How a controller became her company’s business consultant using fpm software
Success story Zoologischer Garten Berlin
Sabine Kirner is the controller at Zoo Berlin. For a long time, she struggled with time-consuming routine activities, such as collecting data for monthly reporting. All too often, little time remained for her to handle important tasks such as analyzing data and advising executive management. LucaNet gave her a solution.
How Zoo Berlin uses LucaNet software:
- Simple data import from many different source systems
- Automated monthly reporting
- Dynamic planning on an annual basis
I’m really very happy that we chose LucaNet, because as a controller, I see myself as a service provider for my enterprise. Reporting is the basis, but it can’t make up the main part of my work time. LucaNet backs this philosophy and as such my expectations have been met in full.
Ctrl+Q: a new favorite key combination
Her search quickly led her to LucaNet. The software provided her with a standardized interface to the Addison bookkeeping software, and gave her the option of easily integrating other software packages, such as the Beckerbillett ticketing software. “LucaNet”, Sabine Kirner emphasizes, “has for us become a bit like an atoll that groups together all the different islands of data. With my new favorite key combination, Ctrl+Q, data from all sources are immediately available, and reporting is updated. This means we have a truly integrated reporting system. This means I save one to two working days every month, allowing me to focus on data analysis sooner.”
A week of time saved in planning
As well as for reporting, Sabine Kirner also uses LucaNet for financial planning. The planning starts from the bottom-up: First, requirements from all kinds of areas are considered – in addition to standard items such as staff costs, these include admission fees, energy and maintenance costs, and feed for the animals. Next, the individual planning estimates are exported from Excel to LucaNet, where Sabine Kirner has created a file for planning reporting, in which she immediately sees the overall result and can make additional top-down changes if necessary. For each institution and planning cycle, this means she saves at least one week of work time. When there are significant planning changes, the time saved is even significantly greater. And just as important: she can finally consider the substance of the data, hunt down deviations and explain them. She is now not just merely a collector of data, but is also a point of contact, advisor, and service provider for her enterprise.