Continuous Planning and Rolling Forecasts

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The old way of thinking—you run a company through the once a year budget process—is on the way out in favor of new concepts and system approaches generally described as "continuous planning." The practical implementation of continuous planning is through rolling forecasts—frequent updates of financial plans that include integrating actuals data and rolling the forecast time period beyond the current fiscal year. Discover the concepts and practices of continuous planning, and find out how to define application requirements for integrating actuals, financial modeling and scenario analysis—the three foundations of a continuous planning system.

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Modern Finance In The Digital Age: Plan and Predict Best Practices

The “3rd platform” continues to be a driving force of change within the global business economy and investors are increasingly more interested in businesses that can leverage big data. For the financial well-being of a company, implementing best practices for planning and prediction based on big data is crucial.

All aspects of business must keep pace and respond to changing forecasts and markets, creating value with the use of digital technologies. In developing uniformity of high-quality information across departments, as well as the ability to access data anywhere, businesses become more efficient. Generating operational data from a range of users within your company enables your finance organization to develop forecasts, business plans, and future models as well as market strategies. When planning applications are more strategic, teams are better able to predict and plan for the next move.

In today’s world of big data and quickly shifting international business markets, CFOs must understand that success depends on the ability of businesses to embrace and use digital information. In this white paper, learn how to develop best practices by replacing outdated and complicated spreadsheets with new modern applications that provide support to a variety of users, not just those involved in finance. Also learn how drive planning can be facilitated by cloud-based applications, and how to adopt driver-based rolling forecasts to allow for faster decision making.  Read More

Modern Finance In The Digital Age: Plan and Predict Best Practices

The “3rd platform” continues to be a driving force of change within the global business economy and investors are increasingly more interested in businesses that can leverage big data. For the financial well-being of a company, implementing best practices for planning and prediction based on big data is crucial.

All aspects of business must keep pace and respond to changing forecasts and markets, creating value with the use of digital technologies. In developing uniformity of high-quality information across departments, as well as the ability to access data anywhere, businesses become more efficient. Generating operational data from a range of users within your company enables your finance organization to develop forecasts, business plans, and future models as well as market strategies. When planning applications are more strategic, teams are better able to predict and plan for the next move.

In today’s world of big data and quickly shifting international business markets, CFOs must understand that success depends on the ability of businesses to embrace and use digital information. In this white paper, learn how to develop best practices by replacing outdated and complicated spreadsheets with new modern applications that provide support to a variety of users, not just those involved in finance. Also learn how drive planning can be facilitated by cloud-based applications, and how to adopt driver-based rolling forecasts to allow for faster decision making.  Read More

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