Corey Barak
How Coaching Soccer Applies to Work

IMG_3719For those that know me, it has been well known that I despise soccer. I have never enjoyed watching it or playing it. When my son Evan first started playing sports, I told him he can only play soccer until he turns 7, and he promptly quit to concentrate on other sports. So, there was much amusement from my friends and family when I was asked to help coach my daughter’s 6-year old soccer team.  I explained that I don’t know soccer and I don’t like the sport, but my daughter Ella was so excited, so I said yes.

I have always believed that sports teach kids about life, such as playing as a team, being competitive, being a good sport, and trying your hardest.  With that, there are many learning experiences for me as well and how it parallels everyday work.

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Matthew Felzke
#ThisisSolver – Innovation

LindaNilsThis article will discuss one of the winning ingredients for Solver as an organization and definitely one of the reasons BI360 is as successful as it is: innovation.

I have worked for Solver, Inc. almost exactly three and a half years, and regardless of how long that sounds to you, I feel as though I have seen a lot of change here. Sure, a lot of the reliable characters are still here to make things interesting and deliver cutting edge deliverables to support the business, but it has been exciting to see growth in a company that sees the uniqueness in their human capital – and invites them to flourish with their specific expertise – for the benefit of BI360 customers. This entry will explore what I know to be the cornerstone of Solver’s success: innovation.

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Hanna Kim
Using Corporate Performance Management for Digital Transformation: Engaging Customers and Empowering Employees, Part 1

The blog article is the first part in using Corporate Performance Management (CPM) for digital transformation.

Align for GPWhat is digital transformation? It sounds like most nebulous concept terms that mean something different to almost everyone. According to ERP Software, “Digital Transformation is what happens when businesses rethink processes, services and products in terms of what is possible using current technology.” Digital technology has entered a new era in innovations including advanced analytics, cloud computing, machine learning, human-machine interfaces, digital-to-physical transfer, and more. To sustain competitive advantage, organizations will need to adapt and grow to meet the evolving needs of their customers. What’s even better is that transformation is not confined to large businesses that have a wide array of resources and loads of money in their budget to spend. With modern cloud business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management tools, anyone can now access and benefit from the most advanced resources. In this article, I will cover two fundamental pillars of digital transformation based on The Art of Digital Transformation – Four Pillars of Industry 4.0 by ANEGIS Consulting, a Microsoft Gold Partner.

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Matthew Felzke
The Migration to Dynamics 365: How Corporate Performance Management Tools Can Help

Dynamics 365 X CPMThis article will discuss what a lot of Dynamics users are either approaching or already dealing with: the migration to Dynamics 365. Here’s how corporate performance Management (CPM) tools can help.

We have written about the topic of the enterprise technology evolution, moving to the cloud specifically, several times now, and this blog will continue to cover the related intricacies. Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, both Business and Enterprise editions, are seemingly the destination for at least current users of on-premises Dynamics GP, SL, NAV and AX products. Unfortunately, that journey is not just a flip of the switch. It is more than just moving data over because your data source is the thing you are replacing. This article will discuss the ins and outs of transitioning to Microsoft Dynamics 365 and how corporate performance management (CPM) can help, with their autonomous databases to store your historical data, and financial reporting and budgeting applications.

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Matthew Felzke
Netflix’s Okja and Cloud Financial Reporting: The Parallels of Powerful Storytelling

CPMnetflixThis article will look at the power of modern cloud financial reporting through the lens of powerful storytelling, as delivered by Netflix’s Okja.

Sometimes, a movie comes along that captures a generation and perhaps even changes the culture. But unfortunately, with the amount of content and sheer number of options to stream, view, or purchase movies, television, and other video, it’s hard for any particular movie to stand out and captivate such a wide audience. That said, I have recently watched a Netflix original film, called Okja, and while it definitely got a solid promotional campaign in my part of the world, I don’t think it has quite permeated the culture the way that it arguably should have. However, a key takeaway for this one-time English major was the power of storytelling as a way to enable decision-making. This article will focus on how the right kind of storytelling can drive world-class decision-making, from Okja to financial reporting.

