The findings from this research provide insights in explaining the Strategy-Execution Gap and, more importantly, how to close the gap using modern FP&A techniques, processes, and technology.
Research for this paper focused on delving deeper into the most mature level – Level 5, Leading State. The purpose was to provide a road map for FP&A Intelligent Transformation that guides departments in how best they can serve their organisations.
This paper, based on our interviews with 25 top FP&A practitioners and thought leaders along with case studies from the largest global network of FP&A people, captures the best practices and new ideas coming out of this fast-growing area.
In this paper, we will explore these different areas to explain what they are, how they have benefited other organisations and the steps an organisation can take in making the transition.
The financial planning and analysis (FP&A) storyteller has emerged as one of the five critical roles within the FP&A function. In a data-driven world, the volume of data that exists is exponentially increasing. Equally, the time available for managers to process insights from this data is decreasing. Therefore, the requirement that these insights be taken and used to drive leadership decisions has never been greater.
To bring some perspective to this position of AI within the context of FP&A activities, the FP&A Trends Group recently conducted research examining how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) were being used within the profession. They carried out interviews with thought leaders and academic professionals and examined case studies of organizations that were using AI and ML successfully.
This paper is a result of that research, looking specifically at how, when combined with human intelligence, AI can transform the role of FP&A.