Everyone agrees that actionable information is a noble goal. We have found that business performance management (BPM) enables actionable information with the following concrete elements:

Catherine Duffy is a senior systems analyst at software company Macromedia in San Francisco. She was the primary leader of a BPM project that involved building an application using TM1 from Applix. Macromedia already had "one version of the financial truth" in an Oracle data warehouse; however, manipulating the data in that warehouse was difficult. Like many companies, Macromedia had conducted all its forecasting on Excel. Macromedia also has approximately 20 users on a purpose-built budgeting application. A key reason Macromedia chose TM1 is its RAM-based architecture, which Duffy credits with speeding up response time significantly. "We have instant access through our Web reporting, and our sales managers are constantly plugged in. We can see rollups and do weekly forecasting in our Excel model with much better turnaround time. Drilling from top to bottom is fast."

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