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The Financial Close: Optimizing Performance and Driving Financial Excellence
“Financial close” is a company’s ability to complete accounting cycles and produce financial statements for internal management and external legal reporting@and

and other financial investments and related activities  taking a holistic approach, and leveraging technology '' to other processes, such as planning, budgeting, and forecasting. In fact, 72% of respondents to the Business Objects and BPM Magazine survey feel that integration of actuals, plans, and forecasts is important or very important in reducing close times (see Figure 3). SAP® SOLUTIONS FOR ENTERPRISE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT COMPREHENSIVE FUNCTIONALITY TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS AND PERFORMANCE CONTROL SAP® solutions for enterprise performance management Read More...
Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Two: Retail and Professional Service Initiatives
Lawson is sticking to its focus on selected vertical markets, but going forward the tenets of that focus will likely be more finely tuned. Namely, the vendor

and other financial investments and related activities  real-time between retail operations and other enterprise applications. Within Lawson''s own Retail Suite, this integration format connects Lawson''s Retail Operations suite to the Enterprise Operations (back-office) set of products. Further in the retail sector, Lawson claims to have already provided its customers with a broad set of leading merchandising and back-office applications designed to maximize net margins. Namely, at the beginning of 2003, Lawson announced its Merchandising 2.10 and the addition Read More...
Managing Risk through Financial Processes: Embedding Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Initiatives to automate and streamline financial processes often focus more on reducing costs than adding value. Adding the kind of value you should have in

and other financial investments and related activities  best processes flag these and other risks, helping managers to make informed decisions and ensuring compliance both with the law and with corporate policy. Adding this kind of value to financial processes stands at the heart of a broader initiative known as governance, risk and compliance (GRC) . Governance is the collection of board and C-suite approved policies that guide the company; GRC refers to the way those policies are put into operation as a set of rules, processes and controls. When the Read More...
Unlocking Hidden Value from Investments in SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
Extending the capabilities and value of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse is a concern for users. To improve data use and fact-based decision making, and reduce

and other financial investments and related activities  creation of rudimentary reports and other performance management content. The purpose of this paper is to outline how IBM Cognos 8 Performance Management software and solutions are best suited to drive maximum value from investments in SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse. This topic is of interest to business and IT executives as well as SAP solution managers and project managers who are seeking guidance on the value IBM Cognos 8 generates for investments in SAP. Pitfalls to Avoid When Managing Data in SAP Read More...
On-demand IT Asset Management: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How You Can Benefit.
You probably know that managing your IT assets and infrastructure is becoming increasingly more complex, as your company operates on a broader, more global

and other financial investments and related activities  various workstations, servers, laptops, and other components they own and maintain. They can’t accurately monitor their purchases, analyze system usage, effectively adhere to licensing terms and other agreements, and measure total cost of ownership, related expenses, depreciation, and return on investment. As a result, they often suffer from performance problems, lack of enterprise integration, poor asset utilization, and inflated costs. This paper highlights IT asset management (ITAM) solutions, Read More...
SAP and IBM to Serve Transportation and Logistics Industry
SAP and IBM have announced plans for a global collaboration to provide business software solutions and consulting services for the transportation and logistics

and other financial investments and related activities  and IBM to Serve Transportation and Logistics Industry SAP and IBM have announced plans for a global collaboration to provide business software solutions and consulting services for the transportation and logistics industry. The new collaboration is intended to combine IBM’s strategy, industry consulting, and experience in managing large-scale global business transformation projects with SAP’s supply chain management (SCM) software.   The SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM), SAP Event Read More...
Benefits and Methods of SAN Extension Using QLogic Switches and Routers
Realize the benefits of storage area networks (SANs) by using public or private networks. The benefits of SANs include centralized data management, back up, and

and other financial investments and related activities  and Methods of SAN Extension Using QLogic Switches and Routers Realize the benefits of storage area networks (SANs) by using public or private networks. The benefits of SANs include centralized data management, back up, and restoration of data, as well as remote archiving for disaster recovery and business continuity. Host bus adapters (HBAs), switches, and multiprotocol routers are the keys to the fibre channel network—and the high-quality of select remote sites. Read More...
Vendor Rating and Certification Updates: BI and ERP
It''s mid-November and time to tell you about some of the new product ratings and certifications that we''re covering in our research. TEC analysts recently

and other financial investments and related activities  Rating and Certification Updates: BI and ERP It''s mid-November and time to tell you about some of the new product ratings and certifications that we''re covering in our research. TEC analysts recently completed certifying products from  BatchMaster and Targit . Each vendor successfully demonstrated how its product addressed a script of functionality as identified by TEC analysts. (Look for products proudly wearing the TEC certification badge in our evaluation centers and vendor showcase.) The Targit Read More...
Financial Excellence: Closing Your Books Quickly
Find out in the white paper the financial close: optimizing performance and driving financial excellence.

