financial planning and analysis
Middle Managers’ Poor Decisions Slash Profits
Having finance team members support business unit stakeholders drains EBITDA, says Gartner; instead, align them with specific types of decisions to be made.
Highest Priority for Finance Today: FP&A
Financial planning and analysis tops even strategic planning among the finance processes that CFOs want to improve.
Usage of Variance Analysis Is, Well, Variable
While it's not debatable that variance analysis is an important FP&A tool, companies differ in how they apply it.
Interim CFO Firm Succeeds by Keeping Sights Narrow
Veteran life-sciences CFOs leverage their specialized expertise to run their own outsourced finance services business.
Why You Should Take the “F” Out of FP&A
A purely financial focus leads to damaging short-termism, KPMG says. Instead, put the focus on longer-term integrated business planning.
How to Reduce Investment Decision Complexity
Streamlined investment decision processes clarify the judgments required to make decisions and facilitate enhanced accountability.
Will Automation Take Over Senior Finance Jobs?
Some finance executives think their positions could be replaced by technology, a new poll suggests.
Disappointed with FP&A? Ramp Up Tech Spending
Investing in today's analytics tools will easily pay for itself in staff time saved and better-quality analysis, AFP study finds.
Budgeting Inflexibility Cripples Bottom Line
Companies should vary the budgeting model used for particular business units and functions, research shows.
Effective Planning May Require Deep Finance Changes
Three out of four CFOs now have process improvement initiatives underway.
Metric of the Month: Sales Forecast Errors
If finance is wielding blunt forecasting tools, whether for inventory cost or revenue, the whole picture can crack.