FP&A Insights

FP&A Insights is a collection of useful case studies from leading international companies and thought leadership insights from FP&A experts. We aim to help you keep track of the best practices in modern FP&A, recognise changes in the ever-evolving world of financial planning and analysis and be well equipped to deal with them.

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FP&A Insights

Who Are the Animals of FP&A?
November 28, 2018
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By Gary Cokins,  Founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management

Gary Cokins (Cornell University BS IE/OR, 1971; Northwestern University Kellogg MBA 1974) is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and enterprise performance and risk management systems. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina at www.garycokins.com .

He began his career in industry with a Fortune 100 company in CFO and operations roles. He then worked 15 years in consulting with Deloitte, KPMG, and EDS. From 1997 until recently Gary was a Principal Consultant with SAS, a leading provider of enterprise performance management and business analytics and intelligence software.

His two most recent books Performance Management: Finding the Missing Pieces to Close the Intelligence Gap (ISBN 0-471-57690-5) and Performance Management: Integrating Strategy Execution, Methodologies, Risk, and Analytics (ISBN 978-0-470-44998-1). Mr. Cokins can be contacted at gcokins@garycokins.com .

LinkedIn account: www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cokins/0/15a/949


Ever notice how the personalities and dispositions of animals often resemble humans’? An organization’s pursuit of adopting FP&A involves personalities of all types. How are they like the creatures that populate our planet? Here is a zoology of analogous types of employees that you might recognize. 

Creating a Budget from Answers to Three Basic Questions
November 27, 2018

By Karl Kern, Accountant / Lecturer / Writer

Karl Kern has a BBA degree in Accounting from Temple University, and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Babson College. After graduating from Temple University Karl started a career where he has established a reputation as a problem solver. Karl’s reputation as a problem solver is based on his ability to create as well as implement initiatives that have helped organizations increase revenues, decrease expenses, and improve cash flows.

Karl’s ability to create as well as implement initiatives is due to being a well-read individual with exceptional organizational skills and passion. It is Karl’s passion that guides him to improve the lives of not only himself but also those around him.

LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlhkern/

Financial Planning is a process of thinking. One of the end results from this process is a product called a budget. A budget is a product that expresses thoughts. As a product a budget must be created and its creation must have a foundation. The foundation for creating a budget is answers to three basic questions.

Productivity Management: An Essential Capability For Finance Executives Seeking To Drive Strategy & Business Value
November 26, 2018
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Dean Sorensen, Founder of IBP Collaborative

Managing enterprise productivity is an essential capability for value-focused Finance executives.  It provides the basis for superior strategy execution, cost and profitability management, by purging organizations of one of the primary causes of value erosion: functional silos.

Two Examples of Flexible Target Setting for FP&A Process
November 22, 2018

By Christian Fournier,  former Head of Finance Europe at Orange Business Services

Among the difficult subjects for FP&A and management, there is the very “sensitive” relation between budget or forecast and managers compensation scheme.