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Levering Your CFO to Drive SaaS Company Growth

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Despite the role that CEOs, CTOs, and product managers play in a startup’s success, finance is the only department in a SaaS startup that touches every part of the customer journey.

How Do You Manage Cash Flow and Collections in Volatile Times?

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Cash management is critical in this downturn. Investors want a 12 to 18-month runway before you raise again. How can you leverage automation and prevent a cash crunch? Software/SaaS SWTL

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Improve the Month-End Close in Your SaaS Business

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Finance and accounting teams have had to quickly react, changing processes and procedures due to the pandemic. Nowhere has it felt more acute than during the month-end close. Software/SaaS SWTL

MemberClicks Reforecasts for COVID-19 in Just 2.5 Weeks with Sage Intacct Budgeting and Planning

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When the COVID-19 pandemic upended financial forecasts for 2020 and beyond, MemberClicks was ready. Software/SaaS SWTL #COVID-19

The Complete Guide to SaaS Revenue Modeling

In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever for SaaS companies to build rock-solid financial models on which they can operate and make key business decisions. The teams at SaaSOptics and Burkland have teamed up to create a comprehensive guide to the most difficult aspect of financial modeling: revenue forecasting.

The latest SaaS Metrics to Grow Your Business and Impress Investors

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Managing your subscription business with SaaS Metrics. The most important SaaS Metrics and what you need to show investors to secure your next round of funding. Software/SaaS SWTL

Know Where Your Company Stands – a Session with Sage Intacct & KeyBanc Capital Markets

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As the newly designed virtual Modern SaaS Finance Summit moved into its second week, Marc Linden, GM & EVP, Medium Segment Native Cloud Solutions (MSNCS) at Sage , co-led a session with David Spitz, Managing Director at KeyBanc Capital Markets. They discussed how SaaS companies should measure their position in light of today’s volatile business environment. You can access the video and register for the summit here. Software/SaaS SWTL

Will Your Business Disrupt—Or Be Disrupted?

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“Digital transformation” may sound like a buzzword, but the drivers behind it are very real. In an era where technology is reshaping businesses and industries, companies that harness technology can reap big advantages over those that don’t. Businesses must first determine how to adapt their businesses for the digital age and then put technology to work to bring these changes to life. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

Scenario Planning with Confidence - SaaS Finance Peers & VCs Share Tips

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Sage Intacct and Next Series Club, a top SaaS finance community group, brought together Great Lakes finance experts to talk about what’s really working for them now. They shared their insights on “what-if” scenario planning and managing investors in uncertain times. Watch the panel session here. Software/SaaS SWTL

Preparing Your Company for Recovery: Six Steps for SaaS Finance Leaders

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While the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, many SaaS and subscription finance leaders are looking ahead to the recovery phase and wondering what their peers are doing. During the virtual Modern SaaS Finance Summit , CFOs and investors shared six steps you can take to put yourself and your company in a position to know where you stand, anticipate and plan for volatility, and communicate your plan to your Board.

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Cloud Delivers Benefits - But SaaS Delivers More

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Eight to ten years ago deployment options were hardly a consideration. Most accounting solutions were still licensed and deployed on your own premises, or perhaps licensed and hosted by a reputable third party. Cloud” had yet to become part of the business vernacular and “SaaS” was still a relatively new and poorly understood concept.

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The Benefits of Integrated Financials with Budgeting and Planning

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What does it take to successfully manage your business? How do you measure success? To answer these questions in the simplest form, you must have a plan, identify objectives to meet it, and identify metrics to measure progress toward your identified objectives. For example, 3 years ago, I was overweight and needed to reach a normal weight for my long-term health. To reach that weight, I set a 6-month goal to lose 25 pounds.

Managing Subscription Revenue Recognition through Uncertainty

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Software/SaaS SWTL #COVID-19 #COVID-19 crisis

3 Experts Advise on How to Integrate Salesforce CPQ with Cloud Financials

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As firms purchase Salesforce CPQ to bring efficiency and controls to their quoting process, they look for ways to streamline entering order information into their financial system. Particularly with land-and-expand subscription business models, they need to track upsells and renewals against the performance obligations from the original sale, in order to track and increase CLTV.

The Five-Finger Approach to Onboarding

As a group who provides the software tools necessary to manage the contracts to cash process, Aysling onboards users and projects daily, and has learned some important tips if you want to be successful when onboarding new clients and/or projects.

The Power of the Tech Finance Community

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I recently sat down with Noah Barr, CFO of TrueAccord , and Amanda Kattan, Finance & Strategy Leader at 4 th & King , to talk about the vibrant finance and operations community in Silicon Valley. Our conversation reminded me that we can come together in this difficult time to help each other navigate the pandemic. Software/SaaS SWTL #COVID-19 #COVID-19 crisis

How to Update Your Board in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

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Our software community requires new strategies to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing business environment caused by Covid-19. So, we created a virtual Sage Intacct Modern SaaS Finance Summit to help you navigate managing cash, churn, expenses, and forecasting. In this session, a panel of experienced investors from private equity and venture capital shared tips for preserving cash, fundraising, and updating your board of directors in a tough business environment.

Ready, Set, Grow: Future-Proof Your Business with Cloud-Based Financials

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Technological change is accelerating at a frenetic pace—and with dramatic impact. It’s reshaping customer expectations, employee requirements and attitudes, and disrupting business practices, models and entire industries. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

Managing Churn and Cash Flow in Your Subscription Model

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Sage Intacct’s virtual Modern SaaS Finance Summit moved into its third week with a focus on managing churn and cash flow. This panel tackled issues that are especially critical right now around customer-by-customer account evaluations, automation efficiencies and billing model adjustments. You can access the video and register for other summit sessions here. Software/SaaS SWTL

Digital Trends Report 2020

As part of our goal to continue helping our community during these times, we wanted to share with you this critical data on the state of digital products across industries and provide context on how businesses are responding to the changing winds.

