Being agile is more important than ever. Most organizations are now undergoing a digital transformation, more or less successfully, and being agile is one of the best ways to manage disruption. It helps business teams continually adapt to changing scope and deliverables, as they manage to change priorities in what is a highly volatile, constantly changing environment. Being agile works alongside disruption, continually adapting to market or external changes rather than being impeded by them.
"Agile organizations have 70% chance of being a top quartile performer." – McKinsey
But, "only 20% of companies are prepared to address disruption." – Accenture
Finance has the opportunity to ensure the business will survive and even thrive. But, today's finance organizations are faced with extreme uncertainty in trying to understand and address disruption from today's crises, deal with liquidity and cash flow, and start planning for business in the future. Historical forecasting has become largely irrelevant. Instead, agile scenario modeling and fast data-driven decisions from analytics can help finance teams assess more possible outcomes, run predictive analytics, spot threats, and opportunities, and find the best path to success.
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Disruption can be viewed in three phases, and with the right analytics, finance should be able to take the right and necessary steps to ensure successful progression through each event.
So, what does finance need in terms of tools and expertise to navigate safely through each of these phases?
The short answer is analytics. Although finance departments, particularly FP&A, have been "doing analytics" for years, most still rely on slow, manual, insecure, and cumbersome processes embedded in Excel to generate the numbers they need. In an age of disruption, these inflexible tools and processes, which are often reliant on individual people, are not capable of quickly accessing unexpected developments and charting a clear path forward. This means the right data isn't available at the right time to make the best decision, one that will lead the business in a direction that ensures success and survival.
What is needed is an integrated data management and analytics platform that is flexible and not reliant on individuals or specialized administration, one that fuels business agility with data-driven insights and powers finance with self-service and autonomy to operate at the pace of business. Agile scenario modeling and fast data-driven decisions from analytics can help finance model more without impedance and find the right path forward more quickly. With high-performance analytics, finance teams can assess more possible outcomes, run predictive analytics, spot threats, and opportunities, and find the best path forward for their organization.
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