Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

How to Bring Your Company’s FP&A to a Whole New Level

March 29, 2018 / by Lauren Strohmeier

Having financial foresight is crucial to the success of your company. By leveraging best practices in financial planning and analysis (FP&A), you will gain valuable insights into performance that will guide your business in the right direction. You will also develop informed and effective strategies that position your company for long-term success.

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4 Ways Rolling Forecasts Can Help Your Business Succeed

March 15, 2018 / by Dave Phillips

At Carlson Management Consulting, one of best practice mindsets that we instill with our clients is that your plans should always be up to date. According to a study by our partner Adaptive Insights, the leading Business Planning Cloud solution, 64% of annual forecasts are obsolete after 4 to 6 months. In our experience with new clients, we have found that most of their forecasts are already out of date by the time they are approved. If this is an issue with your company, there is an easy way to achieve the goal of accurate forecasts. The solution is[...]

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Adaptive Insights as a Central Hub for Financial Decision-Making

May 31, 2016 / by Ethan Carlson

At the recent 2016 Adaptive Live user conference, I had the opportunity to present a session along with a panel of our customers about the benefits of making Adaptive Insights the central hub of decision-making.  Many organizations fail to fully utilize the breadth of capability within Adaptive for making solid business decisions by limiting the scope of data from which they work.  Part of the reason for this is the mindset among some finance professionals that they should be concerned only with financial data.  Another reason is that importing data[...]

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Per Unit Planning: A Key Financial Planning and Analysis Exercise

February 22, 2016 / by Jotham Lane
A financial plan with at minimum a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow forecast is critical to managing and guiding a business.  In order for the plan to be relevant, it needs to offer up clear information that stakeholders in the organization can act upon.  A good financial plan also forms the foundation from which additional models and analyses can be developed in order to manage performance along business lines and departments.

Per unit planning is a key exercise that can help businesses formulate a realistic sales plan

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Is it Time to Optimize Your Adaptive Insights System?

November 24, 2015 / by Dave Phillips

Has the year-end budget cycle exposed shortcomings in your Adaptive Insights model?  Has your organization evolved since your initial implementation?  Are there additional sheets, reports, or metrics you’d like to incorporate? Are you making the most of all of the new features Adaptive Insights has released?

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