Centage Corporation Customer Hames Corporation Named a 2014 Technology Leadership Award Winner by Ventana Research

Natick, MA – October 1, 2014 – Centage ™ Corporation, a leading provider of budgeting and forecasting software (Budget Maestro™) for small and medium sized businesses, today announced customer Hames Corporation, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Maxwell Rule, have been named a 2014 Technology Leadership Award winner by Ventana Research in the category of CFO. Recognized for his ability to deliver exemplary business and financial performance, Rule successfully used Budget Maestro to transform the budgeting and forecasting processes at Hames and enable the company to plan for growth.  Rule will be discussing his insights and best practices from the project during a panel at the 2014 Ventana Research Summit event on October 22nd at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, California.

Hames Corporation, based in Sitka, Alaska, owns and manages several retail stores in both Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska two of the largest and most visited cities in the state.  They operate under brands including Sea Mart Quality Foods and Market Center, Cascade Convenience Centers, Watson Point Liquors and Newtown Liquor Store.  As their company and brands expanded, so too had the need to significantly improve the budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting process to not only keep pace with the growing business, but with new legislative requirements such as the Affordable Care Act and correlating personnel expenses.

As CFO, Rule quickly identified the need for a solution that could accurately forecast earnings, integrate with their existing Microsoft Dynamics® GP general ledger, provide a deeper level of detail, and simplify consolidations. Under Rule’s guidance, Hames implemented Budget Maestro and completely transformed the retailer’s budgeting and forecasting process. Traditional financial reporting via Excel was replaced with sophisticated reporting and analysis which has proven invaluable as the company can now accurately budget and monitor healthcare costs, even down to the specifics of an individual employee’s health plan options. As a result, the new strategic approach to reporting has made the Hames Corporation shareholders, executives and management team more confident in the long term financial success of the organization.

“Organizations of every size are looking to make better decisions based on the information they already have and to do so quickly,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research “Hames Corporation is an example of how that can be done successfully at the CFO level. By using solutions that are designed to not only streamline critical budgeting and forecasting processes, but are flexible enough to grow along with the business, Maxwell Rule and his team at Hames can conduct sophisticated reporting and analysis to better understand where the business is today and more importantly how it must  evolve for the future.”

“Information is the foundation of any business, but numbers alone don’t tell the whole story. With Budget Maestro, Hames was able to conduct a more detailed analysis of their stores and brands to glean critical business insights and apply that knowledge to addressing business challenges,” said Barry Clapp, President, Centage Corporation. “We are thrilled that both Hames and Maxwell are being recognized for their efforts and we are honored to be their strategic partner.”

For more information on the Ventana Research Business Technology Leadership Awards visit Ventana Leadership Awards to learn more about how Centage can transform your budgeting and forecasting process.

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Centage Corporation’s Planning Maestro is a cloud platform for modern planning and analytics that transforms how companies budget, forecast and report performance. Centage delivers sophisticated financial intelligence that can be implemented quickly and scale with the needs of today’s dynamic businesses. With a direct line-of-sight into the organization’s financial health, Centage clients can react quickly to market changes, take intelligent risks, and capitalize on new opportunities. Centage serves over 10,000 users worldwide. Visit Centage.com, follow on LinkedIn, or visit the Centage Blog for the latest insights.

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