A major telecommunications company wanted a planning tool that could support their multiple enterprise planning processes including Annual Budget, Long Range Planning, Monthly Forecasting, and What-If analysis. They also wanted a system that allowed the business to adapt to new market conditions more rapidly, provided better business intelligence through enhanced analytics and reporting capabilities, and even enabled rolling forecasting. And it had to be fast. Performance was a necessity for this planning group who  Read more ▸
A few years ago I was invited by a senior IT manager of a well-known global company to check up on the status of an ongoing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) implementation project, and give an informal assessment of how I thought things were going. The project had been underway for at least 3 months and while there was a lot of activity by the implementation consultants working on site, results were not  Read more ▸
Does this sound familiar? Your company generates a lot of data, but you still lack accessible and usable information. Often, you get a request for a report or need to do some investigative analysis but each time you have to spend significant effort to find and extract data, then create yet another spreadsheet from scratch. Later, you discover that another department routinely uses similar data and you wonder how much duplicated effort  Read more ▸
The COLLABORATE 17 Conference is fast approaching in early April, and again this year, Analysis Team, Inc. is pleased to be co-presenting with our client, St. Jude Medical, a medical equipment company recently acquired by Abbott. St. Jude Medical have continued to have success and seen real business value with Dodeca, a spreadsheet management system by Applied OLAP that works together with Oracle Essbase, the leading multidimensional analytic engine. You may recall at  Read more ▸
Oops! During the grand finale of the 2017 Oscars broadcast, in front of a television audience of millions, the wrong Best Picture winner was announced. Only after a couple minutes into acceptance speeches was the error corrected, and the actual winning film and those who made it given their due recognition. To be sure it was embarrassing for the presenters, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and PwC (the accountants who  Read more ▸
Here’s an inspirational story for business leaders, as well as sports team owners. Perhaps you’re already familiar with it. In 2002 Sir David (“Dave”) Brailsford, a former professional cyclist who also holds an MBA, was named to lead British Cycling. Up to that time, the team had won only one gold medal in its long history. To achieve significant improvement in overall performance and results, Sir Dave’s strategy was to make marginal 1%  Read more ▸
Looking back at Business Intelligence (BI) implementations I’ve been involved in, there are a few that stand out as very memorable for their challenges and results. One of those projects was the deployment of a dealership performance scorecard for a major automobile manufacturer. Our client sells its vehicles, ranging from small economy cars to pickups and expensive luxury models, through a network of about 1,400 independently-owned dealerships across the United States. The company’s  Read more ▸
With increasing competitive pressures and commoditization attacking your company’s top line, to sustain and grow profitability it’s critical to find opportunities to reduce the costs of making your products and delivering your services. As a decision-maker in a large or complex organization, you realize that having a clear picture of the profitability of each product or service is challenging, but important for determining the right strategic direction and the best tactical decisions. Oracle’s  Read more ▸