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Finance software touches every department and function; it's the pulse of the entire organization. Selecting the right software to automate its application processes can mean huge savings in time and money -- and it can boost revenue. Choosing the wrong ERP, accounting or compliance package, however, can spell doom.

In this three-part guide, veteran IT journalist Alan Joch talks to industry observers with advice on how to make sure that doesn't happen -- and it starts with teamwork. Before digging into the high stakes of financial software selection, Joch lays out the steps necessary to put the right people and processes in place. Moving further, Joch emphasizes the importance of marrying specific business needs with the software that is the best fit for your organization. In that piece, Steve Tennant, managing director at Tennant Consulting, explained it this way: "There may be this new mobile app for an iPad available, but so what? What are the benefits to the business?"

To close, readers will get an in-depth look at one company's successful financial application project. And they will find that, true to Joch's word, financial application purchasing is never as obvious as it seems -- and requires significant planning and myriad considerations.   Access >>>

Table of contents

  • Shopping for financial accounting systems a team effort
  • Financial accounting software you can take to the bank
  • Strategizing before closing the deal pays off

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