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Why Intelligent Drivers Are Necessary in FP&A
“Intelligent drivers” are measurable business activities that directly link strategy to the organization’s short- and long-term goals. Business process goals and operational activities do not always line up with the organizational structure. Some have a one-to-one relationship, but others may go across multiple departments. Defining intelligent drivers may well lead to rethinking the way budgets are set and departmental performance monitored. Consequently, relationships should, where possible, be validated against both past behavior and assessed as to their accuracy in predicting the future. This is not something that will be exact or proven at first, but the point is to keep iteratively refining the measures by challenging management beliefs about organizational drivers, risk, value, and reward, and how your organization can better leverage them to drive success.
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