Earlier this year SAP commissioned a series of pieces from finance expert Steve Player to explore how new technologies such as cloud computing, mobility, and in-memory processing of Big Data are transforming planning, budgeting and forecasting best practices. Steve runs his own practice, The Player Group and also heads up the Beyond Budgeting Roundtable in North America.
As an easy way of tracking them down, here are direct links to the entire series, which has developed over the weeks to form an impressive piece of work that, so far, I’ve not seen the equal of:
1 Finance’s New Tools for Helping Your Organization Overcome Uncertainty
2 Finance Leverages the Cloud for Faster Results
3 How Finance Can Find the Capacity to Leverage the Cloud
4 Harvest time is here for Big Data
5 See All and Know All with in-memory computing
6 How to Achieve Better and Faster Rolling Forecasts
7 Are You Using the Right Data for Planning and Forecasting
8 Does Finance Feel the ‘Need for Speed’ in Planning and Reporting?
9 Going Mobile with Planning and Analysis
10 Improved Scenario Planning for Greater Agility and More Coordinated Response with Enterprise Mobility
11 Using Big Data, Mobile and Cloud in combination to take planning and performance management to the next level – Part One
12 Using Big Data, Mobile and Cloud in combination to take planning and performance management to the next level – Part Two
And just to demonstrate that this is really where we’re heading, here is a piece on the break-throughs that Unilever are achieveing by applying some of these technologies to their enterprise planning and reporting.