CPL Resources has one single version of the truth with Mercur Business Control

After relying on Excel and disparate systems for their Budgeting, Forecasting, and Reporting processes, CPL decided to find a new solution. Their solution of choice was Mercur Business Control, and CPL now has one single version of the truth for unified FP&A. 


CPL had historically relied on Budgeting, Forecasting, and Reporting using Excel. As a company listed on the Irish stock exchange, growing and acquisitive, the Finance Function realized that relying on Excel was no longer sustainable. 

Alongside Excel, CPL were also investing in Power BI. However, Power Bi was not deemed appropriate for ownership within the finance function. CPL needed a more flexible solution to meet their needs and one that ownership would reside within the Finance Function.

As an organization, CPL wanted to reduce their time to close and shorten the budgeting and forecasting cycles, increasing their accuracy, and providing greater visibility and granularity of financial numbers. With an experienced finance function, they wanted to create more time for their Finance Business Partners to engage with the business and provide greater support. The adoption of a new solution was not just about replacing Excel but freeing experienced resources to deliver value add to the business.

When gathering requirements for a new system, CPL took a bottom-up approach and gathered detail from an end-user perspective. With finance partner input and from a top-down perspective, they also gathered information from their executive and board to ensure that any adopted solution would meet the full needs of their operational business and finance audience.

Mercur Business Control was our choice

One of the many reasons we chose Mercur was the people, primarily from a presales and consultancy perspective. Mercur, as an organization, listened to us and understood us. They aligned their solution to meet our stakeholders' needs. We chose Mercur because of their simple subscription and support model, delivering a strong return on our investment.

Mercur, as an organization, listened to us and understood us. They aligned their solution to meet our stakeholders' needs

Karen Sheridan, Finance, CPL Resources


The initial goal was to roll out Budgeting, followed by Management Reporting. However, in the middle of the project, we were acquired by Outsourcing Inc of Japan and delisted. In total, the implementation for Management Reporting and Budgeting was five months. As we were acquired mid-implementation, we had to change our priorities, but thanks to our finance team's appetite to rid ourselves of our Excel environment and Mercur's agile implementation model, we delivered the project both on time and on budget.

To enhance our automated process, we have directly integrated our ERP system, SAFE Financials, and our timesheet and sales reporting system, Access Pay & Bill, into Mercur Business Control. Having all our information in one single solution makes it easier to have control and overview of the numbers, and we no longer have to query disparate systems. 

The value of Mercur Business Control

Thanks to Mercur Business Control's speed and robustness, we can bring in transactional-level detail to support the business and our decision-making without the need to query multiple systems. We are saving enormous time in our close process and avoiding iterative queries, as all data is now in a single easy-to-query source.

We have saved a lot of time in our budgeting cycle, it has reduced from twelve weeks pre-Mercur to six weeks in year one and four weeks in year two, resulting in redeployed staff. Like many organizations, we do have staff attrition, and Mercur was never adopted to replace any of our finance team. Still, we have learned since implementing Mercur that some staff posts have not been replaced, and many of our staff have found more time to deliver value as business partners to the organization. We continue exploring and developing Mercur Business Control to support our business growth and finance function effectiveness.


Industry: Service, recruitment, and contracting
Revenue:700m Euro
Number of employees: 700+
About the company: CPL Resources is a Global provider of workforce solutions to startup companies, multinationals, and SMEs in every sector, from Pharmaceuticals to Fund Accounting. Founded in 1989, the CPL Resources Group now comprises 23 brands spanning more than 41 offices in 11 countries. Matching the right talent to the right organization is the core guiding principle in everything we do.

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