Planning - Webinar Recap

    How to Transform Budgeting for 2018 With Continuous Planning - Webinar Recap

    As the final days of summer tick away, many organizations are beginning to think about their planning and budgeting for the 2018 fiscal year. What's your approach? Is your...

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  • Top 3 Reasons EPM Is Moving to the Cloud

    Top 3 Reasons EPM Is Moving to the Cloud

    The concept of enterprise performance management (EPM) has been around for over 15 years.  But in recent years, adoption of EPM software has been accelerating as the availability of...

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  • What Is Financial Reporting vs. Management Reporting?

    What Is Financial Reporting vs. Management Reporting?

    Both financial reporting and management reporting play an important role in pubic as well as privately held companies.   Need a refresher on the major differences?  Here’s a quick...

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  • Continuous Planning – Transform Your Approach to Budgeting for 2018

    Continuous Planning – Transform Your Approach to Budgeting for 2018

    It’s that time of year.  Come September, many organizations will begin the budgeting and planning process for 2018.  What’s your approach going to be?  Will your organization be...

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  • 6 Ways Consolidation Functionality Can Transform Planning

    6 Ways Consolidation Functionality Can Transform Planning

    For many organizations, the budgeting and planning process is the initial driver for adopting packaged enterprise performance management (EPM) applications.  Purpose-built EPM...

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  • Transforming the Last Mile of Finance

    Transforming the Last Mile of Finance

    The last mile of Finance.  What is it, and what’s so hard about it?  Like running a marathon, the last mile of Finance may be the most difficult to complete.  Let’s look at what this...

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  • Moving Financial Consolidation and Reporting to the Cloud – Webinar Recap

    Moving Financial Consolidation and Reporting to the Cloud – Webinar Recap

      Ho-hum, another quarter-end close has passed.  This process might seem routine, but how well is your monthly/quarterly close and reporting cycle working?  Is your close process...

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  • What Are the Best Practices in Finance Transformation?

    What Are the Best Practices in Finance Transformation?

    Finance transformation – the industry has been talking about this for a number of years.  But what does it take to evolve Finance into an agile and transformed function? ...

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  • What Is Financial Reporting?

    What Is Financial Reporting?

    Financial reporting is the disclosure of financial results and related information to management and external stakeholders (e.g., investors, customers, regulators) about how a company...

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  • How CFOs Can Lose Less Sleep Over Financial Reporting

    How CFOs Can Lose Less Sleep Over Financial Reporting

    It’s that time of year.  Another quarter has ended, and it’s time for Finance to close the books, analyze the results, and do quarterly financial reporting for management and external...

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  • NPR Investigates, Finds Financial Insights With Host Analytics

    NPR Investigates, Finds Financial Insights With Host Analytics

    Formed in 1970, National Public Radio serves the nation with news, interviews, and entertainment by way of a network of local affiliates.   A $200 million annual operating budget...

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  • What Does it Take to Achieve Success With Finance Transformation?

    What Does it Take to Achieve Success With Finance Transformation?

    What does a transformational Finance organization look like?  What are some key traits to emulate? Today’s fast-moving and competitive business environment has put a lot of pressure...

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  • The Modern CFO – Mission Possible or Impossible?

    The Modern CFO – Mission Possible or Impossible?

    Over the past 10 years, the role of the CFO has clearly evolved from that of a back-office scorekeeper to that of strategic business partner and beyond.  That includes representing...

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  • 4 Steps to Reducing the Pain of Planning and Forecasting [Webinar Recap]

    4 Steps to Reducing the Pain of Planning and Forecasting [Webinar Recap]

    While summertime is here in the Northern Hemisphere, budgeting season is just around the corner.  That’s right, in a few months you’ll be starting the planning process for 2018. ...

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  • Host Analytics Named a Leader in Two Gartner CPM Magic Quadrants

    Host Analytics Named a Leader in Two Gartner CPM Magic Quadrants

    The shift from on-premises software to cloud-based solutions has been under way for more than 10 years. Now Gartner has validated cloud as the preferred deployment model for corporate...

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  • Gartner CPM Magic Quadrants 2017 – A New World Order Emerges

    Gartner CPM Magic Quadrants 2017 – A New World Order Emerges

    In my 20+ years of working in the corporate performance management (CPM) market (a.k.a. EPM) I’ve witnessed a lot of change.  But with the shift to the cloud, a new world order has...

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  • The Wisdom of Crowds Weighs in on Enterprise Planning

    The Wisdom of Crowds Weighs in on Enterprise Planning

    Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets….and for Host Analytics!  What I’m referring to here is the steady drumbeat of accolades that Host Analytics has...

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  • What Is Budgeting vs. Planning?

    What Is Budgeting vs. Planning?

    Budgeting is the process of setting revenue and expense targets for a specified period of time, with the budget that results from the process being used to plan and control the...

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  • It’s a Wrap:  Host Analytics World 2017

    It’s a Wrap:  Host Analytics World 2017

    While planning for Host Analytics World 2017 was a huge task, I must say we had a blast welcoming and hosting more than 700 EPM rockstars in the iconic home of country music,...

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