Strategy Execution

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.  

5 Simple Steps to Help Drive Knowledgeable, Strategic Decisions

By Chris Ortega, MBA, Sr. Finance Manager at Emarsys, USA

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.

Strategic Planning is about ‘Talks & Figures’

By: Richard Reinderhoff, Freelance Consultant Strategy & Operations​

A ‘financial’ strategist is a strategist first, and a financial second. For decades financials have been applying solutions to become a strategic business partner for the C-suite, from financial engineering and tax planning, to centralising (global) operations and deep analytics today. To avoid drilling deeper and still find nothing, reverse engineering the strategic role of the financial will show another route to be of value and increase the yield on IRR or profits with double digits… 

A Pragmatic Approach to Achieving Integrated Business Planning Once and for All

​By Michael J. Huthwaite, Founder and CEO of FinanceSeer LLC 

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is a coordinated approach to planning that is designed to achieve greater alignment between the Strategic, Financial and Operational levels within an organization.
Since the birth of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM/CPM), Integrated Business Planning has always been touted as the ultimate “future state” environment that all organizations should aspire to.  

Establishing Competency in Strategic Finance

by Michael J. Huthwaite, Founder and CEO of FinanceSeer LLC 

As a thought leader in Strategic Finance for the past 15 years, I’ve seen companies greatly improve their Integrated Planning capabilities by adopting a well-defined Strategic Finance process.
When executed correctly, Strategic Finance is the linchpin between Strategic Planning and Budgeting.  It helps organizations turn strategic thinking into reality by cascading thoughts and goals into measurable financial outcomes.

This article describes how to establish sustainable success in Strategic Finance, one step at a time.

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