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"Cortell Australia's growth in the Business Analytics and Business Intelligence markets has been outstanding.   With highly skilled delivery  and management teams Cortell provide IBM clients a very professional, highly regarded and capable organisation to work with." - Ryan Morrell, Channel Executive, IBM Software Group

"The difference between what we were doing, and what we do now with IBM Cognos TM1, is like going to a new doctor who has a MRI machine, when your old GP had only a stephescope and a thermometer. We can really see inside the business." Martin Richards, Financial Controller, Kincrome Tools & Equipment, Melbourne, Australia Read More
"The ad-hoc reporting ability via the TM1 front end is brilliant! It's so easy to retrieve information quickly, and dissect and drill down in an instant. Never before have we had such visibility into our business. We have no dependency on IT ... we are self-sufficient." Jason Bosch, Financial Controller, Network Ten, Melbourne, Australia Read More
"Our primary reason for choosing Cortell was their down to earth, trustworthy approach. We had a small budget, small time frame and we achieved immediate results in a staged process. Cortell did an amazing job leveraging TM1 to provide a fast installation and quick deliverables." Sue Davis, Director of Finance, Financial Services, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia Read More

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whowhatwhen.jpgCortell Launches CAaaS - Cortell Analytics as a Service ... find answers in your big data!

Cortell Australia has a rich history bringing insight and action to our clients through the implementation of performance management and advanced analytics. With 900 plus implementations of the IBM Business Analytics platform, Cortell are helping organisations across industries analyse and model their own key financial performance indicators, key customer and product attributes, operational drivers and outcomes, bringing that all together to enhance Enterprise Performance Management that drives optimal decision making.

As the leading IBM Business Analytics Partner in the Asia Pacific, Cortell Australia are now offering our industry expertise, product platforms and knowledge in the analytics arena to our customers as a service based offering.  Branded as CAaS : Cortell Analytics as a Service. 

Leveraging the leading IBM Business Analytics software platform from IBM - TM1, Cognos 10, Cognos Disclosure Management (CDM) and SPSS, Cortell Australia will offer clients a highly sophisticated analytical and self-service offering that scales and adjusts to meet the demands of each organisation. From data discovery and insight based modelling on as needed basis, through to a persistent hosted platform, offering real time reporting, analytics and modelling,

Cortell Australia will work with you to create the most appropriate model to meet your requirements. We will openly communicate the approach we have taken, the models we have created and the findings discovered with you, so we can adapt, evolve and respond to changing business conditions.  The information and findings we create together are open and owned by you.  

With our proven industry and solution experience, the world leading analytics platform and our open and scalable service offerings, getting the results and insights you need has never been easier.

To learn more about this offering, please contact Cortell today by using the contact form below:

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Forrester_Q3_2013_image.PNGThe Forrester Wave:  Financial Performance Management, Q3 2013

“The cornerstone of the IBM Performance Management portfolio is a flexible and powerful planning solution (IBM Cognos TM1), along with highly functional solutions for consolidations, disclosure, and performance analytics,” says Forrester. 

Forrester defines the FPM space as the set of planning, reporting, and analytical applications that help organisations manage financial and business information from all perspectives:

  • Document the past (financial reporting, consolidation and disclosure)
  • Understand the present (performance measurement and management reporting)
  • and see into the future (planning, budgeting, and forecasting)

This Forrester Wave is a 55-criteria evaluation of the 11 most significant providers of Financial Performance Management. IBM did exceptionally well and obtained the highest score for current offering for the portfolio.  Clients can use the custom weighting feature in the downloadable Forrester Wave model, and adjust the weights as needed for different buying scenarios (eg. suites point solutions). 


