• Work your plan; Don't sweat your budget

    Posted November 21, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    It was with some sadness that I learned of Jeremy Hope's recent passing. Mr. Hope's name is not at the top of many finance professionals' minds, but we owe him thanks for highlighting the problems we face in our annual budgeting process. He and coauthor Robin Fraser's ground-breaking book "Beyond Budgeting" should be required reading for any finance executive responsible for an annual planning cycle.
  • Outgrowing Excel: For some it's half-baked

    Posted April 21, 2011 - 8:38 pm

    When Joel Feldman first was brought into bakery goods maker Otis Spunkmeyer three years ago, his charge was to implement a new budgeting tool. Feldman, a former finance manager at Clorox before becoming Spunkmeyer's senior director of financial planning and analysis, chose a cloud-computing software-as-a-service offering to replace the "siloed" Excel-based process.
  • What problem are you trying to solve?

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Your sales manager comes up, points to an article in a trade magazine, and says "we must put in CRM!" What do you do?
  • How to Calculate the True Cost of Printing Part 1

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Approach a small business owner with a product, and the first question is almost always about money: How much does this cost me? While careful on the cost of acquisition, many small businesses fall down managing their cost of ownership. Do you know how much you're spending to print each piece of paper in your business? The information today and tomorrow will give you the tools you need to put a price tag on printing.
  • Estimate Your Taxes Under Next President With Online Model

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 5:54 pm

    There's a lot of issues that impact voters' decisions, including taxes. A business-school professor and a business modeling software developer have teamed up to help voters evaluate, side-by-side, the tax proposals of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.
  • Developing Business Models to Adapt to Economic Uncertainty

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    Are you struggling to keep the models that inform your company’s decision-making up-to-date with rapidly changing business and economic conditions?
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