As a global company with multiple business units, reliance on Excel spreadsheets and their Microsoft Dynamics Navision general ledger (GL) for financial consolidation, reporting, budgeting and forecasting was no longer sufficient. These critical financial processes relied on manual efforts and took too long. Finance executives didn’t have visibility into the right level of operational detail, or impacts of currency rates on their financial results.
Getting through the monthly financial close, forecast updates and preparation for monthly business reviews using their existing tools and processes required a full two weeks—delaying delivery of management information and review of business performance. And business unit (BU) Controllers were spending too much time on data manipulation and not enough on analysis and supporting decision-making. It was time for a change.