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What Are Direct Costs? Metrics in a Minute

Quick Definition of Direct Costs: Direct costs (also known as Costs of Goods Sold—COGS) are the costs that can be completely attributed to the production of a specific product or service. These costs include the cost of materials used to create the product and potentially any labor costs that are exclusively used to create the… Read more »

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An Introduction to Lean Planning

  In case it’s not obvious, we’re all about business planning and performance tracking here at Palo Alto Software and LivePlan. Without a solid planning process, we could not have built Palo Alto Software into the solid and growing company that we have today. Planning and forecasting were also critical in helping us navigate the… Read more »

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“Business Planning is always an ongoing activity.” Interview with the CEO of ThemeDragon

If you’re a LivePlan user or still considering it, you’ve probably wondered about the other businesses that use LivePlan. What industries are they in? How do they use LivePlan? Are they successful? We’ve begun talking to business owners who use LivePlan about their fields, products, and experiences with business planning. We’ll be posting short interviews… Read more »

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What’s New: Paste from Excel

If you’ve been working on your financial forecasts in Excel and are starting to use LivePlan, getting your data from Excel to LivePlan used to be a real hassle. Not any more! You can now paste data from Excel or Google Sheets directly into LivePlan. This is really handy if you already have a forecast… Read more »

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How to Run a Monthly Plan Review Meeting

Most people think that meetings are a waste of time. They’re right. Too many meetings are run poorly, have no real objective, and waste employees’ time—which kills productivity. There’s tons of advice and information on how to run better meetings and cut down on useless meetings that are making your organization move slower. I absolutely… Read more »