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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…
As I said in my last post, you’ll all think I’m nuts. But hear me out. I’ve likened a traditional spreadsheet based budgeting model to a German Beetle. Rebuild a…
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…
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.
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