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Spaulding Ridge A Good Plan Spend Time on User Stories

A Good Plan: Spend Time on User Stories

In the Agile development framework, a user story is one of the final steps of the project’s Requirements phase. At this point in the project, the organization has decided on the ideal level of detail of the solution and the scope of the organizational changes; including considerations for potential impacts on all stakeholders—more to come…
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Spaulding Ridge What your Supply Chain can do for You

What Supply Chain Can (And Should) Be In Today’s Digital World

Traditionally, Supply Chain Management (SCM) software has been on-premise and managed by IT teams that keep systems running from a central location. This approach allows teams in an organization to create tools for each step of a traditional, linear supply chain. However, this approach often creates data silos, which limits the visibility and transparency of…
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Spaulding Ridge Four Reasons to Avoid CPM Solutions from your ERP Vendor

Four Reasons to Avoid CPM Solutions from your ERP Vendor

Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Systems help companies handle financial and operational planning, financial consolidation and close, intercompany elimination, account reconciliation, reporting and analysis and other finance processes. Gartner first recognized the CPM software category in the early 2000s, when the sector was dominated by independent vendors like Hyperion, Cognos, and OutlookSoft. Over time, many of…
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Avoiding Scope Creep

A Good Plan: Avoiding Scope Creep

Now that you have decided the level and type of detail in your planning process that works best for you, the next item to consider is the content of your plan: what is the scope? When we talk about “scope,” we’re referring to the clearly-defined goals and boundaries of the project: what should it accomplish, who…
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Salesforce CPQ and Billing – Unifying Sales and Finance with an Aligned Revenue Process

2019 is a very exciting year for Salesforce CPQ and Billing. The 2019 Winter and Spring releases have brought some amazing enhancements to the Product. Evergreen Subscription management, Multiple Billing Transactions, New Invoicing Options, and Enhanced Revenue Schedules are just some of the game-changing enhancements to the product so far this year. The number of…
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3 Traits that Make a Great Anaplanner

As a Director in Spaulding Ridge’s Anaplan practice I am often asked by clients “Who would you recommend to be an Anaplanner from our team?” or “How do you identify a good Anaplanner?” By no means is this a science, but there are certain traits that help clients and Spaulding Ridge identify high value Anaplanners. …
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Happy 1st Birthday to Spaulding Ridge!

This has been a tremendous year. More ups than downs, but constant fun and excitement in start-up world. We started the business last February 1st with the acquisition of Plan Rocket and their team of 17. At our one-year mark, our band has expanded to over 100 rockers! We recently opened in Europe, so we are now taking the show on…
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A Good Plan: How Much Detail Do I Need?

What does a good plan look like? The core of planning is anticipating the future to the greatest degree possible based on past events. It is looking at how people and their behavior have produced a specific outcome within specific circumstances and trying to reproduce the results. Level of detail So, where to begin? Before…
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Salesforce and SpringCM

Salesforce CPQ and SpringCM – Two Halves of a Speedy and Error-Free Sales Cycle

Ever heard the phrase, “Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway?” This phrase can apply to our careers, passions, beliefs, and even our hobbies. If you’re going to try and attempt something, attempt it fully or you may regret what might have been… What does this have to do with Salesforce Configure, Price, Quote and…
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Three Lessons From The Cloud – What We Can Learn From This Growing Technology

When the cloud first became mainstream, the abstract nature of this technology made it challenging for many people to initially comprehend. Having data stored in a space that only existed digitally and was accessible from any web portal presented many potential challenges as well as opportunities. It was difficult to predict how things were going…
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