and other financial investments and related activities  Quickly Thanks to time-consuming and labor-intensive compliance regulations—such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)— producing quality financial statements and closing your books quickly is more difficult than ever . And the stakes are high. A fast financial close offers you time and cost savings; better relations with shareholders, investors, and regulatory agencies; timely, better-informed management decisions; more time for value-added analysis; and improved control systems and quality. But what are the Read More...
Process Efficiencies and Cost-cutting Measures for Industrial and Commercial Machinery Manufacturers
The indifference of software vendors to the industrial and commercial machinery manufacturing sector has limited this market’s progress in leveraging IT tools

and other financial investments and related activities  Efficiencies and Cost-cutting Measures for Industrial and Commercial Machinery Manufacturers The indifference of software vendors to the industrial and commercial machinery manufacturing sector has limited this market’s progress in leveraging IT tools to their advantage. This indifference also affects the sector’s success in addressing key business issues. For these manufacturers—and the software vendors that serve them—recognition and response to these issues can no longer be delayed. Read More...
SAP NetWeaver and Globalization: Meeting Local and Global Requirements
Rapid changes in international markets—and mounting pressures to reduce costs and improve quality—make globalization a key issue for most organizations today

and other financial investments and related activities  NetWeaver and Globalization: Meeting Local and Global Requirements Rapid changes in international markets—and mounting pressures to reduce costs and improve quality—make globalization a key issue for most organizations today. Worldwide company reorganizations, acquisitions, mergers, and spin-offs affect the structure of an enterprise, demanding immediate action. Globalization requires that companies enable core business processes on a global basis, while providing ease of use for local user Read More...
Gen Y Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless
Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen

and other financial investments and related activities  Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen Y, and focus on recruiting and retaining this next generation of workers. For HR programs to be successful, you need to know the issues surrounding Gen Y in the workplace, including why Gen Y behaves differently from Generation X and the Baby Boomers. Learn more. Read More...
Measuring and Improving Employee Competencies to Increase Performance and Customer Satisfaction
Ariba, a company that delivers sourcing, procurement, and commodity expertise to help organizations optimize their spending processes and supplier relationships

and other financial investments and related activities  and Improving Employee Competencies to Increase Performance and Customer Satisfaction Ariba, a company that delivers sourcing, procurement, and commodity expertise to help organizations optimize their spending processes and supplier relationships, needed to identify workforce strengths and weaknesses and build specialized e-learning for new hires, etc. It turned to SumTotal Learning Management to assess talent and deliver highly targeted blended learning to increase employee competencies. Read Read More...
Enterprise Management and Support in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Industrial machinery and components (IM&C) manufacturers are challenged by global rivalry, industry consolidation, and shrinking margins. And with more

and other financial investments and related activities  Management and Support in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry Industrial machinery and components (IM&C) manufacturers are challenged by global rivalry, industry consolidation, and shrinking margins. And with more manufacturers vying for business, customers are demanding customized products delivered on short lead times—all at lower costs. At the same time, manufacturers are struggling to extend their supply chains to incorporate offshore manufacturing. So where can they turn for Read More...
Innovative, Sustainable, and Responsive: Food and Beverage Manufacturers Evolve for the New Economy
To satisfy customer requirements profitably, food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers must work at the pace of change, which has accelerated in regulations

and other financial investments and related activities  Sustainable, and Responsive: Food and Beverage Manufacturers Evolve for the New Economy To satisfy customer requirements profitably, food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers must work at the pace of change, which has accelerated in regulations, consumer buying patterns, and the needs of retail, restaurant, and industrial foodservice customers. Know the three major challenges facing F&B manufacturers today and what they need to do to streamline their operations for greater efficiencies and waste Read More...

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