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Rolling Forecast: 3 cases towards agility

By Richard Reinderhoff, Freelance Consultant Strategy & Operations
Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) is gaining more and more attention from business leaders. Its focus is the future of the business. It uses past and actual (big) data to effectively model or support the decision-making, and can timely impact the business focus. The FP&A professionals who work as Finance Business Partners understand basic accounting and reporting, yet their strength is in being from different ‘walks of life’.

Below is a review of a short presentation I gave at the latest  FP&A Board meeting in Amsterdam. It includes three short real life case studies - practical illustrations of the Rolling Forecast use.

 

Webinar: FP&A Transformation Becoming Agile, Adaptable and Predictive

For quite some time CFOs and the finance community have been talking about transforming the finance function, becoming better business partners and focusing on the value-add, strategic activities.

At the core of that transformation is FP&A, as activities like business planning, business unit strategy, investment allocation and predictive analytics become important to fulfil finance’s new, expanded position within the company.

But to do that, FP&A itself must transform and change from its traditional flux analysis and flash reports to a much more modern and cutting edge department within the company. When starting to embark on your own FP&A Transformation journey, there are a couple of principles you need to keep in mind.

 

FP&A Professional: WHAT DATA DO I OWN?

By Irina Steenbeek, ABN AMRO Bank N.V. , Data management consultant, http://datacrossroads.nl

A couple of weeks ago I joined the meeting of the Amsterdam FP&A Board where we discussed the subject of the FP&A analytical transformation. In the course of the meeting the participants mentioned their current main concerns, some of which such as Data ownership, Data quality, and Business Glossary (‘Speaking the same language’). This surprised me. Why? Because these topics are ‘hot’ topics of Data Management (DM) with no common vision on the subject.
As a result I decided to write several articles on these topics for FP&A professionals. The main purpose is to share some knowledge and practical experience and to start a discussion about these subjects.

FP&A Transformation: What to Consider

By Thomas Lundell, Director FP&A at NetApp

For quite some time CFOs and the finance community have been talking about transforming the finance function, becoming better business partners and focusing on the value-add, strategic activities.

At the core of that transformation is FP&A, as activities like business planning, business unit strategy, investment allocation and predictive analytics become important to fulfil finance’s new, expanded position within the company.

People From Over The World Are Getting Together To Share FP&A Knowledge

By Michael Royall, author

Interview with founder of the International FP&A Board Larysa Melnychuk

The global trend for FP&A is surprisingly singular; apparently, we all want to know how to influence and predict our financial future. At the International FP&A Boards, professionals from all over are eagerly sharing and learning about how to get there.

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