John.Hoebler

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John Hoebler is a strategic adviser to CIOs and CFOs at both large enterprises and growing companies. He helps companies use technology to meet their business goals through streamlined finance and accounting systems, human resources systems and supply chain systems. He plays a cornerstone role on his projects by setting the scope, defining the vision, implementing the plan and leading the team -- all while working with executives to align the project to the overall business strategies and goals.

John's expertise spans traditional on-premises applications and cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. A recognized industry leader, he is regularly called upon to speak at industry conferences and he has won multiple awards from the user community. He also frequently contributes to trade magazines on ERP-related topics.

John leads the technology solutions practice at CrossCountry Consulting. You can view additional posts from John on this blog and on CrossCountry's Insights blog.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of John Hoebler and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by John.Hoebler

How IT can help your accounting function prepare for rev rec
Finance Meets the Cloud

How IT can help your accounting function prepare for rev rec

Depending on the number, complexity and scope of your organization’s customer contracts, and your current ERP, the new rule may require significant investment (time, systems, auditors, consultants). To maximize efficiency, IT should be prepared to equip accountants with systems to gather and utilize the necessary information.
September 25, 2017
What to look for in a tech solution for revenue recognition
Finance Meets the Cloud

What to look for in a tech solution for revenue recognition

In my last post, I discussed many of the key challenges in accounting for revenue under ASC 606. I also proposed the idea that an automated revenue recognition solution may be warranted for your organization, depending on the volume and complexity of your contracts with customers. Here's what you should be looking for.
August 25, 2017
3 ways that revenue recognition will impact IT
Finance Meets the Cloud

3 ways that revenue recognition will impact IT

Here's a new five-step model that replaces over 150 pieces of existing guidance on how to recognize revenue and consistently applies the same approach across industries, eliminating specialized industry rules.
August 9, 2017
Does 99.5% planned uptime = 99.5% actual uptime?
Opinion

Does 99.5% planned uptime = 99.5% actual uptime?

It sounds impressive when cloud vendor says they have 99.5% uptime. But does that really mean your application will be up and running 99.5% of the time? The short answer is no.
July 27, 2017
Finance Meets the Cloud

Your ERP project can be improved by… ’80s movie quotes?

Implementing a new ERP system is a full-contact sport. As the project lead, you need to deal with a new technology, competing priorities for scarce resources, multiple vendors and a very stressful environment. You need to be ready to deal with the unexpected, because you are the captain of a ship heading out into a stormy sea. Here are three great pieces of advice from three famous movie characters.
February 15, 2017
Can I capitalize my system implementation or get tax advantages?
Finance Meets the Cloud

Can I capitalize my system implementation or get tax advantages?

With the introduction of software as a service, organizations need to understand and evaluate their options to account for their SaaS implementation expenses for both book and tax purposes. This blog post focuses on two major considerations for companies implementing a SaaS solution.
December 16, 2016
Should I judge a system based on requirements or outcomes?
Finance Meets the Cloud

Should I judge a system based on requirements or outcomes?

When companies evaluate new systems, they often fall into the trap of creating a list of requirements based on how they work today, not on the outcomes that they want to achieve. Here's a look at three common pitfalls, with suggestions on how to avoid them.
November 4, 2016
Finance Meets the Cloud

What role should the CFO play in a system implementation?

When I help companies select new finance and accounting systems, the conversation immediately turns to the size, roles and makeup of the implementation team. This blog post will cover various options for the role the CFO or VP of finance can and should play on the implementation team.
September 15, 2016
Finance Meets the Cloud

Oracle buys NetSuite: What does this mean?

Oracle announced on July 28th that it acquired NetSuite. What does this mean for companies that are looking to move their finance function into the cloud? What does it mean to companies currently on NetSuite? How will Oracle position its now five competing ERP products?
July 28, 2016
Finance Meets the Cloud

The role of the BHAG

In previous posts, we discussed the importance of balancing the current capabilities of cloud-based finance and accounting systems against future requirements. In this post, we will explore the role 'big hairy audacious goals' should play in your selection process.
July 12, 2016
Finance Meets the Cloud

What kind of ERP solution do you seek, Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now?

When evaluating a new ERP system, companies have a hard choice to make. Do you they want something that can satisfy their needs best right now or are they looking for solutions that will grow with them long term and meet needs that they don’t know that they have?rn
April 28, 2016
Top 3 reasons CFOs migrate to a cloud-based accounting system
Finance Meets the Cloud

Top 3 reasons CFOs migrate to a cloud-based accounting system

Over the past few years, there has been a massive increase in the adoption of software-as-a-service and cloud-based accounting systems. Organizations large and small are exploring the cloud and its many advantages, but what started this trend? If CFOs had a choice between changing core accounting system and being attacked by a swarm of bees – I suspect that most might go with the bees and suffer the consequences. In this blog series, we cover the top three reasons organizations are moving to the cloud despite their risk adverse nature.
February 3, 2016
Finance Meets the Cloud

The 31 fantastic flavors of cloud-accounting applications

So you have made the decision to migrate to a new cloud-accounting solution, congrats! You now need to determine which solution is the right product for your organization. Before you begin looking at the products, you need to understand the three primary go-to market strategies deployed by cloud vendors. By understanding the scope of the vendors’ solutions, you can properly understand the benefits.
January 4, 2016
Finance Meets the Cloud

The ‘fog’ of war and cloud implementations

There are many benefits of cloud-based accounting systems. After you've selected a new application you then begin the process of implementing the new solution. In order for your project to be successful, you will need to have a thorough and detailed cutover plan.
December 15, 2015
Finance Meets the Cloud

The case for moving to a cloud-based accounting system – the operations perspective

Are your accounting systems no longer meeting your needs and are expensive to maintain? Are you intrigued by cloud applications, but don’t know where to begin? I recently led a panel discussion with a CFO, CIO and a visionary in operations to discuss their decision to move to the cloud. Here is the operation manger's story about how he recognized a business need, built a business case and modernized the way his company handled procurement.
October 29, 2015
The CFOs case for moving to a cloud-based accounting system
Finance Meets the Cloud

The CFOs case for moving to a cloud-based accounting system

Are your accounting systems no longer meeting your needs and are expensive to maintain? Are you intrigued by cloud applications, but don’t know where to begin? I recently led a panel discussion with a CFO, CIO and COO to discuss their decision to move to the cloud. Here is the CFO’s story about how the cloud has allowed him to become more strategic.rn
October 8, 2015
The CIOs case for moving to a cloud-based accounting system
Finance Meets the Cloud

The CIOs case for moving to a cloud-based accounting system

Are your accounting systems no longer meeting your needs and are expensive to maintain? Are you intrigued by cloud applications, but don’t know where to begin? I recently led a panel discussion with a CFO, CIO and COO to discuss their decision to move to the cloud. This three-part blog series provides insights on their thought processes, challenges and lessons learned. Part one focuses on the CIO.
September 24, 2015
How you can make your system implementation project a success
Finance Meets the Cloud

How you can make your system implementation project a success

In order to implement a new financial management solution, you need excellent project management, expert subject matter experts, executive support, and a great plan. There is one more thing you need.
September 8, 2015
How much should a new cloud financial management system cost?
Finance Meets the Cloud

How much should a new cloud financial management system cost?

With many companies moving their financial management to the cloud, there are many questions around what the cloud solutions cost and how they are 'priced' compared to traditional on-premise solutions. To add to the confusion, legacy vendors are getting creative on how to keep their customers on their existing system or sole source convert them to their 'cloud' application. This article de-mystifies that process.
August 17, 2015