Budgeting Workflow is the process of formalizing the flow of budgeting approvals throughout the organization. It is a process in itself that typically starts with corporate allocations for the new budgeting year. The workflow outlines who in the organization is responsible for approving specific sections of the budget. Modern budgeting workflow systems allow management to assign budgeting tasks to certain employees. Once those employees enter their budget numbers, they are then submitted to the next person in the workflow process for approval. This process moves forward until the budget is finally approved by the person responsible for the entire company’s budget. This is typically an executive, or group of executives within the organization. Continue reading this post>>
An efficient budgeting, planning and forecasting process is a cornerstone of successful organizations. Software goes a long way in driving that efficiency – and I’m not talking about Excel. If you’re outgrowing spreadsheet-based planning and will be evaluating dedicated planning solutions to facilitate more accurate, timely and agile planning, over the next few articles, I’ll be laying out the system components, or specific features, you’ll want to look for. You can see these components demonstrated in my recent webinar on Budgeting and Planning in 2013, but here I’ll write about them in more detail and explain why they’re important to the success of your planning initiative.
Enterprise workflow is what separates your financial planning or corporate performance management system from simple data collection and reporting systems. Planning systems with workflow allow planners to follow a series of steps to bring the plan from initiation to completion. Workflow logically orders tasks and enables managers to keep an eye on where their team is in the planning cycle.