THE BETTER ALTERNATIVE

If you operate in a complex environment that requires many budget contributors and demands multiple budget iterations, then you would have reached the limits of what can be easily managed using spreadsheets.

You need a customisable but fully integrated planning solution that allows for centralised control, auditability and the standardisation of processes, while providing accurate and timely information, including consolidated income statement, balance sheet and cashflow statements.

IBM Planning analytics provides a collaborative platform that combines the very best functionality of spreadsheets with an enterprise scale in-memory system that will revolutionise your budget and planning process.

WHAT IS IBM PLANNING ANALYTICS?

IBM® Planning Analytics, powered by IBM TM1, helps to automate your planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis processes.

It incorporates the best functionality of spreadsheets into an enterprise scale in-memory planning system that can integrate with your ERP system, is collaborative for users, and covers all aspects of financial accounting including detailed revenue and cost modelling and tax calculations, and compiles a full Trial Balance together with cashflow and consolidated reporting capabilities.

Capable of accommodating complex multi-company and multi-currency scenarios, your organisation will be able to perform real-time scenario planning and sensitivity analysis with little or no user intervention, gain and communicate insights and create compelling visualizations using the enhanced reporting functionality

Leverage your MS Excel skills

Take advantage of a familiar Microsoft Excel interface, where needed

The solution offers full Excel capabilities including graphics and built-in functions

Centralized
control

Gain full control of your budget and planning processes through centralized security protocols, version control and auditability

Plan & visualize in an interactive workspace

Link operational models to financial plans, synthesize information and see clear visualizations of the financial impacts in a dynamic, self-service workspace

Perform what-if analysis

Explore scenarios or test business assumptions, and immediately see the financial impact of alternative courses of action

Choose a deployment that fits your business

Benefit from cloud, on-premises or mixed deployment environments.

The flexible, scalable platform can be used by individuals, teams, workgroups or the entire enterprise

Top down or bottom up?

Flexibility to decide how you want to run a budget or forecast process

Replace
Spreadsheets

Incorporates the very best functionality of spreadsheets into an enterprise scale in-memory planning system, but without any of the difficulties that spreadsheets present in a complex planning environment

Centralized control and auditability

Full audit trail of changes with centralized control of user access, business assumptions, protocols and versions. No more guessing what has changed from the previous version, and no more risk of something breaking without you knowing about it

Standardization
of processes

Enables the standardization of processes and accounting policy compliance across the enterprise

Fully integrated
financial models

Automated integration between different planning modules including capex planning, sales, cost planning, product costing, labour, general ledger and tax

Our IBM Consultants

Grant Hall
Principal Consultant

Chartered Accountant (SA) with 22 years’ experience in financial systems projects specializing in Financial Accounting, Enterprise Legal and Management Consolidations and Business Planning.
Grant is a passionate cyclist and often competes in multi-day stage races in South Africa.

Jono Booyens
Principal Consultant

Chartered Accountant (SA) with 18 years’ experience in financial systems projects specializing in Cost Controlling, Consolidations and Business Planning.
Jono is a dedicated family man and definitely the most punctual man on earth.

Murray van Rooyen
Senior Technical Consultant
 
Murray has a background in IT infrastructure management, networking, virtualisation and server administration, and is now a senior technical consultant for the IBM Planning Analytics product.
Murray is also a handy squash player who has the reach of an oversized octopus.

Michelle Malherbe de Jesus
Application Consultant

Chartered Accountant (SA) with audit and Corporate experience in the mining sector.  She has performed various leadership roles within Finance and Finance Systems Departments, and is most recently a full time consultant in the IBM Cognos TM1 Financial planning space.
Michelle is passionate about wildlife and gets into the bush as often as possible with her family.

Jaco Mostert
Senior Technical Consultant

Jako has over 20 years’ of experience in IT business system design, implementation and support, specialising in Financial Planning and Strategic Management Reporting solutions on both IBM and SAP platforms.
Jako is also a single figure handicap golfer and an avid fisherman.

Brett Holding
Programme Manager

Brett is a CIMA Management Accountant with 16 years of experience in financial systems implementation projects.  A PRINCE2 project manager, Brett is the bridge to our customers and ensures that we deliver on time and to budget!

Brett is crazy about all things outdoors, especially if it involves catching something to feed to his family!

Michelle Watson
Technical Consultant

Michelle has a technical IT background and performs a critical role in terms of our maintenance and support contracts.  She now has three years experience working with IBM Planning Analytics.

Michelle hails from the muddy island and surprise surprise loves tea and horse riding!

Simone Owens
Application Consultant

Simone is by far the hardest working person on the team. With 4 years of experience implementing IBM Planning Analytics solutions, she has become one of our most senior application consultants dealing with the user interface and financial models.

Simone’s work ethic extends to her fitness ambitions where she competes with the best in road cycling events