Posts by Richard Barrett

3 observations on the Gartner Cloud SCPM Magic Quadrant

Based on decades of experience working with and writing about financial software, independent expert Richard Barrett has provided his personal observations on a recent Gartner Magic Quadrant. The opinions expressed are his own. Leading analyst firm Gartner recently published its annual Magic Quadrant for Cloud Strategic Corporate Performance Management (SCPM) solutions. According to its authors,… read more →

Zero-based budgeting

Why zero-based budgeting is back on the corporate to-do list

Kellogg Co., Heinz, the Campbell Soup Company, Mondelez International, Alcoa Inc., The Boston Scientific Corp., Jarden Corporation, Quiksilver, Inc., and a host of other large multinationals from a broad spectrum of industries have all gone on record as having adopted a 40-year-old methodology—zero-based budgeting (ZBB). And many of them are pushing ZBB even further, using… read more →

HR tech

Part 2: How U.S. CEOs plan to use technology to beat the competition: Based on PwC’s annual CEO survey

PwC’s recently published Annual CEO Survey shows that to gain a competitive advantage, the majority of business leaders plan to use technology to provide a better customer experience. They also plan to improve operational processes so their businesses are more agile and responsive. In this second part of the series, we look at how U.S…. read more →

Insight from the CFO Argyle Forum: Mission critical planning processes still held hostage in spreadsheets

Over 80 percent of finance leaders still rely on 10 or more spreadsheets to support their mission critical planning processes. That’s the astonishing feedback Anaplan received when this question was posed to an audience of over 100 finance leaders at the Chief Financial Leadership Office Forum in Los Angeles, CA, a few weeks ago—see the… read more →