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  • Jackson State University

    Jackson State University

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    Jackson State University, located in Jackson, Mississippi, the capital and largest city of the state, was founded in 1877 as a teachers college to provide a quality education for antebellum black students .

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  • Coca-Cola Içecek (CCI) - Turkey

    Coca-Cola Içecek (CCI) - Turkey

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    CCI needed a profitability system with channel, brand, customer and SKU reporting that was accurate, scalable and had fast turnaround. All managerial levels needed the right information to make good
    decisions quickly.

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  • Charles Schwab

    Charles Schwab

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    Charles Schwab, a Fortune 500 company, provides securities brokerage, banking and related nancial services for over 8 million active client accounts. The company manages more than $1 trillion in assets and has over 13,000 employees throughout the U.S.

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  • Assan Alüminyum

    Assan Alüminyum

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    Assan Alüminyum, a member of Kibar Holding, was formed in 1988 as an independent company to create at-rolled aluminum products. Headquartered in Turkey, Assan became the leading world aluminum producer after investing in the world’s widest continuous thin speed casting technology.

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  • Cost to Serve: An FMCG Use Case

    Cost to Serve: An FMCG Use Case

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    It is common for large FMCG businesses to have a variety of profit orientated point solutions deployed throughout the organisation, all with the intention of being able to analyse and apportion costs. Whilst these individual solutions are effective, they do not provide the flexibility or scalability to meet the requirements of modern business practises.

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  • Retail

    Retail

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    Acorn Systems’ retail clients span the globe, with revenues ranging from $100 million to over $50 billion. Using insight provided by Acorn, clients typically realize a gain of 5-15% of revenue in net profit improvement and a 3-5% reduction in costs.

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  • Manufacturing

    Manufacturing

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    Acorn Systems’ manufacturing clients span the globe, with revenues ranging from $100 million to over $20 billion. Using insight provided by Acorn, clients typically realize a gain of 5-15% of revenue in net profit improvement and a 3-5% reduction in costs.

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  • Financial Services

    Financial Services

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    Acorn Systems’ financial services clients span the globe, with revenues ranging from $100 million to over $80 billion. Using insight provided by Acorn, clients typically realize a gain of 5-15% of revenue in net profit improvement and a 3-5% reduction in costs.

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  • Distribution

    Distribution

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    Acorn Systems’ distribution clients span the globe, with revenues ranging from $100 million to over $60 billion. Using insight provided by Acorn, clients typically realize a gain of 5-15% of revenue in net profit improvement and a 3-5% reduction in costs.

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  • A Focus on Customer Value

    A Focus on Customer Value

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    Acorn Systems’ clients span the globe, with revenues ranging from $150 million to over $50 billion. Using insight provided by Acorn, clients typically realize a gain of 5-15% of revenue in net profit improvement and a 3-5% reduction in costs.

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  • Consumer Products

    Consumer Products

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    Acorn Systems’ consumer products clients span the globe, with revenues ranging from $70 million to over $20 billion. Using insight provided by Acorn, clients typically realize a gain of 5-15% of revenue in net profit improvement and a 3-5% reduction in costs.

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  • Fisher Scientific

    Fisher Scientific

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    Driving profitability improvement through activity based management

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  • Peregrine Outfitters

    Peregrine Outfitters

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    Peregrine Outtters is a 14 year-old wholesale distributor supplying outdoor retailers worldwide with over 6,000 outdoor accessories, equipment and books. Peregrine stocks products from 800 manufacturers and publishers to make its 1,500 customers’ businesses easier and more protable.

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  • J and B Wholesale

    J and B Wholesale

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    J&B Group, founded in 1979 as J&B Wholesale Distributing, Inc., has served an ever expanding variety of retail and foodservice customers. Currently the company offers a combination of wholesaling, branded products, custom food service cutting, cold storage, and transportation of a variety of meat, poultry, and deli food products.

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  • Fairchild Semiconductor

    Fairchild Semiconductor

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    Fairchild Semiconductor is a $2 billion semiconductor manufacturing company.  The company has 10,000 employees and serves as the global leader in supplying high performance products to multipleend markets.

