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Article

On Process Improvement & Communication

Careers
Financial Planning & Analysis
My most recent role involved cost recovery from external partners that received invoices from my client for services on a quarterly basis. These services were related to providing various things from business support to access to certain business applications and third-party licenses. There were lots of changes to the scope of these different services in... View Article

Checklists

ASC 842 Review Template

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Our detailed checklist offers a clear process for reviewing new and existing leases to meet the ASC 842 Lease Accounting standard.

Article

Michael LaBorde: 6 Questions for 6 Years

Careers
We’re celebrating team member Michael LaBorde’s six-year work anniversary at 8020 Consulting! To get his perspective on his experience over the last six years, we asked him six questions: 1. What do you enjoy most about your work these days? How do you think that’s changed over time? I like the variety of industries I’m... View Article

Infographics

Cost Optimization Strategy Infographic

Financial Planning & Analysis
Learn best practices for reassessing cost structures and optimizing them to drive productivity across your business.

Article

Identifying Business Needs in a Phased System Implementation

Financial Systems
Project Management
I recently completed an engagement as the project manager for a phased system implementation, in which the client transitioned away from MRI Software to Foundation Construction Accounting Software. The project required the diagnosis of the client’s current system and the selection of a new system with full cycle phases of implementation, data migration, training and... View Article

Article

Brian Barton: 8 Questions for 8 Years

Careers
We’re celebrating team member Brian Barton’s eight-year work anniversary at 8020 Consulting! We asked Brian to reflect on his experience working with clients as an 8020 consultant: 1. What do you enjoy most about your work, and has that changed over time? I still really enjoy helping my clients to achieve their short-term and long-term... View Article

Article

Standalone Selling Price Guidance: Performance Obligations in SaaS Contracts

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Step 4 of ASC 606 requires an allocation of the total consideration in a contract to which an entity is legally entitled to collect to each distinct performance obligation. This allocation is determined based on the standalone selling price of each performance obligation in the contract, the process of which is comprised of two distinct... View Article

Article

Scott Longacre: 8 Questions for 8 Years

Careers
8020 Consultant Scott Longacre recently celebrated his eighth work anniversary with our company! In the Q&A below, we look back on his time with 8020 Consulting and explore what he’s looking forward to in years to come. 1. What do you enjoy most about your work as a consultant? I get to see different businesses... View Article

Article

On Collaborating With Client Teams

Careers
Financial Reporting & Accounting
As a consultant, you never know what kind of client you will work with. At my last client, I had the fortunate experience of working with a group of talented, hardworking and intelligent professionals. The company had created a culture of teamwork – which was particularly evident when we were implementing the new accounting guidance... View Article

Article

5 Key Considerations for Hiring External Audit Firms

Financial Reporting & Accounting
A financial statement audit can be a daunting endeavor for any company. The process is made easier and less stressful by having a well-prepared internal finance team, knowing how to prepare your company’s financial records for audit and thoughtful selection of an external accounting firm. Many companies may have been using the same accounting firm... View Article

Article

Jaime Raisch: 4 Questions for 4 Years

Careers
We’re celebrating team member Jaime Raisch’s four-year work anniversary at 8020 Consulting! We asked Jaime to reflect on her time so far working as an 8020 consultant: 1. What do you enjoy most about working at 8020? Jaime: I really enjoy my colleagues (both within 8020 Consulting and at my respective clients), as well as... View Article

Article

On the Importance of Detail Work

Careers
I was brought onto a project to create deferred revenue reconciliations, which the client hadn’t created before. I went through all the data since the client’s 2013 NetSuite implementation to pull the correct sales order number for each transaction via reports from NetSuite Invoice to Sales Order, Credit Memo to Sales Order, Revenue Commitment Reversal... View Article

Article

On Driving Toward Goals

Careers
While preparing my client for an initial public offering, I developed several new external relationships. Working directly with a client is always integral, but in this project, I was able to engage with other financial professionals and work as a team to achieve the goals set forth in the engagement. Consulting work can sometimes be... View Article

Article

8020’s Chris Kirk Featured in The Hollywood Reporter

8020 in the News
Entertainment
We’re proud to note that team member Chris Kirk was recently featured in an article from The Hollywood Reporter about problematic content and streaming libraries!

