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Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Continuous planning and rolling forecasts deliver major league advantages

In a famous scene from the baseball movie, Bull Durham, Kevin Costner’s character, a disillusioned minor-league catcher, tells a young protégé who...

Analytics for all

Dan Vesset

Predictive analytics 101: What will happen next?

In this series of posts, guest author Dan Vesset addresses each of the five data analytics capabilities. This fourth post focuses on predictive analytics.

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Better forecasting drives better collaboration ... and vice versa

Consider this "virtuous circle": better forecasting leads to stronger collaboration between finance and business. And, stronger collaboration leads to better financial and business forecasts. According to a recent report from the Financial Executives Research Foundation, "effective collaboration starts with understanding the information business units are using to monitor and improve performance...." Let's look at what that entails.

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Want more foresight in your forecasting? Look to non-financial data

Non-financial data can be an important supplement to financial KPIs when you’re building financial forecasts. That’s one of the key findings from an FSN survey of nearly 1,000 senior finance executives.

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Four ways to cope with the seismic evolution in finance

The word “seismic” refers to earthquakes and things that behave like earthquakes. It’s the word analyst Gary Simon uses when he talks about changes taking place in today’s corporate finance organizations.

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

3 (ish) big reasons to upgrade from IBM Cognos TM1 to IBM Planning Analytics Local

Dozens of IBM customers are making the switch from IBM Cognos TM1 to a powerful new solution for planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. Find out why you should upgrade to IBM Planning Analytics Local.

Planning Analytics

Gary Simon

Preparing the finance function for an analytical future

The power and sophistication of weather forecasting puts business forecasting and planning to shame. So, what can the modern finance function learn from weather forecasting?