Three Tactics for Efficient Collaboration in the Forecasting Process

As we finish Spaulding Ridge’s 2019 budget and fine tune our ongoing monthly forecast process, I am reminded how much time finance organizations spend on cost containment without focusing nearly enough time on the revenue plan. Too often, finance relies on sales and marketing to set the revenue plan doing little to truly integrate revenue planning…
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Planning for the Unexpected: How To Prepare Your Business for Tariff Increases

As it stands, the United States and China are in an aggressive trade war which could dramatically affect businesses across the U.S. With the threat of massive tariff increases and the deadline of March 1st quickly approaching, businesses are struggling to plan for these possible changes. Companies often track tariff costs by using what is…
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How to use Anaplan to Maximize Salesforce Data

An operational powerhouse in sales, marketing, quote-to-cash, and client support, Salesforce is widely accepted as a best-of-breed customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Used to accelerate business growth, its solution allows businesses to efficiently record activities and manage any and all necessary steps to advance leads, opportunities, quotes, and use cases in a seamless and connected…
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Anaplan vs EPBCS: What You Need to Know

Both Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service and Anaplan are cloud planning solutions built to fit the needs of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams – but the similarities end there. With so many differences in features and functionality, how do you determine which solution best fits the needs of your business? Whether you’re…
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Four Reasons to Standardize your Planning with Anaplan

  Author: Jay Laabs After 20+ years in the Enterprise Planning space plus running a business unit of a public company and advising hundreds of companies, I believe that Anaplan’s vision of Connected Planning is a badly needed fresh view on how to streamline forward looking decision making for the following reasons: Utilizing a platform…
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Three Things You Need to Know About Personal Dashboards

Author: Mitchell Aist There’s a new Anaplan feature that offers more in depth and customized analysis and grants users the flexibility they’ve been craving: Personal Dashboards. With this new found freedom comes greater responsibility for Administrators and Model Builders to manage their user base and set expectations. To get the most value out of Personal…
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Modern Planning and the Shifting Landscape of Higher Education

Authors: John Beringer and Sam Kubek The landscape of higher education, once reliably stable, is seeing increased volatility. Changes in funding, budget and scrutiny into how money is spent put increased emphasis on transparency and planning across the organization. Universities are measuring performance at an increasingly granular level- not just by school or even an…
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Anaplan: HSF Replacement

Are you a current Hyperion Strategic Finance (HSF) owner considering migrating your application to the cloud? For years HSF was considered the leader for Finance organizations that wanted a feature-rich modeling tool to analyze both what-if scenarios as well as complex treasury capabilities.  With the move to the cloud, HSF has failed to keep pace…
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How Price Sensitivity Impacts Your Business

Author: Kyle Rish Data is more important than ever, so to maintain a competitive edge, companies are looking for innovative ways to leverage information. In the food and beverage industry, price and seasonality are key drivers in volume and revenue, but insight into pricing sensitivity and demand impact can be limited due to capabilities, disconnected…
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Time Ranges: What Model Builders Need to Know

Author: Matt Carlson Time Ranges, aka Time Subsets, is one of the more exciting recent Anaplan updates. Located in the time section of the cog wheel, Time Ranges are customizable time scales that can be created and used within the same model, separate from the Model Calendar.  This gives model builders time dimension flexibility that,…
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