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Hanna Kim
What to Expect from the Sage Acquisition for Sage and Intacct Users

In this article, we will be discussing details about the Sage acquisition of Intacct and how that will shape financial management for both Sage and Intacct users.

sageintacct_logoYou heard it. On July 25th, Sage announced that it will be acquiring Intacct for $850 million, now what? Intacct currently has 11,000 customers in North America, and Sage serves 6.1 million customers worldwide. Sage and Intacct users can now expect a complete set of solutions for accounting needs of organizations of all sizes. This article will cover all you need to know about the Sage acquisition of Intacct.

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Hanna Kim
What #ThisisSolver Means, a Spotlight on the Solver Culture

This article takes a closer look at the company culture at Solver.

solverawardsIn this article, I’ll be covering Solver’s culture, both internally and externally – and how that has changed the way I view work and my work ethic. In America, we work an average of 40-47 hours per week. According to Investopedia, “corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions.” Corporate culture has arguably always been important, but it’s only become so popular, almost a “buzzword” in the past decade, maybe because of the start-up phenomenon. Culture is often a prime factor in long-term organizational success. Also, a culture’s success depends on an organization’s business market, strategies and workforce.

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Matthew Felzke
Focus 2017: Another Record-Breaker in the Books

award winnerThis article will recap all of the details from Focus 2017, the 5th annual user conference for BI360 customers and partners.

And just like that, Focus 2017 has come and gone. For the planning committee at Solver, charged with the planning and execution of the 5th annual user conference for the community of BI360 customers and partners, it is bittersweet. To me, the best conferences can seem like summer camp for adult professionals, as you step out of your routine and your life to take up residence at a specific locale that is an all-inclusive on learning new skill sets, making new connections, and having fun. And Focus never disappoints in the context of this analogy. This is the fourth year I have attended the event, and it was such a joy to see familiar faces and share memories from past years with new faces at the ample networking opportunities. This blog entry will recap the highlights from this year’s Focus event.

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Matthew Felzke
Enterprise Technology Cloud Strategy with Reporting and Budgeting for Microsoft Dynamics

Image taken from Shutterstock.

Image taken from Shutterstock.

This article will discuss leveraging corporate performance management (CPM) solutions as a foundation for an enterprise technology cloud roadmap.

I find myself thinking about cloud technology all the time these days. And this is particularly peculiar when I zoom out and think about how I was an English major in college. However, cloud is permeating the culture – both popular and business – and I can’t help but think about how it is changing the way we store, manage, and leverage data. I have even seen memes on social media that make fun of the fact that we keep so many pictures – “for what?” is the punchline. The answer is because we can, and our massive and growing amount of data doesn’t bog down our devices because it is housed in the cloud. Beyond that though, in the business world, cloud as a platform follows the consumer marketplace trend of subscriptions to outsourced services as opposed to buying something outright. This is such a major shift in the business culture, and it creates a more efficient relationship in the context of technology management for both the vendor and the consumer. This article will explore the journey of transitioning reporting and budgeting solutions to the cloud – and suggest a starting place.

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Matthew Felzke
Replacing FRx and Management Reporter with Cloud Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics

Cloud Reporting for IntacctThis article explores the cloud reporting options you have for replacing FRx and Management Reporter.

Sometimes, it’s hard for me to believe that some companies might still be using FRx, as the product was retired by Microsoft – and replaced with Management Reporter (MR) – years ago. But MSDynamicsWorld.com recently hosted a webinar about replacing either, and hundreds of registrants attended. When I zoom out and think about process overhauls or technology replacements that I have been a part of, for the most part, they generally haven’t happened rapidly. Also, we’re all regularly in the trenches of our jobs, in this case producing reports or consolidating company financials for an understanding of company health, so taking the time to research, watch demos, have calls with sales folks, and test the power and viability of a new product can be tough. But as companies look to replace FRx and MR and at the same time prepare for a future move to a cloud ERP system, we’re seeing a lot of finance departments take the first leap by implementing a modern cloud reporting and budgeting solution, proving that a true business improvement momentum is building in the enterprise technology sector. This article will discuss the power of cloud reporting options not only to replace FRx and MR, but also as a strategic catalyst for a bigger picture cloud technology migration.

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