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The Best Part of the Annual Budget is When it is Over!

By Gary Cokins, Founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC

Jeremy Hope (1948 – 2011) was a special type of management consultant and colleague who I highly respected. He started a revolutionary movement when he co-authored with Robin Fraser the book, Beyond Budgeting: How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap (Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 2003). Their basic message was that the annual budgeting process is so broken and dysfunctional that the best solution is not to reform it but rather to abandon the process altogether. (more…)

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The Key to Unlocking the Power of Big Data

by Rachel Ho, Business Intelligence Marketing, SAP

 Join the Movement

The world saw its first pair of suspenders in 1736, thanks to Benjamin Franklin. Since then, geek attire has maintained this fashion accessory and according to Wakefield’s recent survey results, we should all plan a trip to the mall.

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Why All the Buzz Around SAP Cloud for Planning?

by David Williams, Head of EPM Product Marketing, SAP       @daveswilliams

As I write this blog, a thunderstorm is overhead. The ground shakes with each clasp of thunder, and electricity fills the air – a fitting setting for the topic at hand.

It’s been three weeks since we announced SAP Cloud for Planning, our new public cloud planning and analysis solution, and the amount of buzz generated around the announcement has been electrifying. As expected, many questions have arisen around what will exactly be available, when; and a number of competitors have responded – attempting to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) around the offering. (more…)

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GRC Tuesdays: Congratulations to SAP – Winner of the 2014 GRC Value Award

by Norman D. Marks, CPA, CRMA

I am a great believer that effective risk management must be focused on the achievement of organizational objectives. However, the great majority of so-called GRC solutions focus on risk and compliance, with some internal audit and policy management capabilities, without much reference to strategies, objectives, and performance.

I call this a form of GRC where the “G” is silent.

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#SAP20Tips Week Three: Using Predictive Analytics to Fight Fraud

by Isabelle Nuage, Analytics, SAP

Two weeks ago, we launched a 20 tips campaign – a tip a day over four weeks – that introduces real-life scenarios of customers using predictive analytics to overcome business challenges. Each week focuses on a different topic. Week one looked at predictive and customer relationship management. Week two examined how predictive analytics can help boost your marketing. This week explores how predictive analytics can help you anticipate risks and reduce fraud.

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