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Cloud Solutions: The Foundation of the Agile and Lean Enterprise

Find out why Cloud-based computing is the foundation of the digital transformation and therefore, the key to business agility and success in coming years.

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Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for CPM: Reading between the Lines

How to take advantage of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant to select a Corporate Performance Management solution

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Don’t take the Basic Advantages of Consolidation in the Cloud for Granted!

You know that finance professionals are, typically, time-poor. Paul Littlechild, Group Financial Controller at the Arena Group, share his experiences of how moving to the cloud has completely transformed management and statutory reporting and shaved four days off the consolidation process.

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The Journey to Cloud Adoption

Go beyond the common thought: cloud benefits are much more than cost savings. Discover how to build trust and develop an efficient and effective plan for the organisation’s cloud adoption journey.

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Are Two Gartner CPM Magic Quadrants Better Than One?

Two Quadrants, Twenty Vendors, a Lot of Variables. CFOs have more options for Corporate Performance Management than ever before.

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The CFO, a Real Strategic Partner for the Company

How CFOs can have permanent access to a single version of the truth that becomes dynamic, reconciled and aggregated

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Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference

Recently I attended, with over 14,000 others, Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.

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Gartner CPM Magic Quadrant User Survey. Tagetik Scores Big.

Last week Gartner published its annual user survey based on the results Gathered during the CPM Magic Quadrant customer surveys. The vendors on the Magic Quadrant were ranked by customer satisfaction scores of their customers surveyed.

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How to Be All the CFO You Can Be (or Want to Be)

What it takes to be one, and why your company needs you to take on a bigger role: progressive thinker, tech innovator, and strategic partner

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Can a CPM Software Vendor Be Credible if They Say, “Cloud is Just a Fad”?

An interesting white paper came across my desk the other day. Authored by another Corporate Performance Management (CPM) provider, the paper dismisses cloud-based applications as a fad, part of a hype cycle generated by analysts, investors, and “the media.” Almost like a conspiracy theory.

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CFOs and CIOs Differ on Perception of Cloud and Finance

The differing perspectives of Finance and IT in the recent research by Saugatuck Technology

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3 Facts You Should Know About Cloud Financial Solutions

Cloud solutions are pervasive throughout our personal and work lives.Yet adoption of financial systems on the cloud have lagged behind other corporate systems such as for HRM or CRM. That, however seems to be changing, and changing rapidly.

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Performance Management in the Cloud Without Compromise

An increasing number of businesses are now seeking to move away from traditional on-premise solutions for corporate performance management (CPM). A 2014 survey entitled “Empowering Modern Finance” carried out by Longitude Research on behalf of Accenture and Oracle, says that more than two-thirds of executives have adopted a cloud-based system for core financials (24%), or are planning to do so (45%).

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CFOs Responsibilities Don’t Change Because of the Cloud

The responsibilities and pressures on the CFO are great; the regulatory environment is high, as is scrutiny from investors who are looking for details that go beyond the numbers. The CFO has become a key strategic role – one that is often the coordinating point across departments.

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Should Cloud Versus Non-Cloud Be a "Right" or a Choice?

Go back just 5 years and you will find that businesses were faced with a stark choice in the cloud versus ‘on-premise’ debate. Cloud computing in the financial applications space was the preserve of newly formed software vendors with little or no track record. The functionality was relatively primitive and although the cloud had its attractions, conservative finance organisations were reluctant to venture into uncharted waters.

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Is it Time to Move your Financial Consolidations to the Cloud?

With adoption of cloud-based financials and corporate performance management (CPM) applications gaining speed, it appears that Finance executives have become more comfortable with the notion of trusting their sensitive financial data to cloud-based applications.

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Looking Deeper at Cloud Costs and Security

Ventana Research recently published a paper titled “Cloud Financial Performance Management: Ready for the Large Enterprise”. In it they found that 54% of companies with employees over 1000 users are already using the cloud, and that only 14% have no intention to use it. That’s an astonishing rate from just a few years ago.

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Security in the Cloud: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

When we think about the cloud the very first concern is that we no longer have full control of our information, as it is hosted on servers that are managed by people we don’t know and sometimes we don’t know where they are located geographically.

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From IT to Cloud services: A Darwinistic approach

Are your organization’s IT services deployed in on-premise data-centers or housed with a specialized provider? And what happened when you heard for the first time the word “Outsourcing”? For sure CIOs thought this was a word to define what was already happening: the migration of services outside the organization.

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The CFO Guide to Navigating the Cloud

Cloud is becoming main stream because it helps finance better serve the business. On-premise ERP systems are losing their attraction. Cloud subscriptions are going up due to speed, flexibility, and ability to reduce the upgrade lag and dependence on IT.

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The “hidden” issues that derail some cloud CPM deployments

There has been a lot written about the benefits and concerns of moving financial systems to the cloud. In the recent eBook “Leveraging Cloud and Mobile” from CFO.com, there were two issues highlighted that are very insightful, and not often spoken about...

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Cloud Computing is changing the CPM business

Working in the cloud is not rocket science, it is reality. It is currently the most significant trend in the IT business and offers companies the opportunity to acquire software solutions and storage in various sizes as well as computing power.

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When should you start thinking about Budgeting, Planning and Consolidation in the Cloud?

There is no bigger buzzword than Cloud these days but what does it mean to the finance organization? In both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites and the Forrester Wave for Financial Performance Management these analyst firms highlight cloud adoption as a growing trend.

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Finance on the Cloud – one size does not fit all

We are all hearing about the cloud, and how it is the future. We all use cloud solutions – either for work or for personal use. For finance Gartner estimates 5% of the Corporate Performance Management (CPM) market is on a cloud solution. An FEI survey showed that 20% (link) are either looking or considering cloud for financial applications.

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