Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

Rolling Forecasts: A Wish List Item Becomes a “Must Have”

January 14, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

Is your rolling forecast delivering all of what it promised? Join us as Ethan Carlson, CEO of Carlson Management Consulting, once more tackles our questions to supply you with answers and a new mindset designed to help empower your finance organization to look ahead.

I think that if you’re not doing a rolling forecast or changing the way you think about your projections and using this to your advantage, you’re really missing an opportunity to capture key information and make better decisions. If you go back historically and look at how organizations[...]

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Aligning Strategy and Forecasting

January 8, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

 

Why do so many organizations struggle to achieve an optimal alignment between strategy and forecasting? Join us as Ethan Carlson, CEO of Carlson Management Consulting, kicks off ASK ETHAN, our weekly podcast designed to supply answers to your most daunting questions as we explore the strategies and best practices that are now empowering finance to drive change.

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‘Ask Ethan’ Podcast Now Available on iTunes and CFO Thought Leader.com

January 6, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

Listen to the “Ask Ethan” Podcasts Here

Ethan Carlson, CEO of Carlson Management Consulting, has signed on to be a featured co-host of the CFO Thought Leader Podcast. The CFO Thought Leader is one of the leading online publications for senior finance executives. The new weekly podcast program, titled “Ask Ethan”, will examine the issues facing today’s CFOs and finance leaders. Ethan, a seasoned finance executive and founder of a high growth consultancy, will discuss practical strategies and tactics for helping companies improve budgeting,[...]

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Adaptive Planning Tip - Lining up the Budget by Vendor

December 18, 2014 / by Aude Stewart

 As a consultant working with clients to transform their budgeting process, I put a priority on structuring budgets, plans, forecasts, and reports in ways that are more meaningful and provide better analysis with the appropriate level of granularity.

During a current implementation project of Adaptive Planning with Cetylite, a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in New Jersey, I was tasked with lining up the budget by vendor, which is at a lower level than the general ledger account. This approach would provide better expense management and reporting.

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Building a World Class FP&A Team

November 19, 2014 / by Jotham Lane
Now that budget season is over, it's time to reflect on the effort taken to complete the task and to challenge the status quo. For many financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals, it can be a grueling and rote activity as described in my previous blog post, Avoid the Budget Season Blues.  If your company still has a spreadsheet-based budgeting process, your FP&A team likely spent a lot of time on the following:
  • reconciling data to prior period reports such as P&L by cost center
  • keying in or copying/pasting data for analysis
  • writing[...]
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Corporate Performance Management Systems Selection

November 12, 2014 / by Dallas Moody

You have gone through another painful budget cycle and made the decision that spreadsheets just aren’t cutting it. It’s probably a realization you made a long time ago but now you are ready to evaluate new options. You put in a lot of effort but recognize your 2015 budget is already bordering on obsolescence, and it’s still only Q4, 2014. Now there’s more time and effort to update it again plus you are being asked to create more reports. Wouldn’t it be great to focus on more value-added strategic financial planning? After all, that would be a much[...]

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