Tag: Analytics

Data Analytics 101 – Start here!

Do you understand what data analytics really is, or just that it’s a hot topic you’d like to know more about?

Getting to grips with business analytics (to give it its other name) should be near the top of the “to do” list for most finance professionals. But a lot of accountants don’t actually know what analytics is and how it fits into the accounting and finance function.

So if that is you, then this first instalment of a 5 part series on Business Analytics is a perfect way to get started.

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Why your business planning needs Core and Edge

Guest post by Lance Rubin

If your finance department is going to operate effectively, it needs the right blend of three elements: people, process, and technology. Having each of these elements present in your function is easy enough, but getting the balance right is another thing entirely.

Taking a tech-first approach is, in almost all cases, a bad idea. Technology is never a driving factor – leading with tech is like offering up an answer without really knowing what the question is. But scrutinising the state of your current technology can tell you a lot about your people and processes, which is where the true balance comes in. Continue reading “Why your business planning needs Core and Edge”

#BQs – Should management accounting expand to include external data as well as internal data?

Written by Christopher Argent, Founder Generation CFO

To answer this #BQs (Big Question) let’s first remember why management accounting exists.

For me, the role of management accounts (which feels like an outdated term today) is to provide management with information to “control and measure” across three pillars.

Three pillars of information

  1. Performance Management
  2. Growth
  3. Control

ie: providing information on how the company is performing, how we think it will perform, how we can support growth, how it will grow, and how effective and efficient we are, and how much more can we be efficient.

Data Analytics approach

With reference to my Data Analytics articles, we need to take a good look at what the business needs to ask and answer to manage and grow the business, if this relies on external data (competitor data, benchmarks, external operational data -weather, traffic data, customer persona data) then you will need external data.

Is this likely to be the case in most companies?

In my experience there is a case for external data in all companies, after all, no company is an island, so it will need an external view.