6 Telltale Signs it’s Time to Move Beyond Spreadsheets for Business Budgeting

It’s easy to understand why companies turn to spreadsheets for budgeting. The interfaces are familiar. The cost of entry is low. The software is accessible to everyone in the company. But as your company grows, using spreadsheets for business budgeting can cause more problems than they solve. As operations become more complex, so does budgeting […]

Financial Forecasting for Balance Sheets

If you read this blog with any kind of regularity, you know that we feel pretty strongly about the importance of financial forecasting. Budgets are valuable assets, a direct line of sight into the health of your business — as long as you take the time to look at and update your forecasts weekly or […]

Why Financial Forecasting is Particularly Critical in 2018

Every company goes through the process of creating a budget and a financial forecast each year. Budget season is marked by the executive team making projections about the economic and business conditions in the next 12 to 18 months, and documenting how they plan to respond to those conditions. All too often, however, once the […]

Are Rolling Financial Forecasts Right for Nonprofits?

The world we live in today changes more quickly than any time in our history. Access to information and news can cause people’s opinions and actions to turn on a dime. The financial position of a nonprofit can be a victim – or a benefactor – of these changes. But traditionally, nonprofits have relied on […]

Smart Budgets: Easy and Accurate Reporting for Everyone

Today’s mid-size businesses no longer look at their annual budget as a once-a-year exercise. The budget is now seen as a strategic asset, vital for monitoring performance vs. plan on a monthly (or even weekly) basis, forecasting future performance based on current actuals and the plan, as well as assessing the impact of proposed business […]

Our National Spreadsheet Day with VisiCalc Inventors Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston

On Tuesday, October 17th, we decided to get in on the fun of National Spreadsheet Day by inviting the inventors of the first computer spreadsheet program, VisiCalc, Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston over for a celebration of spreadsheets and a dedication ceremony our new Bricklin-Frankston Training Center. Invented in 1979, VisiCalc revolutionized the way people […]

Five Ways Smart Budgeting and Forecasting Can Improve Your Business

Budgeting season is here. For many CFOs and budget managers, the next few months will be an endless stream of data, requests and revisions. But what happens if after all the time, energy and resources devoted to it, the budget still doesn’t quite stack up? You likely already know the answer. The worst part? Discrepancies […]

Advantages of Cloud-Based Business Budgeting Software

Using spreadsheets and hard drive-based business budgeting software can keep a large volume of business data organized can be useful, but the advantages of a cloud-based solution are difficult to deny. From maintaining a single streamlined edition of the master file to permitting unlimited users to alter the file and even limiting most individuals from […]

Analytics Maestro Now Includes Updated Dashboarding, BI and Reporting Features

Analytics Maestro, which extends Budget Maestro’s reporting capabilities, has newly updated and significant features.  The latest version of Analytics Maestro includes an updated financial dashboard for executives to quickly see how they are performing against KPIs. Analytics Maestro gives users the ability to perform complex analysis, and includes the abilities to drill-down to underlying data, […]