Article

5 Best Practices for Automating and Scaling Financial Operations

Financial Planning & Analysis
As businesses prepare to scale once again, finance teams are looking to do more with less. Striking a balance between speed and precision can be challenging, but through automation and scaling, you can bridge the gap. As an added benefit, both strategies are important for the long-term financial health of any organization. Let’s review five... View Article

Article

Neil Travanti: 7 Questions for 7 Years

Careers
We’re celebrating team member Neil Travanti’s seven-year work anniversary at 8020 Consulting! To get his perspective on his career and his seven years working with us, we asked him seven questions: 1. What do you enjoy most about your work? I’ve been blessed with long-term clients that have been great to work with over the... View Article

Article

On Building a Financial Model Quickly

Careers
Financial Planning & Analysis
My last engagement involved helping an e-commerce client flesh out their financial model to gauge near-term capital raising needs as a result of rapid growth since their summer 2020 launch. The main parts of the financial model discussed with the CFO were revenues and marketing spend, given their significant impact on cash flow forecasts. We... View Article

Article

Exploring Ongoing Changes in Licensing and Acquisition Management

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
The nature of licensing and acquisition deals has been changing. The increased pressure for liquidity has driven many companies to consider the sale or licensure of assets. This article focuses on elements of deal structure, due diligence and integration management that an acquiring company should consider when approached by an interested seller. Shifts in Deal... View Article

Article

Notes from the Field: Cash Flow Crisis Management

Financial Planning & Analysis
One of the things I love about my job – and indeed one of the reasons I pursued a career in business – is that business is as much an art as a science. As a consultant, I am often brought in to put out fires, whether it is helping a company through a major... View Article

Article

Why is Strategic Planning Important?

Financial Planning & Analysis
Have you ever wondered, “Why is strategic planning important?” It might help to imagine taking a vacation without knowing where you are going or how you are going to get there. With some luck, that vacation could be fun and maybe even productive, but generally speaking, it would be a generally risky proposition. Strategic planning... View Article

Article

Five Factors to Help You Decide Which eCommerce Platform to Choose for Your Business

Financial Systems
With traditional brick-and-mortar stores closing, more consumers are turning to online stores both for convenience and safety during the pandemic. In terms of quantifying that shift, McKinsey measured 10 years’ eCommerce growth in 90 days in early 2020. A global survey across 11 markets by Shopify found 84% of consumers shopped online during the pandemic.... View Article

Article

Time to Clean Out the Warehouse: Improving Inventory Management Processes in 2021

Financial Planning & Analysis
Manufacturing
Inventory flows reveal a lot about the health of a company, and 2020 put many stresses on inventory management processes. There were demand shocks, rising transportation costs, supply chain shortages, labor constraints and many other impacting factors. Manufacturers and distributors were suddenly faced with a slew of underperforming SKUs while others were in short supply.... View Article

Article

Notes from the Field: 5 Success Factors for Cross-Functional Project Management

Project Management
Finance teams are often looked to for leadership of cross-functional projects. This is often the case because the ultimate project results can be measured by, or affect, financials. A budget or re-forecast process is a clear example of a cross-functional project led by Finance. From our experience in leading cross-functional projects as part of Finance... View Article

Article

A 2020 Recap: Cash Management & Why Cash is Still King

Financial Planning & Analysis
Treasury & Cash Management
Last year brought disruptions in almost every industry. We witnessed significant interruptions in order fulfillment and delivery systems, chaotic drops and soaring demand in certain categories, fresh liquidity for borrowers and cash crunches for others. And cash management underwent rapid change for those suddenly with too much or too little. Short-Term Cash Management Led to Underutilized... View Article

Guides

Subscription-Based Financial Modeling Whitepaper

Financial Planning & Analysis
Learn best practices for building a subscription-based financial model that informs your decision-making and drives accurate forecasts.

