Rand Heer

I’m a serial entrepreneur, obsessed with creating software that helps finance and operations managers better run their businesses. After a short career in finance at Rockwell International, I moved to Silicon Valley where I founded five companies—all in the enterprise planning and forecasting space utilizing leading edge technologies such as OLAP, object oriented programming, and cloud based analytics. Over time, I’ve handed off my experiences to others through industry publications and white papers.

At Alight, working with a motivated entrepreneurial team, we’re creating world class, cloud-based software for vertical industries such as Mining and Mortgage Lending. Our criteria for a vertical? Businesses that are vital to our economy but where complexities and volatility of the industry overwhelm even the best spreadsheet jockeys. And our critical mission? Making plans and forecasts accessible to managers at all levels from the CEO down, not just finance.

Career Experience  
Alight, Inc. — Founder & Executive Vice President
OLAP Train — Founder
Aspirity — Cofounder
FP&A Train — Founder
Pillar Corporation — Founder
Calgene — Vice President, Finance
Rockwell International Subsidiaries — Rockwell do Brazil, Rockwell Tools International, Admiral Overseas Corporation — Vice President, Finance

Education  
MBA, Harvard University
AB Political Science, University of California, Riverside

Publications
Business Intelligence: Making Better Decisions Faster, Microsoft Press
How Agile is Your Planning? Strategic Finance Magazine
The Planning Maturity Curve: Where Are You, Where Do You Want To Be? White Paper
Application Requirements for Continuous Planning, White Paper
Pressures on Finance: Current Trends in Budgets and Forecasting, White Paper
Top 10 Things to Do Before You Buy Planning Software, White Paper