‘Elevating the Role of Finance’ Tour: Melissa Sutcliffe from Engineers Australia Talks Adaptive Planning

Guest blog by Matthew Grove, Director of Business Development, GK Horizons

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Melissa Sutcliffe, National Finance Manager at Engineers Australia, discusses the process of replacing Oracle Hyperion with the Adaptive Suite during the Sydney, Australia stop of the Adaptive Insights “Elevating the Role of Finance” Tour through Australia & New Zealand during February, 2015.

Melissa Sutcliffe, National Finance Manager for Engineers Australia (EA), a national forum for engineering professionals throughout Australia, gave a detailed review of her experience with Adaptive Insights and GK Horizons at the Sydney stop during Adaptive Insights’ recent “Elevating the Role of Finance” tour.

Sutcliffe had replaced her Excel budgeting and forecasting solution with Adaptive Insights back in late 2013, and as she explained, she felt the benefits almost immediately.

In her presentation, Melissa explained that she previously had difficulty completing a forecast due to the large manual effort required when using Excel. Using the budgeting and forecasting features within Adaptive Planning, part of the Adaptive Suite, she has created her first detailed financial forecast to help her organization better prepare and plan for the future.

VIDEO: Melissa Sutcliffe details her experience with GK Horizons and her team’s use of the Adaptive Suite.

“We would always make a rough estimate on our forecasts because doing them in detail would take too much time,” said Sutcliffe. “Data reconciliation and confidence in the accuracy was a major issue, so we needed to find a way to overcome this problem.”

Working with GK Horizons, an award-winning Adaptive Insights partner that approached Sutfcliffe to discuss the tangible benefits of moving to the cloud with Adaptive Insights, Sutcliffe and the Engineers Australia team implemented Adaptive Planning to create a better financial planning & analysis process.

After a smooth hybrid implementation through which Sutcliffe worked with GK Horizons and actively participated in the process, the Engineers Australia team began to create financial models, load data, and create financial reports.  And with Adaptive Planning now fully implemented, they understand the different facets of their financial data at a more detailed level than ever before.

GK Horizons would like to thank Melissa for her time at the Adaptive Insights Sydney Roadshow and congratulate her on an excellent presentation!

If you had any questions about the Engineers Australia implementation of Adaptive Insights, or how GK Horizons can provide an agile solution for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Adaptive insights, cloud cpm software, corporate performance management, business budgeting software, budgeting and forecasting, visual analytics, financial reporting software, financial consolidation

Matthew Grove, GK Horizons

GK Horizons provide agile and affordable budgeting & forecasting, financial consolidation, and business intelligence solutions for mid-size companies to large enterprise organizations, across a variety of industries. Follow Matthew Grove and GK Horizons on Twitter for more cloud finance technology information and updates.

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