Budgeting: Technology, Trends, Software Selection, and Implementation / Edition 1

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Overview

For years, companies have perceived their budgets simply as amandatory estimate of the upcoming year's revenues and expenses. Inthe contemporary corporate world, however, this attitude is quicklychanging as the marketplace becomes more competitive and moreglobal. To maintain their cutting edge, strong corporations areconstantly striving to increase their accuracy in predicting futureoperations and related resource requirements. As a result, theimportance of the budgeting and planning process has increaseddramatically for today's corporations and markedly changed thetraditional roles of spreadsheets, legacy budget systems, andsoftware created in-house.

This indispensable book provides CFOs, controllers, budgetingmanagers, and anyone involved in the budget planning process withan in-depth examination of modern budgeting and technology,including how to select the correct software and ensure thatimplementation takes place smoothly.

From the basics of what corporations should look for and how tomine the vast field of vendors to find it, to achieving astreamlined, competitive, and highly effective budget planningprocess, Budgeting:

  • Discusses how the Web is becoming a delivery vehicle and aplatform for most budgeting systems
  • Shows how to evaluate and select budgeting software
  • Provides interviews with managers at leading companies who havesuccessfully created internal processes and implemented budgetingsoftware solutions
  • Lists and categorizes major budgeting software products andvendors
  • Provides a comprehensive list of Request for Proposalquestions
  • Provides popular ratios used in connection with budgeting andanalysis

Ensure your company's future with upgraded budget planningpractices and routines'and ensure a successful, competitive, andprofitable new millennium.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471392071
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/2/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

NILS H. RASMUSSEN, MIM, has more than ten years of experience withdevelopment, implementation, and sales of budgeting and financialreporting software. He is a frequent speaker at budgetingconferences, has conducted field research, and has held numerousworkshops in the area of Web-based budgeting and reporting, andstreamlining of corporate reporting processes. Mr. Rasmussencurrently lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be reached atnhr@solverusa.com.

CHRISTOPHER J. EICHORN, CPA, is a software consultant whospecializes in designing enterprise-wide financial reporting andbudgeting models for his clients. He is a graduate of Thunderbird,The American Graduate School of International Management, and iscurrently a senior consultant at Solver, Inc., Los Angeles,California. He can be reached at cje@solverusa.com.

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Table of Contents

BUDGETING AND FORECASTING OVERVIEW.

Budgeting Today: Overview and Trends.

Budgeting Processes and Approaches.

Budgeting Methods.

Popular Budgeting Reports and Ratios.

BUDGETING SOFTWARE: TECHNOLOGY TRENDS AND FUNCTIONALITY.

Technology Trends.

Functionality Offered by Modern Budgeting Software.

What Will Future Budgeting Software Offer?

Budgeting Software Buyer's Guide.

Using Excel as a Budgeting Tool.

SOFTWARE EVALUATION AND SELECTION.

Selecting a System.

Software Evaluation: Factors to Consider.

The New Alternative: Outsourcing.

SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTATION.

Systems Implementation: Project Planning.

Detailed Implementation.

INTERVIEWS.

Interviews.

Appendices.

Glossary.

Index.

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