A Decision Point Case Study: When is it the right time to move to a purpose-built budgeting, forecasting and reporting solution – and why?

  When is it the right time to move to a purpose-built budgeting, forecasting and reporting solution – and why? Lots of organizations “make-do” year over year with their current budgeting approach (Excel, ERP, etc.) At XLerant we often hear the question – “When is it the right time to invest in a dedicated, cloud-based…    Read More

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How (and Why) Do You Budget for Special Initiatives?

Organizations normally want their department heads to hit some targeted expense number in the budget process. They set corporate guidelines and ask each department to stay within those guidelines. But sometimes, individual departments have ideas, programs, activities or initiatives that they would like to propose that fall outside of the “standard” guidelines. These initiatives could…    Read More

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Why The CTO Should Care About The Budgeting Application

While CTO’s have always been very busy people, these days the job is even more taxing with constantly evolving software, technology platforms, and now the introduction of cloud computing. That said, there is one application area that has slipped outside the boundaries of the CTO sphere of influence. This application has become mission critical and…    Read More

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The Case for Collaborative Budgeting in Higher Education

“Collaborative Budgeting” is a hot concept in higher education. It is the process of gaining more participation in and ownership of the budget by faculty and staff department heads, providing more transparency to the budget and showing how the department heads will support the institutional strategy as opposed to simply budgeting to history or politics….    Read More

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Budgeting to Strategy AND Making Budgeting Strategic to the Organization

Two distinct but related questions: Do you budget to strategy, or do you budget to history and politics? Is budgeting a strategic function in your organization, or is it a mechanical one? In many organizations, the days of putting numbers on a spreadsheet and calling it a budget are over. Many organizations, but not all….    Read More

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