There is no hiding that companies had to look hard and rely on deep financial analysis to weather a storm like most of us witnessed in 2020. One of the key components was the growing focus on the Profitability of their services and products line. Profitability became front and center, whether it was via cost management or revenue or investment management or ALL of the above.
Building an analytically led organisation, focused on bending the cost curve and reinvesting those savings into opportunities that are earlier on the product lifecycle are key steps to growing and sustaining shareholder value. No company will continue to grow forever. In order to stick around, you’ll need to one day start to bend the cost curve.
Maintaining or increasing profit margins is key to the development of a company, but in many cases, it represents quite a challenge. I can see two main reasons for this: price pressure on the revenue side and inflation on the cost side. This blog explores 5 ways finance can support a company’s revenue maintenance.
Changing consumer behaviours, supply chain shifts, and innovations in data analytics have pushed FP&A professionals to reconsider their approach to revenue planning processes. Those processes are both strategic and operational and require complete visibility on all data and drivers.
This series of articles focuses on blowing up this stereotype by demonstrating how Finance in general and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) in particular can change its language, use the right part of the brain to throw light on the most important business drivers, revive figures and make them tell a story that is easy to perceive and take action on.
‘If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes’, said Albert Einstein.