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  March 4, 2008
Webinar Series:
Achieving the Modern Fast Close: Renewing your Close, Consolidate, Report Process for Performance Insight and Impact

Part 5: Looking Ahead - Leveraging Financial Consolidation and Enterprise Planning
  • Thomas Willman, Program Leader, Account-to-Report and Enterprise Performance Management Advisory Programs, The Hackett Group Learn More
  • Jeff Holker, Global Director, Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Management, Cognos Learn More
  • Delbert Krause, Director, Product Marketing, Cognos Learn More
  • Looking Ahead - Leveraging Financial Consolidation and Enterprise Planning

    Managing the business looking forward – ensuring the right level of allocated resources and investment across the business – is paramount in today’s fast moving, global and highly competitive environment. Whether you are planning for operational effectiveness or strictly for financial management, measuring cause and effect requires financial measures and metrics. Accurate and validated financial data in the financial consolidation system is an integral part of this conversation. In this session we will discuss the importance of planning in world class companies, and the intersection value of the close, consolidate, report and planning processes.

    The Hackett Group will present a contrast between World Class and Peer Group companies and compare best practice usage (target setting, workflow, level of detail), skills/training of employees, responsiveness and effectiveness associated with each group. Hackett will also discuss the insights they have gained into companies that are improving in this areas, and what activities and approaches have significant impact.

    Cognos will discuss and share solutions for Enterprise Planning that start with financial control and embrace linking financial planning with driver-based best practices in operational planning. You’ll hear how the Cognos Performance Management platform brings together Cognos 8 Planning and Cognos Controller to coordinate the forward-based management of information – from budgets and forecast to rolling plans.

    About the Webinar Series

    It’s five years since Sarbanes Oxley became law, and for many organizations the goal of relevant, accurate, timely, auditable, controlled financial information remains elusive and out of reach.

    Surprising? Not when you look closely at the trends that prevent organizations from optimizing their financial consolidations:

    • The still-ubiquitous spreadsheet, preventing centralized management and process control.
    • First generation solutions, unable to support modern requirements.
    • A close process layered on by acquisitions, restructuring, and a host of source systems.

    This series is a step-by-step discovery of the benefits of renewing the close, consolidate, report process. We will engage thought leaders, industry experts, and customers throughout. Whether you are already resolving your financial consolidation issues or just embarking on your journey, this Webinar series will bring you valuable information to help you each step of the way.

    October 30, 2007
    Part 1:
    Delivering Financial Results: With or Without Spreadsheets - That is the Question
    November 13, 2007
    Part 2:
    Automating Financial Consolidation - The First, Best Step in Close, Consolidate, Report Makeover
    December 11, 2007
    Part 3:
    Ensuring Best Practices For Internal Controls and Financial Consolidation
    February 6, 2008
    Part 4:
    Performance and Compliance - Combining To Deliver Financial and Operational Insight
    March 4, 2008
    Part 5:
    Looking Ahead - Leveraging Financial Consolidation and Enterprise Planning
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    • Controllers
    • CFO's
    • CIO's
    • VP's, Directors and Managers of Finance, Corporate Governance, Compliance, IT

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    Tom Wilman
    Thomas Willman, Program Leader, Account-to-Report and Enterprise Performance Management Advisory Programs, The Hackett Group

    Mr. Willman is the Program Leader for The Hackett Group's Account-to-Report and Enterprise Performance Management Advisory Programs. He has over 12 years of finance, accounting and consulting experience across numerous industries. His experience has focused on helping CFOs and senior Finance executives to transform their organizations through the deployment of more efficient and effective processes, service delivery models and enabling technologies. Prior to joining The Hackett Group, Mr. Willman worked in Finance Transformation consulting with IBM Global Business Services and PwC Consulting. He also has several years of public accounting experience. He holds an MBA from Duke University, a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.

    Jeff Holker, Global Director, Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Management, Cognos

    Jeff is Global Director of The Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Management.  In this role he is responsible for leading a global team focused on ensuring customers are successful with their Cognos solutions by creating a community of customers, industry thought leaders and Cognos experts to share business best practices.  The Innovation Center accomplishes those objectives by creating a community of like-minded individuals focused on driving a holistic performance management culture and environment within their organizations, and by providing tools like Performance Blueprints, diagnostics, benchmarks, written thought leadership and a variety of forums for idea exchange and advocacy.


    Prior to joining Cognos, Jeff held a number of financial management and reporting-related positions at Andersen Windows, the world’s largest window and door manufacturer, including leadership of FP&A.  He has deep understanding of the problems faced by today’s finance executive trying to manage the performance within the enterprise while serving as a key business partner to the CEO and their team.


    Prior to Andersen Windows, Jeff held numerous finance and accounting positions at Honeywell, and was a  member of the cost and performance management practice at Ernst & Young.


    Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Cornell University, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


    Delbert Krause
    Delbert Krause, Director, Product Marketing, Cognos

    Delbert Krause is Director, Product Marketing, Performance Management Solutions at Cognos. Mr. Krause combines his formal education in finance and accounting along with 20 plus years experience in delivering performance management solutions supporting finance, business and IT users. He has worked in a variety of roles enabling customers achieve success across a broad range of solutions supporting performance management, from large international consolidations to enterprise planning and reporting applications. Mr. Krause's background includes formal training and experience in finance, working directly with customers and consulting, selling, and marketing performance management software solutions. Working with the Performance Management Solutions team at Cognos for the past 7 years, Mr. Krause's current responsibility is to help bring understanding to customers on the benefits of performance management and the role Cognos solutions play in delivering success.


    Cognos is the world leader in business intelligence (BI) and performance management solutions. We provide world-class enterprise BI, planning and consolidation software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

    Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best practices, and a broad network of partners to give our customers a complete performance solution. We provide an open and adaptive solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and database investments.

    We give customers the ability to answer the questions -- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? - and enable them to understand and monitor current performance while planning future business strategies.

    Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries. Our solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers.

    Additional information about Cognos is available at: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/analytics/cognos/

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