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The 'Groundhog Day' of Corporate Performance Management with Spreadsheets

Finance and accounting teams at media and entertainment organizations often run into similar sets of problems that can stretch their consolidations out for weeks and also delay monthly closes when they rely on outdated legacy software. Corporate Performance Management (CPM) can be the financial equivalent of the film "Groundhog Day," in which the main character relives the same, endless day every day if you’re using old tools. Does the following sound familiar?

  • Lack of data integration: Relying on many separate, manually managed spreadsheets means that there are probably multiple versions of the truth out there, with that stale data leading to inaccurate budgets and forecasts. Integration with info in critical apps such as Salesforce, for customer relationship management, is often missing as well.
  • Drawn-out budgeting and forecasting processes: It may be impossible to produce weekly reports or even to get timely, high-quality reports of any kind that provide real insights into company sales and finances. Having to review spreadsheets for errors also compounds this issue of seemingly endless (and painful) budgeting and forecasting.
  • Cumbersome multi-entity management: Small inconveniences, such as not being able to easily set up multi-currency and global consolidations, quickly add up and make it difficult to stay on top of multiple entities. Accordingly, conducting intercompany transactions and sharing reliable dashboards and reports becomes increasingly difficult.
  • Poor usability: A lot of older CPM software was originally designed only for use by the finance department, and it shows. Applications may be outdated, hard to access from mobile devices or the web, and tough to manage without IT's intervention. You end up becoming overly reliant on IT just to complete routine tasks like report generation.

As a result of these issues, it’s a struggle to get an accurate picture of how the business is performing. Specific initiatives such as modernizing an advertising strategy or adjusting it for an economic recession also suffer from reliance on spreadsheets and outdated CPM software.

Back on track with cloud CPM software

Fortunately, cloud budgeting and forecasting software such as Adaptive Insights provides a solution to these deep-seated financial troubles. It offers a highly integrated, automated and easy-to-use platform for taking on the financial challenges in media and entertainment, so firms can devote more energy to their actual businesses.

Integrations
Connections to apps like Salesforce make it possible to look into revenue sources and improve forecasts accordingly. Plus, with rich analytics and metrics readily available, essential workflows such as sales modeling are greatly enhanced. The resulting reports can be easily shared across departments to give everyone adequate insight into performance.

Automation
Say goodbye to manual multi-entity management. Reports and dashboards can be seamlessly consolidated, while scenario modeling can be automated. Teams no longer have to set aside so much time at the end of each month simply to make sure all of their numbers line up.

Usability
An intuitive and sophisticated interface makes it possible for all stakeholders to get real-time performance. This eliminates the need to wait on IT for reports or hunt for the "right" spreadsheet at a critical moment. Access is possible from any web browser, with the application itself always automatically updated to the most recent, stable and secure version.

Partnerships
Tremendous insights can be extracted from a new CPM solution such as Adaptive Insights by working with a certified partner such as RKL eSolutions. With specific expertise in the entertainment industry as well as a proven process for planning your implementation process, RKL eSolutions can help.

Originally posted:

http://success.arxistechnology.com/blog/adaptive-insights-news-overcoming-financial-management-pain-points-in-the-entertainment-industry

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