EXECUTIVE BRIEFING - Best Practices in Financial Performance Management

Join ProStrategy & IBM on the 18th June 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 mid-size business - transform slow, expensive, disconnected processes into more dynamic, efficient and connected experiences. 

'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, Q2, 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  They rely on systems - ranging from spreadsheets to ERP solutions - that are disconnected, outdated, static, insecure, completely dependent upon IT, and lacking the performance and data reliability for today's analytics.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 score carding 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 score carding: 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 financial performance management including best practices in budgeting & forecasting, profitability modelling & analysis and narrative reporting & disclosure management.   You will also hear how to take business intelligence to a new level with predictive analytics.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to network and share ideas with the Guest Speakers and the other Delegates and with ProStrategy and IBM personnel. 

Guest Speakers include: Mark Rolfe, Colm Kenneally and Justin Churcher from IBM, Tony Hynds from Actavis Ireland and Kieran McMahon from Western Beverages (Heineken Ireland Wholesale Division). 

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. 
Justin Churcher has been an IBM architect and technology specialist for the past 17 years.  During this time he has worked around the world assisting customers and business partners find solutions to business problems, historically with infrastructure management but for the last two years have worked exclusively with business analytic solutions.  He is recognised as a leading expert in cloud computing and is championing the cloud message throughout IBM and our partner community. 
Kieran McMahon - Systems Manager: Western Beverages Ltd (Heineken Ireland Wholesale Division) has over 25 years' experience in IT within the Service Industry.   Kieran joined Heineken Ireland Wholesale in 1997 and has overseen IT developments that have facilitated the Divisions growth to become 3rd largest Beverage Wholesaler in Ireland, including amalgamation of three separate companies, centralisation of IT & Financial Services, Depot amalgamation and automation, introduction and development of MIS, Sales Force automation and Change Management.
Tony Hynds is a Pharmacist and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over thirty years.  He is currently Managing Director of Actavis Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Actavis plc, the third largest product 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. 


About ProStrategy Colman

Based in Dublin and Cork, ProStrategy Colman have close on 30 years' experience in providing business management solutions.  A Microsoft Gold Certified Business Solutions Partner and an IBM Premier Cognos Partner, ProStrategy began business in 1985 and have provided a large range of business solutions to over 150 customers since that time.  We partner with Microsoft to provide Accounting/ERP (Dynamics NAV), CRM (Dynamics CRM), SharePoint and Business Intelligence/Reporting solutions.  We partner with IBM to provide Cognos Business Analytics (Reporting, Business Intelligence and Financial Performance Management) solutions.

Event Details:
Date: Wed 18 June, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork, Ireland
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