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Why Infor EPM & SunSystems Are Such a Dynamic Duo for Finance Leaders

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Senior finance executives require a winning combination of agility and control. They need systems that not only capture financial data accurately but also empower strategic decision-making. This is where Infor EPM and Infor SunSystems come together as a dynamic duo, offering a powerful one-two punch for your finance function.

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Blog Topics: CFOs, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software

8 Steps in Selecting the Right Planning & Budgeting Software

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Accurate financial planning and budgeting are no longer optional – they're essential for survival. But with a plethora of planning and budgeting software options available, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. Fear not, here is a step-by-step guide to navigate the selection process and find the perfect planning and budgeting software for your business!

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Blog Topics: CFOs, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software

How Top-Ranked EPM Software and Vendors Stack Up Against Each Other

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As organisations seek to gain a competitive edge, choosing the most effective EPM solution becomes crucial. In this blog post, we explore the top-ranked EPM solutions, and offer guidance on selecting the best fit for your business. Whether you're looking to streamline financial planning, improve performance reporting, or gain real-time business insights, understanding the current landscape of EPM software will help you make informed decisions that drive success.

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Blog Topics: Financial consolidation, planning and reporting, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software, Business Intelligence

A Simple Guide to Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

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Enterprise performance management (EPM), not to be confused with employee performance management, is increasingly popular thanks to technological advancements. The solution provides powerful functionalities with real-time data consolidation, predictive analytics, cloud-based applications, and better yet, ease of use.

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Blog Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software

An Overview of Infor EPM (Enterprise Performance Management)

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Did you know that financial professionals typically spend 70% of their time collecting and validating data, and the lack of collaboration and visibility has turned forecasting and budgeting into an "educated guessing game"? 

Stop wasting your time or repeating the same old mistakes! Infor EPM can help you gain a competitive advantage and prepare you to face market complexity head-on. This could be the only financial performance management software you ever need.

Let's explore how this robust and agile platform can help your organisation thrive.


What is Infor EPM?

Infor Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is a comprehensive solution suite designed to enhance the financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance analysis processes, thereby eliminating spreadsheets. 

It layers world-class in-context business intelligence, financial performance management, and risk and compliance monitoring, empowering you to make more impactful decisions, report with confidence, and forecast the future based on relevant, real-time insights.

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Why do organisations need enterprise performance management software like Infor EPM? 

Simply put, you can handle all the complex activities associated with planning, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, in addition to consolidating and finalising financial performance, using one single solution – Infor EPM.

This next-generation platform provides a holistic view of your business' performance. It allows you to assess historical and current performance metrics and empowers you to anticipate and strategise for future endeavours with precision and foresight.

This forward-looking capability enables you to proactively adapt to market trends, identify potential risks, and seize growth opportunities while staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving business environment.

Read more: Automating Financial Forecast for Hotels with Cloud Systems

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I can do it with spreadsheets. Why do I need the Infor EPM?

At the end of the day, what we generate is a lot of data. The endless array of spreadsheets, word documents, presentations, etc. from different sources and departments are incredibly overwhelming to process, not to mention analyse and extract meaningful insights. So forget about ensuring the accuracy and reliability of this data.

This chaos is what you see around the decision-support framework in most companies. All these different user interfaces and disparate systems, platforms, etc. result in us and key decision-makers sitting on different versions of the truth, hindering us from taking advantage of things like mobility, big data, or advances in in-memory computing.

Not to mention, spreadsheets rely heavily on manual input. Once data is rolled up, top executives can hardly drill down the numbers to the detail levels to gain a more in-depth view of the financial history. Not to mention, spreadsheets are susceptible to human errors, rigid, time-consuming, and have the potential to create silos.

Read more: 7 Worst Financial Fiascos Caused by Excel Errors

So imagine that you have these multiple data sources from your ERP, WMS, or CRM systems. When an event occurs (e.g., an order is updated, an item is created, an inventory status is changed, etc.), the system automatically updates the information. You are also able to view, monitor, and manage your KPIs through an intuitive, role-based, visualised dashboard and generate reports according to your industry standards.

All this can happen via a unified, user-rich, clean, and intuitively designed user interface, allowing users to work the way they live.

That is what you get with Infor EPM. In short, the solution is the perfect alternative to spreadsheets. 

