Forecasting and planning in complex environments requires a delicate balance between attention to the granular details and a bigger-picture view of what we’re actually trying to accomplish.
As we enter a period of recession and higher-than-normal inflation, everyone is scrambling to identify how it might affect their businesses and what they can do the manage the impact. This is a challenging exercise because we don’t really know how persistent this inflation will be and what ancillary effects might come as part and parcel of the macroeconomic shock. As such, companies should be preparing for all scenarios and that’s where a sophisticated FP&A tool like Apliqo FPM can be so useful.
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
On April 28th, 2022, Apliqo will be hosting Part 1 of our 2-part Masterclass on Critical Value Drivers. To kick off the series, we’ll be looking at growth and profitability, two principles that often contend for the company’s focus but both deserve a place in our business strategy.
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.