M&ESURE moves to tools that measure up

There came a time when the standard spreadsheet package was just not cutting the mustard for M&ESURE Research and Evaluation (aka Mandesure Consulting). With the high volume of research data they were collecting, they needed a tool that would allow them to statistically analyse this wealth of data and provide insights to their clients. The…

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Synergy helps Waco bat the last mile frustration

The last mile in a marathon may have spectators on their feet with excitement, but when it comes to creating financial reports, it is more often the source of great frustration. That was the experience of Waco International of South Africa, where the last mile of reporting process for the consolidation and creation of financial…

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Synergy Business Intelligence delivers a budgeting boost with Cognos Xcelerator (TM1)

Just how important is budgeting in any given business? The instinctive answer is ‘very’ – especially when that business is characterised by low margins and high volumes in a competitive marketplace, budgeting becomes an essential discipline to ensure profitability and long-term sustainability. That’s according to Urekha Venketas, Associate Manager: Business Analysis at Sumitomo Rubber South…

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Reporting processes hit the mark with one integrated solution

Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH) is a black owned and managed investment holding company that was formed from the merger of Kagiso Trust Investments and Tiso Group, and has a gross asset value of over R14 billion. KTH is required to comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and their financial statements include the consolidation of…

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Time and cost savings mark switch to Cognos Controller

Like any business, RCL Foods was thrilled when the business started growing at a healthy and steady pace, except that its original consolidation process was becoming increasingly cumbersome, time consuming and frustratingly prone to errors. “Spreadsheets just weren’t cutting it any more,” explained Lucinda Deane, management accountant, Group Services. “The use of spreadsheets was becoming…

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Acceleration achieves return on investment of 416% in the first 12 months of using IBM Cognos Financial Performance Management

In this case study Christiaan Uys, Commercial Director of Acceleration, a digital marketing company, describes a few of the benefits that Acceleration experienced as a result of implementing IBM Cognos Xcelerator. BEFORE COGNOS Acceleration was using extensive manual intervention for its budgeting and month-end consolidation processes, working with a combination of spreadsheet solutions and its…

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Business Intelligence journey with small beginnings

Edwin Meier shares how Sika is using IBM Cognos BI at both a local and group reporting level, and discusses Synergy’s role in assisting the company with its information delivery.

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