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Key features and capabilities

You can deploy Infor EPM on-premises or in the cloud. Either way, Infor EPM can be integrated with Infor OS to deliver a wide range of powerful digital tools to streamline financial processes and drive business performance.

Data analytics

Infor EPM utilises an analytical platform with in-memory technology, enabling instant data consolidation and real-time insights into business and financial plans. This advanced contextual analytics capability enhances decision-making accuracy across the organisation.

Moreover, leveraging EPM's deep and predictive analytics combined with compliance tools enables you to increase the accuracy of your strategic, tactical, and operational plans. 

You are also able to monitor and review the performance while on the go—while visiting clients, discussing with workers down at the warehouse, or attending a trade show—via any mobile device of your choice.

Read more: How American Express Differentiates Core Services with Infor Birst BI

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Financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting

Integrate planning, budgeting, and forecasting into one single system for maximum visibility and efficiency. Simplify budgeting by bringing budgets and actuals together in a solution designed according to financial best practices. Consolidate multiple sets of books seamlessly, process elimination entries, and generate a single set of financial statements.

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Financial reporting

Leverage highly structured and adaptable self-service reporting capabilities to enhance decision-making within your organisation. Benefit from fully customisable dashboards and reports that feature clear and user-friendly graphs and charts, allowing you to identify trends and key insights easily up to the minute, even while on the go.

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CAPEX planning 

Manual data gathering for capital expenditure planning is a time-consuming task. This process is automated by Infor EPM, which integrates with existing systems to automatically pull relevant data.

Moreover, the solution allows users to create and test different scenarios for capital expenditures. This enables you to assess the financial impact of various options and make more informed choices.

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Risk and compliance 

When combining Infor EPM and Infor Risk and Compliance, you have in your hands one of the most extensive toolsets that empower users to gain a holistic view of data and user access across multiple business units. 

The ability to proactively and automatically monitor performance and compliance helps you mitigate security breaches, violations, and fraud, thus promoting consistent compliance and reinforcing regulations and requirements across the entire organisation.

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Infor EPM dashboards provide real-time access to critical financial metrics, KPIs, and trends. This eliminates the need for generating static reports and allows for more informed, up-to-date decision-making.

You can personalise their dashboards to display the information most relevant to your specific roles and responsibilities. This empowers you to quickly identify areas needing attention and track progress towards financial goals.

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Blog Topics: Financial consolidation, planning and reporting, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software

Conquering the Challenges in Financial Consolidation for Hotel Chains

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As a finance leader, you grapple with the problems brought about by disparate operations, ever-changing regulations, and fluctuating market dynamics. Follow along as we delve into the intricacies of financial consolidation for hotel chains, pinpoint usual stumbling blocks, and reveal the game-changing power of specialized consolidation software.

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Blog Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software, Digital Transformation

What To Look For In a Planning and Budgeting Solution?

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What enterprises today have an abundance of are pressures. For instance, the pressure of addressing challenges associated with planning and distributing budget rationally, or the pressure of finding an optimal financial solution.

Forward-looking CFOs have shifted away from traditional spreadsheets to a more sophisticated solution that can enable them to make more informed decisions based on real-time data and insights.

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Blog Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional Budgeting Approach

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Budgeting is a cornerstone of financial planning in businesses. The traditional budgeting approach, with its roots in historical accounting practices, has been a mainstay in the corporate world. However, this method has faced criticism, particularly from proponents of more dynamic budgeting methods like Beyond Budgeting.

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Blog Topics: Planning and Budgeting, Financial consolidation, planning and reporting, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software

Exploring Financial Management Solutions: An Overview of 6 Leading Software

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Effective financial management plays a critical role in the success and long-term viability of organisations, regardless of their size or industry. The availability of advanced financial management software solutions has revolutionised the way businesses handle their financial operations, offering enhanced automation, real-time insights, and improved decision-making capabilities.

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Blog Topics: Financial consolidation, planning and reporting, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software, Infor SunSystems

Automating Financial Forecast for Hotels with Cloud Systems

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How can a hotel chain whose properties are located in many different countries reliably provide its financial professionals with advanced forecasting and reporting capabilities around the clock and across multiple devices? Find out how forcasting in the hospitality industry works with the case of Kempinski Hotels - the Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.

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Blog Topics: Hospitality solutions, CFOs, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Accounting Management Software

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