Planning for Profit Payouts

After wrapping up the 2015 financials, many companies are preparing payments for bonuses and profit shares. It’s one of the few times that it’s actually fun to cut big checks since it’s a celebration of your company’s success. If you’ve been on target with your budget and accruals for bonuses, the expenses were taken back […]

Use of CPM Analytical Tools in the Budget Process

What really matters in the budget preparation and analysis process and why it should be implemented I was just reading an article on TechTarget.com by Barry Wilderman of Wilderman Associates, titled: The Benefits of using CPM (Corporate Performance Management) analytical tools for budgeting. Here the author walks the readers through the benefits of using CPM data and specific […]

The Benefits of an All-Encompassing Budget

Why using inadequate tools and approximating the balance of forecasted Balance Sheet accounts is a bad approach for budgeting I recently had a discussion with a colleague who is a partner in a local management consulting firm about organizations’ attitude toward the planning and budgeting process and the benefits they reap from these activities.  I […]

The Last Day of the Accounting Period Phenomenon

Is shipping on the last day of the month that important and at any cost? In my work in management consulting in the areas of accounting and finance I get involved with many client companies’ financial statement preparation, disclosure work and internal control (plus internal audit in several of the larger companies). What is common […]

Advantages of Cloud-Based Business Budgeting Software

Using spreadsheets and hard drive-based business budgeting software can keep a large volume of business data organized can be useful, but the advantages of a cloud-based solution are difficult to deny. From maintaining a single streamlined edition of the master file to permitting unlimited users to alter the file and even limiting most individuals from […]

How to Easily Manage Software License Renewals

How you can have Planning Maestro manage this task with ease and accuracy All organizations rely on software products in their daily operations across all departments and business segments. Enterprise software ranges from ERP, accounting and finance applications to engineering, CAD, CAM, marketing and sales automation and also includes the software I am using to […]

Financial Planning and Analysis – Art or Science?

How technology reduces the “art” element in successful FP&A activities This morning I received an e-mail from Proformative.com inviting me to a webinar titled “The Art (and some Science) of Great FP&A”. I am glad to see a resurgence of such an important facet in any company’s finance department and the increasingly stronger endorsement of this function […]

Forecast and Monitor your Loan Covenants Compliance

How loan covenant compliance can be forecasted with Budget Maestro and Displayed by Analytics Maestro   There has been a recent series of blog posts on this site of why companies must regularly forecast their balance sheets Why you Must Forecast your Balance Sheet Part 2. There is also an older blog post on one of […]

Forecast and Monitor your Key Financial Ratios

How key financial ratios can be forecasted with Budget Maestro and Displayed in Analytics Maestro I recently posted a series of articles on this blog on the importance of forecasting a company’s balance sheet and how the financial health of the organization can be predicted using data available from the actual accounting system and from […]

Why you Must Forecast your Balance Sheet – Part 2

It is not as hard as you think and the results will greatly justify the effort In the first part of this series we saw why we need to be able to forecast our company’s balance sheet. In this installment we will see examples of how a forecasted balance sheet is constructed and a software […]