Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

Ethan Carlson Interviewed on The Price of Business

January 19, 2016 / by Dave Phillips

Ethan Carlson, CEO and Founder of Carlson Management Consulting, was recently interviewed on The Price of Business talk show. The Price of Business is one of the longest running shows on news talk radio in Houston, Texas. Hosted by award winning broadcast journalist, Kevin Price, this programs brings fresh perspectives to national and business news. Kevin interviewed Ethan as part of his ongoing focus on the success factors behind firms ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

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Is it Time to Optimize Your Adaptive Insights System?

November 24, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

Has the year-end budget cycle exposed shortcomings in your Adaptive Insights model?  Has your organization evolved since your initial implementation?  Are there additional sheets, reports, or metrics you’d like to incorporate? Are you making the most of all of the new features Adaptive Insights has released?

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A Halloween Tale: Healthwise Escapes Spreadsheet Hell

October 30, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

“Thanks to Adaptive and Carlson, we no longer have the Annual Budget Model from Nightmare on Excel Street!” stated a euphoric Kelly Richmond, Budget Manager and Financial Analyst from Healthwise, Incorporated, a global non-profit organization dedicated to helping people make better health decisions.

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Is There Still a Role for Spreadsheets in Finance?

October 30, 2015 / by Jotham Lane

Let’s face it - spreadsheets will have a role and offer value to finance to some extent for the foreseeable future. As a “spreadsheet jockey” myself, I use them primarily for ad hoc analysis and reporting. One of the questions that needs to be asked though is, does your FP&A team spend 80% of their time getting data into reports and tying them out for analysis and only 20% of the time actually analyzing the data? Or, do they spend 20% preparing reports and 80% on analysis. If it's the former, which is actually quite common, then you should seriously[...]

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Mind the Gap...in Your Monthly Reporting

October 8, 2015 / by Ethan Carlson

I’m in London on a whirlwind business trip this week visiting clients, partners and attending the Adaptive Insights Roadshow. Earlier in my career, I worked in London so I have a strong attachment to this city. If you have ever navigated London using the Underground, you know that whenever the train doors open and close, there is an automated announcement to “Mind the Gap”. This iconic message is a fitting metaphor for the information gap that exists in most of the reporting packages that form the core of decision-making. Most of the reports that our[...]

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Carlson Launches New Cloud Integration Solution; Saving Adaptive Insights Users Days of Effort and Providing Unified Data

September 24, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

DATABLEND BRINGS NEW CAPABILITIES TO ADAPTIVE INSIGHTS USERS

WOBURN MA, Sept 24, 2015Carlson Management Consulting, the cloud financial solutions experts, today announces the launch of its new DataBlend cloud integration solution. DataBlend makes it easy to seamlessly bring data from external systems into Adaptive Insights, the #1 cloud Corporate Performance solution. With DataBlend’s unique capabilities, business users can create static versions in Adaptive with the click of a button, transfer data across versions easily, and replace slow[...]

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