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Why Communication Standards Matter in FP&A

When I discuss my “Three Pillars of FP&A,” I am referring to financial acumen, communications, and business comprehension/partnering. I want to use today’s article to address how we, as a profession, can and should improve our communication skills. One of the greatest complaints about FP&A professionals is our inability to explain ourselves and our work (insights and foresight) clearly and expediently to our business counterparts. This is what I call our inability to be good storytellers.

3 months

Scenario Planning in Sales and Operations Planning

In recent years, supply chains have become global, more complex and vulnerable to disruptions due to the fact that the world is changing. Furthermore, we see trends such as global changes in supply and demand, higher volatility in demand patterns and more focus on customer centricity. Because the world is changing and we are moving towards a “new normal” state, we need new perspectives on planning, supply chain management and risk.

3 months

Dynamic Planning For A Dynamic World: Are You Ready For Change?

The days of creating an annual plan and then reviewing that plan 12 months later, as the new annual planning season begins, are over. In 2018, the rate and magnitude of change continues to increase, and the premium on being able to make better, faster, smarter decisions continues to rise. Over the course of 12 months, there may have been major upheavals in your industry, in the economy, or in technology. If you haven’t thought about making adjustments to the changes in your world in real time, you may have missed major opportunities or warning signs.

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Why Dynamic Planning? Because Static Planning Is History

In my first article in this series, I described the concept of dynamic planning and how it differs from the historical static way of planning. Here, I am focusing on some of the impacts of changing the planning philosophy and process.

3 months

A Game Of Plans - Bring On The Finance Dragons

As many of us get caught up in the intrigue and suspense created by the characters and storylines of “Game of Thrones,” it leads me to think about how annual budgets, forecasts, and plans are also full of intrigue, anticipation, and unexpected findings and results. 

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The Evolution of Financial Planning and Analysis

A lot has changed over the past 20 years in the world of planning, forecasting, and analytics. Previously, a lack of clarity into the actual performance of an organization, and the lack of raw data on a real-time basis, meant we built a greater degree of uncertainty into our models. Likewise, the ability to adapt to change in real time was clouded by this lack of data due to cost, availability, and/or timeliness. The result was impairment of our ability to effect necessary changes as events unfolded around us.

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Dynamic Planning: Real Time Data For Real Time Decisions

Planning is an integral part of enterprise performance management (EPM). Gartner defines EPM as “the process of monitoring performance across the enterprise with the goal of improving business performance.” Dynamic planning then aligns seamlessly into the overall EPM structure of the organization.