Article

On FP&A to Support Rapid Growth

Careers
Financial Planning & Analysis
My last engagement involved providing Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) assistance to a startup healthcare client.  Their rapid growth in the past several months required an improved short-term cash flow forecast among other needs.  Their existing short-term cash flow forecast needed some improvements. I provided suggestions and obtained initial guidance from the VP of Finance... View Article

Article

The End of LIBOR: Are You Ready?

Financial Planning & Analysis
With all of the happenings at year‐end, thinking about how your company structures its borrowings and contracts in the coming year is probably not at the forefront of discussions. But it should be in relatively short order, given that the end of LIBOR is nigh – and especially if the term SOFR is new to... View Article

Article

Selecting a Telephony System for Enhanced Recovery & Collections

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
An effective Collections/Recoveries team is an integral part of an overall Accounts Receivable strategy. Since collecting cash is the foremost priority for an AR department, effectively managing and measuring the efforts of the Collections/Recoveries team is a key ingredient to enhanced recovery and collections. Finding an effective telephony system that can be deployed in your... View Article

Article

On Collaboration and Effecting Change

Careers
Financial Planning & Analysis
On my last project, I had the opportunity of working with the different depreciation models and methodologies for the various fleet portfolios owned by my client. I worked alongside the fleet team to investigate, research and identify key issues in their processes. I especially enjoyed the interactions I had with engineering, insurance claims, AR, AP... View Article

Article

COVID-19 Real Estate: Rethinking Office Space and Going Back to Work

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
When COVID-19 caused a nationwide lockdown, companies swiftly acted to safeguard their employees while attempting to maintain business continuity. Across the nation, employees started working from home, leaving office buildings partially empty and creating unforeseen COVID-19 real estate impacts. Almost a year later, life after COVID-19 is starting to become a reality. As more employees... View Article

Article

Corporate Insurance Renewals: Best Practices for 2021

Financial Planning & Analysis
Treasury & Cash Management
Gone are the days when Corporate Insurance renewals simply replicate the existing programs with all the same carriers and only minor increases in overall year-over-year pricing. While this has increasingly been the case for the last few years, the level of uncertainty and tightness across the insurance marketplace has continued to worsen during 2020 and... View Article

Article

On Offering Guidance Through Systems Experience

Careers
Financial Systems
My last deployment involved an implementation of a new Accounts Payable system – the client was moving from Oracle to SAP Ariba. The client did not have previous experience with Ariba or an in-house depth of knowledge of the implementation process. As I had implemented Ariba in a prior client engagement, I was able to... View Article

Article

Planning Model Flexibility: Building Better Original Plans

Financial Planning & Analysis
In a past client engagement, I was brought on to help with an Excel planning model. When working on projects involving planning models, I usually can expect to be handed a model with tons of broken links, bad formulas or incomplete sections. This time, however, that was not the case. The model the client was... View Article

Article

Prepping for a Successful Series A Funding Round

Business Advisory
Interim Financial Management
M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
If you are the CEO or CFO of a start-up company that has successfully taken a business concept and built it into an operating company: hats off to you! You may now be looking externally for significant assistance to take your company to the next level of growth, which usually entails an external round of... View Article

Article

Be Prepared: Business Continuity Planning

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Business continuity planning involves identifying essential & non-essential parts of your business to help you navigate business disruption.

