Alight LLC, developers of Alight Planning financial planning software and the Planning Maturity Curve, today announced a strategic alliance with Proformative, the resource for corporate finance, accounting, and treasury. Proformative members will have expanded access to Alight’s resources in 2012 including best practices for Agile Planning which is quickly becoming the most important activity for Finance teams in the 21st century.
“I am delighted with our initial exposure through Proformative in 2011,” said Rand Heer, Alight’s CEO. “It’s great to see a free resource for finance executives become so valuable so quickly. When I worked with the original Pillar team that created the first enterprise planning solution to replace spreadsheets, I knew we were at the forefront of innovation. When I was working in the trenches as a finance professional, I saw a huge hole and created Pillar to fill it. While online communities are popping up everywhere these days, John Kogan and his team have strong roots in finance, and it appears Proformative is filling a hole as well.”
Alight will provide Proformative members with dozens of free resources including the latest analysis on The Planning Maturity Curve and Agile Planning, a methodology that maximizes business value while significantly reducing the level of management effort devoted to planning activities. The partnership enables Alight to sponsor its first Proformative webinar. Best of all, Proformative members will be eligible for special offers including VIP passes to Alight-sponsored budgeting and forecasting events in 2012.
“As a former CFO myself, I am pleased to be partnering with the team that started the budgeting and planning software movement back in the days of Pillar,” said John Kogan, CEO of Proformative. “Proformative members are sure to benefit from the free content and resources provided by Rand Heer and the Alight team. I am confident that this is the beginning of many benefits this partnership will bring our membership as they continue to seek out innovative tools and technologies that improve their companies’ decision making.”
“The whole philosophy at Proformative resonates with finance professionals who are deploying Alight to enable better planning and move off spreadsheets,” notes Ben Lamorte, VP Marketing at Alight. “For example, our customers and prospects recognize that testimonials and video clips hosted on software vendor websites are highly edited and likely biased. Traditionally, our customers and prospects seek out third party reviews on sites like Capterra. We expect to see more finance professionals share their experiences with Alight and other solutions in 2012 using Proformative’s reviews program. Proformative may become the best platform for finance professionals to share both the strengths and weaknesses of solutions they’ve implemented.”
In addition to Proformative, Alight’s thought leadership content on the Planning Maturity Curve and Agile Planning has been featured in: Marcus Evans CFO Summits, IE Group, American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI), American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).