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April 8 2008
Frequent Forecasting for Improved Business Performance
  • Craig Schiff, President & CEO, BPM Partners  Learn More
  • Ami Bhandari, VP of Planning, Analysis & Strategy, Lincoln Education Learn More
  • Nicole Laplante, Marketing Manager, PROPHIX  Learn More
  • Frequent Forecasting for Improved Business Performance

    You don’t have to be a weatherman to forecast the outcome of your organization. The tools are at your fingertips and with a bit of data intelligence, preparing forecasts on a regular basis can become part of your planning routine.

    In today’s fast-paced environment, budgeting and forecasting processes often seem burdensome and can fail to reach their true potential. Too often, budgeting and forecasting are looked at as difficult tasks performed once a year, rather than powerful tools that can be used to increase profits and better align business strategies to changing market conditions. Implementing the right forecasting methods can not only reduce the cycle-time, but enhance results.


    Companies relying on old forecasting practices find no ownership of cost centers and few goal-oriented mindsets from all levels of management. Transforming forecasting from an abstract theory to an actionable practice requires a solid foundation for implementation.


    Learn how to use information and data to bring more visibility to current corporate status. Learn best practices for achieving forecast results and allow your organization to put frequent forecasting into concrete practice.


    Top Five Reasons to Attend:

    • Accurately plan and forecast for precision Financial Management
    • Identify frequent forecasting methods and tools to enhance your company
    •  Ensure forecasts are reflective of current conditions as market forces change 
    •  Manage and deploy resources more effectively
    •  Maximize the efficiency and accuracy of your forecasting process

    This webinar is part of our Business Performance Planning series sponsored by PROPHIX:

    Click below to access the OnDemand Archives
    Part 1 - April 8/08
    Frequent Forecasting for Improved Business Performance
    Part 2 - June 17/08

    Strategic Budgeting:  Aligning Budgets to Business Performance Planning

    For information about the recorded archives for these event contact Xtalks at (416) 977-6555 ext 371, or email register@xtalks.com

    For more information about Part 2
    June 17/08
    Strategic Budgeting: Aligning Budgets to Business Performance Planning


    ·         CEOs/COOs

    ·         CFOs/VPs of Finance

    ·         Controllers/Assistant Controllers

    ·         Budget Officers

    ·         Strategic Planning Managers

    ·         Financial Analysts



    PROPHIX Software is a leading provider of financial business intelligence and performance management solutions specializing in forecasting, corporate budgeting, strategic planning, reporting, consolidation, personnel planning, financial analysis, scorecarding and other financial functions in a single solution. PROPHIX's ease of use and minimal IT involvement provide the benefit of rapid implementation and a lower total cost of ownership.

    PROPHIX has financial performance management tools that enable business professionals to make better informed business decisions. With three solutions to choose from, PROPHIX for SQL Server™, PROPHIX Enterprise and PROPHIX Express, one is ideal for you.

    PROPHIX is a proud recipient of DM Review's Innovative Solution Award for Corporate Performance Management and was recently named "2008 Midmarket BPM Vendor of the Year" by BPM Partners

    For more information:  http://www.prophix.com/


    Craig Schiff, President & CEO, BPM Partners 

    Mr. Schiff is a pioneer in the Business Performance Management space. As a founding member of IMRS/Hyperion Software (now Hyperion Solutions) he helped create and define the space, known first as analytic applications, then Business Intelligence, and now BPM. Mr. Schiff spent 16 years at Hyperion and as its Senior Vice President ran the 500 person Products and Services Group. Most recently he co-founded OutlookSoft. While at OutlookSoft he was President and CEO and oversaw the delivery of the first unified, web-based Business Performance Management solution. Prior to Hyperion and OutlookSoft he project managed the custom development of financial reporting systems for customers of GE Information Services Company including American Express and AMF. Mr. Schiff has published dozens of articles, spoken at numerous BPM conferences to thousands of business leaders, appeared on WOR Weekend Business Report, and was interviewed by Al Haig on World Business Review. Currently Mr. Schiff writes a monthly column entitled 'Maximize Business Performance' for DM Review, is responsible for the BPM expert channel and blog on the Business Intelligence Network, and develops the annual BPM Buyers Guide for Business Finance magazine. He is a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mr. Schiff holds a B.S. from S.U.N.Y and an M.B.A. from Fordham University .

    Ami Bhandari, VP of Planning, Analysis & Strategy, Lincoln Education

    Ami Bhandari is Vice President of Planning, Analysis & Strategy at Lincoln Educational Services Corp.

    For the past 5 years Ami has led the Financial Planning and Strategic Planning process at LESC, a fast growing company that operates career colleges across the country. In her first year Ami introduced PROPHIX software through which she developed the company’s financial planning and forecasting models and established key management reports and metrics. She now leads the annual corporate planning process including; identifying and prioritizing corporate initiatives based on strategic fit and ROI, building extensive models for acquisitions, new initiatives, and new products, and determining top markets for acquisition and greenfield growth.

    Prior to working at Lincoln, Ami was a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, and an operations manager with Procter & Gamble. Ami has an MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.


    Nicole Laplante, Marketing Manager, PROPHIX 

    For more than 5 years Nicole has played a key role in educating and providing business solutions for PROPHIX Software clients. Nicole originally started her career at PROPHIX as a Professional Services Consultant. As a senior consultant, for two and a half years, Nicole consulted for organizations in a variety of industries and sizes. Nicole provided the ownership and data integrity to the clients’ planning process and the individuals involved with this process. 

    Nicole has now moved over into a marketing position, acting as Marketing Manager for PROPHIX. Nicole plays an important role in ensuring quality and consistency in the creation and execution of all marketing materials and communication initiatives.

    Complementing Ms. Laplante’s experiences as a PROPHIX consultant are her previous professional and educational experiences. Acting as a Manager at State Street Trust Company and graduating from the MBA program at the Haskayne School of Business has provided her with the opportunity to enhance and develop her analytical and project management skills. Nicole also received her Honours BA in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University, FNK Instructional Techniques certificate and the Canadian Securities certificate in 1997.

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