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But that’s how people are: Conditions change, winds shift, and new realities require new habits and perceptions. The same is largely true for businesses—or at least those that want to survive and thrive amid historic disruption. In 2020, the unexpected became the status quo. And companies of all sizes and in every industry have pivoted to navigate this enduring stretch of volatility. It has made business agility a business imperative.
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How to recalibrate and plan for a new normal

Watch teachers go about their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and you’ll see a lesson in adaptability. In virtually no time at all, educators went from teaching students in a classroom to running classes from their kitchens, basements, and living rooms. For millions of educators worldwide, this is their new… Read More

Determining the causes of budget variances is an effective way to avoid similar missteps in the future, as well as during times of disruption. But many businesses struggle to understand the causes of variances and to define a process that will turn out accurate forecasts every quarter. According to a survey of CFOs, only one in four CFOs met their sales forecasts for that period.
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3 steps to more reliable financial forecasting

When a company fails to meet its financial targets, business leaders want to know why. Was it the pandemic? Did sales underperform? Did operations overspend? Were their purchases more expensive than expected? Was productivity below established standards? Did finance develop a forecast that was wrong from the start? Determining the… Read More

Financial planning is never a simple process. But in an unpredictable business landscape like today's, finance teams often find themselves struggling to predict an uncertain future.
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Now’s the time for driver-based rolling forecasts

Financial planning is never a simple process. But in an unpredictable business landscape like today’s, finance teams often find themselves struggling to predict an uncertain future. From sales revenues to resource requirements, FP&A teams need sound and valid business information to create accurate and actionable financial projections. But the factors… Read More