How can Financial Dashboards Drive Faster and Better Decisions?

As CFOs increasingly become strategic advisors in the Monthly Analysis Process, they must rely on modern self-service corporate performance management (CPM) and business intelligence (BI) tools. Using interactive Financial Dashboards like the Profit Margin Variance Dashboard template shown below enables them and users from the leadership team to experience near real time profit margin analysis that help drive faster and better decisions.

Who uses Profit Margin Variance 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 analysts and executives with timely and concise Financial Dashboards. Companies use key features like the ones below to support their users with effective analysis that helps drive optimized margins and profitability.

  • Margin and amount analysis for Gross Profit, EBITDA and Net Profit
  • YTD comparison to revenues and expenses
  • MTD comparison to revenues and expenses

The Profit Margin Variance Dashboard template can be used as a key element of the Monthly Analysis process:

Example of an Profit Margin Variance Dashboard to Streamline the Monthly Analysis Process

Example of an Profit Margin Variance Dashboard to Streamline the Monthly Analysis Process

The Profit Margin Variance Dashboard is a ready-to-use Financial Dashboard from the Solver Marketplace

A Brief Description of the Profit Margin Variance Dashboard Template

Financial Dashboards like the one seen in the image above are interactive and parameter driven and typically contain sections with gauges, KPIs and bar charts. One of the important features that aid the user in the analysis process is the ability to select any parameter in the menu on the left side to filter the dashboard metrics. Profit Margin Variance Dashboards are often used in conjunction with revenue, expense and KPI variance dashboards.

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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