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Financial Planning & Analysis

Welcome to the Vena Solutions Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) Blog. Learn about the latest trends in FP&A and discover ways to take your financial planning to the next level. (2)

Report: 64% of Businesses Did Not Change Operating Models During Challenging Times

February 25, 2021 |

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Report: 64% of Businesses Don’t Have a Dedicated Role for Data Analysis

Data is everywhere in our business world today, but a majority of companies across various industries have yet to invest in a dedicated role for data analysis. That’s what 64% of the 350 global finance, operations and business leaders surveyed in Vena’s 20......

February 5, 2021 |

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Report: 42% of Businesses Face Data Expertise and Data Strategy Challenges

In today’s business world where most companies have the ability to collect mountains of data, it seems a fair share of businesses still lack the expertise and strategy necessary to make the most of their data. This is what 42% of the 350 business leaders s......

January 13, 2021 |

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Report: 92.5% of Businesses Believe the Virtual Workplace Is Here To Stay

The pandemic caused abrupt global shifts in the way people worked across all industries in 2020, with remote work becoming the “new normal” for workforces worldwide. But while the virtual workplace may have emerged as a byproduct of the pandemic, it seems ......

December 31, 2020 |

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That’s a Wrap: Top 3 Things on Every CFO’s Holiday Wish List

As this unprecedented year comes to a close, no one is probably happier to see it go than your CFO. When your business had to pivot due to the global pandemic and precarious market conditions, it was your CFO who not only faced the sudden change, but owned......

December 22, 2020 |

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What We Know (and Can’t Know) About 2021: 5 Predictions for Finance and Operations Professionals

Expect the unexpected. Be prepared for change. Know that the only thing that can truly be predicted is unpredictability itself. Vena has always been an advocate of these principles. But with a particularly unpredictable year coming to a close—one marked by......

December 17, 2020 |

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Report: 58% of Businesses Did Not Reallocate Skill and Talent in 2020

The year 2020 will be remembered as a year of unprecedented change brought on by the global pandemic and economic uncertainty. Companies around the world found themselves faced with the task of having  to make decisions around their workforce as a result o......

December 15, 2020 |

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Excel for Finance: Spreadsheet Skills for FP&A and Beyond

This blog was first published in 2020 and updated on December 8, 2021. Finance professionals live and die by Microsoft Excel. Proficiency in Excel is crucial to your success, as it’s still the most widely used software for spreadsheets. And yet, most of us......

December 8, 2020 |

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Report: 67% of Businesses Can’t Locate and Identify Their Data

Businesses collect large volumes of data, but according to survey results published in Vena’s 2020 Industry Benchmark Report, it seems that a good majority of companies are still in the dark when it comes to finding the data they need and making the most o......

November 26, 2020 |

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Report: 60% of Industry Leaders Say Business KPIs Are Not Regularly Shared

When it comes to understanding the overall health and performance of your business, KPIs (key performance indicators) are the main drivers for revealing the truth across an organization. But according to findings in the new 2020 Vena Industry Benchmark Rep......

September 16, 2020 |

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