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  • Conco Food Service

    Conco Food Service

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    Conco Food Service, headquartered in New Orleans, LA, is over 100 years old, and has established strong, reputable service throughout the Southeastern United States. Conco’s major markets are in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.

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  • Banta Foods

    Banta Foods

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    Banta Foods is a full-line food distribution company headquartered in Springeld, MO, and operates primarily in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

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    • Transforming your Supply Chain for Long Term Profitability

      Transforming your Supply Chain for Long Term Profitability

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      Establishing ‘Cost to Serve’ throughout the Supply Chain is one of the most frequently requested initiatives that Avisen is approached with by large enterprises. Retailers and Global FMCG companies have chosen Avisen to help them understand the true net profitability of products, customers and routes to market.

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    • Building The Profit Focused Supply Chain

      Building The Profit Focused Supply Chain

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      Supply chain analysis has been a popular destination for many organizations seeking to increase their profitability. The space has grown so large and complex that it is easy to fantasize dramatic cost reduction or revenue enhancement.

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    • Using Activity-Based Costing to Improve Shared Services Allocations

      Using Activity-Based Costing to Improve Shared Services Allocations

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      This article discusses some of the advances being made with Activity-Based Costing studies in shared services departments and also reviews some of the common questions that need to be answered.

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    • Supply Chain Measurement: Delivering Financial Improvement

      Supply Chain Measurement: Delivering Financial Improvement

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      In this paper we will outline those steps and expand upon the first – supply chain measurement. It is critical to do this step correctly and to do it first.

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    • Profit Improvement Roadmap for Financial Service Companies

      Profit Improvement Roadmap for Financial Service Companies

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      The purpose of this paper is to help you maximize the impact of your profit improvement programs, and generate returns like these.

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    • Product Profitability: How to Perfect SKU Rationalization

      Product Profitability: How to Perfect SKU Rationalization

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      Better product management is not just about getting the right products to the right customers profitably. It is also about making sure you don’t have what you don’t need.

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    • Moving from Single Product Profitability to Market Baskets

      Moving from Single Product Profitability to Market Baskets

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      In this leading-edge paper we examine how to analyze the profitability of market baskets.

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    • Full Life Cycle SKU Rationalization for Retail

      Full Life Cycle SKU Rationalization for Retail

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      SKU Rationalization is a recurring and important topic for all retail companies especially if you consider the 80/20 rule as it applies to the SKUs in a retail operation.

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    • Effective Pricing Using Profitability Insight: A Best Practice Guide

      Effective Pricing Using Profitability Insight: A Best Practice Guide

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      This paper is a guide that will show you how to incorporate profitability into your pricing practice.

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    • Drive Growth with Customer Profitability Management

      Drive Growth with Customer Profitability Management

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      We describe a new approach that is both simpler − for estimating and maintaining an ABC model − and also more accurate.

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    • CPG Companies Reduce Supply Chain Costs and Everyone Wins – Manufacturers, Retailers and Consumers

      CPG Companies Reduce Supply Chain Costs and Everyone Wins – Manufacturers, Retailers and Consumers

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      This paper will address why ABC will work today, when it failed so often in the 1990s and discusses successful implementations and capabilities.

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    • Beyond Lean Six Sigma: Driving Sustainable Results in Financial Services

      Beyond Lean Six Sigma: Driving Sustainable Results in Financial Services

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      In this paper, we will spotlight the success that one company had using Lean Six Sigma, but then will showcase what we believe to be the ultimate solution – Time- Driven ABC

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    • A Better, Easier Way to Improve Warehouse Operations

      A Better, Easier Way to Improve Warehouse Operations

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      This article looks at the results 10 companies have achieved through using Resource Based Costing, a quicker, lower-cost, less complex new approach to understanding how to operate most efficiently and profitably.

