July 7, 2015

Software Asset Management Training for IT Managers

When it comes to training your staff on software asset management and compliance, the truth is you can only go so far. By leaving this to the experts, you can save yourself considerable money in audit-response costs and unforeseen fines. However, when you're making decisions regarding license renewals and streamlining software usage across the enterprise, you still have to keep the principles of asset management in mind. In this post, we'll review some of the steps you can take to help get you on the right track.

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July 1, 2015

Honing Your IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Monitoring

An article in Information Week's Dark Reading site claims, "According to governance, risk and compliance experts, there are a multitude of likely places where enterprises can uncover added value from the compliance investments they've already made." Chances are you've taken steps to monitor GRC, but how do you determine whether your system is working? If it's not working, what do you adjust? In order to ease the headaches associated with ever-evolving compliance regulations and risks, the secret is in automation.

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June 29, 2015

The Evolution of Business-IT Alignment

A trend has been picking up among the business world in stating that "business-IT alignment" has become an archaic term. If you dig deeper, however, you'll quickly see that this is not because the two departments no longer align. In fact, it's because the two departments are becoming integrated, and it is now old-fashioned to consider IT anything other than heavily connected to business decisions and processes.

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June 26, 2015

A Performance-Backed Approach to IT Dashboard Visualization

As an IT professional, your staff is collecting lots of numerical data to determine where your processes require innovation and whether new initiatives are gaining ROI. Thus when it comes to report building, especially when taking full advantage of a platform such as ServiceNow, it all comes down to key performance indicators. In this effort, a dashboard can be an incredibly helpful tool—something your staff can refer to easily when gathering data and setting up reports. When you're designing a dashboard, you should be thinking of what metrics you need at your fingertips.

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June 25, 2015

Customizing Your Business Portal to Increase HR Efficiencies

As ServiceNow often describes it, today's business employees expect to see "everything as a service." That is, they want the ability to submit requests to other departments and track their progress anytime, anywhere, on any device. In order to accomplish this, however, companies are often left with inefficient systems such as emails or disparate spreadsheets that lack finesse and transparency into the process.

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June 23, 2015

Check out our Sessions at Kscope15!

This week Linium is busy presenting informative sessions at Kscope15 in Hollywood, Florida!  Check out our upcoming sessions and be sure to stop by booth #407 for a chance to win great giveaways and to learn how to best use cloud-based solutions to streamline your business processes and grow confidently.

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June 23, 2015

Innovations to the Enterprise Performance Management Process

Innovations in Enterprise Performance Management are those that discover new ways to optimize business operations and capture new market opportunities better, faster and cheaper. It's no stretch to claim that the most recent innovation that's taking hold across the business world is moving planning, budgeting and forecasting to the cloud—a direction that we believe is staying put. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Oracle, "EPM Cloud is planned to nearly double in 2015 vs. 2014. Compared to last year’s EPM Trends survey, speed and agility overtook cost considerations as a top cloud benefit."

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June 17, 2015

Performance Reporting with Oracle Hyperion Financial Management

The key challenges in financial close reporting run the gamut. For one, Microsoft Excel templates can only take you so far, as they often require consolidation of different versions of the same document and carry a high chance for human error. Manually intensive processes and too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak, can cause reports to take hours to update before and after each close. This often results in your employees' spending too much time preparing and not enough time reviewing valuable information.

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June 15, 2015

Moving Enterprise Performance Management to the Cloud

As reported by eWeek, a market survey by Nucleus Research conducted in late 2014 determined: "Of the total on premise deployments, 49 percent of those surveyed said they are considering migrating their deployment to the cloud, and 34 percent consider the cloud as their primary platform for [corporate performance management] deployments." To shed light on these figures, the Nucleus representatives pointed out that "Cloud deployments reduce the level of IT resource requirements, hardware and system costs...Software updates and system upgrades are handled by the vendor a cloud environment, and as a result, minimize the impact on the users, and reduce IT costs." While these are just a few of the strategic benefits of moving performance management to the cloud, it's clear that they're catching on.

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June 12, 2015

[Webinar] Build a Retail Planning & Budgeting Model in the Cloud

Planning and budgeting are no longer tasks that only concern the finance department. By leveraging Enterprise Performance Management, however, this becomes a real advantage. In doing so, different departments within an organization can not only report their numbers to finance, but also benefit from the shared data and analytics. Retail businesses—with their many locations, robust inventories and various employee roles—are prime candidates for such a solution.

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