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Tate & Lyle case study
How Tate & Lyle "Makes Food Extraordinary" with Improved Finance Functions

Tate & Lyle, a global provider of specialty food ingredients and solutions, relied heavily on manual, spreadsheet-based processes to manage its account reconciliations. With locations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, regional reconciliations were an unwieldy exercise that often tied up the finance team in administrative tasks ... MORE »

Dell analytics story
Dell and the Agile Data Mart

Businesses of all sizes are feeling pressure from the ever-increasing data volumes they’re expected to handle. The growth in data often leads to “analysis paralysis” – the inability for organizations to determine just what data to trust or how to act on it. This was a prominent challenge at Dell, ... MORE »

doTERRA Brings the Power of Nature to the World at a Rapid Pace

Since its founding in 2008, doTERRA has grown exponentially, providing essential oils and other health products to millions of customers in more than 100 countries around the world. The company initially used third-party IT solutions for its day-to-day operations but, as it expanded, decided to build more scalable, internally-managed systems. ... MORE »

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Why SAP Needs to Build a Bigger Buzz for SAP HANA Cloud Platform

by Joshua Greenbaum

When it comes to technology, SAP has more than delivered with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. But when it comes to excitement among the developer community, SAP HANA Cloud Platform is lacking. In this article, columnist Joshua Greenbaum explores why this is and discusses the importance of creating organic buzz in today’s developer community.  


Leverage Automation and Simplification for Better Journal Entry Transparency

by Brian Shannon and Vishal Awasthi

While digital transformation has been a revolutionizing force for many aspects of the organization, this isn’t always the case for the journal entry process. Routings and approvals are still often handled manually through emails, spreadsheets, and physical signatures, which can cause delays and a lack of transparency into financial close processes. And when it is time for an audit, the finance team must scramble to find all the missing pieces to the journal entry puzzle.

During a recent SAPinsider Online Q&A session, Dolphin’s Chief Strategy Officer Brian Shannon and Chief Technology Officer Vishal Awasthi answered live questions from attendees on the journal entry process, including best practices for achieving a single view across the enterprise, opportunities for simplification and automation, tips for efficient compliance and reporting, and how the Dolphin Journal Entry solution can help organizations achieve a faster, more secure financial close. The following is an abridged version of the questions answered by Brian and Vishal during the Q&A session. The full transcript is available on SAPinsider Online at


Streamline and Automate SAP ERP Financials Processes with Financial Close Management Software

by Susan Parcells and Michael Gilmartin

A big area of concern for SAP customers in finance — where questions commonly arise — centers on managing financial and accounting processes in SAP ERP systems. Automating a company’s account reconciliation, closing, and other financial processes can greatly simplify tasks and save employees valuable time and energy. During a recent SAPinsider Online Q&A, BlackLine’s Director of Finance Transformation Susan Parcells, and Michael Gilmartin, Director of Solutions Consulting, at BlackLine, answered questions and provided tips and best practices on automating and streamlining financial processes. 

The following is an abridged version of some of the questions fielded. The full transcript is available at SAPinsider Online at