Other Forrester Reports

The Forrester Wave: Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions, Q1 2013 (January 13, 2013)


Nucleus_Research_1H2013_Pic.PNGIBM's 'platform' approach to Corporate Performance Management is a win for customers

Nucleus Research discovered...
"IBM provides CPM through the Cognos TM1 platform, which allows IBM to provide integrated CPM capabilities with business intelligence. This platform approach stands in contrast to the traditional mega-vendor approach to CPM, which involves offering a variety of software applications that challenge end users to obtain value. However, IBM customers identified these solutions as a strength as these end users started with a specific solution or blueprint based on their initial corporate need, which shifted over time to a more personalized platform to incorporate more holistic performance management capabilities based on corporate demands for improved budgeting, forecasting, expense management, and strategy."



Other Nucleus Research Papers...

October 2012: Technology Value Matrix - Second Half 2012: Analytics.  

This is a must read report for any organisation wanting to review their current approach to analytics, or discover the key providers investing heavily in this space.


Gartner_Magic_Quads_Q12013.PNGMagic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, February 2013

According to Gartner ...

"IBM continues to maintain its leading position on the Completeness of Vision axis for this year's Magic Quadrant, as it scores very well on virtually all the vision criteria. In particular, IBM's overall marketing strategy strengthens the messaging of its core BI (Cognos) and predictive analytics (SPSS) acquisitions. This is not typical with most megavendor acquisitions. Also, customer feedback has improved, largely due to the continuous customer migration to IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.x from Cognos 8 Business Intelligence."


IBM_State_of_Marketing_2013_Pic.PNGThe IBM Global Survey of Marketers 2013

Learn what IBM discovered when they surveyed more than 500 marketing professionals worldwide, across more than 15 industries:

  • what marketers need to re-examine
  • the top 3 marketing challenges faced by organisations
  • the leaders ... marketers who are doing better. Where are they winning? What are they doing?
  • what are the 3 next steps all marketing organisations need to embrace and implement?


IBM_Global_CEO_Study_2012_Pic.PNGIBM CEO Study 2012

This study, conducted every 2 years, is based on face-to-face conversations with more than 1,700 chief executive officers in 64 countries.

IBM Corporation's, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty identified the overflow of data and information as one of the most important issues influencing CEOs' strategic business decisions. Ms Rometty stated: 


 "In conducting this study, it’s not hard to understand why. CEOs are looking beyond the benefits of connected supply chains and more integrated back-office systems. Their focus is shifting to the power and potential of recent advances in social media and analytics to reimagine connections among people — whether that’s customers, employees, partners, investors or the world at large.

That aspiration comes with major implications for strategy, structure and culture. Many of the highest-performing enterprises are already developing far more open cultures and embracing the most disruptive forms of new innovation."


IBM_Global_CIO_Study_2011_Pic.PNGIBM Global CIO Study 2011

How are technology leaders helping their organisations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and economic landscape?

To find out, IBM spoke in person with 3,018 CIOs, spanning 71 countries and 18 industries. Public and private sector CIOs described both the challenges and opportunities from increasing complexity. They shared how they are innovating with technology for organisational success.

These in-person conversations, along with IBM's statistical analyses of responses, underscore the ever-more vital role of the CIO.



IBM's Global CMO Study 2011

This study is based on face-to-face conversations with more than 1,734 CMOs worldwide.

Jon Iwata, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, IBM Corporation summarised the challenges faced by CMO's in 2011:

"The four biggest challenges you identified were the explosion of data, social media, the proliferation of channels and devices and shifting consumer demographics. These factors are serving as catalysts for change in our function and the struggle we all face is how to turn those challenges into opportunities. The good news is that you also provided numerous practical ways marketing can manage the increasing complexity of today’s environment - pointing the way toward a new marketing profession for a new century."


CFOStudyheader.PNGThe New Value Integrator ... Insight from the IBM Global CFO Study.

The 2010 IBM Global CFO Study – involving more than 1,900 CFOs and senior Finance leaders worldwide – provides the largest window into the CFO mindset during the worst economic downturn in decades. Surprisingly, cost reduction was not at the top of their agenda. Instead, CFOs ranked "providing inputs into enterprise strategy" as most important.

