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[...]
Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology
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[...]
DATABLEND BRINGS NEW CAPABILITIES TO ADAPTIVE INSIGHTS USERS
WOBURN MA, Sept 24, 2015 – Carlson 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[...]
I recently had an opportunity to connect with Maureen Henehan, Director of Program Management and Process Improvement at WGBH, to ask about her experience as a finance leader and the role of Adaptive Insights in transforming finance in her organization. WGBH Boston, a Carlson customer, is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local[...]
Ethan Carlson, CEO and Founder of Carlson Management Consulting, recently joined a panel of finance leaders to discuss the Art of Forecasting. This virtual event, hosted and moderated by Adaptive Insights, examined how experienced finance professionals develop world class forecasting processes within their organizations and client base. Discussion topics included forecasting challenges, building flexibility with rolling forecasts and scenarios, modeling for growth and more.
Key performance indicators (KPIs) are well known within business as a means to distill down the number of variables that move the dial within an organization. But rather than discuss the particular KPIs that a finance team should track, let us apply the concept to measure the more qualitative characteristics of a high performing finance function. While not all-inclusive, here are four KPIs that you can use to gauge your own finance organization’s performance: