Bedford Consulting

78 York Street | London | W1H 1DP 0207 692 1715

Bedford Consulting is an Advanced IBM Cognos & Anaplan Business Partner specialising in the provision of world class software services and consulting advice.

Our mission is to make Business Analytics easy for our clients: Quick implementations with prompt and robust return on investment, reduced time spent on data collation and increased time spent on analysis and decision making.

With our head office based in London, we work closely day-in day-out with some of the UK's largest companies, offering them finely tuned, bespoke implementation and training solutions.

Anaplan Partner

Training Courses

We offer training across the entire IBM Cognos & Anaplan suites. For the latest dates in your area, visit our training page >>

"Our training course was well organised. I would definitely consider using Bedford again"

- Matthew Wong, Finance Project Analyst, Manpower

3rd September 2014

Have you registered for Anaplan Hub yet? We're gold sponsors of the 2014 London event.

28th July 2014

Over the weekend, the Bedford team cycled the London to Paris bike ride in aid of children's charity, Starlight. Follow the journey updates on our Twitter page

30th June 2014

The 2014 FP&A Technology Survey was released today. It suggests: 10% of companies are in the market for a new FP&A solution in the next 12 months. See the survey results here

9th June 2014

Five tips to help you become a better forecaster: Read it here

5th June 2014

'Mastering analytics has become vitally important for retailers' ability to differentiate themselves from their competitors' - This HP research report gives an insightful overview of how retailers can acquire knowledge from Business Analytics.

23rd May 2014

"Little Data: Balanced Score Cards in Retail" - Cathal Doyle considers Big Data & how the term is often misused. Read the blog here.

16th May 2014

It's less than a week 'til our retail specific FD breakfast! Have you confirmed your seat? If not, there's still time to register. Find the details here

24th April 2014

We're enjoying an early birthday! Stephen McKittrick explains how we're celebrating in his latest blog.

14th April 2014

Is cloud computing secure? And what exactly is a 'cloud movement'? Our Director, Cathal looks at the platform in his latest blog. Read it here

31st March 2014

Have you got a new joiner? Get them Cognos or Anaplan proficient in a matter of days with our expert training courses. We've added new dates from now until August!

18th March 2013

Join us for a morning of expert retail discussion on Thursday May 22nd. 'Accurate Forecasting in the Retail Sector' is a unique speaker event, with presentations from Boots & IBM. Get more information here

10th March 2014

The winter Anaplan release is due on the 15th March - read about the new functionalities here:

4th March 2014

With IBM® Cognos® TM1® Web now running on a Java™ web application, isn't it time that the minimum requirements get bumped up a bit? Join our Senior Consultant, Andre's latest discussion here

6th Feb 2014

Anaplan records triple-digit worldwide growth in 2013, securing the position of Enterprise Business Modelling & Planning leader. Read the article here

5th Feb 2014

This light-hearted cartoon quickly sums up what mid-size companies should not be doing with their company data

22nd January 2014

Our Director, Stephen explains why Bedford Consulting is set for big (and exciting) changes in 2014. Read the latest blog here

20th December 2013

See us in action! Watch the Bedford 2013 review video here

6th December 2013

Today was the day Bedford Consulting took to the big screen! We've spent the morning filming an exclusive end of year video - catch the final edit on our YouTube page before Christmas.

27th November 2013

What's the worst office excuse you've heard this year? Our Director, Stephen reveals all in his latest blog

20th November 2013

Today, 100 billion corporate emails are sent daily - who knew? Discover other staggering facts from this millennium with Anaplan's 'Hardware to Cloud' visual.

15th November 2013

Find out how IBM Cognos Express can benefit mid-size company profitability, performance & success - Register for the AnalyticsZone webcast on November 21st.

14th November 2013

Anaplan has furthered their functional integration with Salesforce - read about the duo's three key sales challenges (and proposed solutions) here

28th October 2013
Our Director Stephen is in NY this week closing an Anaplan deal. Read his latest Bedford blog on how it feels to be high-flying (at 37,000 ft)...

17th October 2013

Anaplan is officially one of the hottest cloud startups right now. Read the Business Insider article here.

11th October 2013

Yesterday Bedford had a very successful breakfast meeting with IBM at the Duck & Waffle, London. Follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn to see the developments unfold!

