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A Precise Look at Performance in Your SaaS Company

There is a reason SaaS has become the dominant approach to business applications: It makes more sense for both the user and the provider. Users get better tools at a lower cost while providers can count on a steady stream of revenue and closer client relations.

The only downside of running a dynamic SaaS company is that performance is hard to track and difficult to define. Success and failure are driven by multiple variables, and it’s easy to mistake positives for negatives and vice versa.

Topics: SaaS Software as a service Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Software and Technology Industry

Avoiding a Shortsighted Approach to Financial Planning and Analysis

Accounting technologies often celebrate their ability to collect all financial data in one place and make instant access available to every number cruncher on the team. But what if those advantages were actually limitations?

The practice of financial planning and analysis is evolving quickly and moving far outside the scope of budgets and balances alone. Decision makers are increasingly incorporating operational data with financial data, including sales and marketing figures.

Topics: Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs CPM

4 Ways to Improve Your Company's Overall Reporting

Reporting is not just a necessary burden. It's also a strategic opportunity. The organizations that optimize their reporting process are able to make decisions based on deeper insights in less time. Their reports become a strategic tool that directly promotes their competitive advantage.

Topics: Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs reporting CPM

How is GAAP Accounting Like Baseball Statistics?

The relationship between baseball and accounting is not immediately obvious until you consider how detail-oriented both are. Baseball relies on a byzantine set of statistics; Accounting focuses on a dizzying array of figures. Success or failure is evident through metrics alone.

Topics: Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Operational Reporting GAAP Metrics Baseball Stats

Beyond GAAP: Making the Most of Your Strategic Advantage

GAAP still has a role to play in financial reporting, but it's no longer the most important set of metrics for today's businesses. For today's forward-thinking CFOs, the real work involves looking beyond finance to facilitate every strategic advantage possible.

A strict focus on GAAP is necessary for regulatory compliance, but in the larger scheme of things it's just one responsibility for finance departments to manage. And, increasingly, it's become a responsibility that requires minimal input and oversight. Many financial applications have made GAAP adherence almost automatic. That means companies need to look beyond basic accounting functions to give themselves a competitive edge.

Topics: Financial Reporting Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Operational Reporting GAAP Metrics

Managing SaaS Metrics throughout the Company Growth Lifecycle

Fast growth requires fast decisions made with the right information. All companies struggle to do this. But SaaS companies face more challenges. You construct your metrics reports with data you’ve pulled from disparate applications, and then aggregate that data and perform calculations within spreadsheets—typically a time-consuming, error-prone process.

What if you could easily capture and instantly access the detailed metrics you need, right when you need them? What if these metrics shed light on the pitfalls and opportunities ahead, as well as the root causes of performance trends?

Topics: SaaS eBook Cloud Computing / SaaS Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Metrics

SPI Research: Professional Services Market Still Growing, but Also Faces Challenges

Last year, we posted a white paper from Service Performance Insight (SPI Research) that made the announcement, "The Professional Services Market is Back!" That document described not only the state of union for PSOs, but also recommended the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that Professional Services organizations should be measuring in order to maintain growth and organizational health.

Topics: Professional Services Industry White Paper Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Awareness

KPI Discussion Continued: The Balanced Scorecard (BSC)

This article is a continuation of our series of articles on KPIs. In the last installment, we gave an overview of David Parmenter's explanation of Key Results Indicators (KRIs), Performance Indicators (PIs), and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In his book, Key Performance Indicators (KPI): Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs, Parmenter goes on to describe the creation of a Balanced Scorecard (BSC) to help track the execution of the activities necessary to increase performance via modifying an organizations KPIs. 

Topics: Blog KPI Business Intelligence / Analytics balanced scorecard Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Featured Posts Awareness

The 7 Characteristics of a KPI

We've started a series of posts about KPIs (here and here) in an effort to shed more light on the subject. In the process, we've gotten some great feedback via comments and done some more digging to discover that there is a broad range of information on KPIs, as well as some disagreement about how they should be approached.

Topics: Blog KPI Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Awareness

What is the one KPI your organization should be measuring?

We've begun a series of posts about Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). First, we started with a white paper for the Professional Services Industry and followed that up with a general definition of what KPIs are with a few categories and examples. We plan to share more information on the topic, including guidance to help you identify your KPIs, to ensure you don’t try to load yourself down with too many, to help you incorporate financial and operational data, and to help you present the information, so stay tuned.

Topics: Blog KPI Business Intelligence / Analytics Informational Financial Analysis, Ratios and KPIs Awareness