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CFOs and their teams should know that some of the best minds in sports and music love the same tools they do. 

“I can’t live without Excel.”

You’re never going to get a better testimonial than that, especially by someone being interviewed by one of the largest newspapers in the United States. Yet the spreadsheet fan recently profiled by the Los Angeles Times was not a CFO or someone else who works in a corporate finance department. It was Tom Telesco, general manager of the L.A. Chargers. Continue reading From NFL To Pop Music, It All Starts With Excel Spreadsheets

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CFOs are becoming more proactive about helping organizations see what the future holds. 

Clark Patterson Lee sounds like it’s in good hands with Jen Rees.

The architectural and design firm’s CFO was among the financial leaders recently profiled in the Rochester Business Journal, where she discussed how she used scenario planning to figure out what acquisitions or divesting of certain business lines would mean for the company. The same article also quoted an expert from Deloitte who suggested this future-looking focus is where modern finance needs to be. Continue reading Why the Evolution of Financial Forecasting is Picking Up Speed

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Excel’s place in business is so firmly cemented it gets the NPR treatment, but an economics expert says we should place even more trust in its capabilities.

Of all the possible subjects for the producers at National Public Radio to explore, you’d think that spreadsheets would not be very high on the list.

Two years ago, however, NPR’s ‘Planet Money: The Economy Explained’ devoted an entire episode to charting the history of programs like Excel and why they’ve remained such powerful tools for all kinds of business professionals. NPR recently decided to re-air the episode and has also made it available to stream or download on its website. Continue reading You Should Hear What They Said about Microsoft Excel on the Radio

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This article first appeared in CIO.com

Executives who spend much of their time on the road share their tips for keeping up with work and staying connected to the office.

Today, entrepreneurs and executives are just as likely to be working remotely as they are from a traditional office.  And, as anyone who has traveled for business knows, it’s not always easy to stay connected to colleagues and clients and get work done when you’re on the go. But these suggestions can help you be more productive wherever work takes you. Continue reading In the News | 10 essential productivity tips for road warriors

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This article first appeared in TechTarget.

By subscribing to cloud-based Vena, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices retains the familiarity of spreadsheets and gains major advantages in speed, accuracy and productivity.

With cloud-based business budgeting software from Vena Solutions, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is about 10 times more productive during the annual budgeting process than it was with Microsoft Excel, and the budget is much more detailed, according to the top accountant for the real estate brokerage. Continue reading In the News | Business budgeting software boosts productivity for real estate broker

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