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Budgeting without Borders: 9 Steps to Streamline Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting Processes

Many state and local governments are nearing the end of the 7-10 year lifespan of the average budgeting and performance management software systems, causing more and more key-decision makers to explore new budgeting and performance management technologies. In fact, according to the “2013 Gartner Financial Executives International (FEI) CFO Technology Study,” nearly 60% of CFOs indicated that investing in analytics and decision-making was their top priority, as it should be. 

In the past decade, budgeting and financial planning technologies have transformed from error-prone manual data entry tools to an array of advanced analytical, integrated, and sophisticated real-time budget management software solutions, improvements that are only making the software selection even more difficult. Recent independent research revealed the top three software acquisition impairment factors:

  • Lack of user input
  • Incomplete requirements and specifications
  • Changing requirements and specifications

To overcome software acquisition impairment, it is imperative to put time, effort and thought into your software selection process and establish quality requirements. 

Click here or on the infographic below and discover just how important detailed, thought-through QUALITY requirements are to your budgeting software selection process or read the complete list here. 

  • It is easier to evaluate and select the right software
  • Help vendors determine scope and provide costs estimates
  • Help to establish an accurate project budget and stay within it
  • Help establish test/acceptance criteria and measure project success
  • Reduce costs by condensing requirements gathering and design phases
  • Help establish a solid implementation strategy and architecture
  • Reduce re-work and minimize system maintenance efforts
  • Help manage expectations, minimize fallouts and misunderstanding
  • Lead to fast rollouts and strong business cases

Want to learn more about how to improve your software selection process and the benefits of a new generation budgeting solution? 

Then don’t miss our webinar on March 13 at 2:00pm EST, Budgeting without Borders: How to Streamline Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting Processes

Join Neubrain experts as they share their best practices and methodology to defining and analyzing system requirements. Witness firsthand how the right budgeting software can effectively and efficiently transform even the most complex budgeting, financial consolidation and reporting processes into a simple, easy-to-use framework.

Click here to register now!


Infographic: 9 Reasons to Define Quality Requirements in Your Software Selection Process