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Cloud-based Accounting Software Has Benefits – But SaaS Has More

Deployment options were hardly a consideration ten years ago. Most accounting solutions were licensed and hosted by a third party or deployed on your own premises. “SaaS” was a poorly understood and relatively new concept. “Cloud” was not even part of the business vernacular yet. Solutions like Customer Relationship Management (CRM) were heading in that direction, but entrusting your records to cloud-based accounting software required a higher level of trust that had not been developed yet. 

Topics: cloud accounting Software as a service General

Deloitte Reports Seven Key Shifts for Succeeding as a Strategic CFO

Deloitte recently published a report with the summary line, “After a tough year, CFOs express increased optimism and expectations for economic growth.” We wanted to share the report with those in our community of finance leaders so that you can measure your own outlook, needs, and expectations against those of your peers. The report identifies shifts in thinking necessary to succeeding as a strategic CFO in seven key areas.

Topics: General strategic CFO

Examples of Strategic Management Accounting ROI in the 'Last Mile'

After having navigated the overwhelming finance and accounting technology landscape, and (hopefully) successfully chosen and implemented the right solutions, most companies are still left with what we call gaps in the important industry-specific functionality in “the last mile.” Most companies come up with manual workarounds for these last-mile gaps or simply live with them, never achieving true strategic management accounting.

Topics: Faith-Based General strategic CFO

Using Outcome Metrics to Measure Nonprofit Impact

After six blog posts going in-depth on the subject of using outcome metrics to measure nonprofit impact - why they’re important, why they’re elusive, what metrics they involve, and what it takes to track them - we hope that two things are clear:

  • Nonprofits need to monitor their finances and program performance carefully, and then report on the outcomes extensively. Building trust with funders – donors, granters, members etc. – depends on being a transparent and accountable organization that turns investment into impact.
  • Tracking outcome metrics takes data from all parts of the nonprofit integrated together and analyzed to understand how inputs (money, time, staff) translate into outputs (meals served, classes offered, members gained etc.).
Topics: church accounting KPI Faith-Based non-profit General

The Key SaaS Metrics You Need for All Your SaaS Growth Stages

One of the primary challenges many SaaS and subscription businesses face is determining what metrics to track. While all B2B SaaS and subscription businesses are different, there are a handful of key metrics that most can benefit from to optimize performance, propel growth, and attract investors. We’ve outlined the metrics investors are looking at during each of the SaaS growth stages to see if you’re on track and to help you prepare for what’s ahead.

Topics: KPI Cloud Computing / SaaS Accounting SaaS saas intelligence saas intelligence product General

Putting Outcome Metrics Into Action With Nonprofit Dashboards

Nonprofit outcomes. That’s the subject of this ongoing blog series highlighting why (and how) organizations must prove their mission is working to keep funding streams flowing.

Nonprofit dashboards are the final component of any effort to track outcomes. After identifying what KPIs to track, and how, nonprofit dashboards offer a means to put those outcome metrics to work on behalf of the mission; where the rubber meets the road.

 

Topics: church accounting KPI Faith-Based non-profit General

Leadership Succession Planning Must Focus On Culture

Culture is so important, and it doesn’t necessarily gauge intellect, instead it measures whether or not someone will be a good fit for your team and ensure that it is well rounded. Don’t overlook the cultural component to leadership succession planning – remember people work for people.

Topics: business continuity succession Planning General

Measuring Impact With Nonprofit Dashboard Indicators

In our previous blog article from AcctTwo’s series about tracking nonprofit outcomes, we highlighted some of the metrics that nonprofits can define their success with. You can use these indicators to assess whether the nonprofit is on the right track, and prove your positive results to donors and grant managers who want to invest in effective nonprofits only.

Knowing what to track is an important start, but the hard part comes next: figuring out how. Nonprofits are in the dark about outcomes because the necessary data is hard to capture, categorize, and quantify in a meaningful sense without the right nonprofit dashboard indicators.

Topics: church accounting KPI Faith-Based non-profit General

Strategic Accounting Services: Your Guide Through the Endless Options

If you’re like many finance leaders these days, you’re feeling a greater sense of urgency brought on by the pandemic. And you may be realizing that today’s choices of technology are seemingly endless, with literally hundreds of “best-of-breed” technology providers out there focusing on specialized areas such as AP automation, digital payments, expense management, and month-end close. And they’re multiplying every day.

How do you know which providers to choose? Which ones are best for your industry, your company, and your specific needs? And how do they all work together? Can you integrate them? This is where a partner that provides strategic accounting services can be a lifesaver. We’ve walked this road before and guided hundreds of companies successfully through the journey ahead of you.

Topics: Faith-Based General strategic CFO

How to Use a Nonprofit KPI Dashboard To Measure Your Success

Halfway through our six-part blog series on nonprofit outcomes, we have explored why outcomes are so important (funders insist on seeing results) and why they’re so obscure (lack of good data). In this article, we’ll address the most important subject of all: The metrics for your nonprofit KPI dashboard you can use to measure your own success in terms of outputs and outcomes.

The good news is that these metrics exist, and when tracked correctly, they put success in the clear, quantifiable terms that funders insist upon. The bad news is that defining success isn’t simple, and tracking it isn’t either. Think of your own organization: Are you certain you’re fulfilling the core mission and values, and if so, to what extent?

Topics: church accounting KPI Faith-Based non-profit General