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Controllership Skills Update: Budgeting, Forecasting, and Big Data Webinar

CPE

When
Dec. 3
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

CPE Credits
1-A&A; 1-Other

Details

 Pricing

PICPA Member: $89 | Nonmember: $114


 More Information

Course No.
CON3-2021-01-WEBNR-337-01
Level
Update
Prerequisites
Experience and/or exposure to financial management
Note
This webinar is hosted by PICPA's partner, Surgent CPE. After registering, you will receive an email from Surgent CPE with the log-in information.

Description

Budgets are the vehicle for allocating resources and measuring the success of selected strategies. An organization’s strategy is the primary driver of costs. To be effective, the budget must be linked to strategy and long-term plans. Numerous organizations have achieved a series of short-term targets (budgets) but failed longer term; demonstrating the lack of this necessary linkage. Forecasting, a critical part of any successful budgeting process, can be flawed by technical errors and/or structure/emotional forces. The establishment of a system to collect, process and analyze Big Data can provide significant insights into the budgeting and forecasting process. This brief program offers specific actions to improve your forecasting and budgeting activities. In addition, more advanced techniques are identified for the participant’s further review. Good budgets effectively allocate resources, provide information for decision-making and an early warning system for unforeseen events. A poor budgeting process provides a false sense of security, inappropriate or inaccurate data and re-enforces the status quo. Updated to include an exercise discussing the potential impact the recent tax regulations may have on your budget, as well as managing/using Big Data and additional industry data sources and analytical tools.

Highlights

  • Why Forecasts and Budgets are Frequently Wrong:
    • Behavioral finance
    • Improper goal setting
    • Games
    • Continuing the status quo
    • Traditional budgeting techniques
  • Incorporating Strategy into Budgets:
    • Improving measurement systems
    • Common errors
    • Developing strategic measurements
    • Strategies vs. non-strategies
  • Expanding the Budgeting Framework:
    • Quarterly and rolling forecasts
    • Mission-based budgeting
    • Zero-based budgeting
    • Post-completion evaluations
    • Contingency planning
    • Identifying improvements
  • Big Data:
    • Definition
    • Challenges
    • Goals
    • Current uses/examples
    • Sources of information
  • Analytical Tools:
    • Ratio analysis
    • Benchmarking
    • Pareto analysis
    • What If analysis
    • Trend analysis
    • Regression
    • Simulation 


Speaker(s)

Anthony C. LaRusso, BA, MBA, CMA
Naples, FL

Tony has over 30 years of experience in industrial and service organizations. During his career he has held senior level management, operating and staff positions, including as President of companies with annual sales of $500 million, consisting of domestic and international facilities. Tony has also held senior level positions in finance, planning and business development, as well as being a Board member in start-up companies. Prior to retiring, during 2003, he was the President of a major division in an international company.

Tony had been an Adjunct Professor of Management for 20 years and has written numerous articles on a variety of business topics. He is a member of several professional organizations, has spoken at Annual Meetings, programs at universities and served as an officer in trade associations. Tony also has had two books published:  Management: Ready Aim Fire (2005) and Practical Financial Decision Making (2011). His biography is included in several publications by Who’s Who.

In addition, since retiring from full-time employment, he has lectured in 35 states including at major corporations, conducted consulting activities and managed real estate investments for a family company. Tony has developed and written courses for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), was a reviewer for a new book and authored an article How to Avoid Tunnel Vision.

2/2018


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