After years of economic expansion, we’re finally seeing the tide turn again as we enter what looks like it will be an extended recession. When you consider the impact of the pandemic, widespread inflation, war in Ukraine, and supply chain issues across the board – this is not something that should surprise us. But if you haven’t been paying attention and considering the impact of a recession on your business, you might find yourself in that position.
In order to drive real value for an organization, FP&A needs to ditch its traditional accounting role for a seat at the executive table. Rather than just crunching numbers and producing obligatory finance statements, companies are counting on their finance teams to drive value by informing key strategic decision-making
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.