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A Comprehensive Guide to Key Performance Indicators for CFOs

Here’s 23 KPIs CFOs should track in order to gain a full overview of their business’ financial health.
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14 Smart Strategies to Reduce IT Costs as a CFO

Software is typically a company’s second biggest expense after payroll, so here are 14 actionable ways to get your spending under control and reduce IT costs.
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Featured

New naming rights partnership agreed, The Cledara Abbey Stadium announced

Cledara enters into a five-year sponsorship agreement with Cambridge United, which will see the football club’s Abbey Stadium renamed The Cledara Abbey Stadium.
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The Top SaaS Tools for 2023 based on data from 1,000+ companies

According to Cledara’s world-leading data on software purchasing, these are the 20 top SaaS tools for 2023—by spend, by usage and by growth.
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Announcing Onboarding, Your control center for software access

Cledara's Software Management platform just got a major upgrade. With Onboarding, now you can manage access to every tool, streamline workflows, and improve compliance—all from one central platform. No more fragmented systems, manual processes, or visibility gaps.
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Announcing Benchmarks & Copilot: Your AI-Powered Software Procurement Expert

Cledara is proud to introduce two transformative features: SaaS pricing benchmarks and the world’s first AI-powered SaaS Procurement Copilot. These innovative additions place expert software procurement capabilities into the hands of every team.
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The Software Stack Guide for Startups

All you need to know to set your software stack for scale. Including insights from 400,000+ software purchases and renewals.
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The Complete Guide to Forecasting SaaS Costs for 2024

As we enter 2024, accurately forecasting SaaS costs is more critical than ever for CFOs. With tightened funding, volatile markets, and increasing SaaS expenditures, getting your 2024 projections right has major implications. This comprehensive guide equips you with the key strategies to master SaaS cost forecasting.
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Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) Top 10 Software Tools

Interested in learning how to enhance your FP&A strategy with the right software tools? This guide is here to help.
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Accounting SaaS Comparison: Xero vs Sage vs Quickbooks

Looking to replace your current accounting SaaS tool? In this post, we compare Xero vs Sage vs Quickbooks, exploring features, pricing, integrations & more.
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Finance

How to write a CFO report: 2 free examples

Assessing and communicating your company’s fiscal status is a key responsibility for finance leaders. Here are 2 CFO report examples to speed this up.
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What does a great CEO-CFO relationship look like? 10 Tips

As a CFO, you’re the CEO’s right hand person. The company hinges on your working relationship—so here’s how to strengthen it.
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7-Step Checklist to Improve Employee SaaS Onboarding

Here’s how to plan a super smooth employee SaaS onboarding: one that gives new hires an excellent first impression and sets them up to add value as soon as possible.
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The Best Cap Table Management Software: 5 Options for 2024

Essential information on the 5 best cap management software tools for 2024, and why each one could be a great fit for your business.
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Your First 90 Days as CFO: 11 Steps to Early Success

Your first 90 days as CFO at a new company set the trajectory of this chapter of your career. Here’s a checklist of how to play these valuable initial weeks for maximum impact.
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The Top Subscription Analytics Software for 2024: ChartMogul vs Baremetrics

If you’re a CFO for a tech company, subscription analytics software will make your job a lot easier. Here’s a rundown of two of the best.
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The Top Accounts Receivable Software for 2024: Upflow vs Chaser

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re in the market for accounts receivable software and want to make the best choice, with a focus on Upflow and Chaser, two leading options.
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10 CFO Performance Metrics: What Makes a Great Finance lead?

These 10 performance metrics indicate a great CFO. Fulfil these criteria, and you’re on track to lead your business to financial success. 
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How Scaleups Can Maximize Software ROI in 2024

Wondering how to improve software ROI for your company? In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know to drive maximum ROI from software investments.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Key Performance Indicators for CFOs

Here’s 23 KPIs CFOs should track in order to gain a full overview of their business’ financial health.
Read more

14 Smart Strategies to Reduce IT Costs as a CFO

Software is typically a company’s second biggest expense after payroll, so here are 14 actionable ways to get your spending under control and reduce IT costs.
Read more

10 Must-Have Software Tools for CFOs

According to Cledara’s data, these software tools for CFOs are absolutely invaluable. Save time, reduce errors and increase compliance with these programs.
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The Complete Guide to Forecasting SaaS Costs for 2024

As we enter 2024, accurately forecasting SaaS costs is more critical than ever for CFOs. With tightened funding, volatile markets, and increasing SaaS expenditures, getting your 2024 projections right has major implications. This comprehensive guide equips you with the key strategies to master SaaS cost forecasting.
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Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) Top 10 Software Tools

