Who do so many IT Managers, who are often amongst the hardest working and most dedicated employees within organizations, dislike budgeting so much? These are the very people who oversee the construction and delivery of highly complex systems, almost always under tight time constraints. So the dislike of budgeting certainly is not that it is [...] Read more – ‘IT Leaders: Navigating the Budget Process’.
One of the great things that I have said many times about the Salesforce platform is the ability to customize it to your organization’s specific needs. This can be done either by finding an application on the AppExchange that satisfies your requirements, or rolling up your sleeves and building “it” yourself. We recently encountered a [...] Read more – ‘How To Build A Custom Calendar on Force.com’.
Chatter has been available now for 2+ years and it continues to be a key aspect to Salesforce’s vision of the Social Enterprise. I wanted to share some of those experiences working with Chatter and integrating it into different use cases.. It is an amazing tool but there are some lessons learned, and I hope [...] Read more – ‘Making Applications Social with Salesforce Chatter’.
For one week each year, San Francisco is painted RED. Three of us fanned out across Oracle’s OpenWorld Conference for four days and soaked up everything Oracle. OpenWorld is Oracle’s flagship conference and is its chance to announce new products and technologies as well as interact with clients and partners. This year’s theme was decidedly [...] Read more – ‘Openworld #OOW Overview’.
While the usual Salesforce administrator’s contingent showed up in full force, a new group has been added; senior-level executives. As Salesforce.com broadens their capabilities, the nature of the conference has shifted to become business, sales and marketing focused, generating more high-level attention. I participated in more conversations from business people talking about taking advantage of [...] Read more – ‘More observations from #DF12’.
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I finished watching Modern Family and switched the channel to CNBC to catch a special on China when I saw the news that Steve Jobs had passed away at the young age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. We all knew that Steve was very sick and his recent passing of the torch [...] Read more – ‘Remembering Steve Jobs’.
There is no question that Chatter is a game changer for Salesforce. The Social enterprise and “social applications” are here to stay and need to be considered as critical aspects when designing applications on the Force.com platform. That being said, organizations need to consider the impact and risks associated with implementing Chatter. We recently [...] Read more – ‘How to enable Chatter and meet FINRA regulations’.
Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately—and with good reason. Beginning with pioneers like Salesforce.com, we are witnessing a profound shift in the enterprise software market as business applications are moving to Internet-Based Business the cloud, which is simply computing and storage services moved to the Internet. Nearly every [...] Read more – ‘The Cloud and Performance Management’.
We had our summer outing on Friday of last week. I spent the night before hoping that we would catch a break since we were in the middle of a slow moving weather system that had dumped a cool rain on us the previous few days. If the weather did not cooperate we would have [...] Read more – ‘Summer Outing 2011’.
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I would like to share some thoughts on what it takes for an organization to use analytics to gain competitive advantage. As is typically the case for me, I like to find inspiration from ideas outside of the space and will use some of the thinking on lean start-ups from Eric Ries and Steve Blank [...] Read more – ‘Be Lean’.
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We are going to wrap up this blog series by discussing the importance of human capital. As with any initiative in your organization, it doesn’t matter how great your process is, or how expansive your technology infrastructure is, you must have the right people and skill set to successfully achieve your goals.
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There are a number of considerations to account for when choosing a technology solution for your organization. Based on our experience, here are the top five we see as critical. SaaS vs. On-Premise Considerations Breadth: Do the traditional applications have more than you need? How basic are your processes and needs? What features and functionality [...] Read more – ‘The Third Must-Have for Financial Planning – Part II’.
If you have noticed, there has been an underlying theme running through this series of blog posts, and that is one of choices. You can choose the questions you should be asking of your team and those you support, ones that are most relevant to you. You can choose what reports you want to spotlight, what business units to support and which business drivers are most relevant. Today we’ll address the technology options out there, so you can choose which makes the most sense for your organization and how it can be leveraged to support your goals. Read more – ‘The Third Must-Have for Financial Planning – Part I’.
In part two of our series of the Four Must-Haves for financial planning, we are putting the spotlight on process improvement. This can be paralyzing for some, but through careful reflection and understanding of your objectives in improving financial planning/forecasting, decisions made early on where to focus can make your process easier. #2 – Decide [...] Read more – ‘The Second Must-Have for Financial Planning’.
In our last blog post, we introduced four problem areas financial planners face. It was a challenging picture of the biggest issues impeding planning, budgeting and forecasting cycles. The good news is that changes can be made that will have an immediate impact. Over the next several blog entries, we’ll cover what we have identified [...] Read more – ‘The First Must-Have for Financial Planning’.
Financial planning is a must for every finance department and for any enterprise that wants to be in financial control. Unfortunately it is a challenging exercise that is often inefficient and ineffective. Budgeting and planning exercises take analytical and people skills, experience, and the help of technology to make it effective. To be successful, those [...] Read more – ‘The Problem with Financial Planning’.
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We are excited to announce that Cervello has been included in the Mass High Tech Startup Watch Report. The Startup Watch Report features five startup companies each week, providing great visibility to the New England business community. We welcome this opportunity for exposure, and look forward to the benefits it will bring. Thanks to our [...] Read more – ‘Cervello named to the Mass High Tech Startup Watch Report’.
In many CPM and BI implementations, too much focus ends up on the IT and data infrastructure at the risk of understanding and addressing the real business needs of the business user. There are many best practices in this area: Understand levitra online overnight what decisions and actions should be impacted by information outputs Create [...] Read more – ‘BI requires user focus’.