There is no end to the demands made on today’s FP&A professionals.Les Wright, FP&A It Forward
Believe it or not, that is the truth! If you’re a financial professional involved in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), my hunch is that you believe me. If you’re not convinced, I can tell you that I have witnessed this first-hand.
In times of change, this is certainly true. I’ve had the pleasure to work with a number of financial professionals who are working around the clock to keep up with the changes in organizational structure, reporting structure and the like.
Even when things are business as usual, there are constant requests for new reports, views and analysis to support both operational and executive requests. This is surely one of the strongest reasons for the success of modern self-service FP&A and analytics solutions.
So, how does research help?
Research is important as it raises awareness of the common issues plaguing us all and ultimately can make our lives easier when a new approach, whether it is a new process or technology, can be leveraged to help meet these rising demands.
As such, FP&A research can help in the following ways:
- Helps raise awareness of common practices and issues amongst FP&A professionals
- Helps FP&A professionals to benchmark themselves to peers
- Helps uncover the truth
- Helps with the improvement of FP&A processes
- Helps influence FP&A software producers
So, how can I help?
At FP&A It Forward, we want you to FP&A Happy. As such, we are very interested in FP&A professional research and in particular how you feel about the FP&A related processes and technologies that you interact with on a daily basis.
That is why we are conducting our own independent FP&A research. Here are a few reasons why we think you should join us and contribute your voice in our brief quarterly surveys as an FP&A Insights Advisor:
- The more professionals who participate, the better the survey results
- This is a simple way to ‘pay it forward’ and contribute to improvements in FP&A
- Your opinion is important
- It takes less than a minute every quarter to complete a brief survey
- You can follow FP&A It Forward on LinkedIn or visit our blog for published FP&A insights
If this looks interesting and you want to know more, please visit our FP&A Insights Advisor Sign-Up page to review the details provided there.
Finally, if there is a question that you’d like to see asked and answered in an upcoming survey, you can reply to the welcome email or contact us here and let us know. We’d be glad to consider it!