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    • Technical Brief - Supply Chain Analyzer

      Technical Brief - Supply Chain Analyzer

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      Acorn’s Supply Chain Analyzer (SCA) is the only enterprise modeling and simulation application on the market that allows you to analyze the total supply chain cost, trade-deal funding,

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    • Technical Brief - Shared Services Manager

      Technical Brief - Shared Services Manager

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      Acorn’s Shared Services Manager (SSM) is a rich internet solution that simplifies and manages your shared services cost allocations.

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    • Technical Brief - Performance Analyzer

      Technical Brief - Performance Analyzer

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      Acorn’s Performance Analyzer (PA) turns your data it into accurate, enterprise-wide performance measurement content for every dimension of a company’s revenues, costs, net profits, and resource
      capacity utilization.

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    • Technical Brief - Operational Performance Simulator

      Technical Brief - Operational Performance Simulator

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      Operational Performance Simulator (OPS) seamlessly connects operational data with financial planning software.

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    • Technical Brief - Model Change Management

      Technical Brief - Model Change Management

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      Acorn’s Model Change Management (MCM) facilitates the process of making small- or large-scale changes to your model through an external interface.

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    • Technical Brief - Industry Value Accelerators

      Technical Brief - Industry Value Accelerators

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      Acorn’s Industry Value Accelerators (IVA) is a preconfigured solution that provides a profit improvement roadmap and rapid deployment.

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    • Technical Brief - Cost Analyzer

      Technical Brief - Cost Analyzer

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      Acorn’s Cost Analyzer (CA) collects data from a variety of disparate sources (CSV, legacy systems, etc.) and turns it into accurate, enterprise-wide performance measurement content for

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    • Technical Brief - Acorn Universal Connector

      Technical Brief - Acorn Universal Connector

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      Acorn Universal Connector (AUC) allows users to import data from various disparate sources into system generated staging tables reflecting your Acorn EPS Model.

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    • Technical Brief - Acorn Power Components for Excel

      Technical Brief - Acorn Power Components for Excel

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      Acorn Power Components for Excel (APC) empowers end-users to leverage Microsoft Excel functionality and familiarity for model maintenance and reporting.

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    • Technical Brief - Acorn Advanced Analytics

      Technical Brief - Acorn Advanced Analytics

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      Acorn Advanced Analytics (AAA) is an easy-to-use, menu-driven utility that links Acorn’s calculated results to a company’s business intelligence (BI) infrastructure.

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    • Solution Overview for Higher Education

      Solution Overview for Higher Education

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      Leveraging Costing Models to Identify Opportunities within a University

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    • Solution Brief Shared Services Manager

      Solution Brief Shared Services Manager

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      Acorn’s Shared Services Manager (SSM) encapsulates a variety of best practice approaches into a sustainable and streamlined process, never delaying the month-end financial close.

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    • Profit Improvement for Retailers

      Profit Improvement for Retailers

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      Acorn Systems provide a unique Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing methodology and world-class software to provide a profitability solution that is as flexible and scalable as your business demands.

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    • Profit Improvement for Manufacturers

      Profit Improvement for Manufacturers

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      Acorn Systems have successfully implemented systems for some of the most recognizable manufacturers in the world and pride themselves on identifying 10X the implementation cost within the following twelve months.

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    • Profit Improvement Solutions for Distributors

      Profit Improvement Solutions for Distributors

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      Through a unique consulting methodology and advanced business analysis software, here is how just a few distributors used the Acorn Systems solution to improve profitability.

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    • Customer Profitability Analysis

      Customer Profitability Analysis

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      As global competition and concerns about economic stability increase, companies are forced to take a more sophisticated look at profitability.

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    • Improve Profitability with Cost-to-Serve Analysis

      Improve Profitability with Cost-to-Serve Analysis

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      Cost-to-serve analysis calculates the profitability of products, customers and routes to market and gives a fact-based focus for decision making.

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    • Product Brief - Supply Chain Analyzer

      Product Brief - Supply Chain Analyzer

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      Acorn Supply Chain Analyzer is the only enterprise modeling and simulation tool that allows you to analyze the total supply chain cost, trade-deal funding, and net profit of any product through any flow path to make cost-effective supply chain decisions.

