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

Are You an Ethical Numbers Presenter?
September 5, 2016
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By Randall Bolten, longtime Silicon Valley CFO, author of "Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You” and adjunct professor at U.C. Berkeley Extension.

RANDALL BOLTEN grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a CIA intelligence officer and a history professor. He is passionate about the importance of presenting financials and other numerical information in a cogent and effective way, and in his current life is the author of Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

He is a seasoned financial executive, with many years directing the financial and other operations of high-technology companies. His experience includes nearly twenty years as a chief financial officer of software companies.

He has held the CFO position at public companies BroadVision and Phoenix Technologies, and at private companies including Arcot Systems, BioCAD, and Teknekron. Before his CFO positions, he held senior financial management positions at Oracle and Tandem Computers.

He received his AB from Princeton University, headed west to earn an MBA at Stanford University, and ended up staying in Silicon Valley. 

In addition to writing Painting with Numbers, he currently operates Lucidity, a consulting and executive coaching practice focused on organizing and presenting complex financial information. He divides his work time between Glenbrook, NV and Washington, DC, and maintains an office in Menlo Park, CA.

In recent posts we’ve seen how tiny changes in the way we present numbers can have a huge impact on how well the information is understood. In this post, we look instead at how those little things can affect how your integrity or your ethics might be perceived. 

The 11 Commandments of Supreme Forecasting
August 20, 2016

By Timo Wienefoet, Managing Partner at IMPLEXA GmbH

The gold rush is a defining part of Silicon Valley. The gold of today is data, and many solutions are rushed to the world market from a small radius around Princeton University. On the other side of the Bay lies the University of California, Berkeley, a place of the Liberal Arts in contrast to the technology-driven Princeton.

Clinical & Statistical FP&A
August 15, 2016

By Karl Kern, Accountant / Lecturer / Writer

In his book THINKING, FAST AND SLOW Daniel Kahneman describes two schools of psychology within the study of decision making. Clinical psychologists advocate the use of methods like heuristics (rules of thumb) and intuition for making decisions. Statistical psychologists, on the other hand, advocate the use of methods like simple algorithms or formulas for making decisions.

How to Build Corporate Performance Management Workflow
July 26, 2016

Workflow is critical to a CPM application in the same way that it is critical to ERP. It is through workflow that users are directed and their attention focused onto their roles and responsibilities through the different performance management processes. The activities involved tend to be classified into the management processes.