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SAP Simplifies Budgeting, Forecasting and Consolidations for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Chains; Replaces Hyperion Solutions at CKE Restaurants

SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM) Planning and Consolidation Will Transform Budget Forecasting From Lengthy and Resource Intensive to Fast and Seamless

(PresseBox) (CARPINTERIA, Calif., ) SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced today that CKE Restaurants (NYSE: CKE) has selected the SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) Planning and Consolidation application to produce its monthly forecasts and annual budget. CKE is comprised of several wellknown chains - including Carl's Jr., Green Burrito, Hardee's and Red Burrito - and has more than 3,000 locations in 42 states and 14 countries. SAP's unified planning, budgeting, forecasting and consolidation application proved to be the winning solution, as it works across the Microsoft platform that was already being used by CKE. With a single user interface, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation provides the data the company needs to complete its budgets, forecasts and consolidated financial reports. The deal marks a win over a number of other software vendors, including Oracle/Hyperion.

"We began implementation of the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application after being impressed by its ease of use, business process flows that drive process consistency, flawless demos and strong references," said Tom Lindblom, CTO, CKE Restaurants. "Prior to that, we were using large Excel spreadsheets against a thirdparty back end to complete annual budgets and monthly forecasts. It was a lengthy and timeconsuming process that required shuttling data into and out of PeopleSoft. The new SAP solution will allow us to quickly model new business scenarios while minimizing risk, giving us a shorter route to compliance."

Closing the Books Faster

Today, businesses like CKE Restaurants are expected to meet financial planning deadlines while completing consolidated financial reports in a short period of time. In addition, statutory reporting requirements such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) add to the complexity of closing the books. Planning, budgeting and forecasting are more cumbersome and resource intensive than ever, which is why businesses seek out solutions that can help streamline planning, budgeting and forecasting and help deliver a faster, compliant financial close.

Financial Data Helps Drive Decision-Making

"Many companies around the globe, like CKE, have selected SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management solutions over its competitors because of their superior usability, and our ability to deliver planning, forecasting, budgeting and consolidation capability from one unified application," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, Worldwide SAP BusinessObjects Sales. "Designed for today's finance professional, and optimized both for SAP and non-SAP environments, this is an application that can offer rapid ROI and lower TCO than alternatives in the market."

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