Alight Introduces Version 6.1 with Enhanced Reporting Functionality

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Alight Report Writer Automates Formatted Reports to Excel® and Adobe® PDF formats

Alight LLC, developers of the industry-leading Alight Planning performance management software, today announced the immediate availability of Alight Enterprise 6.1 featuring the Alight Report Writer interface that lets plan administrators precisely format report books for printing and distribution in Excel workbooks and PDF format.

Even though Alight received the highest overall customer satisfaction rating in the latest BPM Partners 2010 survey, the Alight team is listening to customers and prospects to improve the product and offering.

In announcing the release, Ben Lamorte, VP of Marketing and Sales at Alight, said: “One of the primary reasons Alight is rated #1 in the BPM software space, is Alight’s unique ability to answer CFO-level questions in real time during the meeting. Users quickly change assumptions and see the impact on cash flow and key performance indicators and can even add and compare what-if scenarios on-the-fly leveraging Alight’s interactive key-measure dashboard. On occasions, however, Alight users have asked for ‘report writer’ output—distributable, printable views of specific reports with precise formatting, defined levels of detail, and controlled order and organization of presentation. That’s what the new Alight Report Writer delivers.”

Employing an innovative technology called 'object based formatting' the Alight Report Writer lets plan administrators format across-the-board report elements in a single operation. Such single step formatting can be used for font selections, subtotal underscores, treatment of negative values, borders, alignment, indentation and background shading. In combination with Alight’s universal reports and filtering capabilities, administrators can create a broad range of print ready reports in a matter of minutes without programming or IT assistance.

In addition to report formatting, the Alight Report Writer also includes a feature called Report Writer Books that lets plan administrators combine formatted reports into custom Excel workbooks—for example, a Board of Directors report book or a monthly Actual Versus Budget report book. 'Once you’ve created a report book with a custom organization of formatted reports,' said Lamorte, “rolling over standard reports with updated actuals and forecast data is a five minute operation. We’ve made the process of financial reporting as simple and efficient as any report writer tool on the market. That’s what our customers have asked for and that’s what we’re delivering.”

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About Alight LLC
Alight LLC’s Alight Planning is a true driver-based financial planning and reporting software package that automates complex business modeling for more accurate strategic plans, revenue projections, budgets and rolling forecasts. Its unique architectures and easy-to-use interfaces provide finance staff the power they need to build complex driver-based planning models, while delivering traditional budgeting and planning structures such as line item detail, integrated financial statements and multiple-user security. Cost-effective and IT-independent, Alight Planning is affordable and easily deployed by Corporate Planning groups within the Fortune 500, as well as midmarket companies with limited IT resources. Alight has over 200 customers including Kaiser Permanente, Pittsburgh Mercy, the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Disney World and Verizon Wireless. For more information about Alight Planning, visit or call 800- 960-7717.

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