Integrated Business Planning

Welcome to the Vena Solutions Integrated Business Planning Blog. Learn more about maximising output by linking strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial initiatives.

5 Common Pitfalls in Data Analysis That Could Impact Your Small or Medium-Sized Business

April 18, 2022 |

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4 Best Practices Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Learn From Big Businesses

Small businesses are anything but small potatoes. As a strong source of new jobs (about 65% of them), they’re an economic driver. Yet recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor show about 20% of small businesses fail in the first year.  What’s worse: the......

April 1, 2022 |

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3 Oscar Movies That Could Have Benefited From Better Strategic Planning—and One That Got It Right

There’s a scene midway through Adam McKay’s 2021 movie Don’t Look Up (if you haven’t seen it, spoiler alert!). The president of the United States, played by Meryl Streep, has been presented with some alarming news: a comet is on trajectory to collide with ......

February 10, 2022 |

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A New Game Plan for Professional Sports: Creating a Competitive Edge With Business-Wide Planning Agility

The pandemic threw professional sports teams a major curveball, accelerating change already happening across the industry—from revenue diversification to digital transformation.  As sports attendance came to a sudden halt, teams increasingly turned to alte......

February 8, 2022 |

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Q&A: Are Organizations as Financially Healthy as They Should Be?

It’s 2022. Let out a long, deep exhale. Together, we’ve made it through the first full pandemic-era planning cycle—and now we’re on to the second. But before we dig deep into the next cycle, let’s look—with Vena VP of FP&A Tom Seegmiller—at how busines......

February 7, 2022 |

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Building Agility in the Year Ahead: 5 Predictions for 2022

Goodbye, 2021. Hello, 2022. January may already be over, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to look forward to in the year ahead—good and bad, expected and unexpected. And that’s true in the financial and operational planning spaces as much as it is ......

February 3, 2022 |

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From Series A to IPO: How SaaS Businesses Can Grow Quickly by Applying the Right Metrics

When you’re on a rocket ship, you need continuous feedback to stay on the right trajectory. And fast-moving Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies are exactly the same. For SaaS companies at any stage of growth, this means having the latest leading and lag......

January 28, 2022 |

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How To Transform Your FP&A Processes To Power SaaS Growth

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies are under pressure to grow—and fast! But growth needs to happen strategically in order to optimise spending and maintain runway, while avoiding obstacles along the way to unicorn status (and beyond).  To navigate the ......

January 21, 2022 |

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Why Fewer Teams Are Using Scenario Modelling—and 4 Reasons To Prioritise It Now

There’s no way of knowing exactly what the future holds. But understanding the possibilities ahead of you is not only achievable, it’s a wise business practice. For finance and operations teams, that’s where scenario modelling comes in. A critical tool for......

January 14, 2022 |

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The State of Strategic Finance: Vena’s 2021 Industry Benchmark Report

  Unexpected change can be a learning experience—in good ways and bad. And while every year comes with some kind of change, 2020 was an anomaly in the amount of change it brought, proving that point more than ever. From rapid market shifts to increases in ......

December 17, 2021 |

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