What is a Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report?

Cash Flow Analysis tools are considered key corporate reports and are often used by CFOs and Analysts to monitor and predict liquidity. Some of the key functionality in this type of report is that it first (see tabs at bottom of image below) provides 13 months of trended profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flow data. Then this data is utilized to present the graphical flow chart that ultimately shows the company’s cash position and related trends. The percent metrics shows the year-over-year change for the current month. You find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Cash Flow Analytical Tools

Companies and organizations use Cash Flow Analytical Tools to easily detect trends both in the revenues, expenses and balance sheet items that drive cash flow, and the resulting cash position. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, a company can improve its liquidity analysis as well as reduce the chances that the FP&A team discover issues with cash drivers after they already have become a problem.

Cash Flow Analytical Tool Example

Here is an example of a graphical Cash Flow Analysis tool with 13 month trended financial statements (see tabs at bottom of image).

Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report Example

Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report 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 Cash Flow Analytical Tools

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Cash Flow Analytical Tools, along with dashboards, regular 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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