Planning and Forecasting

The four phases of Integrated Business Planning

By Niels Van Hove, Mental Toughness Coach & Supply Chain Consultant 

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is often seen as a natural progression from Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), which came to life in the 80’s to align sales and operations. As S&OP found its origin in the supply chain, IBP is often biased with supply chain terminology and reasoning. It can be argued that current IBP development is still driven with a supply chain bias. With this lack of divers thinking, IBP innovation runs the risk of being not truly ‘integrated’.

 

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.  

Navigating in Turbulent Times: The secret of effective forecasting and how to use it to make your business more agile

By Steve Morlidge, Business Forecasting thought leader, author of "Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting" and  "The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting" 

In this article, Steve Morlidge, author of "Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting"argues that the quality of business forecasting – used to steer an organisation – is unacceptably poor. He goes on to present six simple principles that will help executives significantly improve the performance of their forecast processes. More reliable forecasts speed up decision making and so help make businesses more agile.

 

Managing forecast risk

By John Stretch, Management education in finance and banking

As we enter 2017, many companies are busy finalising their annual budget. But how do you budget in a world where the best economists cannot predict the future? Perhaps the only approach is to prepare a budget as best you can, live with the uncertainty and then adapt to it and respond very fast when the future eventually happens.
This may explain why organisations have converted their annual budget process to a dynamic system of rolling forecasts.

Hitting the Target but Missing the Point - Myths about Target Setting

By Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President Performance Management Development at Statoil

The world of management is full of myths and rituals. Many seem to have been with us forever, often explained and justified as “we have always done it like this”. Some have a shorter history, often introduced because “everybody else is doing it”.

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