It’s that time of year.  Come September, many organizations will begin the budgeting and planning process for 2018.  What’s your approach going to be?

Will your organization be slogging through a long, detailed budgeting process?  Are you still managing the business based on static budgets that are obsolete soon after approval?  Or are you ready to embrace “continuous planning”?

This will be the focus of an upcoming August 10th webinar sponsored by Host Analytics titled “Continuous Dynamic Planning:  The CFO’s 2018 Mandate.”

It’s not too late to change!  Don’t let your 2018 budget be a strategic anchor on your company’s ability to anticipate, respond, and react effectively to dynamic market conditions.  Learn how organizations of all sizes are transforming their financial planning processes.  See how they’re upgrading from Excel and outdated legacy planning software to cost-effective, cloud-based budgeting and planning solutions that fuel business agility by supporting dynamic, driver-based planning and rolling forecasts

Join us to discover how organizations that implement dynamic, continuous planning techniques can gain competitive advantage.  Learn how Finance can deliver strategic value by acting as trusted advisors across departmental lines—helping to evaluate and assess new growth opportunities and providing senior management with a dynamic financial plan that informs better decisions across the enterprise.

To learn more watch the webinar replay. 

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30 responses to “Continuous Planning – Transform Your Approach to Budgeting for 2018”

  1. Megan says:

    Sounds like this will be a great webinar! Great topic!

  2. Jacob Lambert says:

    Interested to hear how others will approach 2018!

  3. Doug Johnson says:

    Our Fiscal Year ends on Sep 30, so we are well on our way to being done with 2018 Budget. We always think Continuous Budget would be great, but it is really hard to turn the ship around when the main pain points only affect a small number of people.

  4. Edward Mitchell says:

    Is this different than 1 11, 2 10 forecasting?

  5. Han Shih says:

    would love to hear more about advantage of Continuous Dynamic Planning on how it helps our company grow vs. our incentive based annual budget.

  6. andrea says:

    I’ve been at companies that do static budgets and one that did continuous planning. I think it’s a bit of a balancing act to get somewhere in between.

  7. Andrew Sevillia says:

    Hi Han – We have a webinar planned for tomorrow 8/10. Join us if you can. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7961918123323202819?source=Host+Analytics

  8. John O'Rourke says:

    Hi Ed – similar concept, but true rolling forecasts extend beyond the end of the fiscal year.
    We’ll also cover driver-based planning on the webinar – please join us!

  9. David Cannon says:

    Great topic!

  10. Jean Dane says:

    We do a monthly forecast but only to the end of the year, although in June we do a top level first look at 2018. Would love to hear how companies are going past the current year for planning purposes.

  11. John O'Rourke says:

    Hi Jean – join the webinar today to hear more!

  12. Cindy says:

    I always find it beneficial to hear how others go about their budgeting process. This should be a great resource!

  13. Den Moyo says:

    Our company is implementing Host Analytics for the 2018 budget and we have started the transition to driver-based planning and rolling forecasts.

  14. Nikola O says:

    Would be interested that organizer gather data by surveying teams on which budgeting approaches are in use and share it (Ex. zero cost budgeting, historical trends etc.)

  15. Jarrod says:

    Step 1: get out of Excel. Step 2: continuous planning.

  16. courtney says:

    I find continuous planning to be much more beneficial than a static budget but there are also benefits to be able to create a budget with components of both approaches.

  17. Kate says:

    Our budgeting kickoff meeting is coming up! Time flies when it comes to forecasting!

  18. Nicole says:

    I am excited to Learn how Finance can deliver strategic value

  19. Pat says:

    Interesting topic. Our company mainly does forecasting. Host Analytics is a great tool for this process.

  20. Ali says:

    We have our annual budget cycle and also have an ongoing monthly forecast to the end of the fiscal year. We leverage SpotlightXL modeling tool to forecast remainder of this fiscal year and the budget for next year. This is in addition to using the planning tool.

  21. Nikita says:

    Interesting read. Planning is key for finance!

  22. Jeremy Zhao says:

    This would making the budgeting process a whole lot easier but there are a lot of business decisions that are forced to be made during the budgeting process and I think a year interval is short enough to not miss out on macro trends.

  23. Jamie says:

    There should be a good middle ground between static and continuous planning. Important to have a balance of the two to make sure its valuable time spent

  24. Lauren Mazzone says:

    Great topic, it sounds like it will be very helpful!

  25. Rahul says:

    Always on planning

  26. Mary McLaughlin says:

    Host Analytics has made my budgeting process almost enjoyable!

  27. Pam says:

    Look forward to watching the webinar and hearing how the budgeting process can be improved!

  28. Monica Erin says:

    My team does not use continuous planning yet but this article provides some great points on why we should

  29. Zach says:

    interesting webinar, continuous planning could really help our forecasting team

  30. Hunter Scrivner says:

    Zero based budgeting for the win.

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