- Why automation might enhance the game
- Common workflows used in weekly scoreboard and huddle activities
- Who benefits from automation
- Tip 1 – Office 365 for Excel
- Tip 2 – Office 365 SharePoint
- Tip 3 – Power BI Scoreboards
- Tip 4 – Systems Integration
Why AutomateWe know sharing financial data is a big deal. Financial literacy can change your company. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is our financial forecasting efficient?
- Is our financial reporting secure?
Business benefits of automation may include:
- Reduce the necessary level of effort = productivity, efficiency, speed
- Reduce errors = credibility, trust, quality
- Widely distributed information = adoption, empowerment
- Visualization = insight, meaning, trends
- Better results = profit and bigger bonuses
- Cultural fit – mobile, tech-savvy users may prefer digital scoreboards
Common Financial Forecasting WorkflowsIn many organizations we see the financial reporting and forecasting working something like the follow. How does it work in your company?
- Actual financial results are reported weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually from the accounting team using the financial management system.
- Export financial statements to Excel for:
- Profit & Loss reports
- Income Statements – cash flow
- Balance Sheet statements for assets and liabilities
- Staff and teams update and reforecast critical numbers in Excel
- Teams review and approve the forecasts
- Huddle – teams post the forecast and actuals on a Whiteboard physical Scoreboard in a team room
- Everyone follows the action in the weekly and monthly huddle
- Optional – some teams project the Excel forecast onto a projector screen for the huddle
Who Benefits from Automation?There are a number of people and departments groups that can be big beneficiaries of automation tools, that go beyond the business benefits listed in the introduction. We find the following groups have a lot to gain:
- Financial Department – if automation can help with the work associated with weekly financial reporting and distributing that information across the company, that would help lighten the load often placed on the finance team
- Forecasters – each of the employees responsible for forecasting a critical number and streamline the time they spend analyzing and updating their forecast if the data and reporting was automated at some lever. Also, the teams and managers that help collaborate to review the forecast can streamline the steps using software automation in many cases.
- Everyone – all employees across the company can using digital score boards to follow the action and carry the information around with them on their devices, or project them on screens around the facility so the data is available everyone, any time, from any location, not just those in the break room where the white boards are
Tip #1 – Office 365 Excel OnlineOur number one recommendation for automation is to move from Excel on the desktop or laptop, and shift to using Office 365 version of Excel that works on a web browser or mobile device. Here are some things that are possible with Office 365 Excel online:
- Co-Author in Excel – you can have many simultaneous users working in the same spreadsheet document. This allows for parallel workflows not sequential routing of documents and versions.
- Entire team or company can be reading off one spreadsheet
- Works in a Browser/App/Device
- Anywhere access
- Collaboration with teams and reviewers can post notes, write comments, or share information
- Example – finance can send out the updated actual data with the old forecast. Everyone in the company can review it and update their numbers in one spreadsheet
- Tutorial – watch this short 0:48 Second Tutorial on how it works >>
Do You Own Office 365?Here is how you check:
- Go to http://office.com
- Login with your company username and password you use at work
- If you can login, you have Office 365! If you cannot, you can ask your IT department to purchase it for you. It costs about the same as the old desktop office license
- Do you see Excel or SharePoint on the list of Apps like shown here? If so, you'll want Excel and SharePoint for the rest of this User Guide
Tip 2 – Office 365 SharePointSharePoint is a powerful tool that you probably already own if you have Office 365. It comes free with the Enterprise license. Here are some great ways you can use it to help manage and optimize and automate the business processes that deal with financial data and financial cost management.
- SharePoint is a website with document libraries and data views
- Perfect for company financial processes
- Financial actual data could be published to SharePoint List
- Forecasts could be updated on a SharePoint List
- SharePoint even syncs with Excel
- Project Budgets
- Forecast Hours
- Actual Hours
- Master Schedule Dates by Phase
- Actual Dates (because on schedule often means on budget)
- All the ingredients required for Job Cost data
Tip 3 – BI Scoreboards
- BI = Business Intelligence – and it is a type of software automation tool that helps people understanding the Score Board information and what it means
- Helps with Financial Literacy and rolling out open book management
- Analytics help you to analyze the data, ask it “what if” questions, or to spot trends and outlier costs
- Solve problems using data by researching the detail behind the numbers
- Works on mobile devices, is usually dynamically updated and is secure so only the right people see the right data
- Drill down, roll up, slice and dice data in new ways not possible before, at the click of a button or filter
- BI tools are built on Excel, SharePoint and other systems of record
- Microsoft Power BI or Tableau are the 2 most commonly used BI tools
- Income by month and income metrics
- Expenses by category for the time period
- Net Operating Income vs. the forecast, by month
- Net Income vs the forecast by month
- Cash Flow statements by month
- Cash balances – cash is king! Follow the trends carefully
- Assets and Liabilities by month
- Balance Sheet by month so you know where you stand at all times
Tip 4 – Systems Integration
- Use software to process data and share it across the job functions that need it
- Eliminate manual data collection and analysis
- Let the computers do the busy work and the people play the game
- Get systems to “talk to one another” to eliminate redundancy
- Tip – only 1 System of Record per piece of data
- Tip – Data should only be entered once in a company or it should be automatically captured and output from existing processes and tools
- CRM – marketing funnel data – integrate with your CRM and marketing platforms to track, report and manage information such as:
- touch points
- trade shows
- Sales – sales data can tell you a lot about the future. If you aren’t selling the future is bleak. If the sales funnel is healthy and growing, you may be on a financial upswing in revenue. Track some of these metrics:
- sales qualified leads
- Project Management + Financials = job cost control. Integrating project management and project job costs is critical.
