Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) plays a crucial role in an organization’s success. Budgeting, forecasting, and analytics support decision makers at organizations of all sizes. Most have the basic building blocks to drive FP&A—for instance, a good grasp of their industry, clear strategic objectives, and a wealth of financial data. But they may lack the ability to monitor and report on shifts as they happen, conduct scenario analysis, or evaluate the potential effects that shifting economic, market, or internal conditions could have. Add to this a risk component to pinpoint and mitigate threats that could easily affect financial performance.
To level-up financial planning & analysis, decision makers need the ability to visualize their data, interpret it, and glean meaningful insight based on the most current data at hand. Only after they can pinpoint patterns and anomalies can they adapt to market changes, steer operations, and effectively allocate resources. But where do you start, and how can you generate the up-to-date insights you need?
Whereas static Excel spreadsheets and stand-alone solutions can provide a fixed glimpse into an organization’s financial position at any given time, advanced software tools, data analytics, and robotic process automation can work collectively to provide the key performance indicator (KPI) dashboards and updated insights financial leaders need to quickly pivot and refine operations.
By pairing advanced industry insight with financial planning and analysis solutions, decision makers can answer critical questions including:
- How do actual financial results compare to our budget or forecasts? Determine whether your organization is on track to meet its financial goals by visualizing variances in actual versus projected financial performance.
- Which KPIs should be monitored regularly? Make sure you’ve identified and can track the KPIs able to provide actionable insights into financial performance.
- What are the key drivers of financial performance? Gain insight into the factors influencing financial results including changes in sales/revenue activity, operational efficiency, or pricing.
- What risks and uncertainties could affect financial performance? Understand potential regulatory, internal, or market-related risks.
- What is the return on investment (ROI) for a specific project or initiative? Quickly assess the financial viability and ROI potential of planned projects or investments.
- How do we rank within the industry or market? Benchmark and gauge your organization’s performance relative to competitors.
- What tax implications can be expected from certain financial decisions? Understand and analyze tax consequences for various financial strategies and transactions.
- How do changes in economic conditions affect an organization’s financial outlook? Pinpoint the ways in which macroeconomic factors, e.g., inflation and interest rates, might change an organization’s financial position.
- What is our cash flow position? Know where your organization stands at all times and whether it is on track to fund operations and meet short-term obligations.
- Could the organization improve its cost structure or profitability? Identify opportunities for cost-cutting or operational efficiency.
When you level-up FP&A, you improve the accuracy of forecasting, enhance financial transparency, and showcase fiscal responsibility while bringing all employees onboard and working toward the same organizational goals.
How We Help
AAFCPAs pairs advanced financial expertise with sophisticated solutions to answer key business questions (KBQs). Our consulting CFOs, controllers, and data analysts help clients present data in a clear, understandable, and actionable manner. This includes help with goal setting, KBQ identification, budgeting and forecasting, data analysis and visualization, and performance monitoring. AAFCPAs helps clients delve beyond core financials using cloud-based visualization solutions, performance metrics, scenario modeling, and forecasting to help decision makers recognize implications, capitalize on opportunities, mitigate risk, and communicate with stakeholders.
If you have questions, please contact Joyce Ripianzi, CPA, Partner, Managed Accounting Solutions (nonprofits) at 781-290-6373 or email@example.com, Destiny J. Flood, CPA, Partner, Managed Accounting Solutions (commercial business) at 774.512.4151 or firstname.lastname@example.org—or your AAFCPAs Partner.