Article

Inside Preparing a Manufacturing Company for a Transaction

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Manufacturing
Just like in other industries, preparing for a manufacturing transaction is challenging. Setting up a company for a transaction can involve steps like creating GAAP-compliant financial statements, ensuring proper allocation methods and building financial projections with hopefully increasing margins, tax and legal issues. (Not to mention leading a cross functional team of investment bankers, tax... View Article

Article

Time for a Refresh: Ways to Improve Financial Reporting

Financial Planning & Analysis
Even the most well-conceived financial reporting packages tend not to age well, which leads many companies to look for easy ways to improve financial reporting. A formal project centered on revisiting and refreshing financial reporting can result in better insights and decreased turnaround times. Financial reporting – whether monthly, quarterly or annually – is a... View Article

Article

Best Practices for Streamlining Complex Allocation Methods

Financial Reporting & Accounting
I had the opportunity to support an investment management client by aiding them in rethinking their complex allocation processes. They had millions of dollars in back office operating expenses that needed to be equitably indirectly allocated across a myriad of front-facing fund P&Ls. When I first stepped in, their process was heavily manual, requiring more than... View Article

Article

5 Steps to Help Your ERP System Selection Process

Financial Systems
You’ve done your research, analyzed the trends, assessed your general business needs—and it’s settled: you’re sold on the idea of a new ERP system for your organization. But as discussed in Part 1 of this blog series, Why There’s No Such Thing as “The Best” ERP Solution, there is no easy choice, no one-size-fits-all solution.... View Article

Article

SaaS KPIs: Benefits of Recurring Revenue Analysis

Financial Planning & Analysis
Software as a Service (SaaS) companies monitor many Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the health of their revenue streams. The selection of SaaS KPIs depends on a variety of factors, including business model, targeted growth and the maturity of the company. But it’s safe to say that for SaaS companies, one of the most... View Article

Article

Getting Ready for ASC 326 – CECL

Financial Reporting & Accounting
In late 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2019-10, which delayed the effective date for standard ASC 326 – Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL).  The FASB pushed back the effective date of CECL from January 2021 to January 2023 for smaller SEC reporting companies, and from January 2022 to... View Article

Article

Lease Accounting and COVID-19: Impacts and Modifications

Financial Reporting & Accounting
As shutdowns and business interruptions took hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finance leaders were forced to switch their focus from business growth to strict cost management. Disruptions in operations left storefronts and corporate offices relatively vacant or underutilized. In addition, with personnel productively working remotely from home (and quickly trending toward permanence),... View Article

Article

The Post-Merger Integration Process: Best Practices and Nuances

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Your potential acquisition looks great on paper, and you’re telling yourself, “This is the best deal ever!” What could possibly go wrong? Truth be told, a lot. According to the Harvard Business Review, 70% to 90% of all business acquisitions fail. And often, it comes down to the lack of a proper post-merger integration process.... View Article

Article

Notes From the Field: About the PMP Certification Process

Project Management
If you’re a professional consultant, there can be great value in earning your PMP certification. The certification becomes an asset to your company and your personal development as a project manager. Having recently completed the PMP certification process, I thought it would be helpful to offer some insights for others considering their PMP. The Project... View Article

Article

A Look at Budgeting and Forecasting Through Uncertainty

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Uncertainty can take many forms. It may manifest as a natural disaster, the deterioration of a foreign currency in which your company has operations, geo-political changes, the merger or acquisition of a competitor or a global pandemic. Regardless of form, uncertainty does illuminate a certain truth: companies must face volatile business conditions with nimble planning,... View Article

Article

Demystifying Common Subscription-Based Business Model Concepts

Financial Planning & Analysis
Companies leveraging a subscription-based business model are more complex than traditional companies. If we use traditional business metrics to measure the performance of a subscription-based business, these metrics will not provide us with a clear understanding of the company’s performance. In a nutshell, the success of such a company can be measured by its customer... View Article

Article

Prepping for the M&A Process: How CEOs Should Get Ready to Sell

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Given his background on the sell- and buy-side M&A process, we asked Phillip Matubang for a few tips on preparing for a sale. Even a year or two out, CEOs can take several steps to improve their M&A valuations and provide for a smooth transition.

