Why CFOs should care about advanced analytics and cognitive computing?

Historically, the emphasis has been on leveraging trusted information to understand and communicate the state of the business (hindsight), and helping to anticipate where the business is going (foresight). That’s no longer enough. In light of today’s multi-faceted challenges, CFOs must help uncover hidden opportunities and risks. Over 80% of Finance teams expect to use [...]

2019-04-05T09:36:59-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Update your forecasts when you want to

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to update your forecasts on a quarterly basis rather than annually?  Budgeting, planning and forecasting has typically been an annual process because of the time, effort and money involved.  Collecting data from multiple sources, consolidating it, checking it, refining it, checking the numbers again can definitely take weeks [...]

2019-03-31T10:31:23-04:00December 17th, 2018|

Business Analytics for the Office of Finance

The vast majority of CFO’s are now taking a more prominent role in decision-making, beyond the traditional role of finance.  The Office of Finance needs access to tools and best practices that allows them to be ready for the challenge.  These leaders need to know where their organization is headed.  They need to know [...]

2017-03-22T18:39:09-04:00November 25th, 2015|

Speeding up Clarity with Analysis Services Compression

Overview Some Clarity implementations use Microsoft Analysis Services as the OLAP engine. For those implementations, there are some system settings we can enable to speed things up. These should only be enabled in a production environment. Development environments where objects are changing should not have any caching or compression enabled. Implementing Compression in Analysis [...]

2017-03-22T18:39:11-04:00May 21st, 2015|

Virtualizating an IBM Clarity Server

Virtualize Clarity? Recently, I worked with a client whose IT department was going through the process of virtualizing physical servers into the cloud. For them, moving to the cloud would reduce their maintenance effort, and provide a safe off-site location for all their data. Their IBM Clarity servers were physical boxes located in their office [...]

2017-03-22T18:39:12-04:00March 12th, 2015|

Archiving – How to improve performance by archiving old (Scenario,Year) combinations – IBM Clarity

Any database application should be able to deal with data growth. As an application is used, data is created and evolves. With a corporate performance management tool, data can nicely sliced by a (Scenario, Year) combination. For example (Actual, 2004) would be the actual transactions that happened in 2004. (Budget, 2006) would be the approved [...]

2017-08-22T11:03:43-04:00February 11th, 2015|