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.

The 1-2-3 Guide to Business Continuity Planning

February 3, 2023 |

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What Are Data Silos and Why Are They Problematic?

In our data-driven world, 33% of finance teams are struggling with inaccessible or siloed data.  Companies cannot back well-informed business decisions without accurate reporting from FP&A teams.  Siloed data makes it difficult for finance teams to gat......

January 26, 2023 |

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Zero-Based Thinking: What Is It and How Can Finance Leaders Use It?

Hindsight is 20/20. Or at least that’s how the saying goes. And it’s true. By looking back, we can better determine the decisions we should have made and the actions we should have taken. We have a clearer view, in other words, of where we went wrong. That......

December 20, 2022 |

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2022 Holiday Planning Guide for Retailers

The holiday season. It’s a time for rest. A time for family and friends. And a chance to enjoy some darn good food—and not feel guilty about it. And for retailers, the holiday season can also be a great time for business. Despite a shaky economy due to iss......

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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