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Executive Briefing: Best Practices in Financial Performance Management – 27th November 2014

Executive Briefing: Best Practices in Financial Performance Management – 27th November 2014

November 02
14:25 2014


Join ProStrategy & IBM  at a ‘Best Practices in Financial Performance Management’ Executive Briefing.  Find out how IBM performance management solutions help companies of all sizes – from large-scale enterprises to small and mid-size business – transform slow, expensive, disconnected processes into more dynamic, efficient and connected experiences.

‘The FPM market is growing because more finance professionals see these solutions as a way  to address their top challenges in planning, compliance and management reporting.  This growth is largely due to the fact that finance pros can no longer rely solely on Excel for planning, reporting, or more sophisticated forecasting and analysis.The Forrester Wave : Financial Performance Management, Q2, 2013. 

Many Finance departments short-change their enterprise performance management activities because they’re wasting time on manual tasks, such as collecting, validating and correcting data, to spend adequate time on the more important task of analysis.  They rely on systems – ranging from spreadsheets to ERP solutions – that are disconnected, outdated, static, insecure, completely dependent upon IT, and lacking the performance and data reliability for today’s analytics.

IBM Cognos Performance Management provides a dynamic, collaborative solution to meet all of your enterprise planning and analytics needs.  It offers visibility to plans and forecasts, rapid what-if scenario modelling, and profitability analysis.  And, when paired with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, it addresses a breadth of reporting and score carding needs.

Join us at our half day Executive Briefing, where we will share key insights in financial performance management including best practices in business intelligence & visualisation, budgeting & forecasting and disclosure management.  You will also hear how Largo Foods used Cognos to provide their sales team with self-serve sales analysis; and there will be a session on building the business case and mobilising a project.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to network and share ideas with the Guest Speakers and the other Delegates and with ProStrategy and IBM personnel.

Guest Speakers include: Mark Rolfe and Colm Kenneally from IBM and Michael McGinn from Largo Foods.

Mark Rolfe, FCCA, Leader – European Performance Management at IBM, has 25 years’ experience in Finance.  Most recently he was VP Finance and Operations for Ingres Europe and FrontRange Solutions Europe.  Previously, he was Director of Finance, EMEA at Macromedia for 8 years and Chief Accountant / Controller of Financial Planning at Nintendo for 5 years.  Both of these companies grew dramatically during his tenure, giving him exceptional experience of Performance Management in constantly evolving environments.  IBM recruited him in 2008 to drive the Financial Performance Management (FPM) agenda in EMEA.
Colm Kenneally, a Solution Specialist at IBM, has worked in the IT industry for 20 years, and has focused on selling and implementing planning, reporting and performance management solutions for a range of companies in the UK and Ireland.
Michael McGinn, IT Manager Largo Foods,  joined Largo Foods in 2007 as IT Manager. Prior to working in Largo, Michael worked with C&C and Carton Brothers (Manor Farm Foods) holding various IT roles within those organisations. Largo Foods are Ireland’s largest Snack Food Manufacturing Company. Brands include Tayto, King, Hunky Dory and Perri. All production takes place at its Ashbourne Plant. Largo Foods employ over 500 people in the Republic of Ireland.
John Coleman is Managing Director & Business Analytics Lead at ProStrategy and has been architecting and deploying Cognos Business Intelligence / Analytics solutions since the mid 1990’s.  John played major roles in Cognos implementations at C&C, Dublin Port, Labour Court and Robert Roberts.

About ProStrategy Colman

Based in Dublin and Cork, ProStrategy Colman have close on 30 years’ experience in providing business management solutions.  An IBM Premier Cognos Partner and a Microsoft Gold Certified Business Solutions Partner, ProStrategy began business in 1985 and have provided a large range of business solutions to over 150 customers since that time.  We partner with IBM to provide Cognos Business Analytics (Reporting, Business Intelligence and Financial Performance Management) solutions. We partner with Microsoft to provide Accounting/ERP (Dynamics NAV), CRM (Dynamics CRM), SharePoint and Business Intelligence/Reporting solutions.

Event Details:
Date: Thu 27 November, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: IBM Innovation Centre, Building 6, IBM Technology Campus, Damastown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, Ireland
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