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    • Product Brief - Shared Services Manager

      Product Brief - Shared Services Manager

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      Shared Services Manager automates step 1 in the financial close process to deliver Efficient Processes, Accuracy, Transparency and Objectivity.

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    • Product Brief - Operational Performance Simulator

      Product Brief - Operational Performance Simulator

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      Operational Performance Simulator (OPS) is a wizard driven add-in component in Microsoft Excel that allows you to take calculated results from your business model and simulate changes.

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    • Product Brief - Enterprise Performance Suite

      Product Brief - Enterprise Performance Suite

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      20-40% of your customers or products lose you money; Enterprise Performance Suite identifies which ones and why.

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    • Product Brief - Acorn OnDemand

      Product Brief - Acorn OnDemand

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      Software as a Service (SaaS) eliminates the obstacles such as long infrastructure deployment cycles, large upfront costs, lack of platform expertise and many others by oering a best-of-breed deployment scenario at an aordable price.

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    • Elkay Webcast

      Elkay Webcast

      How do you achieve quick results, without comprising long-term performance strategies? Gartner analyst Nigel Rayner, Jack Haedicke, President of Arena Consulting Group, and John Hrudicka, Vice President and Controller for Elkay Manufacturing present today’s most advanced thinking on CPM and profitability modeling for fast, measurable results.

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    • Time Driven Activity Based Costing

      Time Driven Activity Based Costing

      This webcast will enable participants to understand how their organization can become more profit focused. Dr. Robert Kaplan and Steven Anderson illustrate the proven TDABC approach and showcase a successful implementation of this methodology at Coca-Cola Bottlers.

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    • Improving Profitability Through Cost-to-Serve Analysis

      Improving Profitability Through Cost-to-Serve Analysis

      Study the current state of Cost-to-Serve (CTS) in use today, while uncovering the challenges, users, benefits and payback of this discipline. Join Lora Cecere of AMR Research and Jack Haedicke from Arena Consulting Group as they highlight real client examples and specific ways companies are using CTS to drive profit and performance improvement in their business.

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    • Imported vs Domestic Sourcing

      Imported vs Domestic Sourcing

      Outsourcing isn’t always the most cost effective option for manufacturers and retailers. To make a good decision, companies need to know the real costs and net profitability of every sku and vendor. They must analyze the true costs in their supply chain. It’s not as hard as it may sound. Learn more about what leading retailers and manufacturers are doing. Your bottom line will benefit.

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    • How to Use CPM to Drive Profitability and Cost Optimization

      How to Use CPM to Drive Profitability and Cost Optimization

      Today’s challenging economic climate makes manual, spreadsheet-driven processes more perilous, and Corporate Performance Management (CPM) more critical than ever before. CPM is particularly important for CFOs looking to understand how to optimize the effectiveness of their organization and where to cut costs without significantly impacting the profitability and performance of the business.

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    • Customer Profitability Analysis

      Customer Profitability Analysis

      Leland Putterman, Chief Executive Officer of Acorn Systems, participated in an exclusive interview with Ron Powell and the Business Intelligence Network. In this interview, Putterman explains the importance of business profitability management and how Acorn Systems delivers accurate customer profitability analysis at the lowest total cost of ownership with enterprise-scale packaged software solutions.

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    • Customer and SKU NET Profitability

      Customer and SKU NET Profitability

      Join our experts as they share their own experiences driving cost transparency and profit improvement by refining internal cost allocation processes. Learn how leading organizations are taking advantage of innovative methods and solutions to go way beyond ‘across the board’ cuts and get to the next level of cost control and efficiency in 2010.

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    • Cost Transparency and Profit Improvement in the Financial Industry

      Cost Transparency and Profit Improvement in the Financial Industry

      Let industry experts from Gartner, Inc., PNC Bank, and Acorn Systems, Inc., walk you through the justification for implementing profitability modeling, and the foundation you’ll need to optimize performance through strategic indicators, goals, and metrics.

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