Article

ERP Customization: Lessons Learned from a System Implementation

Financial Systems
Project Management
I recently had the pleasure of supporting a client through an Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) system implementation to better manage and streamline their finance and accounting processes. The client had been leveraging an antiquated SAGE system, forcing them to heavily rely on standalone Microsoft Excel schedules to perform over 90% of their quarterly close and... View Article

Article

6 Simple Ways to Create a Successful Budget Process

Financial Planning & Analysis
The annual budget process can be strenuous not only to the Finance team, but to all parties involved. In the interest of your team’s sanity, we’ve compiled some simple tips for designing a successful budget process that relieves unnecessary stressors. 1. Start the budget process with the end in mind. Make sure your budget templates are... View Article

Article

The Growing Power of Data Visualization in Finance

Financial Planning & Analysis
The rise of data visualization in finance has ended the days of PowerPoint eye(sore) charts brought a new level of performance to the FP&A organization within companies. You’re probably familiar with the tried-and-true saying “a picture is worth a thousand words,” which is simply another way to say, “seeing is believing.” What if the picture... View Article

Article

Notes From the Field: MS Dynamics 365 Implementation Considerations

Financial Systems
For any ERP implementation, the goals are usually operational scalability and process streamlining, resulting in increased overall efficiency. To achieve these goals, it is important the chosen ERP system is a strong fit for the organization. There are many ERP systems on the market now, from fairly straightforward (Odoo) to highly specialized (Investran) to very... View Article

Article

Treasury Management: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Business Advisory
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Treasury & Cash Management
Most organizations do not see their Treasury Department, if they have one at all, as a critical strategic partner until a crisis arises. However, uncertainty can occur suddenly and without a clear endpoint. For example, a key vendor may go out of business, new legislation could make raw material prices skyrocket, banks could freeze the... View Article

Article

Key Considerations for Selecting ASC 842 Lease Accounting Software

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
FASB’s “new” lease accounting standard, ASC 842, has been in the works for several years, though the final effective date for non-public companies has been delayed several times. (The most recent news is that ASC 842 Lease Accounting will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, and interim periods within fiscal years... View Article

Article

Softrax Revenue Manager: 10 Tips for Managing a Successful Implementation

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
Project Management
Throughout my career, I have led a variety of ERP system implementations and launched software solutions for domestic and global public and private companies with $2M to $6B in annual revenue. However, I recently finished my first project leading an implementation of Softrax Revenue Manager. Spoiler alert: though we had some minor challenges due to... View Article

Article

What You Should Know About Project Accounting

Financial Reporting & Accounting
During a prior engagement, I spent several years as the CFO of a construction company during a rapid growth phase. One of the most valuable lessons from that opportunity was learning how to implement and utilize project accounting, a specific type of accounting used to track the expenses and revenue of a standalone project. Project-based... View Article

Article

Spreadsheet Server Review: Live Reporting from insightsoftware

Financial Systems
insightsoftware is a leading provider of financial reporting and enterprise performance management software. Their reporting integration software helps companies turn their financial and operational data into better business outcomes, driving growth and ROI. Over 25,000 organizations worldwide rely on insightsoftware’s portfolio of best-in-class reporting, analytics, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and tax solutions to provide them with... View Article

Article

10 Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

Financial Systems
Project Management
Many companies underestimate the effort required for successful ERP implementations. An ERP implementation is not simply an advancement of technology or a change to a new, trending system. It’s also an opportunity to re-engineer accounting processes, procedures and controls. It’s a chance to transform the ways accounting and finance professionals work on a day-to-day basis.... View Article

Article

Expense and Cost Optimization Considerations in the COVID-19 Environment

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
While businesses should always look to optimize their cost structures, the COVID-19 environment presents unique challenges. Many businesses have likely addressed some perceived low-hanging fruit already as an offset to lower sales/revenues resulting from overall decreased activity. Below we discuss some considerations to reexamine potential cost optimization opportunities or some redirection of costs into more... View Article

