Brian is Founder and Principal at Kalish Consulting. He is Former Executive Director – Global FP&A Practice at AFP. He has over 20 years of experience in Finance, FP&A, Treasury and Investor Relations. He previously held a number of treasury and finance positions with the FHLB, Washington Mutual/JP Morgan, NRUCFC, Fifth Third and Fannie Mae. He has spoken all over the world to audiences both large and small hosting FP&A Roundtable meetings in North America, Europe, Asia and soon South America. Brian attended Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, GA for his undergraduate studies in Business and the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech for his graduate work. In 2014, Brian was awarded the Global Certified Corporate FP&A Professional designation.
My work with companies around the world, paired with access to a robust collection of academic research and case studies, has enabled me to create a matrix of best practices for implementing a zero-based budgeting (ZBB) strategy. And like any good list of things an organization should do, there are always a few things not to do.
Who would have thought that after 50 years we would still be talking about Pete Pyhrr? Pete is considered the “father of zero-based budgeting.” He was an accounting manager at Texas Instruments who had the audacity to suggest that in order to allocate resources more efficiently, we should tie expenditures to results.
My first article on the topic of technology terms explained advanced analytics and robotic process automation (RPA) in the context of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and the evolution toward intelligent finance. Here, we’ll explore the cloud and software as a service (SaaS), artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain: what these technologies can do for FP&A teams, and the status of adoption globally. That said, I thought these two quotes would help illuminate the topic.
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” – Bill Gates
When we start on the topic of consuming data, that’s an area that I feel quite passionate about. I truly believe that the way data and information is presented can be improved greatly, not just by embracing the new, fantastic technologies now available (which is very important), but by adopting a set of standards. To fully embrace intelligent FP&A (iFP&A), we must add order and elegant simplicity to present our findings and insights to an ever-growing and diverse audience of stakeholders.