Stale Cash Flow Forecasts and Overdue Invoices: A Recipe for Disaster

Having a strong positive cash flow is the goal of every business. Knowing that you’ve got the resources available to run your business and handle any unexpected expenses helps business owners sleep at night. The question is, how do you maintain that flow once you’ve got it established? There are two scenarios that can lead […]

Cash Flow Planning is a Company’s Secret Weapon Against Disruptors

The business world is no longer occupied with mere startups. Instead, we live in the age of disruptors – small, agile organizations with big ideas that are changing the world and the market that they are part of with new ideas and rapid adaptation to customer demand. Larger companies don’t always have the ability, or […]

Cash Flow Forecasting Best Practices

Earlier this year I participated in a discussion on the Proformative.com site, titled: Cash Flow Forecasting Best Practices. A Proformative member asked a question which is very common in many finance organizations: What are the best practices when it comes to developing a cash flow forecast model? The person indicated that it was for a large […]

The Dreaded Statement of Cash Flows

How you can automatically generate an actual Statement of Cash Flows regardless of what ERP software you use Those who have experienced the manual preparation of a Statement of Cash Flows using beginning and period end Balance Sheets plus a periodic Income Statement know that this can be a chore and can cause a little […]

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 […]

Why you Must Forecast your Balance Sheet – Part 1

It is not as hard as you think and the results will greatly justify the effort I have written several times on this blog about forecasting a company’s balance sheet and the many benefits one gets from it. If this is so beneficial, then why is this so hard if not impossible to do using […]