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Advanced Analytics: CFO’s and FP&A Heads - ignore at your peril

by Anne-Marie Rice, EMEA Director at AFP

For progressive and competitive organizations of all sizes, accessing smarter, leaner and faster information to drive a successful business strategy can only be achieved with real-time insights into their customer’s needs and buying behaviours.

Identifying and building ‘products of the future’, before you customers even realise the need, can mean the difference between long-term success and overnight failure – Nokia and RIM (Blackberry) are two examples of market leading companies who failed to prepare for the onset of handheld computing, Apple took the reverse approach, the rest is history.

Watch your FP&A processes

By Christian FOURNIER, Author (Globalisation - adapter l'organisation de son entreprise face à la mondialisation...)

Tools and processes used by finance and FP&A (commercial management, billing, accounting, operational statistics, competitive intelligence, planning, budget, forecast, variance analysis, reporting) needs to be customized in order to achieve both efficiency and relevance. There is nothing like on the shelf tools. Company’s industries, size, profile and positioning, geographic reach, product reach, etc. … constitute “forces” that needs to be understood in order to build a relevant and efficient set of tools.

London FP&A Board: FP&A Analytics Maturity Model

By Larysa Melnychuk, Managing Director at FP&A Trends group

Introduction

The future is unpredictable, the current business environment is harsh, competition is fierce. In these times of change, modern FP&A is both exciting and challenging. It is exciting because it utilises better and more sophisticated tools than previously, can embrace automation and the incredible power of online collaboration. However it is difficult because old finance management practices are still alive: they are inadequate for the modern world, but FP&A professionals continue to live from a deadline to a deadline and have no time to stop, change, re-write, and reconsider.

Analytical transformation reduces finance departments’ costs. e.g. robotics and automation, shared services, centers of excellence have already processes of many finance departments. But what about FP&A? In many cases, it still lives in the 20th century. It is a well-known fact that Excel continues to be the prevalent analytical tool used by finance professionals. The quality of data for FP&A analytics remains poor and the FP&A time wasted on the data reconciliations and cleansing. The financial analysis task thus takes on the form of “firefighting”, leaving no time to re-think and re-design the existing non-value adding processes.

Modern FP&A: Some Important Techniques, Methods and Concepts

By Larysa Melnychuk, Managing Director at FP&A Trends group

The world of financial planning and analysis has observed changes of such magnitude that they cannot be described by our traditional statistical and analytical models. In this age of frequent Black Swan events, the traditional business approach to operating on an annual budget and forecast is no longer effective. In order to deliver a competitive advantage to a company, modern FP&A function needs to be flexible and dynamic, be based on sophisticated analytics, examine life-time values of the products and services and encourage business partnering. This significant change in the role of FP&A function requires big cultural shift and modern change management techniques....

Data Visualisation for FP&A: Is it a Game Changer?

By Larysa Melnychuk, Managing Director at FP&A Trends group

“There is a magic in graphs. The profile of a curve reveals in a flash a whole situation — the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, and convinces.” 

―Henry D. Hubbard

They say a picture is worth a thousand words… “Telling the story” is one of the most important tasks facing the FP&A professional, and data visualization is a powerful tool to reveal this story. Data visualisation is vital for FP&A analytics: it can help to reveal hidden trends and patterns, to filter out the noise and to generate valuable business insights....

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