Interested in learning how to enhance your FP&A strategy with the right software tools? This guide is here to help.
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Why Treasury and Cash Management Software Is Essential in 2023 [+ Best Tools]

Treasury and cash management are crucial to financial planning. Discover key tools and strategies to optimize your cash management in 2023's unique landscape.
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Budget Reporting: The Ultimate Guide

Budget reporting is the comparison, analysis, and documentation of the current company's financial performance against the projected budget.
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The Rise of Embedded Finance

From Uber to Amazon, companies are integrating financial products into their offerings through embedded finance.
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Accounting SaaS Comparison: Xero vs Sage vs Quickbooks

Looking to replace your current accounting SaaS tool? In this post, we compare Xero vs Sage vs Quickbooks, exploring features, pricing, integrations & more.
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9 Ways Financial Reporting Software Can Help Companies Save More Money

Discover how financial reporting software can help startups save money and streamline operations. With features like expense tracking, account reconciliation, cash flow management, and more, businesses can become more efficient and profitable. Invest in financial reporting software to secure your startup's future.
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How to Hire Fractional CFO Services in 2023

Considering outsourcing CFO services? In this guide, you'll learn everything you need to know to hire a great fractional CFO.
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FinOps Principles for Scaleup Finance Leaders: The Definitive Guide

Strategically implementing FinOps principles can help you bring clarity and efficiency to your scaleup's finances. Here's how to get it done.
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Startup Costs: How Much Should a Startup Spend on Software?

Want to optimize your startup costs? Get key insights into software budget allocation in this post.
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Digital Transformation Frameworks for CFOs

We share best in class digital transformation frameworks and the benefits of using one. Make sure you include these 4 things in yours!
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Change Management Planning: a Guide for CFOs

Are you implementing a change management plan? Here’s your full guide on where to start and what to include.
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Payroll Automation: Should I Automate Payroll? [Pros & Cons + Best Tools]

Wondering if you should automate payroll, and how to make it work for your startup? This payroll automation guide is exactly what you're looking for.
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3 Ways Virtual Cards Help Startups Control Spending

Virtual cards are quickly becoming the new standard for many startups.
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How SaaS Management Can Help Startup CFOs During a Downturn

Ensure you have the right software to sustain a downturn.
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5 Steps for CFOs Evaluating Payments Software

Turn payment processing from a burden into an advantage.
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SaaS Budgets: 5 Steps for Finance Teams to Get Software Spending (Just About) Right

A solid SaaS budgeting process pays dividends down the road - here are 5 steps to get you started.
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SaaS Insights

The Top SaaS Tools for 2023 based on data from 1,000+ companies

According to Cledara’s world-leading data on software purchasing, these are the 20 top SaaS tools for 2023—by spend, by usage and by growth.
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The Software Stack Guide for Startups

All you need to know to set your software stack for scale. Including insights from 400,000+ software purchases and renewals.
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Market Insights From our Worlds Leading SaaS Dataset

Leveraging our world-leading dataset on SaaS purchasing, usage, renewals, and churn we look at the health of the SaaS market, the purchasing differences between small and large organizations, new annual purchasing trends, and churn insights.
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Ramp vs Brex: A Comprehensive Analysis

Which is best for your business, Ramp vs Brex? Our ultimate rundown can help you decide.
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SaaS Market Defies Turmoil

Cledara can reveal that overall spending on software by companies has increased by 25% over the past 12 months. Uncover more spending patterns in the software market, the evolving role of finance teams, and the top emerging software applications.
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What is SaaS?

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a cloud computing model that allows users to access applications over the Internet. But there's far more to it - find out here.
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The Great Flattening

Jason Lemkin, founder and CEO of Saastr, discusses the shifts and challenges in the SaaS market at Saastr Europa 2023. He reveals how the market is experiencing a 'flattening' with a slowdown in growth and tightening fundraising landscape.
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Avoid $65m Cloud Bills with a Cloud Management Platform

Wondering if it's time to adopt a Cloud Management Platform? Here's everything you need to know before investing.
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The Top SaaS Companies in 2023 According to Our Data

We dug into our data to see what we could learn about the 300 most successful SaaS companies in 2023.
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State of AI in B2B

Discover the latest insights on AI adoption in the business world, as Cledara reveals the top 150 AI-powered SaaS products used by startups to improve efficiency and drive growth.
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Q1 2023 SaaS Market Insights

Discover the latest insights into the Q1 2023 SaaS market, including the growth in software spend, top growing software categories, and the most popular new software applications in March.
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The Future of SaaS - Five Predictions from Bessemer

Cledara is recognized as a top player in the fight against inefficiency and sprawl in the SaaS industry in Bessemer Venture Partners' State of the Cloud 2023 report.
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3 Reasons Why SaaS Vendors Are Raising Prices and What You Can Do About It

Fight software price rises and stay proactive in managing your SaaS subscriptions to get the most bang for your buck.
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Software Spend Slumps Despite Modest Annual YoY Growth

In February 2023, software spend decreased by 3.7%, despite a 21% yearly increase. Cledara found that IT and security software had the highest increase.
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What is SaaS Operations?

