What is a Cash, AR and Expense Trend Analysis Dashboard?

Expense and liquidity-related dashboards are considered operational dashboards and are often used by Executives and CFOs to perform trend and comparative analysis. A key functionality in this type of report will dynamically display the past 15 months of salaries, sales & marketing expenses, cash and receivables. It also shows the month-over-month change in cash. The charts makes it easy to follow the trends. At the bottom of the report, below the charts, there is a numerical data section. You will find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Expense and Liquidity Dashboard Reports

Companies and organizations use Expense and Liquidity Dashboard Reports to track trends and discover anomalies in key metrics that drive cost, profitability and available funds. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, a company can improve its focus on expense and liquidity analysis, as well as, reduce the chances that managers react late to opportunities or exceptions that require their attention.

Expense and Liquidity Dashboard Report Example

Here is an example of a Cash, AR and Expense Trend Analysis Dashboard with 15 month rolling trend charts.

Cash, AR and Expense Trend Analysis Dashboard Example

Cash, AR and Expense Trend Analysis Dashboard Example

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Who Uses This Type of Report?

The typical users of this type of report are: CFOs, Analysts and Executives.

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Expense and Liquidity Dashboard Reports

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Expense and Liquidity Dashboard Reports, along with revenue dashboards, financial statements 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 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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