Normally, integrating actuals into the planning cycle is not an easy task. Often financial and operating results are spread across multiple databases and actual results and plan detail are at different levels. All of this makes meaningful Performance Evaluation difficult.
In December 1999, Gartner introduced the concept of Corporate Performance Management (CPM), which they defined as the “... the processes, methodologies, metrics and systems used to monitor and manage an enterprise's business performance”.
Design thinking is a creative and practical approach to problem-solving. It involves the creation of multiple options which are then scrutinised through varying viewpoints and lenses to determine the most effective solution.
The decision cycle will help you and your association make knowledgeable decisions that drive exceptional results. I myself use this very process when making important forecasting and planning decisions. Today, I am going to share my insights with you and your team so that you can witness the profound impacts of implementing these five simple steps.
Defining exactly what Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) does has always been tough. Most people place FP&A in the Office of the CFO, and that makes sense, for many of us have certainly played the role of CFO a time or two, but as business partners, strategists and advisors, that is also not necessarily a perfect fit and as our roles continue to expand to become the central hub of corporate analytic and reporting this categorization may change.
Companies reducing the size of their Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) finance teams are cutting valuable resources in the misbelief that is not a priority. That’s untrue. So what’s the role of FP&A in today’s company anyway?
A rolling forecast is not only about seeing the future unravel, but a constant evaluation of the management team to see if they are able to adjust their operations on time. Without it, any form of strategic planning becomes useless. Below you find a real-life case. Step-by-step each question will be briefly discussed. It is about a foreign business unit, which was part of a large European corporation, on the brink of a crisis.
In this article, Steve Morlidge argues that the quality of business forecasting is unacceptably poor. He goes on to present six simple principles that will help executives significantly improve the performance of their forecast processes.
Even if last six years I have been specialized in Data management, I still follow (thanks to FP&A club) developments in FP&A area. While reading some publications on FP&A trends I realized the strong connection between FP&A and Data management topics.
Tools and processes used by finance and FP&A (commercial management, billing, accounting, operational statistics, competitive intelligence, planning, budget, forecast, variance analysis, reporting) needs to be customized in order to achieve both efficiency and relevance. There is nothing like on the shelf tools.