If your budgetary planning process hasn’t evolved over time, you may still be working with a manual, time-intensive process each year that inspires resignation and dread from planners and line managers alike. To adjust for accelerating technological and market forces, you may want to transform this yearly low-return exercise into a rolling forecast that truly helps your company effectively plan and measure performance.
If your company is like most, the July through September timeframe is when you put together next year’s annual budget. This annual budget can function as an effective means for spending control. However, as “The Planning Survey 14” from BARC describes, annual budgets are nearly outdated by the time the yearly planning cycle is over, rendering them ineffective as a performance management tool. This means most companies really need rolling forecasts to update their budget data throughout the year in monthly or quarterly intervals.
Whew – it’s over! Yearly financial planning, that is. And many corporate finance teams are breathing a collective sigh of relief. You can put those challenges of pushing and pulling budget data from your ERP system behind you, at least for another few months or so, right? Budgeting is out of sight, out of mind ― for now.