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  • Eliminating Excel helps the company make smarter strategic decisions

    Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS) set itself an aggressive goal of growing top-line sales 10-15%. That wasn’t great news for its finance team. “I inherited an Excel nightmare,” says Kevin Murphy, senior vice president of finance at HSS. “We had a lot of spreadsheets that were gigantic, with many tabs, many links, and as we worked through them, the links were broken. A lot of time was just spent trying to make sure our reporting was accurate.”

    Once they added Workday Adaptive Planning, the finance team was able to sparkle. They dramatically reduced the monthly close and reporting cycle while slashing their annual planning process from six months to six weeks, gaining back 18 weeks of critical staff time to perform value-added tasks like scenario analysis. “The role of finance at HSS has really been elevated, especially in the past year,” says Murphy. “The different things we’re involved in, we’re not just an accounting team just shooting numbers out the door. We really add value to the different team members, to the management team, to the leadership team, the board, to help them gain insight into what makes our company tick.”

    Challenges

    • Struggled to manage multiple Excel spreadsheets for budget P&L, revenue, headcount, and reporting that required more than 130 tabs, making the annual budget a six-month slog
    • Held back by a monthly close cycle that lasted nearly three weeks, often spilling into the next reporting period
    • Suffered from a manual, time-consuming data entry process, leaving little time left for reviewing and analyzing data

    Results

    • Reduced the annual budget process from six months to six weeks, freeing time to conduct strategic tasks like profitability analysis and what-if scenarios
    • Reduced reporting and monthly close from 21 days to six days with real-time integration with Great Plains
    • Increased access to real-time KPIs, helping the company make strategic decisions and achieve corporate revenue and net operating income goals two years in a row and running
  • About:

    Hospitality Staffing Solutions is the leading provider of permanent and temporary hospitality staff for casinos, resorts, and hotels across the country.

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Industry:
    Business services