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Under even the best circumstances, companies must manage fluctuating market demand for their products. Failing to keep pace, of course, can result in lost revenue as customers flock to competitors; meanwhile, overestimating demand leads to surplus inventory that eats into profit margins. That’s why demand planning — a complex network of sales data, product life cycle management, and inventory management — is critical to balancing inventory levels with customer satisfaction. In other words, it’s critical to enabling business agility.
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How demand planning can shock-proof a business

Under even the best circumstances, companies must manage fluctuating market demand for their products. Failing to keep pace, of course, can result in lost revenue as customers flock to competitors; meanwhile, overestimating demand leads to surplus inventory that eats into profit margins. That’s why demand planning — a complex network… Read More

One of the reasons today’s fastest-growing, most innovative businesses use modern FP&A technology because it promotes cross-departmental collaboration. That means projects that have long been considered finance-only responsibilities, such as financial consolidation, can now be a team sport within which department leaders across the business participate. The result is a holistic financial picture of your business that includes key data from all departments.One of the reasons today’s fastest-growing, most innovative businesses use modern FP&A technology because it promotes cross-departmental collaboration. That means projects that have long been considered finance-only responsibilities, such as financial consolidation, can now be a team sport within which department leaders across the business participate. The result is a holistic financial picture of your business that includes key data from all departments.
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Ready to make planning a more collaborative process?

One of the reasons today’s fastest-growing, most innovative businesses use modern FP&A technology is because it promotes company-wide (or xP&A) collaboration. That means projects that have long been considered finance-only responsibilities, such as financial consolidation, can now be a team sport within which department leaders across the business participate. The result is a holistic financial… Read More

But there’s a better way to navigate today’s choppy business seas: rolling forecasts. Instead of being once-a-year exercises, rolling forecasts happen on a regular cadence. Unlike budgets that may have hundreds of line items, rolling forecasts focus on key business drivers. And rather than focusing on the past, rolling forecasts act as early warning systems when you’ve drifted off-course; they help to raise visibility beyond the traditional budgeting “wall” by continually updating your forecast with actuals, you’ll be able to quickly adjust the levers that drive performance.
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Getting on board with continuous planning

Many businesses spend weeks or months laboring over the annual plan or budget, even though by the time it’s finished, the market has changed dramatically and its assumptions are out of date. They forecast based on historic data and the best guesses of functional business leaders and line managers. They… Read More

Companies that transformed their previously static planning environments are now weathering this pandemic with notable success. Read on
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4 paths to an agile planning environment

After the events of this past year, it’s easy for organizations to succumb to the feeling they are behind the curve when it comes to business agility. Because no one planned for what assailed businesses in 2020, many might assume it’s too late to establish a more modern and agile… Read More

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are emerging stronger, wiser, and ready to make some big changes. And one of the main drivers of these organizational and technological transformations is the finance function. Finance’s evolution into a more strategic planning force within the business was already underway prior to the disruptive impact the pandemic dealt to businesses everywhere.
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Strategic Planning for Finance–A Big Win for the CFO Office

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are emerging stronger, wiser, and ready to make some big changes. And one of the main drivers of these organizational and technological transformations is the finance function. Finance’s evolution into a more strategic planning force within the business was already underway prior to… Read More