Article

Preparing for Full-Year Audits in 2020 (with FASB Updates)

Financial Reporting & Accounting
The unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis and the mandatory lockdown of businesses across the nation has made this year’s audit preparations unique, challenging and complicated. Preparing for full-year audits includes both the financial statements and internal controls audit. This article will address preparation for financial statements audits in 2020, with FASB updates in... View Article

Article

Business Combination Accounting & ASC 805: 5 Avoidable Mistakes

Financial Reporting & Accounting
During the record-breaking 10+ year bull run, U.S. companies saw a massive amount of M&A deals both in number of transactions and deal value. However, 2019 saw a double-digit percentage drop in the number of deals compared to 2018, and now with the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have temporarily paused their M&A activity. Even though... View Article

Article

Should You Outsource Finance and Accounting? Key Considerations to Decide

Business Advisory
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Project Management
Has anyone suggested you should outsource finance and accounting for any number of reasons? For companies who are considering finance and accounting outsourcing, it all starts by asking the right questions…. What can your business stand to gain – or lose – by outsourcing? What areas of the finance and/or accounting operation typically require outsourcing... View Article

Videos

ERP System Implementation Project Management [Video Q&A]

Financial Systems
Project Management
In this video, one of our senior ERP system implementation project management experts, Dan Lauten, sits with David Lewis for a discussion about selecting a project manager for an implementation. Watch to learn why common resourcing approaches often set companies up for failure, so you can start your implementation on the right foot. We’ve posted... View Article

Article

Implementing ASC 606 Controls Under Pandemic Conditions

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Internal Controls
A company’s transformation to ASC 606 compliance involves three important phases: initial implementation of the standard, ASC 606 controls and evidence of the controls. A wealth of information is available on the initial implementation of ASC 606, and many tools and consulting services exist to help companies to implement the standard. By contrast, less is... View Article

Article

Practical Tips for Budgeting Using NetSuite & PBCS

Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Systems
In my professional experience, one of the biggest challenges faced by startups and small companies is the lack of resources to manage the workload within the finance department. This lack is especially painful in the area of budgeting and financial planning. Financial forecasting is a highly detailed activity that requires cross-functional communication, and it can... View Article

Article

Revisiting Pricing Increase Strategy in COVID-19

Financial Planning & Analysis
It’s safe to say that most pricing playbooks lack sections on adjustments for global pandemics. In a past article, we offered recommendations for price increase strategy. Given the current challenges presented by COVID-19, we thought it’d be worth revisiting those recommendations. In today’s landscape, conditions may even warrant price decreases in some cases to maintain... View Article

Guides

Selecting Revenue Management Software for ASC 606 Whitepaper

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
If you’ve been tasked with finding a new revenue management software to handle ASC 606 compliance, you might be spinning your wheels just getting started. This guide can help.

Article

A Closer Look at ASC 842 Lease Accounting

Financial Reporting & Accounting
In our last look into ASC 842 implementation, we covered the importance of anticipating the intensive effort required in implementing the standard. Knowing that, implementing a third-party solution to perform the accounting and reporting of leases under Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842 (or “ASC 842”) makes the most sense given a large lease population or... View Article

Article

Still Procrastinating on ASC 842 Implementation?

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Few graces have been afforded through the hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has levied among private companies here in the United States as well as the rest of the world. And for impacted companies, the thought of tackling ASC 842 implementation during the pandemic is unduly burdensome. Fortunately, in June 2020, in a rare display... View Article

Article

A Case Study: Joint Venture Finance

Entertainment
Financial Planning & Analysis
8020 Consulting’s Jaime Raisch revisits a client engagement involving a joint venture between entertainment studios. Learn best practices in joint venture finance in this insightful piece.

