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Why budget?

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

It’s difficult to think of a business process that is more unpopular than budgeting.

In nearly two decades of writing and talking on the subject I have yet to come across anyone who is prepared to stand up and say it is a good thing.

7 Key Analytic Models

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

The role of planning is to help manage what can be controlled (i.e. the organisation ’s business processes, the resources it applies to those processes,  and the volume and quality of work done in those processes) to produce outcomes that will achieve organisational objectives, within an uncontrollable and unknowable external environment. From this, it can be seen that an organisation’s business processes are central to Business Analytics.

To plan and monitor performance effectively requires a network of analytic models.  Most organisations are too large and complex to have a single model, and so the models I will describe may be implemented as separate but linked physical entities.

Addressing the 5 Key Issues to Optimise Decision Making

By Ian Yates,  Managing Director at Barcanet

An undisputed fact: data is the key to unlocking the potential of your business. It contains the insights to drive growth, generate efficiency and put you ahead of the competition. It is increasingly evident that using data to influence decision making in every aspect of your company will result in greater success. 

 

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Rolling Forecast: 3 cases towards agility

By Richard Reinderhoff, Freelance Consultant Strategy & Operations
Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) is gaining more and more attention from business leaders. Its focus is the future of the business. It uses past and actual (big) data to effectively model or support the decision-making, and can timely impact the business focus. The FP&A professionals who work as Finance Business Partners understand basic accounting and reporting, yet their strength is in being from different ‘walks of life’.

Below is a review of a short presentation I gave at the latest  FP&A Board meeting in Amsterdam. It includes three short real life case studies - practical illustrations of the Rolling Forecast use.

 

3 Easy Steps to Make Data Analytics Real

By James Myers , Global Finance Executive and FInance Transformation Consultant

Analytics runs all business, yet it’s so often obfuscated. To make it real is a journey of discovery – first, establish a hypothesis, second, build an understandable context and third, act after you have continued to question the problem to conclusion.

It’s a Tsunami! Data is estimated to be doubling in size every 2 years; data analytics has never been so critical in history. Today’s CFO is more a customer focused strategic role and data driven leadership than compliance driven and optimization.

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