What every CEO Needs from their Finance Team

Seven Things Every CEO Needs from Their Finance Team: A Blueprint for Success As a CEO or founder of a small to medium-sized business, you bear the full weight of the business on your shoulders.  You alone are acutely aware of the myriad of responsibilities that you own. From steering the company’s strategic vision to managing operations and ensuring customer satisfaction, your role is multifaceted and demanding. You are Chief of Sales, Marketing, Operations [...]

The Impact of Staffing Shortages in Finance on SMB Growth

In the world of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the pace is frenetic, change is constant and productivity demands are increasing.  CEOs, CFOs and other leaders are crucial in steering the ship towards success. Despite their competing demands, they set the priorities and goals for the entire organization and develop the plan to achieve them. However, one of the biggest challenges faced by these leaders today is the persistent issue of staffing shortages, particularly [...]

David vs. Goliath: The Hidden Strengths of SMB Finance Teams

As any business leader knows, the finance function plays a crucial role in managing resources, driving growth, and ensuring sustainability, no matter what the size of your organization. But the way a finance function operates and what it can deliver to the business can vary significantly between large companies and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) – yet the need might be identical. In this blog post, we’ll delve into four key differences in finance [...]

Catalyst has been named Back-to-Back as a High Performer in G2’s Summer Report Grid!

G2 announced that Catalyst® has been listed in their 2023 Summer Report Grid Report – for the second time in a row! Catalyst® achieved High Performer on the Grid Report by receiving positive reviews from verified users in the forecast and budgeting, financial analysis, and corporate performance management categories. The biggest asset of the Catalyst® software, from my point of view, is our ability to understand the results. It gives [...]

Unlocking the Power of Data: How Catalyst Can Revolutionize Business Operations and Insights

As businesses grow, they often face the challenge of having inconsistent data across different systems and platforms, which can lead to confusion, errors, and missed opportunities. In fact, studies show that 84% of businesses struggle with data inconsistencies (Forbes). Catalyst is a platform that offers a range of tools and services to help businesses manage their data and streamline their operations. One of Catalyst's key strengths is its ability to act as a single source [...]

G2 announced that Catalyst has been listed in their 2023 Spring Report Grid Report

"The biggest advantage Catalyst gives in terms of budgeting is the ability to filter and build reports that include Budget and Actual totals very easily. So, as we move on throughout the year, we can see how much we're selling to a particular customer or customer segment vs. what we planned that year" - Jack Coleman, EBM Software, Sr. Analyst. Learn more about what users have to say [...]

Powering Ahead: Catalyst Named High Performer in G2’s 2023 Spring Reports!

G2 announced that Catalyst has been listed in their 2023 Spring Report Grid Report. Catalyst achieved High Performer on the Grid Report by receiving positive reviews from verified users in the forecast and budgeting and corporate performance management categories. "The biggest advantage Catalyst gives in terms of budgeting is the ability to filter and build reports that include Budget and Actual totals very easily. So, as we move on [...]

Jeff Jacobs – EBM CFO Exploration Blog

Recently we held our inaugural CFO Day – a day of celebration and networking with other CFOs, like-minded leaders, and Catalyst® users. It not only allowed us to get a closer understanding of the latest trends, challenges, and solutions relevant to the marketplace today, but it also gave us additional insight into how we can continue to grow our products to better serve your future needs. During this event we sat down with Jeff [...]

Why Speed Matters in Decision Making

Although CFOs have been gradually taking on more strategic roles at their organizations, they must now take the lead in transforming the decision-making process across the entire business. And that calls for speed in the finance department. CFOs must gather insight more quickly to keep ahead of customer expectations that are constantly changing. They also need speed to stay ahead of industry disintermediation and to stay ahead of the velocity of data that are [...]

How Agile Operations Enable Real-Time Decision Making

To be successful, organizations must be able to provide faster, more predictive analytics and be able to pivot "on the fly." This means that highly complex business environments need better financial planning and analysis (FP&A) solutions rather than static, traditional planning and budgeting tools. Old school tactics and tools (think Excel spreadsheets) rely on manual inputs across multiple departments. The result is that finance team members waste too much time entering data, correcting errors, [...]

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