Executives can more than double their company's equity market returns and drive higher stock price, larger dividends, and significantly lower operating profit volatility by improving enterprise performance management (EPM) capabilities, including planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting, to world-class levels, according to new Book of Numbers research from The Hackett Group, a strategic advisory firm and an Answerthink company.
At the same time, Hackett found that typical companies are to a large extent "flying blind" due to poor EPM performance. Despite the fact that they spend more than twice as much as world-class companies on planning and performance management processes and operate with more than twice the staff, their planning functions fail to deliver timely, relevant insights into their customers, competitors, market, and business environment. Therefore, executives at these firms are less able to align operational activities to support strategic corporate goals.
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