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FP&A Trends

How Controlling departments will Evolve in the Digital Age. SBB Cargo Case Study.

By Stefan Spiegel, CFO SBB Cargo AG

Today's controller is confronted with two developments: On the one hand, an increasing usage of mobile applications for all employees, a steady growth of IT-supported operational resource planning systems and the hype towards Big Data result in an increasing volume of direct business information. On the other hand, more and more detailed accounting standards and higher requirements for compliance and governance enforce heavier control activities. In order not to miss the step into an effective business partnering and to be able to co-decide with line managers, however, a new form of tools based on IT developments should focus on business decision-making and deliver direct proposals for taking measures to line managers. It therefore requires new "decision-delivering" instruments as well as customized profiles for the future "Performance Manager".

FP&A Analytics Maturity: The Results of the Survey

By Larysa Melnychuk, Founder and MD of FP&A Trends Group, and Michael Coveney, Thought-Leader and author in the area of Performance Management.

Undertaken by FP&A Trends Group. Sponsored by prevero.

Organisations are finding it increasingly hard to plan or predict future performance due to the fast pace and complexity engendered by today's global, online business environment.  And yet, within the vast quantities of data. available to management, there are tell-tale trends and correlations that reveal valuable insights to the direction they should take to maximise results.  This revealed knowledge is generally known as 'Business Intelligence' and are discovered through a range of analytic tools typically embedded within business applications for planning and reporting.

In the summer of 2016, the FP&A Trends Group  were asked to undertake a survey of users as to the adoption of analytics and the impact it was having on the organisation.  The survey was sponsored by prevero, a global provider of FP&A analytics technology. This paper outlines the results.  

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.

The Launch of New York FP&A Board on 6th April 2017

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

We are happy to share that the International FP&A Board has successfully expanded into the United States. It was launched in New York on 6th April 2017. The mission of the International FP&A Board is to guide the development and promotion of best practices in global FP&A, identify and support new trends, skillsets and innovations. And that is exactly what board chapters in 11 cities of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and now the USA are about.

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