Advanced Analytics

Rolling Forecast: Will Traditional Budget Soon Become Abandoned?

Amsterdam FP&A Board June 2017By Larysa Melnychuk, Managing Director at FP&A Trends group

On 13th June 2017, 29 senior finance practitioners from such international and local companies as ABN AMRO, CRH, Diageo, Gemalto, Henkel, Ingram Micro, Naspers, PvH Europe, Regus, Sandoz, Staples Solutions, TIP Trailer Services, Vlisco, etc., gathered to interactively discuss Rolling Forecast Best Practices at the FP&A Board in Amsterdam.

'Business Analytic' Model Life Cycle

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

Analytic models are rarely static. Their aim is to model the organisation in such a way as to allow managers to investigate what is actually going on and to assess changes to the way it operates. These changes may include looking at price/cost structures; the way in which departments are organised; partnerships; outsourcing; or introducing new products/services into new territories.

In each investigation, the model being used will evolve as new information is uncovered that impacts into what is being analysed.

FP&A Analytical Transformation Milestones: Setting and Reaching

By Larysa Melnychuk, Managing Director at FP&A Trends group

On 8th June 2017, 30 senior finance practitioners from such companies as Aareal Bank, AIG, American Express Global Business Travel, Altran, CSL Behring, Dematic, Equinix, Lohmann, Merck, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Takata, UL, etc., gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, to interactively discuss FP&A Analytical Transformation. 

Using Analytic Models

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

There are only 3 things management can ever control:

  • The arrangement of its own business processes (e.g. sales, production, customer service, etc.)
  • The resources (money, people, assets) applied to those business processes, and
  • The volume and quality of work carried out within those business processes

However, organisations operate in an uncontrollable and often unpredictable business environment, such as market demand, energy, inflation and exchange rates.   As a consequence, the role of planning is to help manage what can be controlled to produce outcomes that will achieve organisational objectives, within an uncontrollable and unknowable external environment.

Evolution of 'Business Analytics'

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

‘Business Analytics’ is often portrayed as the latest miracle cure for managers wanting to improve corporate performance. But like most IT based capabilities, the hype is often in the realms of fantasy, which can never be realised. However, analytics is a capability that can bring tremendous value to those organisations who understand how and when it can be applied.

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