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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…

“The What?” Yeah, the ‘Hover Car of Corporate Planning’!

Posted on Jan 10, 2019 by John Vaughan

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…

The Hover Car of Corporate Planning

Posted on Dec 13, 2018 by John Vaughan

We were meeting with Peter, a client, the other day. He was commenting how powerful his TM1 model is, but also that it is in some ways complex and a…

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…

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.

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