When organisations engage in static planning, there are various pitfalls to consider, long planning cycles for building annual budgets and forecasts leads to obsolete and costly plans.
In this post, we look at the drawbacks of static planning, and why an active approach is best for finance teams to navigate the ever-changing business environment.
Static plans and forecasts that depend on outdated tools such as spreadsheets quickly become unmanageable and out-of-date in a rapidly changing environment. A static plan takes too long to create and doesn’t support business growth.
The manual effort alone consumes time that could be spent on valuable analysis and business strategy. Furthermore, consolidating information from multiple sources, often unreliable or incomplete, is a painful and time-consuming task. Active planning automates manual tasks, freeing capacity to focus on strategic analysis.
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Poor Collaboration and Visualisation
Static planning is a siloed and fragmented effort. Manual planning processes make it difficult to work collaboratively and often leads to confusion and errors. Most teams focus on gathering data, resulting in multiple versions and spreadsheets, and not enough time to analyse the data and provide valuable insights.
A static, manual planning process also prevents finance teams from easily and quickly visualising and sharing data. Active planning makes it easy to create compelling visuals, and the collaborative effort also helps to ensure non-finance management teams stay updated.
Accurate planning and forecasting relies on quality data. However, a static approach to planning leads to poor underlying data, outdated or incomplete information. It becomes difficult to manage all data entries and verify its accuracy, not to mention duplicates.
Active planning relies on the latest version of data and real-time insights. Data flows directly from back-end systems, and thanks to the cloud, any updates are managed promptly, making financial processes more reliable.
Lack of Scalability
With less time to develop insights, poor collaboration, and a lack of uniform trust in the plan, companies relying on static planning miss out on important growth opportunities while making choices based on incomplete information.
When it comes to scenario planning, rolling forecasts, and visual analytics, static planning is not recommended. Spreadsheets were not designed to support a growing business. Active planning supports dynamic growth, by leveraging real-time tools and collaborative processes.
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