Three Emerging Technologies Poised to Reshape Accounting and Financial Management

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9 Steps to How “One Subscription System of Record’ Helped Create a Unicorn

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“Billionaire Robert F. Smith’s Vista Equity Partners has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Acquia Inc. in a transaction valuing the enterprise software company at close to $1 billion, including debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.”. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

4 Tips on How Forecasting Cash Will Help Navigate Uncertainty

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Our software community is facing uncertain times from the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we created a virtual Sage Intacct Modern SaaS Finance Summit to help you navigate cash management, churn, expenses, and forecasting. For our first session on April 2, we gathered a panel of experts to discuss how they are staying ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing business environment caused by the Coronavirus. You can access all content from the summit here. Software/SaaS SWTL

The Potential for More Innovation Through SaaS

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This is the 3 rd in our 5-part series on the benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS). Our initial post offered some definitions of cloud and SaaS. Our last post explored the value of SaaS in terms of cost savings. In this post we turn our attention to a different kind of value: innovation. Technology Innovation SWTL

5 Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current

DataRobot together with Snowflake – a leading cloud data platform provider — is helping data scientists stay current with the latest technology and data science best practices so that they can excel in an increasingly AI-driven workplace. Five Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current offers data scientists guidance for thriving in AI-driven enterprises.

5 Tips on ASC 606 From a Fast-growth SaaS Peer

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I recently led a best practices webinar on ASC 606. Our panel of ASC 606 experts shared fantastic insights that would benefit growing subscription and SaaS companies who haven’t yet tackled or are still struggling to comply with the accounting, financial reporting, and revenue recognition from ASC 606. Let me introduce the panelists and share a few of the fantastic insights from the discussion. Software/SaaS SWTL

6 Takeaways from The G2 Crowd Grid for Revenue Management

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When it comes to revenue recognition and ASC606, finance executives at SaaS and subscription companies face many challenges. There are complexities regarding revenue and billing models, how well aligned sales and finance are on deal terms, and the changing rules from ASC 605 to ASC 606. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

Top 5 SaaS Metrics Investors Want To See – By Venture Stage

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If you don’t prepare ahead of time, you could get stuck not producing the key SaaS metrics that investors want to see when they’re considering whether to invest in your next round. Not preparing the right SaaS metrics by venture stage for your VCs can ultimately reduce valuation, or even kill your fund raise. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

4 Key Takeaways from the Modern SaaS Finance Summit

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“I have a board meeting next week and this event is materially changing how I think about and how I am going to present on the model and the direction of the business.”. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Scaling the Land-and-Expand Subscription Management Model

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Many growth-stage SaaS companies have embraced the “land-and-expand” subscription business model to win an initial customer and then add value over time that allows for upselling additional products and features. But that creates a strong need to balance both volume and repeatability in automating their processes. Here’s how one company has achieved 100-percent growth using that model. Software/SaaS SWTL

How SaaS CFOs Automate Finance

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Bowery Capital’s annual Finance and Ops Summit draws hundreds of finance leaders from fast-growth SaaS companies, many of which are seeking to upgrade their financial foundation to deliver a higher level of reporting and forecasting. Software/SaaS CFO Focus SWTL

Key Bank SaaS Survey: Four Takeaways for Finance Teams

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At fast-growing SaaS companies, CFOs and finance leaders are increasingly viewed as the business-model architects who analyze and guide the organization to successful outcomes. While product teams determine product/market fit, sales leaders maximize high-margin revenue, and customer success teams deliver meaningful and measurable value for clients, it’s finance that leads the way in crafting the successful subscription economics, capital efficiency, and cash flow that drive the business forward.

How SaaS Finance Teams Prove out Business Models

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In the 14th century, a cathedral builder was hustling down the dirt road in medieval France and passed three people stacking bricks. Software/SaaS Customer Story SWTL

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Selecting an ERP System for SaaS Companies - What to Consider

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Obviously, the goal of any SaaS organization is to run a successful, profitable business. But having a great service is only half the battle…it’s equally important to implement systems that maximize efficiency. And SaaS companies face even more challenges, as they construct their metrics reports with data pulled from disparate applications, and then aggregate that information and perform calculation within spreadsheets. Software/SaaS Thought leadership SWTL

How to Succeed as a First-Time VP of Sales. Or Just a First-Time VP in General.

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We’ve talked a lot on SaaStr about how to hire a Great VP of Sales. And we’ll keep talking about it — so long as 70% of first-time VPs of Sales don’t make it 1 year.

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On Your Next Big Deal? Double Your Pricing.

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There’s a fun — and very lucrative and rewarding — exercise I like to go through with most of the startups I work with. It’s goes like this: First, who’s your largest customer? Now, do you have a prospect in the pipeline that’s somewhat similar? You do? Great.

What Order Should You Hire Your Management Team In?

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IME, rough order to make hires in: VPM: $0.2m ARR VPS: $1-$1.5m ARR VPCS: $2m ARR VPP: $3m-$4m ARR VPE: $5m-$6m ARR CFO: $10m ARR COO: $20m ARR. More here: [link]. — Jason BeKind Lemkin (@jasonlk) July 21, 2019. The other day I was meeting with a great CEO who had raised a modest seed round.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.