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Financial planning using forecasts

Posted on Aug 03, 2016 by Alan Gurney

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Do you ever have to prepare business cases to get funding for your projects? Including forecasts is essential to show the potential benefits of your proposal.

A forecast is an estimate of financial performance, typically for sales and costs, leading to estimated profit over a certain period of time (month / quarter / year).

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Topics: Analysis, Financial Business Analysis

Writing a project investment appraisal

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 by Alan Gurney

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Do you often have to submit project proposals to senior stakeholders? Want to know how to evaluate your project and plan your investment pitch?

Understanding why and how to evaluate a project is an invaluable skill for today's knowledge workers.

If a project requires funding from your business, you'll need to present a business case showing the overall return or benefit. An investment appraisal is essential as the business will set the investment criteria.

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Topics: Business, Productivity, Financial Business Analysis

Join 70,000 business analysts catalysing business change

Posted on Apr 04, 2016 by Nick Fernando

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Like any other business function, effective finance capability is dependent on people, structures, systems and processes. As many may be painfully aware and as highlighted by the ICAEW, Business Partnering struggles by on workarounds cobbled together on a last-minute, must-needs basis. Developing effective skills in process management and business change enables finance teams to break free of this rut, deliver better services and generate more value for the business.

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Topics: Financial Business Analysis

More Spin Than Muralitharan - Detecting Spin In Business Analysis

Posted on Jul 01, 2015 by Harold Graycar

So what is “spin”?  Spin is a name applied to the misrepresentation or distortion of information, to persuade someone either in favour or against a certain point of view.

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Topics: Financial Business Analysis

When Microsoft Broke Our Excel Spreadsheets

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 by Harold Graycar

You know those automatic Office updates that Microsoft does when your computer is having a snooze . . .  ?

Well, on 10 December 2014, Microsoft issued Security Bulletin MS14-082 -  Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3017349).

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Topics: Microsoft Excel, Financial Business Analysis