Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

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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Corporate Performance Management Systems Selection

November 12, 2014 / by Dallas Moody

You have gone through another painful budget cycle and made the decision that spreadsheets just aren’t cutting it. It’s probably a realization you made a long time ago but now you are ready to evaluate new options. You put in a lot of effort but recognize your 2015 budget is already bordering on obsolescence, and it’s still only Q4, 2014. Now there’s more time and effort to update it again plus you are being asked to create more reports. Wouldn’t it be great to focus on more value-added strategic financial planning? After all, that would be a much[...]

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The Value of Carlson Premium Support

November 5, 2014 / by Dave Phillips

Here’s the scenario: You and your team implemented Adaptive Insights to replace your inefficient spreadsheet-based budgeting and planning process a while back and, by all measure, it was considered it a success.  You rightfully patted yourselves on the back and then got back to business.  Initially, most of the finance team happily used it as they had the support of an internal “superuser”, who was the go-to person for questions, data uploads, and model updates.  Then that high-value individual moved to a different part of the business or left the[...]

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Carlson Launches Manufacturing CPM Solution

October 29, 2014 / by Dave Phillips

Carlson Manufacturing CPM, powered by Adaptive Insights, is a ready-to-implement Cloud solution that gives manufacturers the ability to align budgets with strategy, standardize and optimize finance practices, improve collaboration, and plan for long-term success.

The Carlson Manufacturing Corporate Performance Management Solutions offers the following benefits:
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Keys to a Successful Adaptive Insights Implementation

October 14, 2014 / by Chris Pinto

 As an award-winning Adaptive Insights Platinum Partner with more than 175 corporate performance management (CPM) solution implementations in place, we are often asked about the key steps that ensure successful projects.  Indeed, we have gained the reputation as being the “go to” firm for the most complex implementations so we’ve accrued quite a bit of knowledge and experience in that area.

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Avoid the Budget Season Blues

August 27, 2014 / by Jotham Lane

It's that time of the year known in finance circles as budgeting season. Unfortunately, for many finance teams still using spreadsheets, it can be a time of dread, stress and frayed nerves. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said "Plans are nothing: planning is everything". That is certainly the case with spreadsheet-based planning as, according to research on the subject, 60% of budgets are already obsolete by the time they are completed. We can chalk that up to the ever-changing nature of business and the rigid nature of spreadsheets. But what if plans[...]

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