On 16th March 2017 the second meeting of the Brussels FP&A Board, launched in November 2016, took place at the exclusive Business Club van Lotharingen in Brussels. It gathered 25 financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals from such companies as ING, J&J, Mastercard, to name but a few. As the mission of the International FP&A Board is to guide the development and promotion of best practices in global FP&A, identify and support new trends, skillsets and innovations, FP&A Analytical Transformation became the primary focus of the discussion in Brussels.
By Andrew Deichler, Editorial Manager at Association for Financial Professionals
NEW YORK -- About two dozen financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals gathered recently for the launch of the New York FP&A Board. The roundtable discussion began with a look at key FP&A trends, with much of the conversation focusing on how FP&A is becoming more strategic and influential across the organization.
The Physics of Wall Street by James Owen Weatherall is an interesting story about the influence of physics in finance. FP&A practitioners can find material in this book to help them improve their work. For me three areas of the book serve as meaningful reference material.
By Thomas Lundell, Director FP&A at NetApp
For quite some time CFOs and the finance community have been talking about transforming the finance function, becoming better business partners and focusing on the value-add, strategic activities.
At the core of that transformation is FP&A, as activities like business planning, business unit strategy, investment allocation and predictive analytics become important to fulfil finance’s new, expanded position within the company.
A couple of weeks ago I joined the meeting of the Amsterdam FP&A Board where we discussed the subject of the FP&A analytical transformation. In the course of the meeting the participants mentioned their current main concerns, some of which such as Data ownership, Data quality, and Business Glossary (‘Speaking the same language’). This surprised me. Why? Because these topics are ‘hot’ topics of Data Management (DM) with no common vision on the subject.
As a result I decided to write several articles on these topics for FP&A professionals. The main purpose is to share some knowledge and practical experience and to start a discussion about these subjects.