Best Practices in Financial Performance Management

Join ProStrategy & IBM on the 12th March at a ‘Best Practices in Financial Performance Management’ Executive Briefing.  Find out how IBM performance management solutions help companies of all sizes – from large-scale enterprises to small and midsize business – transform slow, expensive, disconnected processes into more dynamic, efficient and connected experiences.

IBM Innovation Centre (Building 6, IBM Technology Campus, Damastown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Wednesday 12th March: 8.30 – 13.00


The FPM market is growing because more finance professionals see these solutions as a way to address their top challenges in planning, compliance, and management reporting. This growth is largely due to the fact that finance pros can no longer rely solely on Excel for planning, reporting, or more sophisticated forecasting and analysis.’  - The Forrester Wave™: Financial Performance Management, Q3 2013

Many Finance departments short-change their enterprise performance management activities because they’re wasting time on manual tasks, such as collecting, validating and correcting data, to spend adequate time on the more important task of analysis. They rely on systems — ranging from spreadsheets to ERP solutions — that are disconnected, outdated, static, insecure, completely dependent upon IT, and lacking the performance and data reliability essential for today’s analytics. 

IBM Cognos Performance Management provides a dynamic, collaborative solution to meet all of your enterprise planning and analytics needs. It offers visibility to plans and forecasts, rapid what-if scenario modelling, and profitability analysis. And, when paired with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, it addresses a breadth of reporting and scorecarding needs.  Capabilities include: 

Planning, budgeting and forecasting: Automate budgeting and perform driver-based forecasting, “what-if” scenario modelling and multi-dimensional financial analysis.

Profitability modelling and analysis: Evaluate the profitability of products, customers and sales channels with “what-if” modelling and multi-dimensional profitability analysis.

Financial close, regulatory and management reporting: Streamline the assembly of management reporting, performance reporting and reporting for regulatory compliance.  Automate the consolidation process for a faster financial close.

Performance reporting and scorecarding: Align strategy with execution, communicate goals and monitor your performance against targets.

Join us at our half-day Executive Briefing, where we will share key insights in performance management and best practices in planning & budgeting, consolidation & disclosure management and performance reporting.   You will also have the opportunity to network and share ideas with the Guest Speakers and the other Delegates, and with ProStrategy and IBM personnel.  Click here to view Agenda & to Register 

Guest Speakers include: Mark Rolfe and Colm Kenneally from IBM, Mark Reilly from C&D Foods and Tony Hynds from Actavis Ireland.

Mark Rolfe FCCA, Leader – European Performance Management at IBM, has 25 years’ experience in Finance.  Most recently he was VP Finance and Operations for Ingres Europe and FrontRange Solutions Europe. Previously, he was Director of Finance, EMEA at Macromedia for 8 years and Chief Accountant / Controller of Financial Planning at Nintendo for 5 years. Both of these companies grew dramatically during his tenure, giving him exceptional experience of Performance Management in constantly evolving environments.  IBM recruited him in 2008 to drive the Financial Performance Management (FPM) agenda in EMEA.  

Colm Kenneally, a Solution Specialist at IBM, has worked in the IT industry for 20 years, and has focused on selling and implementing planning, reporting and performance management solutions for a range of companies in the UK and Ireland.


Mark Reilly FCCA, Group MIS Manager - C&D Foods has 20 years’ experience in Finance and IT. He has been Group MIS Manager for C&D Foods for the past 6 years during which time the company has experienced significant growth throughout Europe. Previously, he was a Business Consultant with ProStrategy Colman for 5 Years, and before that, a Financial Accountant for Marsh Ireland for 5 years.  Mark is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and recently graduated from Dublin City University with a Masters in Management Information Systems Strategy. 

Tony Hynds is a Pharmacist and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over thirty years. He is currently Managing Director of Actavis Ireland Ltd, a subsidiary of Actavis plc, the third largest producer of generic pharmaceuticals in the world. Actavis established in Ireland in 2008 and has been the fastest growing pharma company in the market since, now in the top 10 Irish pharma companies by revenue.


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