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FP&A Trends

Presenting FP&A Strategy’s Data Maturity Model to Accelerate your Finance transformation

By James Myers, Global Finance Executive and Finance Transformation Consultant

It’s the middle of the year and it’s time to take charge of your “data destiny” before the budgeting and planning season starts. What exactly is your data destiny? No, it’s not the new Netrunner card game where the objective is to control all the data in the Universe.

It’s understanding how you can leverage all your internal and external financial and operational data to give you a strategic advantage. Relevant data is the key to understanding it all, but too often this is disbursed throughout your organization. 

Corporate Finance Budgeting: Bridging Past and Future

By Rob Trippe, MBA, Financial Modelling Veteran

Many sophisticated business environments use budgets as a bridge between actual and forecast. Within the corporate finance domain, budgets are used to allocate resources and provide a starting point for current and future period estimates. Budgets and revised budgets are often communicated to shareholders and the investor community in numerous ways such as earnings estimates and road show presentations in the form of a “current estimate”. The budget becomes a foundation for expectation.

SR 11-7 and Corporate Finance Modelling: Managing Risk and Promoting Success

By Rob Trippe, MBA, Financial Modelling Veteran

Through the financial crisis, the advent of drill down database capabilities and with direction from the Federal government, financial modeling is evolving into both a defined art and science. The idea that financial modeling means one knows Excel and work with numbers has been superseded by a financial model governance framework which requires the proper employment of academic theory, collaborative development, identification and management of risks and controls, and verification of final model output through validation techniques and ongoing monitoring practices.

Reinventing FP&A: The Essential Skill Sets

by Dr. Amarendra Kumar, General Manager of FP&A at  Pyramid Consulting

There is evidence that FP&A interest is growing fast. Each and every day, CFOs feel the pressure building on the finance function to contribute more to business success. Within the CFO’s organization, the responsibility for tracking, assessing and reporting corporate performance normally falls to the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) group.

In reality, FP&A specializes in analyzing and planning for the future, wearing multiple hats and identifying various improvement strategies. A valued FP&A specialist is someone who has the ability to engage with and influence the full breadth of top management – not just CFO – ensuring they have the necessary information. The specialist will explain why the business needs to go towards x, y, z markets and not the a, b, c direction they were planning.

Dr. Amarendra Kumar is currently working in Pyramid IT Consulting Inc, as a General Manager (Finance) and heading profile of Financial Planning,   Analysis & Management Reporting.

Ten FP&A Productivity Hacks

By James Myers, Global Finance Executive and FInance Transformation Consultant

 

James Myers is the founder and CEO of FP&A Strategy Consulting, helping to accelerate finance transformation resulting in smarter organizations that focus their talent on issues that matter.

James is a thought leader in FP&A and has presented at many Finance summits.  He has also held various finance and operations leadership roles in multinationals such as Dell and Nokia and has clients such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  James holds advanced degrees in finance and accounting and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.  In his spare time he is also a Co-Program lead for the Silicon Valley Startup Leadership Program and runs the Silicon Valley Power BI User Group.

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/jamesmyersw

 

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