Brian Combs, Author at Revelwood Knowledge Center – Page 3 of 4
Brian Combs, Author at Revelwood Knowledge Center – Page 3 of 4

I am an “FP&A guy.” I love this stuff. I love every part of it – from the last-minute changes to the long range planning sessions and everything in between. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of global FP&A and want to share some of my insights and tips and tricks with you all. It has certainly not always gone as planned and I have had my share of missteps. At times, I … Read More


In response to customer requests, we’ve been expanding our Customer Care program. The newest option is a Performance Tune-Up. Proper maintenance of your TM1/Planning Analytics environment is the key to overall good health and performance. Think of our team as your “mechanics” for your solution. You take your car to the auto shop for regular tune-ups. Why not do the same for TM1/Planning Analytics? We’ve designed this service to make sure your system is running at its best. It is … Read More


Are you ready for a new FP&A solution? Have you been thinking about replacing your current management reporting and forecasting/planning solution? Maybe you have outgrown your current system? Perhaps you are snickering now because you are still just using Excel and you’re thinking, “What system?” Maybe you are just tired of Excel and all of its limitations? What if I told you there was a way to enhance your current systems and processes (whether in Excel or some other tool) … Read More


The IBM Center for Applied Insights surveyed 337 senior finance leaders on their adoption of analytics. It may not be surprising, but the survey found that organizations plan to double adoption of analytics in all areas of finance in the next two years. A report citing the study answers the why: “As one executive admitted, ‘Advanced analytics gives me answers to questions I didn’t even know I had.’” Interestingly, 28 percent of the survey respondents were categorized as the “most … Read More


We’ve created a list of the top 10 steps organizations should take for a successful financial performance management project. These steps were honed over more than two decades of experience designing and implementing financial performance management solutions based on IBM Analytics technologies. Essentially, these can also be considered best practices for financial performance management projects. Before we go into the 10 steps, let’s take a look at today’s business environment. Years ago businesses, and senior management, were content to wait … Read More


IBM Vision 2017 was a whirlwind of activity for our clients and our team members who attended the show. Many of our clients stopped by our booth at the expo and joined us for a “sold-out” cocktail party we hosted one evening of the conference. We had a lot of fun, but there was also a huge amount of learning done throughout the multi-day conference. On the partner side, our CEO, Ken Wolf, participated in a number of sessions during … Read More


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