Getting a tighter handle on spending is at the top of any financial or business leader's wish list. Host Analytics offers software aimed at improving budgeting, forecasting and other money matters. At Schumacher Group, for example, Host Analytics has slashed the annual budgeting process from three to four months to a month or so, says Doug Menefee, CIO at the emergency management firm. "Our 100 to 125 budgeting managers would do everything in Excel files, like they do in most organisations. [Finance] would blast out a template, managers would populate their line items and send to a centralized resource. They'd be married up to create a giant Excel file, which would be reviewed and sent back out for another pass," he describes. "Now managers access and update their chart of accounts in real time... and the finance and accounting departments see the impact on EBITDA, revenue and those types of things right away."