Spring Cleaning - XLerant

A New Method… at Method

I came across an article from CFO Magazine I wanted to share with the community. Method Products, a San Francisco-based maker of environmentally friendly home and personal cleaning products, has enjoyed years of healthy growth, becoming a $100 million, 100-person company since its founding in 2000. But just recently the CFO has led a project…    Read More

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Angry Girl - XLerant

15 Things You Can’t Do in Excel for Budgeting (but should)

Excel is an amazingly great application that has probably delivered more value than just about any other business software in the past 20 years. But as a platform for budgeting… well, it has some serious limitations. Like wouldn’t it be nice to be able to spread budgets based on last year’s actual spending pattern? That…    Read More

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8 Killers - XLerant

The 8 Killers of Budgeting (and what to do about them)

When I was a Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis for Pepsi in New York we experienced some challenges with our planning process. Doesn’t everybody? I thought these struggles were localized, so when I took a two year assignment with Pepsi in Europe, I thought I’d see a different set of issues. I didn’t. They…    Read More

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Hooray - XLerant

Incredible Video on Coordination & Planning

How do you get 185 people in 12 countries, who have never met before, to come together and sing in a virtual choir? Coordination & planning, that’s how. I don’t want to give too much away, but this video will set you back on your heels. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7o7BrlbaDs I could spend a lot of time explaining…    Read More

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Dr. Forecast - XLerant

A Failing City Calls in the Budget Doctor

Every once in a while I come across a podcast that I think is illuminating – makes a point but does so in a clever or revealing way. I found one the other day and wanted to share it. A Failing City Calls in the Budget Doctor http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=134430495&m=134431356 It’s only about five minutes, but you’ll…    Read More

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Distributed Budgeting

At XLerant, we’re changing how budgeting is done… and who’s doing it Our clients use our flagship application, called BudgetPak, to distribute budgeting to the people driving the actual results. To understand why, read on. Who does the budget in your company? Chances are it’s the Finance department. Who drives the actual results of the…    Read More

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Twin Traps - XLerant

Overcoming the Twin Traps of Impact Bias and Focalism

In a previous blog we talked about how Impact Bias and Focalism and lead to some really bad decisions. In a nutshell, the problem is we so focus on our personal needs when it come to business decisions — like what budgeting system to buy – that our perceptions get distorted. Like a fun house…    Read More

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Ambiguous Problems - XLerant

Solving Ambiguous Problems – What Successful Companies Get That the Rest of Us Don’t

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the best run companies over the years and I’ve come to appreciate what really separates them from “the merely good”. Some of what makes great companies so successful, like hiring great talent, is quite obvious. But in this blog I’d like to share one of…    Read More

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Teamwork and Community - XLerant

How to your involve your user community

The question of how to involve your user community in solution development is an important one; because the ultimate success or failure of any new system is wholly dependent upon whether or not it’s actually embraced by the user community… or rejected. There’s a lot of shelfware out there, and getting your users involved in…    Read More

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Teamwork and Community - XLerant

Should you involve your user community in solution development?

When I first moved to Ireland with Pepsi, I brought a lot of New York headquarters ways with me. Some good, some bad. But one of those ways was in how to develop solutions to vexing problems. The foundation of solution development was always the formation of a cross functional team to bring together multiple…    Read More

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