On 26 April 2017 the FP&A Board gathered in Stockholm for the third time to interactively discuss one of the biggest challenges of moving Financial Planning and Analysis to the next level and undergoing the transformation that is long overdue. FP&A Analytical Transformation became the main focus of 20 senior finance practitioners’ attention from such companies as Baxter, CGI, Danone, Electrolux, Hitachi Data Systems, MSD, Tele2, Philips, etc.
No one disputes that in the modern fast-moving business world, companies have to learn to adapt to changes to win the fierce competition and to not merely survive but thrive. Likewise, the modern FP&A takes an exciting path of transformation to meet the demands of the modern business implementing more dynamic sophisticated tools allowing automation and online collaboration. However, old finance practices are not eliminated in a flash. Many FP&A professionals still live from deadline to deadline without taking a break to reconsider and change. How many have already examined other analytical tools than good old Excel and looked for ways to diminish non-value adding processes?
On 13th June 2017, 29 senior finance practitioners from such international and local companies as ABN AMRO, CRH, Diageo, Gemalto, Henkel, Ingram Micro, Naspers, PvH Europe, Regus, Sandoz, Staples Solutions, TIP Trailer Services, Vlisco, etc., gathered to interactively discuss Rolling Forecast Best Practices at the FP&A Board in Amsterdam.
On 16th March 2017 the second meeting of the Brussels FP&A Board, launched in November 2016, took place at the exclusive Business Club van Lotharingen in Brussels. It gathered 25 financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals from such companies as ING, J&J, Mastercard, to name but a few. As the mission of the International FP&A Board is to guide the development and promotion of best practices in global FP&A, identify and support new trends, skillsets and innovations, FP&A Analytical Transformation became the primary focus of the discussion in Brussels.
On 14th March 2017 the second meeting of the Amsterdam FP&A Board, launched in October 2016, took place in the Michael Page Office in World Trade Centre, Amsterdam. It gathered over 30 financial planning and analysis (FP&A) practitioners from such companies as ABN AMRO N.V., AkzoNobel, Cargill, Danone, Genpact, Microsoft Netherlands, T-Mobile, to name but a few. As the mission of the International FP&A Board is to guide the development and promotion of best practices in global FP&A, identify and support new trends, skillsets and innovations, FP&A Analytical Transformation became the primary focus of the discussion in Amsterdam.
We live in a modern, technological world where data, or more accurately insights from data, can drive competitive advantage. From identifying opportunities for optimisation and efficiency to generating a greater understanding of customers and prospects, it should be every company's aim to use their data to influence their decisions and future strategies to gain the advantage in their competitive market.