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What is FP&A

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.

FP&A Trends TV Series: FP&A - The German Perspective

In this episode of the FP&A Trends Series, Timo Wienefoet, MD at IMPLEXA GmbH , shares his view of the latest FP&A Trends in Germany.  How does financial planning and analysis work in Europe's leading economy, Germany? What needs to be done for a good FP&A practitioner in the digital age? 

Accessible FP&A

By Karl Kern, Founder/President, Kern Analytics LLC

A purpose of FP&A is to help people acquire insight into how organizations function.  People acquire insight from a variety of sources; they can acquire insight by reading reports, talking to people, or walking through facilities.  A reason people choose a certain source to acquire insight is accessibility and as a result FP&A practitioners should make their insight accessible.

Two Points At Which Controllership And FP&A Diverge

By Emmanuel Jibodu, Sr. Analyst, Global Finance - Stericycle Inc.

The inspiration for this article stems from a recent conversation on a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) LinkedIn group that I'm a member of. A highly regarded FP&A professional posited that we discuss the differences between the controllership function and FP&A. This post will highlight a couple of differences from an FP&A practitioner's perspective.

Clinical & Statistical FP&A

By Karl Kern, Founder/President, Kern Analytics LLC

In his book THINKING, FAST AND SLOW Daniel Kahneman describes two schools of psychology within the study of decision making.  Clinical psychologists advocate the use of methods like heuristics (rules of thumb) and intuition for making decisions.

Statistical psychologists, on the other hand, advocate the use of methods like simple algorithms or formulas for making decisions.  Clinical psychologists believe their methods are better than the methods used by statistical psychologists and vice versa.  The passion that each school of psychology has for its methods led me to examine my work as an FP&A practitioner.

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