Computerworld, September 15, 2015
Incase is a small but rapidly growing company that makes accessories for Apple products. The company makes a host of different solutions that are all designed to enable mobility, and protection, of devices. Incase targets traditional Apple customers, creative professionals who traditionally use Apple products. The company, which has been in operation since 1997, has 65 employees.
I spent some time talking to the CFO of Incase, Sean Wu, to get an idea of how he’s bucking the Excel trend in order to deliver faster and more powerful insights to his various stakeholders. Wu started by explaining that Incase isn’t a large company, it’s not using SAP or Oracle as its back-office system, and so traditional analytics tools such as Hyperion, aren’t really applicable. Incase uses cloud ERP system Netsuite and has done so for six years. As such, it has an affinity for, and an understanding of, the benefits that connected, real-time solutions can offer. It wanted to take these benefits and make them more broadly applicable so that various stakeholders can track expenses, trending products, pricing variables, etc.
Fundamentally, Wu wanted to be able to build specific tools and models for different people, be they internal or external. He wanted to be able to build flexible tools and run the data through it on an ongoing basis. To do so he needed to create tools that didn’t sit in siloed spreadsheets, but were instead a part of a real-time, dynamic platform. This would drive decision-making velocity, and quality, for the business.
Wu turned to Axiom Software, a vendor that delivers a platform to help finance executives track and manage financial performance. Axiom Software is all about helping finance teams, and the broader business, create long-range plans, find inefficiencies and surface the important data around key performance indicators.
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