SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

November 19, 2007 09:00 ET

Slalom Consulting, Two Degrees and Microsoft Host 100 Seattle Executives at Business Forecasting Conference

Top Local Finance Leaders Gather to Discuss Forward-Thinking Planning Technologies

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Slalom Consulting, ranked one of the fastest-growing business and technology consulting firms in the U.S., recently hosted an exclusive seminar titled "Driving Business Performance," in coordination with Microsoft and Two Degrees. The seminar was aimed at financial executives to discuss Microsoft's new PerformancePoint technologies for business planning, forecasting, and score-carding. It also provided more than 100 local executives with predictions on the impact of this technology on critical areas like budgeting and financial planning. The event was held at Seattle's Hotel 1000.

With today's regulatory and competitive pressures, financial measurement and performance management has never been more critical. Most current forecasting tools don't provide the enterprise-wide data management and modeling capabilities to sustain continuous analysis of forecast-versus-actual business results. Having worked with the most prominent technologies in a wide range of solution areas, Slalom sees Microsoft PerformancePoint as a preferred application for assisting clients with budgeting and forecasting.

"Now more than ever before, organizations have the best access to cutting-edge planning and forecasting tools to streamline finance processes," said Jerry Kaczmarowski, managing director of Technology Solutions at Slalom Consulting. "Techniques of the past are being pushed aside or enhanced by more advanced methods. Through our efforts with our sister company Two Degrees, and with Microsoft's help, Slalom is paving the way to bring advanced solutions to businesses of all sizes, and with many current internal challenges."

Conference presenters from Slalom, Microsoft and Two Degrees discussed how to move to advanced planning and forecasting techniques across the enterprise, while letting the finance team continue to use tried-and-true technologies like Excel. The end result gives companies much better ability to forecast monthly results, drill down into performance problems, and communicate information throughout the enterprise. Presenters included Colette Kress, chief financial officer, Servers & Tools, Microsoft Corporation, and Brian Regan, senior vice president of Finance at Expedia.

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About Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting ( is a business and technology consulting firm. The company provides traditional management consulting services (e.g., program and project management, business process improvement), technology solutions (e.g., business intelligence, portals, CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Recently recognized by Consulting Magazine's as one of the Top Ten consulting firms to work for in 2007, the company is known for its highly experienced, locally based consultants. The company has strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and others. Slalom is headquartered in Seattle, with additional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland and San Francisco.

About Two Degrees

Two Degrees ( is a finance and accounting resources firm, providing experienced professionals for critical projects, interim roles, and permanent positions. Two Degrees professionals specialize in key areas like Sarbanes Oxley, International Accounting, SEC Reporting, Financial Forecasting, Internal Audit, Technical Accounting, and many others. Two Degrees is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, and Portland.

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