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What does Quantum Computing have to do with Corporate Planning?

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

IBM unveiled the world’s first commercial Quantum Computer, Q System One, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month. At IBM Think 2019, Dr. Dario Gil,...

What can we learn from a debate between man and AI?

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

At IBM Think 2019, Project Debater, the “first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics” took on a champion debater, Harish Natarajan, on the topic, “We should subsidise...

The Big, Bold Theme of IBM Think 2019

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

IBM Think 2019 was as inspiring and ambitious as ever. Attendees got to experience IBM’s Project Debater debate ‘for’ subsidised preschool against champion debater Harish Natarajan. IBM Research shared their...

Pillars of Planning: Use the Right Tools

Posted on Feb 12, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

Most finance people are really comfortable using Excel. It’s very affordable and available everywhere. It’s a fantastic personal productivity tool. But spreadsheets seldom scale well, making Excel an unsuitable tool...

Pillars of Planning: Identify the Drivers that Matter

Posted on Feb 6, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

The fourth pillar of planning identifies key business drivers (read about the first, second, and third pillars in our previous articles). These drivers may be resources, processes or conditions that...

Pillars of Planning: Plan to the right frequency

Posted on Jan 29, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

Now that we’ve looked at what level to plan and at what horizon, we can take a look at the third ‘Pillar of Planning’ – planning frequency, which depends on...

Pillars of Planning: Plan to the Right Horizon

Posted on Jan 23, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

Every corporate plan has a beginning and an end. The time between the two points is the planning horizon. It’s the amount of time an organisation will look into the future...

Pillars of Planning: Plan to the Right Level

Posted on Jan 17, 2019 by Udhara de Silva

Financial planning should focus on planning, rather than budgeting. There are five pillars of planning when building a great forecasting and planning environment:   Plan to the level that matters...

IFRS 16: The biggest rethink in Lease Accounting in 40 years

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 by Udhara de Silva

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued IFRS 16 in January 2016, which kicks in from the start of 2019. IFRS 16 comes in response to the US Securities and Exchange...

What BARC The Planning Survey 18 had to say about IBM Planning Analytics

Posted on Nov 13, 2018 by Udhara de Silva

Leading software industry analysts Business Application Research Center (BARC) recently released The Planning Survey 18, their annual report based on “the world‘s largest survey of planning software users.” IBM Planning Analytics...

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