Videos

NetSuite Features & Capabilities Q&A [Video]

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
In our new video, 8020 Consulting’s Julian Carlo de Luna and David Lewis discuss NetSuite features and capabilities that are often underutilized and underleveraged. Watch to learn common issues, misconceptions and forward-looking opportunities of one of the most commonly implemented financial systems around. We’ve posted the full discussion below along with the full audio, but... View Article

Article

Revisiting Business Assumptions: A Profitable Good Habit

Financial Planning & Analysis
Turnaround & Restructuring
It doesn’t take a black swan event for a company to face a restructuring or financial turnaround situation. Companies can face failure regardless of the broader economic environment, even those companies that have been very successful and profitable for decades. (Think Kodak.) So, what do business leaders need to do to stay relevant and profitable?... View Article

Article

SEC Disclosures to Consider Due to COVID-19

Financial Reporting & Accounting
As companies prepare for the upcoming earnings season, the overall decline in operational results for many should be no surprise due to COVID-19. Learn about the SEC disclosures you should consider due to the pandemic.

Article

Principles of Measuring and Managing Liquidity Risk

Financial Planning & Analysis
Turnaround & Restructuring
Business Stabilization
Finance professionals who vividly remember the 2008 economic crisis often associate liquidity risk with the Basel Accords, a series of banking regulations designed to ensure that financial institutions mitigate risk by maintaining adequate capital. In this post, we’ll look at things from another angle, exploring the principles of measuring and managing liquidity risk in the... View Article

Article

Equity-Based Compensation: Taking Plan Administration to the Cloud

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Companies can lure talented individuals to join their teams utilizing a multitude of options. Once new hires have been brought on board, what is the best way to maintain their motivation and commitment? Compensation-related tools can help. One excellent cash-conserving tool gives employees the ability to share in company ownership, accomplished by offering participation in... View Article

Article

7 Tips for Refining Your Month-End Close Schedule

Financial Reporting & Accounting
8020 Senior-Level Finance professional Jennifer Swieca provides tips to help refine your month-end close schedule.

Article

Business Planning During the Pandemic: A Scenario Analysis Example

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
8020 Consultant Joe Wirija gets down to specifics as he shows how Excel can be used for detailed scenario analysis that can help businesses plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Article

Life Post-ASC 606 Implementation

Business Advisory
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Learn how you can take steps to ensure your company is fully prepared to operate successfully under the ASC 606 Compliance.

Article

Notes from the Field: A Financial Audit Checklist

Internal Controls
No matter why a company goes through a financial statement audit, the process is typically very stressful. Audits take place during normal business activity, pulling people and resources in different directions. They require a significant time commitment and a great deal of preparation. The ultimate goal of an audit is to receive an unqualified opinion... View Article

Article

Interim Controller or Outsourced Controller: Which One Do You Need?

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Interim Financial Management
Internal Controls
A company may find itself in need of a new Operational or Corporate Controller for any number of reasons. If the need is pressing, then rationalizing resources is appropriate whether it be for an Interim Controller, Outsourced Controller or regular hire. The tough thing can be knowing which of the three will work best for... View Article

Article

Types of Due Diligence and What to Expect from the Process

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Many mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in the 1980s were transacted without much emphasis placed on due diligence. The result? Too many less than ideal outcomes for acquirors caused by post-M&A issues such as cultural mismatches, unexpected legal complications, overly optimistic pre-sale performance forecasts and unrealistic valuations. Consequently, today’s acquirors are much more demanding when... View Article

Article

NetSuite Customization: Making a Dynamic Tool Work for You

Financial Systems
NetSuite is a powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that can be customized to support your unique business needs. Out of the many NetSuite features, we think workflow automation and saved search technology is worth noting to improve processing and strengthen your control environment. In this post, we’ll explore the tool and share some ideas... View Article

