Customers increasingly view suppliers’ products and standard service lines as commodities. This means that suppliers must shift their actions toward differentiating their services, offers, discounts, and deals to different types of existing customers to retain and grow them. As a result of this shift from being product-centric to customer centric, suppliers need an increased emphasis on measuring current and future potential profitability of products, standard service-lines, channels, and customers. Activity-based costing (ABC) provides the information lacking in traditional costing practices to address both issues – measuring customer and channel profitability including the costs of products and standard service lines.
Gary Cokins is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in enterprise and corporate performance management improvement methods and business analytics. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina at www.garycokins.com . Gary received a BS degree with honors in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Cornell University in 1971. He received his MBA with honors from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1974.Gary began his career as a strategic planner with FMC’s Link-Belt Division and then served as Financial Controller and Operations Manager. In 1981 Gary began his management consulting career first with Deloitte consulting, and then in 1988 with KPMG consulting. In 1992 Gary headed the National Cost Management Consulting Services for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) now part of HP. From 1997 until 2013 Gary was a Principal Consultant with SAS, a leading provider of business analytics software.
Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC. provides advisory services to organizations, consulting firms, and software vendors with their challenges to get started, implement, and leverage enterprise and corporate performance management (EPM / CPM) methods such as customer profitability analysis (using ABC), analytics, rolling financial forecasts, strategy maps, and balanced scorecards (KPIs).
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