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Six years ago, when Hyperion Solutions Corp. arrived with pioneering software in business performance management, finance executives at semiconductor maker International Rectifier Corp. made two smart decisions: First, they bought the software, and second, they didn’t make every department sign on right away. According to Doug Burke, senior manager for financial analytics, the plan was to start with the departments that needed it most. “Our people in finance and sales would spend 80% of their time collecting data, and 20% of their time using it,” Burke recalls. “Now, we do things in minutes that used to take us hours, and we’re able to forecast sales and spot problems quickly.”

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