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. (5)

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

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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Data Silos Are a Challenge for 57% of Finance Teams in 2020, Survey Reveals

The recently released 2020 Vena Industry Benchmark Report has revealed that the majority of today’s finance teams are struggling with disparate data silos. The new report is based on a survey of 350 business leaders, finance executives and operations profe......

September 3, 2020 |

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New Survey Finds 51% of Finance Pros Want Power BI for Data Visualization

Finance professionals want their BPM solutions to support dashboarding and data visualization for agile, well-informed business planning. According to the 2020 Pulse of Performance Management survey, 51% of finance professionals want their business perform......

June 30, 2020 |

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How to Make an FP&A Mindset Part of Your Company DNA

When Vena’s Meg Bowie hosted a panel of Vena customers and FP&A veterans, she expected to learn about the evolution of finance and the processes it manages. Instead, what she learned from MasterCorp’s Holly Snyder, Santee Cooper’s Andrea Williams as we......

June 16, 2020 |

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3 Reasons Why the Time is Now for Finance to Adopt AI

If you’ve been in finance for more than a few years, odds are you’ve heard all about the potential value of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and predictive analytics. You’ve heard that when the conditions are right and the technology is ......

June 11, 2020 |

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