After exploring their options, the Cameron’s team decided on Catalyst by EBM Software for their business performance solution. “We looked at a couple of other options, but found they weren’t as flexible as we’d want them to be,” says Bunten. “Catalyst could be more customized to what our needs were.”
Transitioning to the new system in 2018 couldn’t have come at a better time. The company had just added a new Vice President of Finance, Josh Anderson, and was also preparing for sale. Needless to say, the demand for data was at an all-time high.
EBM Software worked with Cameron’s to ensure they could easily slice and dice their data the way they needed to, in order to gain a better understanding of the business and get critical information to key stakeholders quickly.
“After we got it up and running, I created a bunch of reports, and now the whole sales team just goes into those reports, refreshes and does their own analytics,” says VP of Finance Josh Anderson. “We didn’t have to hire a financial analyst – we enabled the sales team to gather their own data and put together their own reports. It put power in their hands they’ve never had before, because they couldn’t access it in our ERP system – they wouldn’t even know where to begin.”
Catalyst also significantly reduced the time spent on the most basic aspects of monthly reporting. “Now we just go into the Catalyst tool, pull our pivot tables and it’s a simple refresh. It’s a lot quicker,” says Anderson, “As opposed to going into the ERP itself and downloading specific Excel files. There isn’t one reporting module in the ERP to get all this stuff – you have to go from screen to screen and download multiple excel files.”