Industry Articles Archives – Revelwood Knowledge Center
Industry Articles Archives – Revelwood Knowledge Center

Microsoft Excel is the tool CFOs and finance professionals love to hate. The problem is often a result of trying to use Excel  for complex financial planning and analysis. Excel is simply the wrong tool for that job. In fact, a BARC survey found that specialized planning solutions offer users the following over Excel: 57% improved integration of planning with reporting and analysis 57% increased transparency of planning 53% better quality of planning results 51% more precise/detailed planning 43% increased … Read More

Nucleus Research’s “CPM Technology Value Matrix 2017” named IBM a leader in Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solutions and found that “recent changes to its CPM products focus both on personal functionality and usability, empowering a greater diversity of individual users with more tools.”   Based on its assessment of 17 vendors offering CPM products, the research firm determined that there are two types of CPM products: “those that are tightly integrated with Excel and those that try to reimagine CPM … Read More

Impulse purchases account for a large amount of revenue that retailers can’t afford to miss out on. In fact, impulse buying accounts for nearly 80% of purchases. Impulse buying is when a shopper purchases something that was not originally on their shopping list – whether it’s adding chips to their grocery cart or buying shoes on sale that go really well with the dress they just purchased. When retailers drive impulse purchasing, they increase both basket size and sales. Impulse … Read More

A research study from The Hackett Group found that the adoption of performance management in the cloud is “set to rise significantly in the next couple of years.” The firm considers the momentum to be driven by the fact that performance management in the cloud solutions are “cost-effective, flexible and streamlined, while allowing more people to participate in the planning process.” The research shows that 72% of companies are either planning or exploring an implementation of a cloud-based financial planning … Read More

Corporate investment in artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to triple in 2017, becoming a $100 billion market by 2025. Last year alone saw $5 billion in machine learning venture investment. In a recent survey, 30% of respondents predicted that AI will be the biggest disruptor to their industry in the next five years. How is AI impacting your industry? What opportunities do you see for the application of AI in your company? Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last five years, … Read More

We recently blogged about using IBM Cognos TM1 for capacity planning in both the oil & gas industry and in manufacturing. We also have a great client example of how TM1 can be used for capacity planning in the REIT industry. Our client, a large real estate investment trust (REIT) company with several billion dollars in assets and Class A office space in most major U.S. cities needed a sophisticated solution to model out leases for its buildings and space, … Read More


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