FP&A Insights

FP&A Insights is a collection of useful case studies from leading international companies and thought leadership insights from FP&A experts. We aim to help you keep track of the best practices in modern FP&A, recognise changes in the ever-evolving world of financial planning and analysis and be well equipped to deal with them.

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FP&A Insights

An Examination of Zero Based Budgeting
February 20, 2020

By Karl Kern, Accountant / Lecturer / Writer

A budget expresses thoughts with numbers. Numbers can be financial like income and cash flow or non-financial like time and volume. Expressing thoughts with financial and non-financial numbers can be done through a variety of methods. One method is zero based budgeting which like all methods has strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this article is to examine the strengths and weaknesses of zero based budgeting. 

The Curious Case of Predictive Analysis – Lots of nice talks but are we adapting?
February 19, 2020

By Partha Basu, Global Head of Finance Operations at AkzoNobel N.V.

As I walk around various offices or even in social gatherings, I find many conversations about AI, Robotics, Big data. And logically then the discussion quite often rolls into how our life will change due to availability of data, how each of our actions is turning into data, how the future consumer behavior thus can be predicted etc. Thus people quite often discuss predictive analysis (PA) and we hear stories about its use in elections to predict voters' behavior, customer behavior, payment risks, etc.

Budgeting and Forecasting Myths
February 18, 2020

By Carl Seidman, Principal, Seidman Global LLC

A core aspect of financial planning & analysis (FP&A) is forecasting and budgeting. In this article, exposed are some of the more common myths so frequently accepted as truth within FP&A groups around the globe.

FP&A Trends Digest: Issue #10
February 18, 2020

In this issue, we would like to look at key performance indicators (KPIs) from the perspective of a CFO. We will also discover which five important things will improve the effectiveness of a company's planning processes and look into how the analytics of FP&A are connected to the Simpson’s paradox. We will explain why data visualisation is considered to be a game changer for FP&A and then explain the 4 steps necessary to become a more valued FP&A professional.