• The 3 Top Challenges for FP&A in 2016

    Dec 29, 2015
    Your role next year will only become more critical and challenging as the external environment grows more uncertain, financial volatility increases and the markets become even more competitive, disrupted by new technologies, new business models and the digitization of the economy.
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  • Three Ways to Improve FP&A and Business Collaboration

    Dec 09, 2015
    According to FP&A executives, finance is increasingly involved as a strategic partner to business leaders and the operations. In some cases, FP&A is actually being contacted by the business and asked to perform process efficiency analysis and advise on possible improvement, according to Pete Gailer, a senior FP&A professional.
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  • Driver-Based Models: The Mathematical Link

    Nov 27, 2015
    Driver-based models express the mathematical relationship between key business drivers and financial performance, e.g., how number of website hits translates into revenue. They are the way more than 80% of companies are (to some degree), looking to advance the accuracy of their forecasting process by tying operational KPIs to enterprise performance.
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  • When is Driver-Based Modeling Applicable?

    Nov 23, 2015
    More companies are looking to put science in their forecasting and planning processes. To this end, they’re basing more and more of their forecasting models on key business drivers – those factors that can really move the needle and affect enterprise performance.
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  • How to Get the Return on Data-Driven Decision Making

    Nov 15, 2015
    There's a lot of debate on whether big data can in effect help finance do a better job in enabling better decision making. But there may be ways finance executives can improve its chances of leveragong the new and diverse types of data now available at their fingertips.
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  • The Peabody Effect: New Challenges for FP&A

    Nov 13, 2015
    The recent decision by the NY State General Attorney that Peabody Energy should have given its investors more precise forecasting data on how climate change would affect it sales may have repercussions beyond the energy industry (Exxon Mobile is under a similar investigation) and a profound impact on what kinds of risks FP&A will be asked to forecast and for what audience going forward.
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