- 1 Way Sync – Push data out of system automatically to another system so you can share the data across the enterprise, but you don’t have to pay more for more licenses of the software. This saves money in the long run.
- 2 Way Sync – Push and pull data in and out of systems automatically. This is when systems “talk to each other”. They are smart enough to send data out, let other review and approve it, and push the data back, with no manual work needed. This is very efficient and cost effective, and gets costs down to pennies per transaction.
About HingePointHingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, MS Dynamics, Power BI, Microsoft Azure, and more. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards with SharePoint, document management with SharePoint, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => 4 Tips for Financial Forecasting Scoreboards with Office 365 SharePoint & Power BI [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => financial-forecasting-score-boards-office365-sharepoint-powerbi [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-04-01 10:30:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-04-01 15:30:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14496 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14177 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-03-01 11:42:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-01 17:42:16 [post_content] =>
What is Microsoft Power BI?Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. In the past, you may have spent hours in Excel manually organizing data, creating pivot tables, charts, graphs, etc. in order to gain the insight needed to make critical business decisions. Power BI solves this headache by automatically connecting data from different sources into one central system — allowing you to organize data, build visually stunning reports, and personalized dashboards that help you find answers to your companies most important questions.
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Since Power BI runs in the cloud, users can access data, dashboards, and reports online and across mobile devices. Share, collaborate, and edit documents with other users in your organization in real time directly inside Power BI. You can also embed reports to your SharePoint Online site, giving employees visibility into the metrics that are most valuable to the success of your business. (We can also help you develop and integrate SharePoint with other business software that you run.)
Power BI brings all your data together – from all your data sources – so you can start analyzing and visualizing right away.For example, you can pull in data from Excel spreadsheets, on-premise data sources, and SQL databases. You can also automatically grab data from your favorite cloud services like Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, Google Analytics, Zendesk, Facebook, and more. Microsoft is continually rolling out direct integrations with other popular cloud services to make it even easier to get all your data straight into Power BI. Once you have the data you need, it should then provide you with the information required to make smarter and faster business decisions. That's where Power BI Q&A comes in. Simply type in a question about your data (as you would with Google) and it immediately serves up a response in the form of an interactive chart or graph For example, want to know this year's sales compared to last years sales by month? No problem! [caption id="attachment_14184" align="aligncenter" width="864"] Power BI Visuals - Ask a Question About Your Data[/caption]
Power BI Tools Keep You Focused on The Important Metrics.Gathering insights from your data is a breeze with Power BI’s simple drag-and-drop user experience. You can quickly find the insights you are looking for and visualize them in beautiful, interactive reports. Once you have a report, save it to your personal dashboard. Here, you can quickly see the charts and graphs with the data and metrics that are most important to you and your business. As we previously mentioned, you can also embed reports in SharePoint Online so that everyone (with access and the correct permissions) can view the report. [caption id="attachment_14185" align="aligncenter" width="962"] Power BI Visuals - Metrics Dashboard Example in SharePoint[/caption]
Power BI Gives You The Insight to Stay on Top of Opportunities and Risks.Capitalizing on opportunities and minimizing risks are important to sustain business growth (of course). Power BI offers predictive forecasting to help you visualize future business performance (such as potential and predicted sales and risks) while providing more efficient data-driven decision-making opportunities. [caption id="attachment_14130" align="aligncenter" width="843"] Power BI Visuals - Dashboard Example[/caption] With Power BI consulting and development services from HingePoint, you can take the blindfold off, and see your data organized visually on one screen (instead of scattered across spreadsheets, software, and organizations). Interested in seeing how Microsoft Power BI can help your business? We'd love to have a conversation about what you are working on. Start a chat with our Solutions Architect on this page, give us a call at (214) 301-0000, or contact us here. ---
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Leveling Up Your Business Dashboards with Microsoft Power BI & SharePointMicrosoft Power BI is a fantastic solution for analytics that helps businesses to extract data and exchange insights within their organizations. It mainly improves productivity by showing immediate results. Using SharePoint without Power BI integration can make business analytics challenging. Doing so is not time-efficient, and it makes it difficult to fetch accurate data. It also lacks reporting visuals that make it easier to see progress. At HingePoint, we make sure you get all the advantages of Microsoft Power BI with a far more tailored approach. This tool can be integrated with Microsoft Office 365 applications, which is convenient for all employees since it is commonly the software companies use for data collection, sales reports, presentation, and more. Using immersive data visualizations, organizations can finally track their progress with this platform.
Why do we need Power BI reports and dashboards?
- Data Source (Fetching data in Power BI)
- Data Validation/ Data Structure
- Attractive designing (Look and Feel of reports)
- Easy search and Filter (ease of data viewing)