9 pillars of a well set up FP&A System, first time

9 pillars of a well set up FP&A system

When you’re first approaching any new FP&A system implementation, it can be very overwhelming.  There is a lot to get right and the decisions you make early on will have an outsized impact on how the entire system works for you over the long term.  Worst case a poor initial decision can have lasting consequences which you […]

Expanding the horizons of your planning with Integrated Business Planning

Operational plans are crucial to any business; without them, a company would have no way to analyse the efficiency of the operations that keep it running. Unfortunately, however, properly gauging the effectiveness of your operational plans is extremely difficult if they aren’t integrated with company strategy. In this article, we explore Integrated Business Planning and […]

How A CFO Deals With Christmas Stress!

While the holiday season is, for many, one of the most wonderful times of the year, it can also be extremely stressful. Hanging decorations, writing Christmas cards and, of course, buying and wrapping gifts, can easily add up to turn Christmas and New Year’s into an organisational nightmare. Luckily, as CFO, you’ve got a few […]

Using driver-based planning and analytics to boost sales

Driver-based planning is far from a new concept, but it never ceases to amaze how many organisations are still stuck in traditional budgeting and forecasting routines. In this article we take an in-depth look at driver-based planning and share some of our top tips to help you adopt this key methodology to get clearer insights […]

Tips for successful HR Management: Uniting HR and FP&A to avoid financial surprises

Most people traditionally think of HR and Finance as two very different company departments; the former handles the organisation’s workforce, while the latter handles its finances. However, the two are more closely connected than you might think. In this article, we’ll explore how to drive HR and FP&A collaboration to get a clearer picture of […]

Every Report Is Only as Good as Its Visualisation and Presentation

“FP&A helps analyse the past, understand the present, and plan for the future.” – Geetanjali Tandon, Finance Director for Bayer Crop Science. FP&A is about much more than crunching numbers, it is about driving better business decisions and helping steer the company ship in the right direction. Unfortunately, the immense power of FP&A is lost […]

Why Business Partnering is Key for Successful FP&A

FP&A has traditionally been a trunk-of-the-car operation, focused on producing numbers, analysing them, and sending out reports and analysis to key company stakeholders/decision makers. Today, however, this old-school approach to FP&A simply won’t cut it. As companies look for ways to stand out and excel in today’s hyper-competitive business environment, FP&A has the chance to […]

Key Takeaways from the Apliqo FP&A Masterclass with Jack Alexander

This year, we wrapped up our first instalment of the Apliqo FP&A Masterclass with Jack Alexander. With over 40 years of experience, Jack walked us through everything from the imperatives of COVID-19 to how to implement key FP&A best practices such as Scenario Planning, Rolling Forecasts, and more. In case you missed all or part […]

Preparing for the Unknown: How to Use Scenario Analysis to Project Drastic Changes

As finance professionals, one of our biggest challenges is helping organisations prepare for the future. Unfortunately, even the biggest finance departments still aren’t equipped with crystal balls allowing us to see 3, 6, or 12 months ahead of time. So, for a long time, CFOs and finance teams have used trend analysis to prepare their […]