Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

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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The Art of Forecasting: Recorded Webinar

July 24, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

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.

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6 Tips for a Successful Cloud CPM Evaluation

April 14, 2015 / by Ethan Carlson

Are you considering replacing your legacy on-premise budgeting system for a cloud corporate performance management solution? If so, you are in good company as a recent Adaptive Insights survey of 300 finance professionals indicated that 86% want to leave their legacy system behind. Once you’ve made the decision to start looking around, the system evaluation sets the stage for a successful project and long-term benefits to the organization. However, there are several points you should take note of to ensure a thorough evaluation. In this post, we will[...]

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Carlson Announced as the Winner of Partner Innovation at Adaptive Insights 2015 Worldwide Partner Summit

February 4, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

WOBURN, MA—February 4 , 2015 - Carlson Management Consulting, a leading financial solutions and services firm serving a growing list of customers nationwide, today announced it was awarded Partner Innovation by Adaptive Insights, the worldwide leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM) and business intelligence (BI) for the biggest brands and the hottest companies. The awards recognize outstanding achievement by Adaptive partners around the world in a variety of categories.

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Adaptive Planning Tip - Lining up the Budget by Vendor

December 18, 2014 / by Aude Stewart

 As a consultant working with clients to transform their budgeting process, I put a priority on structuring budgets, plans, forecasts, and reports in ways that are more meaningful and provide better analysis with the appropriate level of granularity.

During a current implementation project of Adaptive Planning with Cetylite, a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in New Jersey, I was tasked with lining up the budget by vendor, which is at a lower level than the general ledger account. This approach would provide better expense management and reporting.

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Building a World Class FP&A Team

November 19, 2014 / by Jotham Lane
Now that budget season is over, it's time to reflect on the effort taken to complete the task and to challenge the status quo. For many financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals, it can be a grueling and rote activity as described in my previous blog post, Avoid the Budget Season Blues.  If your company still has a spreadsheet-based budgeting process, your FP&A team likely spent a lot of time on the following:
  • reconciling data to prior period reports such as P&L by cost center
  • keying in or copying/pasting data for analysis
  • writing[...]
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