What is a Top 10 KPI Report with 13 Month Rolling Trend Analysis?

Top KPI trend reports are considered dashboards and are often used by CFOs and Executives to analyze trends and current statuses for the company’s most important key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of the key functionality in this type of report is that it the KPI page itself is very graphical with dynamic, rolling 13 month trend charts. Also, the current month is highlighted as a number in each chart. Maybe most useful is that this KPI dashboard is part of a complete report book with many other supporting reports that offers drill down into transactional detail. These can be seen in the example as additional tabs. You find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Top KPI Trend Reports

Companies and organizations use Top KPI Trend Reports to quickly see how each of their most important metrics are trending over the past 13 months. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, a company can improve its ability to discover trends and drill down into the underlying reasons as well as reduce the chances that important exceptions or shifts in the business goes undetected.

Top KPI Trend Report Example

Here is an example of a report book with a Top 10 KPI dashboard with 13 month rolling trend charts and supplemental reports on the other tabs.

Top 10 KPI Report with 13 Month Rolling Trend Analysis Example

Top 10 KPI Report with 13 Month Rolling Trend Analysis Example

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Who Uses This Type of Report?

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

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Top KPI Trend Reports

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Top KPI Trend Reports, along with financial reports, operational reports 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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