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Centage Corporation Partners with Steve Player to Educate Financial Professionals on Strategic Value of Closing the Books Faster

NATICK, Mass., April 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Centage™ Corporation, a leading provider of budgeting and forecasting software (Budget Maestro™) for small and medium sized businesses, will sponsor a new webinar, "Closing the Books Faster," on Wednesday, April 29th featuring Steve Player, Program Director, Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) North America.

The new webcast, the second in a four part series, was designed to help today's financial professionals improve the close process and become Future Ready.
Quick links:
• Closing the Books Faster
• Wednesday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT
• Click here to register (all registrations will receive a link to a recording of the event)

A recent Financial Executive Research Foundation survey showed nearly 20% of finance executives polled indicated they reconciled anywhere from 501 to more than 10,000 accounts at least quarterly. More than 50% of the same group said their reconciliation process is manual. The amount of time spent on the reconciliation effort places a burden on finance departments and takes away from their ability to engage in strategic efforts and analysis. Businesses need access to real-time accurate information to make impactful decisions for forecasting and planning. As a result, understanding how to close the books faster is of critical importance.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the benefits of closing the books faster (and see how it can be done) including:
• How faster close lowers costs
• Achieving better control
• Enabling continuous monitoring
• Better understanding of drivers
• Making GL data available sooner for analysis against approved budget
• Creating time for more strategic actions
• Building greater respect for finance
• Engaging deeper levels of participation

Featured guest Speaker is noted author Steve Player – Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) North America. Steve is the co-author (with Steve Morlidge) of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting (Wiley, 2010) and the co-author (with Jeremy Hope) of Beyond Performance Management (Harvard Business School Press, 2012). Steve's work has recently been featured in Forbes, CFO Magazine, Entrepreneur, and the Journal of Accountancy. This is the second of a new four part series Steve is presenting in 2015.

For more information follow us on Twitter @Centage or visit our blog http://centage.com/Blog/.

About Centage

Budget Maestro® by Centage is an easy-to-use, scalable, automated budgeting, planning, and forecasting application. It is designed for small to mid-market companies and automates many of the time-consuming and error-prone activities associated with using spreadsheets to generate accurate budgets and forecasts. It features built in financial and business logic that allow users to build and update their budgets and forecasts and never worry about formulas, functions, links or any custom programming. It is the only solution in the market that offers synchronized P &L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow reporting that generate automatically and seamlessly update. Budget Maestro serves more than 7,000 users worldwide. Visit us at www.centage.com. For more information follow us on Twitter @Centage or visit our blog http://blog.centage.com/ for the latest insights on budgeting and forecasting strategies.

CONTACT: Sarah Murray, Partner Attune Communications 781-378-2674 sarah@attunecommunications.com

Source: Centage