SaaS Operations (SaaSOps) is a new field that's quickly becoming essential for companies of all sizes.
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Navigating the Storm: Insights from ProfitWell's Patrick Campbell

Get SaaS & subscription market insights from ProfitWell's Patrick Campbell. Learn growth and retention strategies, prioritize your team, optimize pricing, & reduce churn.
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Software Comeback: January Spend Rebound among Larger Startups

Latest data from Cledara reveals a rebound in software spend for 2023, driven by larger startups increasing their spend after adapting to economic conditions.
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Have Your Subscription Prices Gone Up? 5 SaaS Management Tips

Has the price of your SaaS subscriptions gone up? Discover SaaS subscription management strategies to keep your budget in check.
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Scaleups Saving on Software: Some Cut Spend by 11% in December

Data from Cledara reveals companies are adapting to the economic downturn by saving on software spend.
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Reply vs. Hunter: What’s the Best Cold Email Tool for Growing Companies?

Looking for the best cold email tool? In this post, we compare two of the most popular options for growing companies: Reply vs. Hunter.
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5 Best Jira Alternatives for Startups in 2023

Looking for a Jira project management alternative? In this post, you'll discover our top 5 Jira alternatives & how to find the best tool for your dev team.
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AI SaaS Tools for Growing Scaleups

Looking for AI SaaS tools to improve your scaleup's processes? In this guide, you'll learn what you need to know to implement AI for sales, marketing, and more.
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The Most Common SaaS Management Challenges for Startups in 2023 [& How to Solve Them]

In 2023, process efficiency will be key for startups. In this post, we explore the most common SaaS management challenges and how to overcome them.
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How to Choose a Startup CRM in 2023 [+ Our Top Picks]

Rethinking your sales stack? This guide covers everything you need to know to choose the best CRM for your startup.
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Our 2023 SaaS Predictions (and the Stats to Back Them Up)

Curious about the future of the SaaS industry? In this post, we’ll share key SaaS stats that will help you make the right decisions in 2023.
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How to Choose the Best Internal Communication Tools for your Team

Planning to change your team's messaging tool? In this post, we explain how internal communication tools affect your processes and how to choose the right one.
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SaaS that Will Make Your Startup More Efficient in 2023

Looking into your internal processes and the tools that power them? In this post, we share 6 SaaS trends that will make startups become more efficient in 2023.
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5 CRM Best Practices for Better Seat Management

Is your CRM getting out of budget? In this post, we share 5 CRM best practices that will help you improve seat management and reduce tool redundancy.
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Your Guide to Cutting Software Costs in 2023

Save money and become more efficient by cutting your software costs using our complete guide.
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8 Best SaaS Management Platforms to Manage Your Software Subscriptions

SaaS management platforms help IT teams manage software subscriptions, reduce shadow IT, and streamline compliance.
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Finance

How to write a CFO report: 2 free examples

Assessing and communicating your company’s fiscal status is a key responsibility for finance leaders. Here are 2 CFO report examples to speed this up.
Read more
Finance

What does a great CEO-CFO relationship look like? 10 Tips

As a CFO, you’re the CEO’s right hand person. The company hinges on your working relationship—so here’s how to strengthen it.
Read more
Finance

7-Step Checklist to Improve Employee SaaS Onboarding

Here’s how to plan a super smooth employee SaaS onboarding: one that gives new hires an excellent first impression and sets them up to add value as soon as possible.
Read more
Finance

The Best Cap Table Management Software: 5 Options for 2024

Essential information on the 5 best cap management software tools for 2024, and why each one could be a great fit for your business.
Read more
Finance

Your First 90 Days as CFO: 11 Steps to Early Success

Your first 90 days as CFO at a new company set the trajectory of this chapter of your career. Here’s a checklist of how to play these valuable initial weeks for maximum impact.
Read more
Cledara News

New naming rights partnership agreed, The Cledara Abbey Stadium announced

Cledara enters into a five-year sponsorship agreement with Cambridge United, which will see the football club’s Abbey Stadium renamed The Cledara Abbey Stadium.
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