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Economic Crisis or Insightful Opportunity? Forecasting Through the Pandemic

Posted on May 7, 2020 by Lochie Vaughan

There is no denying that COVID-19 has plunged the world into economic uncertainty. Businesses across the globe need to adapt to the unpredictable nature of this pandemic crisis.

Are Those Planning Apps Too Good to be True?

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 by John Vaughan

Choosing a budgeting tool is hard. There are many vendors. Some offer apps and fast starts or pre built models. Be careful of taking their bait and then finding you need a custom build after all. In this post we examine the pitfalls of buying a corporate planning tool where you get apps or the model prebuilt for you and it just needs “minor customisation”. Ask yourself the questions: “How long did our Excel model take to build?” and “is it likely it could be replicated in 15 days”? And then test them. Hard.

Revenue Forecasts: Get it Right for the Short, Medium and Longer Term

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 by John Vaughan

Why Different Horizons Need Different Forecast Methods What will your revenue be next week? Or next month? Or in six or 15 months time. Similar questions, but so completely different…

Brexit + Trump + the Australian election = Volatility

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 by John Vaughan

Planning for the Volatile Times Ahead Recently we’ve had Brexit, we’ve had “The Donald” secure the US Republican nomination and we’ve had an Australian election that is hung almost a…

Driver Based Labour Budgeting – a Key Element of “What-if” Analysis!

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 by John Vaughan

As we’ve talked about now for the last couple of blogs, labour represents somewhere around 70% of the opex for most organisations. Recently we discussed labour budgeting by person and by role (with multiple…

Labour Budgeting by Role – Should You Use it?

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 by John Vaughan

As mentioned in our last post, labour costs represent somewhere around 70% of the operating costs for most organisations. So having a well thought out budget for it is vital…

Labour Planning by Individual – What’s Right for Your Budget?

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 by John Vaughan

Labour costs represent somewhere around 60 – 70% of the operating costs for most organisations. Therefore having a well built model for them is vital to great corporate planning. In…

Actuals – The Dull Part of Planning!

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 by John Vaughan

One of the first exercises we do when we start building a new corporate planning system is link the planning tools to the ERP so we can load actuals. History,…

Why Wrong is Good – The Myth of Forecast Accuracy

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 by John Vaughan

How important is your forecast accuracy? Do you reward your team for forecasting accurately? Or even penalise them for incorrect forecasts? I was talking with a client the other day…

Planning Horizons – How far out should your business plan? InfocubeTV Video

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 by Danielle Bartle

Planning Horizons How far out should your business plan? Should strategic planning, demand, operational, capital and financial planning all be for the same horizon? Should you plan to the wall,…

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