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".
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.
The Physics of Wall Street by James Owen Weatherall is an interesting story about the influence of physics in finance. FP&A practitioners can find material in this book to help them improve their work. For me three areas of the book serve as meaningful reference material.
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.
In this episode of the FP&A Trends Video Series, Randall Bolten, author of "Painting with Numbers" talks about how to effectively present numbers for FP&A professionals. Presenting numbers is communicating, and therefore there are certain tips to make sure it is done correctly.