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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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.
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[...]
Here’s the scenario: You and your team implemented Adaptive Insights to replace your inefficient spreadsheet-based budgeting and planning process a while back and, by all measure, it was considered it a success. You rightfully patted yourselves on the back and then got back to business. Initially, most of the finance team happily used it as they had the support of an internal “superuser”, who was the go-to person for questions, data uploads, and model updates. Then that high-value individual moved to a different part of the business or left the[...]