Integrated Planning

Welcome to the Vena Solutions Integrated Business Planning Blog. Learn more about maximising output by linking strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial initiatives.

2022 Holiday Planning Guide for Retailers

December 1, 2022 |

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4 Tips for Long-Range Planning During Turbulent Times

If you were to describe 2022 in a single word, what would it be? “Unpredictable” might top the list. “Volatile” or “turbulent” certainly fit. “Uncertain,” “changeable” or even “capricious” all work, too. Between rising interest rates and inflation, supply ......

September 6, 2022 |

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7 Tips on How To Recession-Proof Your Business’s Revenue Planning Process

Whether or not we’re in—or inevitably awaiting—a recession, you need to prepare your revenue planning process for a downturn. In times of higher inflation, quickly rising interest rates and volatile economic conditions, you already know it’s critical to be......

August 11, 2022 |

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5 Common Pitfalls in Data Analysis That Could Impact Your Small or Medium-Sized Business

Hertz understands the havoc that data errors can cause. Back in 2014, the rental car company found upwards of $46.3 million worth of errors in its 2011 statements. Emerging from a range of sources—from uncollectible fees for damaged vehicles, to doubtful a......

April 18, 2022 |

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4 Best Practices Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Learn From Big Businesses

Small businesses are anything but small potatoes. As a strong source of new jobs (about 65% of them), they’re an economic driver. Yet recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor show about 20% of small businesses fail in the first year.  What’s worse: the......

April 1, 2022 |

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3 Oscar Movies That Could Have Benefited From Better Strategic Planning—and One That Got It Right

There’s a scene midway through Adam McKay’s 2021 movie Don’t Look Up (if you haven’t seen it, spoiler alert!). The president of the United States, played by Meryl Streep, has been presented with some alarming news: a comet is on trajectory to collide with ......

February 10, 2022 |

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A New Game Plan for Professional Sports: Creating a Competitive Edge With Business-Wide Planning Agility

The pandemic threw professional sports teams a major curveball, accelerating change already happening across the industry—from revenue diversification to digital transformation.  As sports attendance came to a sudden halt, teams increasingly turned to alte......

February 8, 2022 |

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Q&A: Are Organizations as Financially Healthy as They Should Be?

It’s 2022. Let out a long, deep exhale. Together, we’ve made it through the first full pandemic-era planning cycle—and now we’re on to the second. But before we dig deep into the next cycle, let’s look—with Vena VP of FP&A Tom Seegmiller—at how busines......

February 7, 2022 |

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Building Agility in the Year Ahead: 5 Predictions for 2022

Goodbye, 2021. Hello, 2022. January may already be over, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to look forward to in the year ahead—expected and unexpected. And that’s true in the financial and operational planning spaces as much as it is everywhere els......

February 3, 2022 |

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From Series A to IPO: How SaaS Businesses Can Grow Quickly by Applying the Right Metrics

When you’re on a rocket ship, you need continuous feedback to stay on the right trajectory. And fast-moving Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies are exactly the same. For SaaS companies at any stage of growth, this means having the latest leading and lag......

January 28, 2022 |

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