Cognos Launches Virtual Finance Forum To Share Best Practices for Performance Management

Cognos announced that its Global Cognos Finance Forums 2007 conference series will be available in a unique virtual conference and expo format on June 19 at no charge. The Global Cognos Finance Forums 2007 conference series attracted more than 2,400 senior finance executives covering 15 countries and 20 cities, and delivered significant value for the participants. Attendees from finance departments shared best-practices in performance management to help finance and business managers make better decisions.

Online June 19, Cognos customers Manpower and DIRECTV will share their approaches to vendor selection and value proposition post performance management solution deployment; how each company supports revenue and profit growth; aligns operational tactics with corporate objectives; and drives participation and accountability with Performance Management implementations. Cognos executives will also lead breakout discussions on a variety of topics including:

-  How to Link Financial and Operational Planning

-  Sustainable Financial Consolidation and Corporate Reporting

-  Leveraging Best Practices for World-Class Results in Reporting and Analysis

-  Managing Your Workforce for Strategic Business Advantage

Manpower is a world leader in the employment services industry with a full-time staff of more than 27,000, and more than 2.5 million temporary workers. DIRECTV, the nation’s leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 19 million customers in the United States and Latin America, through exclusive content, industry-leading customer satisfaction and superior technologies.

The keynote speaker for the Virtual Finance Forum Conference and Expo will be David Axson, President of the Sonax Group, former Head of Corporate Planning at Bank of America, co-founder of The Hackett Group, and author of Best Practices in Planning and Performance Management, now in its second edition.

Strategic partners for the Virtual Finance Forum Conference and Expo include Deloitte, IBM, Blue Line Planning, NewComp, Data Clarity, Lodestar Solutions, eCapital Advisors and Niteo.

 [June 12, 2007]

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