Budgeting and forecasting are important areas when the company needs to implement strategic plans and plan for future activities. But planning, budgeting and forecasting are often resource-intensive processes with interdependencies where the latest updates are not reflected.
The budgeting process often involves several departments that need to update their business plans – often based on other people’s input – and ensure coherence to other areas, so that the finished budget is coherent and based on the same foundation.
Our approach to budgeting solutions ensures that we touch all aspects of the budgeting process.
We start by mapping the most important elements of the budget model in an analysis workshop.
We recommend taking the chart of accounts as a starting point, as this is most often central to the solution and links the various budget areas together on operations, balance sheets and cash flow. After this, we can expand the solution to solve specific areas such as salary, IT, and final investment & depreciation, so that balance and the future cash flow can be estimated.
twoday kapacity’s approach ensures a link between financial planning and follow-up. Budget and forecast are updated and approved in the Performance Management solution, but often the approved business plans will be exported to the Business Intelligence solution so that follow-up and deviation analyzes are performed in the existing BI solution.
We are increasingly experiencing companies using statistical algorithms to increase the quality of budgets. Time-based projections can support the development of budgets, and confidence intervals can validate budget inputs and give rise to a qualitative dialogue concerning the level of budget and forecasts.
Most importantly, however, the input from the algorithm is explained and accepted by the business as budget input and not the final budget output. With modern Performance Management, it will be possible to adjust the technical input.
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