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FP&A at AFP 2017: Don’t Miss Out on the Future

  • By Staff Writers
  • Published: 7/17/2017

As both the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) profession and the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional designation have continued to grow in prominence, AFP’s track of sessions at its annual conference has continued to expand. This October in San Diego, AFP 2017 will present perhaps our most impressive lineup of sessions yet.

AFP 2017 is intentionally forward-looking; we have been making a conscientious effort to look at what’s next in the finance profession. And if there is one division of finance that is focused on the future, it’s FP&A.

This year’s FP&A track features a variety of sessions that offer new approaches to data analysis, forecasting and increasing FP&A’s standing within the organization. In one discussion, commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar will provide insights into how it transformed its core modeling and planning processes and reshaped its technology platform. Another session provides guidance and strategies for building a world class FP&A organization that will stand up to the challenges of tomorrow. Other sessions include a look at how Google and Next orchestrated integrated business approach across finance and operations, and how FP&A teams can escape data drudgery.

At this year’s FP&A Luncheon, Jer Thorp, cofounder of the Office for Creative Research and former data artist in residence for the New York Times, will discuss how putting abstract data into a human context can lead to innovation and effect real change. According to Thorp, by adding meaning and narrative, people can take control of the information that surrounds them and revolutionize how data is used.

Emmanuel Caprais, vice president of strategic and financial planning for ITT, helped to determine the FP&A track with the AFP Annual Conference Planning Task Force. In a recent blog post, he explained that this year’s FP&A program should help practitioners to “think boldly”. This year’s track promises to challenge “the way you think about FP&A or approach your day-to-day challenges from professionals from different industries and with long-standing experiences,” he wrote.

Added Caprais: “Our goal was to create a program that is ambitious and we hope that the subjects presented will generate ‘eureka’ moments and give you the insights needed to be even more efficient at your job.”

So if you’re an FP&A professional who has felt stagnated lately in your role and are looking for that “eureka” moment to propel your organization forward, then you know where you need to be in October. The world is changing, and FP&A is changing along with it. The time to adapt is now.

Don’t miss AFP 2017, October 15-18 in San Diego. Download the full brochure here.

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