BPM Partners' 2007 BPM Pulse Survey wrapped up in February. This popular annual survey had more than 500 respondents from companies large and small, across many industries and continents. The respondents came in roughly equal measure from the finance department, IT and other business units throughout the company. Respondents answered questions about their status and plans around budgeting, strategic planning, consolidation and reporting, scorecards and dashboards, and operational analysis. Noting correlations between responses and functions across several key questions led to some important conclusions.

For this column, I examined the correlation between the respondent's background (IT and finance specifically) and their responses. One of the goals of business performance management (BPM) is alignment: strategic alignment across the company and business alignment between IT and finance, who generally work on BPM projects together. According to the survey, BPM has made good progress, but some areas of disagreement remain.

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