Example of a Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard to Streamline the Monthly Reporting Process

How can Financial Dashboards Drive Faster and Better Decisions?

As CFOs increasingly become key advisors in the Monthly Reporting Process, they must rely on modern self-service corporate performance management (CPM) and business intelligence (BI) tools. Using interactive Financial Dashboards like the Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard template shown below enables them and users from the board and executive teams to experience near real time profitability metrics that help drive faster and better decisions.

Who uses Profitability Benchmarking Dashboards and What are Some Key Analytical Features?

In today’s fast-paced business environment, CFOs are under high pressure to supply end users like board members and leaders with timely and concise Financial Dashboards. Companies use key features like the ones below to support their users with effective analysis that helps drive optimal performance for subsidiaries:

  • Year-to-date (YTD) profit metric tables with the chosen business unit benchmarked against the average of all business units
  • Charts comparing Year-to-Date (YTD) Actual and Budgets for the chosen business unit with the average of all units
  • Period, company and other filters that dynamically drive the dashboard

The Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard template can be used as a key element of the Monthly Reporting process:

Example of a Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard to Streamline the Monthly Reporting Process

Example of a Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard to Streamline the Monthly Reporting Process

The Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard is a ready-to-use Financial Dashboard from the Solver Marketplace.

A Brief Description of the Profitability Benchmarking Dashboard Template

Financial Dashboards like the one seen in the image above are interactive and parameter driven and typically contain sections with profitability KPIs displayed with charts and traffic lights indicators for budget variances. One of the important features that aid the user in the analysis process is the ability to on the fly analyze and benchmark profitability performance of any business unit against a chosen set of subsidiaries. Profitability Benchmarking Dashboards are often used in conjunction with revenue and expense dashboards, consolidated and individual profit and loss reports, and budget models.

Data Integration to Transaction Systems

Most organizations these days want automated and streamlined planning, reporting and analysis. However, many of the benefits described earlier rely on best of breed Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools and/or Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities as well as data marts or data warehouses that use pre-built integrations to the organization’s ERP system. Oftentimes, they also need integrations to other key data sources like CRM, subscription systems, payroll tools, etc.

Modern, cloud-based ERPs like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance (D365 Finance), Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC), Sage Intacct, Acumatica, Netsuite and SAP have robust APIs which allow for dynamic integrations to CPM and BI tools that are fully automated and flexible to run on a schedule or on-demand.

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Example of a Loan and GL Reconciliation Report for Credit Unions

What is a Loan and GL Reconciliation Report?

Reconciliation Reports are considered data control tools and are used by accountants to help ensure that loan-related transactions tie to the General Ledger. Some of the main functionality in this type of report is that it for any given GL account chosen by the user will list and match with the related loan transactions. In the columns you find months up to the current period in order to make it easy to track historical balances. You find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Loan and GL Reconciliation Reports

Credit Unions use Loan and GL Reconciliation Reports to automate and speed up the monthly close process and to ensure that data from loan transactions match with the related GL postings. When used as part of good business practices in Accounting departments, a company can improve its accounting staff efficiency, and it can reduce the chances that mistakes carry through to financial reports.

Example of a Loan and GL Reconciliation Report

Here is an example of a Loan and GL Reconciliation Report with user-defined parameters for Entity and Account.

Example of a Loan and GL Reconciliation Report for Credit Unions

Example of a Loan and GL Reconciliation Report for Credit Unions

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Who Uses This Type of Report?

The typical users of this type of report are: Controllers and Accountants.

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Loan and GL Reconciliation Reports

Progressive Accounting departments sometimes use several different Loan and GL Reconciliation Reports, along with Detailed loan reports, trial balances, profit & loss reports, balance sheets, cash flow statements and other management and control tools.

Where Does the Data for Analysis Originate From?

The Actual (historical transactions) data typically comes from loan management systems and 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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Payroll Forecast Assumption Input Form

What is a Payroll Forecast Assumption Input Form?

Payroll forecast assumption templates are considered a key part of automated forecast models and are used by HR and budget managers to drive salary, tax and benefit calculations. Some of the key functionality in this type of forecast template automates calculations of otherwise data entry-intensive payroll forecasts and budgets. It also allows for quick changes of assumptions that results in new payroll expenses and scenarios. You will find an example of this type of forecast template below.

Purpose of Payroll Forecast Assumptions

Companies and organizations use Payroll Forecast Assumptions to support their workforce planning activities and to enable quick changes based on business demands. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and HR Department, a company can improve its expense control and hiring plans, as well as reduce the risk that personnel forecasts and budgets do not match reality.

Payroll Forecast Assumption Example

Here is an example of an assumption form where the user enters figures that drive the payroll forecast.

Payroll Forecast Assumption Input Form

Payroll Forecast Assumption Input Form

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Who Uses This Type of Forecast Template?

The typical users of this type of forecast template are: Human Resources (HR) and budget managers.

Other Forecast Templates Often Used in Conjunction with Payroll Forecast Assumptions

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and HR Departments sometimes use several different Payroll Forecast Assumptions, along with payroll templates and other forecast and planning models and other 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 SL, Sage Intacct, Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, Sage X3, SAP Business One, SAP ByDesign, Netsuite and others.

In analyses where budgets or forecasts are used, the 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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