Higher Education Budgeting – Target Adjustments and Assumptions for Dynamics 365 Business Central

What are Target Adjustments and Assumptions in a Higher Education Budget Model?

Target adjustments for both revenues and expenses serve as templates for making assumptions, frequently utilized by budget managers to establish proposed financial objectives for departmental users contributing to the bottom-up budget. This particular form’s essential function involves inputting suggested annual increments or decrements, which are derived from the prior year’s actual results or the previous year’s budget. These figures are entered as the recommended percentage changes for each revenue and expense General Ledger account. Below, you will find an illustration of this type of input form.

Purpose of Target Adjustment Templates

Universities and colleges employ target adjustment templates to swiftly and efficiently construct an initial proposed budget based on preferred or anticipated targets. When integrated into sound business practices within a Budgeting and Planning department, an institution can enhance its planning process and reduce the likelihood of departmental end users in the bottom-up budget process significantly deviating from the institution’s set targets.

Benefits to Users

The incorporation of Target Adjustment and Assumption templates in a higher education budget model not only streamlines the budgeting process but also offers significant advantages to business users. By providing a structured framework for setting financial targets and assumptions, this model empowers users to make more informed decisions. Budget managers and departmental users can collaborate more effectively, ensuring that proposed budgets align with the institution’s goals and priorities. Additionally, the model enhances efficiency by reducing the chances of missing financial targets by a wide margin, ultimately leading to better financial planning and resource allocation. As a result, business users can optimize their decision-making processes, contributing to improved overall performance and resource utilization within the institution.

Target Adjustment Template Example

Here is an example of a Target Adjustment form for revenues and expenses.

Higher Education Budgeting - Target Adjustments and Assumptions for Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Who Uses This Type of Form?

The typical users of this type of form are: Budget Officers and Department Managers.

Other Forms Often Used in Conjunction with Target Adjustment Templates

Progressive Budgeting and Planning Departments sometimes use several different Target Adjustment Templates, along with payroll, capex, operating expense and revenue templates, in addition to management and control tools.

Where Does the Data for Analysis Originate From?

The Actual (historical transactions) data typically comes from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like: Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) Finance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC), Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Sage Intacct, Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, Sage X3, SAP Business One, SAP ByDesign, Acumatica, Netsuite and others.

In analyses where budgets or forecasts are used, the planning data most often originates from in-house Excel spreadsheet models or from professional corporate performance management (CPM/EPM) solutions.

What Tools are Typically used for Reporting, Planning and Dashboards?

Examples of business software used with the data and ERPs mentioned above are:

  • Native ERP report writers and query tools
  • Spreadsheets (for example Microsoft Excel)
  • Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools (for example Solver)
  • Dashboards (for example Microsoft Power BI and Tableau)

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