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FP&A Trends

'Business Analytic' Model Life Cycle

by Michael Coveney, co-author of "Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting in Uncertain Times"

Analytic models are rarely static. Their aim is to model the organisation in such a way as to allow managers to investigate what is actually going on and to assess changes to the way it operates. These changes may include looking at price/cost structures; the way in which departments are organised; partnerships; outsourcing; or introducing new products/services into new territories.

In each investigation, the model being used will evolve as new information is uncovered that impacts into what is being analysed.

Beyond Budgeting without the Tears

By Steve Morlidge, Business Forecasting thought leader, author of "Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting" and  "The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting"

In my last blog, I promised to give you some tips about how to introduce some Beyond Budgeting ideas into your business to help make it more flexible and reduce the gaming behaviour associated with the budgeting game.

Playing Golf in the Dark

Golf in the DarkBy Steve Morlidge, Business Forecasting thought leader, author of "Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting" and  "The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting" 

About the only thing that everyone seemed to agree on in my old company was that forecasting was really important and that our forecasts were poor. But when I asked people how they knew that they were no good I got a variety of answers rather like the one a judge once gave when asked to give a definition of pornography: ‘I know it when I see it”.

FP&A: Learning to Love Risk

black SwanBy Steve Morlidge, Business Forecasting thought leader, author of "Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting" and  "The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting" 

If measurement – or the lack of it – is the biggest weakness in most forecasting processes, risk is the least well understood concept…mainly because it is something that we think we understand, but we don’t.

Traditional Budgeting: what are the alternatives?

By Steve Morlidge, Business Forecasting thought leader, author of "Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting" and  "The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting"

Why, when everyone hates it, do we still have traditional budgeting? My tentative answer to this would be that most people were not aware of the alternatives.

This blog will describe some of the candidates and assess to what extent they address the weaknesses of traditional budgeting that I outlined: cost, timeliness, dysfunctional behaviour and inflexibility.

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