The study uncovered a select group of Finance organizations – called Value Integrators – that have found a way to excel. In every area of the Finance agenda, their effectiveness surpasses their peers. Not only are they better at helping their businesses navigate uncertainty and complexity, but on every financial measure assessed, their enterprises outperform.

To learn what distinguishes these Value Integrators – and how you can develop those same capabilities in your own organisation – Register and download the 2010 IBM Global CFO Study today.


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ban_aq_header_no_cta_930x300.jpgDoes your organisation have AQ?

Check out an exciting new way to measure your success with analytics.

It’s a fact: analytics-driven organizations outperform their peers in every metric that matters. Now, there’s a way to know how well you're using analytics - and where to go next.

We call it your “Analytics Quotient,” or “AQ” for short . It measures how ready you are to apply insight to your strategy, processes and tactics; how quickly you can re-allocate resources and re-orient your people to make better decisions; and how effectively you can act based on how well you know your past performance, current results and future possibilities.

It’s simple: The more you embrace analytics, the higher your AQ. The higher your AQ, the better the business outcomes - for you, your team and your entire organization.

Take IBM's free AQ quiz now to learn your score. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it will put you on the path to better business outcomes, whether you’re an aspiring newcomer or a wizened analytics master.

When you’ve finished, IBM will give you:


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watsonheader.PNGWhy Watson and SPSS Are IBM’s Big Data Yin and Yang

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matt.jpgWelcome to the next generation of Business Reporting

An excerpt from the white paper "Regulatory & Statutory Reporting Your XBRL 2.1 Guide" by: Matthew Hill, MD Cortell Australia, May, 2011

Demands for Reporting and the Method of Reporting is Evolving (and continues to do so!)

The importance for reliable reported data has never more been the focus of local regulatory authorities than now. The production of reliable and auditable results is increasingly becoming the focus of CEO, CFO, Tax, Risk and other leaders within corporations as they strive to better understand their business and provide the information required to the regulatory bodies in the most time efficient manner possible.

Recently, we have had the global financial credit crisis, which saw certain corporations' fall from grace due to misrepresentation, fraud and irregularities in their financial returns. As a result, authorities have introduced tighter controls with a focus to ensure organizations can, and do, report in a manner that is easier for the required regulatory organizations to evaluate, scrutinize, audit and ultimately take action when needed.

iStock_000013893201big.jpgWelcome to the next generation of business reporting.

IFRS, GAAP, Basel II, Sarbanes Oxley, XBRL, Statutory Business Reporting (SBR) are to name a few such requirements that corporations are now required to meet. With increased obligations to submit returns there comes the inevitable overhead in the production of such information.

Greater focus is being placed on information technology to decrease the manual nature of such reporting. Executives are demanding greater insight, superior quality of information and flexibility from the people and tools available to them.

No longer do people want expensive resources using spreadsheets to collate and consolidate data for reporting purposes. They want those same individuals analyzing the data and providing value to the business and leveraging the systems to provide fast, accurate and auditable information.

Traditionally, corporations have addressed these problems by creating a stable of spreadsheet analysts, but while this may disguise the problem short term, it does not remove the problem, nor is this a reliable platform from which to complete their mandatory reporting obligations.

Corporate reporting systems house significant volumes of data that should be reused across other areas of the business. Often our own reporting systems are fragmented, isolated and a copy of the same or similar data stores used by other departments. It raises concerns over accuracy and validity of data and the logic behind multiple siloed reporting environments.

There is no reason why the same data being used to report to APRA, the ATO or ASIC cannot be captured and used within a single, centralized reporting environment for our own internal reporting process. We need to re use the data footprint across an organization in a more effective and consolidated manner. readmore_button.gif

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IBM Cognos Business Analytics software helps your organisation better understand, anticipate and shape business outcomes. You can achieve breakthrough results and out perform your competition.

Cortell Australia will engage your team with senior business consultants who will help you assess which capabilities within IBM Cognos' Business Analytics derive the most business value.

We offer an initial high level assessment followed by a customised demo and quotation.  We can also help you build your internal business case.

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