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Are you descending into budgeting hell?

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 11/10/18 15:38

For many, budgeting rounds are hellish, with no treats in store. If the mere mention of the 'B' word causes terror then maybe its time to look for another way. Our October webinar looks at BUDGETING BEYOND EXCEL. Join us to learn when is the right time to move from spreadsheets and hear the views of CFO's who don't dread budgeting any more. 

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Tags: budgeting, Excel

software is half the  story here are your   5 delivery essentials

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 09/10/18 17:15

When it comes to getting real benefit from any system, software is only half the story, the other half is delivery.  When choosing the right bit of kit to invest in, comparing functionality, reviews and reports all help in the decision making process. But what of the team that build and implement the software?  Here are our 5 tips to guide you through getting the perfect delivery. 

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Tags: cloud forecasting, transforming finance, FP&A, forecasting solutions, Financial planning

can you see cash flow in your financial forecasts?

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 07/08/18 07:07

It has long been said that cash is king and lack of it which  brings a company down. So to forecast using just P&L figures restricts the ability to see the impact of one of the key threats to an organisations ability to hit their targets. We take a look at why so many models fail to pull cash into the plan and what you can do to fix this with a few simple steps.  

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Tags: Adaptive Planning, Cash Flow, Forecasting, Profit & Loss, solution packs

Gartner rates Adaptive Insights

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 04/08/18 17:37

The latest Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions from Gartner is out, and Adaptive Insights shows it is a winner across the board. 

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Tags: cloud planning, financial analysis, Adaptive Suite, Formulate website, Gartner, FP&A, Project Delivery, implementation, Adaptive Insights Partner

finance automation in the real world

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 26/06/18 11:13

The CFO Agenda event was held on 9th May and covered a wide range of finance related topics. There was a real buzz, with people getting properly engaged in the sessions.

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Tags: financial planning reform, Change, transforming finance, finance transformation

Take 6 steps to improve financial analysis

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 03/05/18 10:08

This blog post will look at what good financial analysis looks like. seasoned finance people know the value of good analysis, but there is so much which gets in the way of being able to do this well, so here are some steps to take to ensure you get the most out of analysis. 

Judgment  on how the business is performing is based on a whole heap of parameters. sales, operational and specific  KPI's rnd financial data, as well as confidence and other less tangible information. Financial decisions, such as securing loans, acquiring new assets, or issuing stocks and bonds, flow from good analysis, so its not surprising that emphasis on this skill is high, and growing. 

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Tags: financial analysis, Financial planning, financial forecasts, budgeting solutions

A guide to keeping Spreadsheet monsters

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 13/02/18 08:21

We have all seen, or worked with, or even built, a spreadsheet monster. There is a high chance that there is one lurking in your office somewhere. They usually congregate in the Finance department and can often be seen during budgeting. They tend to come out at night, usually with their keeper.

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Tags: spreadsheets, spreadsheet error risks, finance solutions, Excel

clean up your  budgeting act!

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 09/01/18 07:30

budgeting need an overhaul?

Usually budgeting starts in mid-summer and can drag on until January soaking up hours of time and effort., With the blink of any eye, changes in planned growth and the commercial environment can impact a static plan rooted in decaying assumptions.  So to combat the aging process of your budget we look at processes, approach and to aid budgeting. 

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Growth needs planning

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 12/12/17 08:01

Tech companies are dominating the ranks of the fastest-growing industries. According to Forbes they experienced an average of 18% sales growth in 2016. This is more than double the average growth rate across all sectors of 6.8%.

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Tags: Adaptive Insights, Adaptive Suite, high-growth

Break down your data silos

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 30/11/17 16:15

Today’s businesses are generating mountains of data at a rate estimated to be doubling every year. Managing this data is a challenge in itself, but that’s only part of the puzzle. One of today’s financial pit falls – data silos - is the other part.

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Tags: Data Integration, one version of truth

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