XLerant: Redefining Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting with Purpose-built Software

Joanne Brunn, CEO
“Many organizations still use Excel for budgeting because Excel is seemingly free. However there is a high cost paid for errors from broken links, incorrect formulas, and time spent manipulating spreadsheets instead of analyzing data and managing to strategy,” begins Joanne Brunn, CEO, XLerant. “However, most managers responsible for budgeting are not comfortable with Excel, and don’t even like Excel, so why give them a budgeting tool that looks like Excel?” With a mission to provide a purpose-built solution for budgeting and forecasting, XLerant empowers enterprises to make informed decisions and ultimately, achieve strategic objectives. “At XLerant, we believe budgeting is more of a communication and strategic planning process than a mechanical process,” she adds.

XLerant’s flagship solution, BudgetPak, is a SaaS solution with a user-centered design that focuses on budgeting, forecasting and reporting. “Our solution allows for ultimate flexibility in thought because it doesn’t force users to think in a restricted ‘row and column’ format,” says Brunn. “It’s a much more engaging experience for the non-financial end user that really lets them think about the strategy they are trying to achieve, instead of how much they hate the process!” she adds. At the same time, BudgetPak allows the finance team to control the aspects of the budget that are important to them. “We provide a solution for finance that is a straight-forward, easy to understand, table-driven approach to controlling various aspects of the budget.”

The cloud-based solution doesn’t require IT intervention or support and allows users to access it from anywhere through all of the major browsers. Enhancements are available immediately so customers can get the benefit of new features without having to do a thing. Because as Brunn says, “The professional is personal. We’ve all come to expect convenience and ease of use from our personal technology, why shouldn’t we expect the same in our professional lives?” For budgeting, a user-friendly solution does more than make the process easier—it provides a platform for communication of the organization’s annual objectives and ensures managers are building their budgets against those objectives.
XLerant offers a full suite of modules built into BudgetPak including expense planning, revenue planning, headcount, salary planning and asset planning, as well as approval workflow, what-if scenarios, out of the box reporting, variance reporting, and custom reports. A unique feature called ActionPaks allows users to budget multiple line items at the same time for their department specific projects and initiatives. If the project is not approved, all the dollars across all of the affected line items are removed from the budget with one click. “We believe a system that has budget intelligence built into its core makes for a more robust and user friendly process for everyone involved—which ultimately delivers more meaningful results,” Brunn states.

XLerant’s structured and well-tested implementation process can be completed within 6-8 weeks. “Because we have a purpose-built solution that is intuitive in nature, the finance team can easily handle the ongoing maintenance of the system,” says Brunn. “We provide detailed hands-on training during the implementation phase and quick turnaround for personal support,” she adds.


We believe that budgeting is more of a communication and strategic planning process than a mechanical process


The company takes pride in its team and its approach to customer service. Brunn says, “We go through a detailed process to make sure that a customer is a good fit prior to signing contracts.” XLerant differentiates itself by listening to clients’ pain points during the sales and implementation process and providing solutions that work. For example, they came up with an easy to maintain solution for a sports franchise team that had multiple charts of accounts. The client was able to keep their individual charts of accounts intact for each of their business units and have a consolidated view across the enterprise.

“We believe we have the smartest, most innovative clients who understand what they are doing and want to do it better. And we want them to succeed—so we listen to them,” concludes Brunn.

Company
XLerant

Headquarters
Stamford, CT

Management
Joanne Brunn, CEO

Description
XLerant provides a cloud-based budgeting, forecasting and reporting solution for mid-sized organizations—purpose-built to engage the budget managers to make informed decisions