In my years at Centage, I’ve had the distinct advantage of learning from people who are experiencing the challenges of today’s office of finance. In those discussions, CFOs, financial experts and finance teams of small and medium-sized businesses have made one thing overwhelmingly clear: they need tools that allow them to be more efficient, give them deeper insights and make them more strategic partners within their companies. These solutions have been available to large enterprises but Small and Mid-sized (SMB) companies have traditionally lacked an affordable and easy to use solution to drive business performance.
Centage listened, and we’re pleased to announce the launch of Planning Maestro, the next generation intelligent planning and analytics platform made for the modern finance office. Built with enterprise-class functionality but specifically designed to suit the needs of the SMB market, Planning Maestro is a cloud-native platform that equips businesses with a competitive advantage, enabling them to easily budget, forecast financial performance, analyze results and share critical information across the organization.
Better Decision Making
To be an authoritative strategic partner to the business, finance teams must be able to quickly understand and interpret data and use that information to understand the future. Planning Maestro provides the tools for these teams to do exactly that.
Powerful planning and scenario analysis processes allow finance teams to understand how business-specific drivers can affect the financial plan, which enables decision-making, reporting and analysis to become collaborative and transparent. Planning Maestro offers unlimited scenario testing, so every possibility can be tested quickly and easily, and business leaders can keep the company focused on activities that add the most value.
Planning Maestro also provides analytical support, making it easier than ever to understand the story a business’s data has to tell. Leveraging modern technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning, the platform makes predictive analytics around financial data a reality. These technologies come together to create clear, actionable reports and customer dashboards.
Flexibility for Fast-Paced SMBs
Small to medium-sized businesses make use of available tools where they can. But this can lead to a mish-mash of unmatched data sources, with some housed in on-premise solutions and others in the cloud. The platform utilizes an advanced integration layer, eliminating concerns around gathering critical data from multiple sources. Because Planning Maestro was built with this in mind, integrations are easy to implement and connections to your ERP and general ledger are seamless.
Planning Maestro takes the data from those integrations to create flexible, multi-dimensional data models with flexible hierarchies. Financial teams can use the tools to organize, analyze and visualize large datasets on the fly. The business data can rapidly be examined in multiple ways, encouraging data-driven decision-making.
The Benefits of Being Cloud-Native
The challenge of business data needed for accurate financial forecasts, analysis and dashboards is the amount of processing power required to manage the work. Workloads aren’t consistent, though. The office of finance may need a lot of processing power one week, and almost none the next. Being a cloud-native platform, Planning Maestro provides elastic and scaling resources that grow and contract as needed.
For performance, the platform utilizes NoSQL for rapid data servicing. Hosted in the Cloud, Planning Maestro makes unstructured data possible for SMBs with limited IT resources, preventing them from needing to architect and manage their own data lakes.
As a cloud offering, Planning Maestro offers flexibility and scalability without the technical overhead normally associated with that level of data processing. It also means that your budgeting and planning tools are always up to date. The application is regularly updated without significant downtime, planning meetings, or waiting for IT resources to be available. This means you’ll always have the newest and most secure offering without the need to actively update your application.
Built for Your Finance Team
We built Planning Maestro with a single goal in mind – to empower today’s finance professionals to make faster, more informed decisions, so they can react quickly to change, take calculated risks, capitalize on new opportunities and steer their organizations into the future.
If your finance team is ready to be the kind of partner that drives timely and accurate, data-driven decisions, consider taking a tour of Planning Maestro’s benefits. Contact us for a demo of this innovative product, and see for yourself how Planning Maestro can be the cornerstone of your Modern Office of Finance.
Centage Corporation’s Planning Maestro is a cloud-native planning & analytics platform that delivers year-round financial intelligence. With Planning Maestro, Centage offers the sophisticated features needed by small and mid-market organizations to integrate budgeting, forecasting, and deep data analysis within one easy-to-use, scalable SaaS solution. For more information on how to modernize your office of finance with intelligent planning, view our product demonstration video, or call 800-366-5111.