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About Rob Lautt, CEO & Founder

Rob Lautt is a graduate of Princeton University School of Engineering. Veteran in both finance and IT departments in manufacturing and distribution industries, Mr. Lautt is the visionary behind A3 Modeling and the Spreadsheet Automation Server that powers it.

Creative Financial Models Improve Decision Making

Creative Financial Models Improve Decision Making While monthly time periods are often sufficient for annual budgeting, some business models require planning with more granular time periods. Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solutions are designed to empower finance and operations to generate insights that deliver more value, more efficiently, and more often. So, I [...]

Big Vendors, Big Risk: Are you about to waste $750k and 8 months?

Big Vendors, Big Risk: Are you about to waste $750k and 8 months? So, a finance team puts in $750k and is 8 months into the implementation with a big vendor. The team meets with the vendor’s project manager to discuss the status and asks the vendor about promised functionality. The vendor replies; “That might [...]

Spreadsheet Financial Modeling Improve Unified Budgeting and Forecasting

Spreadsheet Financial Modeling Improve Unified Budgeting and Forecasting A financial analyst and I viewed a demonstration of a leading financial modeling and consolidation application. When the sales rep was finished, the analyst asked: “Yeah, but… can you make a waterfall chart?” The sales rep said, “Yes, simply click this button to export to [...]

Affiliated Computer Systems (Fortune 500)

Case Study: Customer Success: Affiliated Computer Systems (Fortune 500) Affiliated Computer Systems, or ACS for short, offers outsourced IT and professional services to the largest companies worldwide. Employing over 74,000 people on 6 continents, ACS was a Fortune 500 company in its own right before being purchased by Xerox for $6.4 billion in 2010. [...]

City of Reno Accelerated Financial Decision Making through Improved Reporting

Case Study: City of Reno Accelerated Financial Decision Making through Improved Reporting The city of Reno, NV faced a common problem for mid sized municipalities: a sprawling, seemingly untamable, bureaucratic budgeting process. The budget was spread across dozens of departments, each contributing to dozens of programs, with complexity increasing exponentially at every level of [...]

A3 Solutions is Passionate about Budget and Forecasting Performance

A3 Solutions is Passionate about Budget and Forecasting Performance Our Product is Our Passion Our Customers are Our Calling Bucking the trend of “churn and burn startups”, A3 Solutions will soon be celebrating our 25th year in business. As we are not venture funded, we do not have the distractions of outside investors demanding [...]

A3 Solutions, YOUR Spreadsheets and OLAP…a Unified Consolidation Made in Heaven

A3 Solutions, YOUR Spreadsheets and OLAP…a Unified Consolidation Made in Heaven Ah, but there is a solution. Brace yourself...it’s a nasty looking acronym, a little wild, mysterious, and esoteric. But hang in here with me. It’s worth a minute of understanding. O-L-A-P... OLAP, aka Online Analytical Processing. It’s the power behind the scenes [...]

How to Overcome the Challenges of Workforce Planning

How to Overcome the Challenges of Workforce Planning One of the most pressing challenges that businesses face is compensation and headcount planning, aka workforce planning A company’s workforce likely accounts for the majority of its expenses – as high as 70 or 80 percent in some cases. This is a massive part of the [...]