Corporate Performance Management (CPM)

Five Steps to Set Stretch Targets for your Budgeting Process

by Michael Coveney, co-author of "Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting in Uncertain Times"

A few days ago I was looking through some blogs on LinkedIn when I came across a comment that suggested the purpose of budgeting was to set stretch targets. A number of people seemed to support this idea, although I personally have to disagree for two key reasons.

What is a stretch target?

First of all, what is actually meant by a stretch target. This can differ depending on where you sit. As the budget holder of a sales division, this may mean setting sales targets that are higher than what would normally be expected. For production, this may mean producing more goods for less while marketing may see this as attracting more inquiries than last year....

Why Your Business Planning Process Needs More Edge Answers

By Michael Huthwaite, Founder and CEO at FinanceSeer LLC

The long-standing narrative of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM/CPM) has been squarely focused on the effort to steer organizations away from spreadsheets by embracing Enterprise Performance Management suites (i.e. platforms).  
Yet, the dirty secret that is rarely spoken about is that most organizations continue to remain heavily reliant on spreadsheets even after spending huge sums of money on EPM solutions.  
So, why are so many organizations still deeply dependent on spreadsheets?  The answer to this question lies at the Edge.  

FP&A Trends TV Series: Forces Creating Modern FP&A

Forces Creating Modern FP&A

  • In this episode of the FP&A Trends Series Gary Cokins, recognised business analytics expert, author-president of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, shares his insights on forces that create modern FP&A. Learn about the key success factors that modern FP&A should take into consideration when embracing the analytical transformation journey.

CPM Framework Overview

by Michael Coveney, co-author of "Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting in Uncertain Times"

CPM is concerned with the way in which an organisation manages its overall performance. As defined by Gartner it involves combining the methodologies used to manage strategy, the metrics that evaluate performance and the processes used to direct people within the organisation – all of which should be supported by a technology solution. 

Evaluating CPM/FP&A System: Nine Key Areas for Consideration

by Michael Coveney, co-author of "Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting in Uncertain Times"

 

There are many software products that claim to support CPM, but often they only support some aspects, for example, financial planning, and reporting. One of the issues is that the term CPM is synonymous with budgeting, forecasting and management reporting which by itself cannot provide a complete solution. 
Similarly, some vendors have multiple products covering different parts of CPM. For example, many have a scorecard application that they deem suitable for strategy management; a separate solution for collecting budgets and forecasts; and yet another for reporting and analysis. In the context of this framework, these multiple solutions can only work if they are truly integrated and can be made to operate as a single system. Without this level of the integration, system maintenance becomes an unbearable nightmare that cannot suitably adapt to the dynamics of the economic environment. 

This article gives an overview of 9 key areas that should be considered for the overall evaluation of CPM/ FP&A system.

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