Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

How to Reduce Surprise Expenses with Sage Intacct

August 30, 2017 / by Joe Giorgio

Does your accounting department have trouble with surprise expenses? Do these expenses arise at year end, when you have the least amount of time and budget to manage them? Most organizations that have approval processes in place for large purchases, including those that require Purchase Orders, encounter this perennial problem. Timing issues aside, perhaps there are several people approving Purchase Requests for the same budget center or maybe the manager is overwhelmed with such a high volume of requests that she or he cannot remember all of the[...]

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Transforming FP&A in the Life Sciences with Adaptive Insights

August 30, 2016 / by Renee Sinha

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) in the Life Sciences is exciting and fast-paced.  Within a high growth organization, whether pharma, biotech or medical devices, it can be a particularly thrilling environment to broaden our finance skills.  However, unless you have the proper systems and processes in place that scale with an upward business trajectory, you will quickly get bogged down in reactive mode, responding to requests and putting out fires. 

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Even Budget Managers Need a Vacation

July 22, 2016 / by Brian Teets

This is the time of year I look forward to my beach vacation getaway. Walking along the shore, listening to the seagulls, and taking in the ocean breeze always bring about a sense of peace and tranquility.  It’s a welcome and much-needed respite from the stresses of budgeting, planning and forecasting. 

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Adaptive Insights as a Central Hub for Financial Decision-Making

May 31, 2016 / by Ethan Carlson

At the recent 2016 Adaptive Live user conference, I had the opportunity to present a session along with a panel of our customers about the benefits of making Adaptive Insights the central hub of decision-making.  Many organizations fail to fully utilize the breadth of capability within Adaptive for making solid business decisions by limiting the scope of data from which they work.  Part of the reason for this is the mindset among some finance professionals that they should be concerned only with financial data.  Another reason is that importing data[...]

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Per Unit Planning: A Key Financial Planning and Analysis Exercise

February 22, 2016 / by Jotham Lane
A financial plan with at minimum a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow forecast is critical to managing and guiding a business.  In order for the plan to be relevant, it needs to offer up clear information that stakeholders in the organization can act upon.  A good financial plan also forms the foundation from which additional models and analyses can be developed in order to manage performance along business lines and departments.

Per unit planning is a key exercise that can help businesses formulate a realistic sales plan

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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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