27th September 2013

Come and join us at the Anaplan Hub event in Covent Garden on October 2nd. We'll be presenting a specialist attrition demonstration throughout the day. Register for the event here.

19th September 2013

IBM have released a fix pack for the Cognos BI update 10.2.1. Download it here.

16th September 2013

Our Director Neil explains why [he's] "absolutely convinced Cognos Express could be a long term solution to the majority of Planning, Forecasting and Reporting requirements" See what Neil has to say here on our Director's blog.

12th September 2013

Apps, double growth & a new user interface? Anaplan's CEO, Frederic Laluyaux reveals the company's exciting 2014 plans. Read the interview here.

10th September 2013

Is today's TM1 10.2 update the most significant release of TM1 since IBM bought Cognos? Read about TM1 here.

9th September 2013

"Big data could contribute £216 billion to the UK economy between 2012 and 2017. In context, this is more than twice the annual cost of the NHS or 22 per cent of the UK’s national debt" - The Times supplement, Raconteur reports on Anaplan's long-term benefits.

28th August 2013

Want to know more about the new IBM Cognos Insight release? Take part in the IBM Q&A webcast on Sept 17th at 1pm.

23rd August 2013

"Summer's end should lead to a budget walkthrough" - Read the latest blog from our director, Stephen.

21st August 2013

The Anaplan Challenge is an easy (and free) 3 step service that can help banish data-heavy spreadsheets forever. Too good to be true? Find out more here.

20th August 2013

“Every number can be traced back to its source, and calculations are achieved in split seconds" - AirAsia Expedia on why they chose Anaplan. Find out more here.

14th August 2013

IBM Cognos BI 8.4.1. is going to reach end-of-service on September 30th. Click to find out how the update will affect you.

8th August 2013

Our director, Neil Doyle explains why companies should embrace change rather than simply managing it:

Embrace change rather than managing it

22nd July 2013

“The first phase of our implementation took us about six weeks – I was expecting Anaplan to at least take four to six months looking from the experience I had in SAP or in Hyperion implementation.”
- Henry Tjan, Head FP&A at Air Asia Expedia

Click here to watch the video

12th June 2013

Stephen McKittrick shares why and how anaplan is not a dream, but a reality:

An instantly scalable environment is a reality, not a dream - Anaplan

4th June 2013

Neil Doyle's blog investigates:

Can TM1 & Cognos Insight handle my household budget?

29th May 2013

One of our directors, Stephen Mckittrick shares his views on the software he specialises in.

'Developing: an addiction – Anaplan and IBM Cognos'

11th April 2013

Interview with Anaplan CEO Fred Laluyaux on Fox Business News

Fred discusses how the company’s breakthrough cloud-based platform helps businesses plan, collaborate and react in real time, click here to watch.

9th April 2013

New Anaplan release

Anaplan has announced the new features available in the April release. Click here for more details on our blog.

3rd April 2013

SalesHub at Skyloft, London, 30th April

Hear how customers are using Anaplan to achieve a phenomenal level of agility, visibility and scalability in sales finance and operations, powering sales management in the cloud. To download the pdf and register click here.

2nd April 2013

IBM Acquires Star Analytics

IBM announced it has completed the acquisition of the software portfolio of Star Analytics, Inc., a privately-held business analytics (BA) company. The combination of IBM and Star Analytics' software will help clients automatically integrate essential information, reporting applications and business analytics tools across their enterprise

21st March 2013

Anaplan expands footprint in Asia Pacific

Anaplan, the fastest-growing provider of cloud-based modeling and planning solutions for finance and operations, today announced its launch in Asia Pacific with the acquisition of Cloud EPM, Anaplan’s leading Asian reseller. With this news, Anaplan is also appointing Samir Neji, CEO of Cloud EPM, to run Asia Pacific Operations and opening a regional headquarters in Singapore.

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Anaplan is an operational planning and business performance platform that allows organisations to analyse, model, plan, forecast, and report live in the cloud.

Used by Aviva, McAfee & Activision, Anaplan was launched in 2006 by the people who brought you Adaytum. As a platform, Anaplan has brought a new way of thinking (and doing) for business analytics users. It is the new generation of information management tools: the future.

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