Article

Rethinking Transformation Initiatives in a Time of Crisis

Turnaround & Restructuring
Business Stabilization
The main objective of transformation initiatives is to elevate the financial and operational performance of a business from mediocre to world class. Typically, an initiative commences when a company is already financially and operationally healthy. However, given the current global pandemic, the definition of “transformation initiative” may be very different. The grim reality is that... View Article

Article

Featured Article on Finding M&A Opportunity Coming Out of the COVID-19 Crisis

8020 in the News
M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
While the nature of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and the current pandemic certainly differs, there seems to be a similar opportunity for the most fiscally secure firms to make strategic acquisitions at attractive prices. 8020 Consulting’s Mitch Browne examines two examples from 2009 including some of the key considerations that might be applicable in the... View Article

Article

Benefits of Using an Outsourced CFO in Times of Challenge or Change

Business Advisory
Interim Financial Management
Healthy businesses are in a constant state of evolution as they react to work or business environment changes, information technology developments, growth, new restructuring or regulatory restrictions and so much more. For many emerging and mid-market companies, in-house finance staff may not have the experience necessary to navigate changing landscapes successfully, especially at the CFO... View Article

Article

The Importance of Internal Controls During COVID-19

Turnaround & Restructuring
Internal Controls
Business Stabilization
No one can predict the full impact of COVID-19 on the economic environment. Organizations must continue to adapt and learn how to effectively operate while ensuring the safety of their employees, customers and other key stakeholders. That means understanding the particular importance of internal controls during COVID-19, continuing to confirm compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley 404 (SOX)... View Article

Article

5 Keys to Successful Headcount Planning

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Headcount planning is more than simply finding bodies to fill seats. It’s strategic. It’s about ensuring your business can thrive. It’s having the right people in the right places to make that happen. Simply put, it’s one of the most impactful responsibilities your Human Resources (HR) department has, and yet: According to PeopleFluent, 60% of... View Article

Article

Cash Flow Management & Forecasting Q&A [Video]

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
In our new video, 8020 Consulting’s David Lewis and Mitch Browne discuss the importance of cash flow management and forecasting, particularly in times of economic disruption and uncertainty. Watch to learn how good forecasts are built and leveraged—and how a bottoms-up approach can better inform executive decision-making. We’ve posted the full discussion below along with... View Article

Article

Why Successful Businesses Leverage Financial Consulting Services

Interim Financial Management
Project Management
Although some of the most successful businesses routinely take advantage of financial consulting services, many leaders neglect to engage consultants or are reluctant to do so. When hiring a consultant, you are essentially paying a third party to come into your organization, research operations and make recommendations for improvement. Some might ask: Why outsource such... View Article

Article

Minimizing COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruption

Manufacturing
Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, big changes are already occurring in the manufacturing environment. Manufacturing and supply chain automation is increasing, resulting in a reduction of assembly labor and increased supply visibility. Workforce procedures are being formalized and standardized to keep workers safe, and activities are being managed at a distance with remote policies in... View Article

Checklists

What to Expect in Your 13-Week Cash Flow

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
This checklist details attributes of best-in-class 13-week cash flow forecasts to help operating executives gauge the quality of their own forecasts.

Article

A 3-Step Plan to Identify, Recognize and Measure Real Estate Impairment

Business Advisory
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Business Stabilization
The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is undeniable. This sudden and unprecedented pandemic has profoundly touched many aspects of people’s lives around the world and rapidly deteriorated the global economy. The real estate industry is no exception. As many states in the U.S. and countries around the world remain under lockdowns or partial lockdowns, the... View Article

Article

A Look at WFH Effectiveness for Finance and Accounting Teams

Business Advisory
Business Stabilization
As states start the arduous process of opening back up in a safe manner, businesses prepare to transact again, and employees get ready to go back to their offices, it’s a good time to look back, reflect, and apply what we have learned over the past few months. Many accounting/finance teams have proven to be... View Article

Article

HighRadius System Implementation

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
I recently had the opportunity to assist a manufacturing client with HighRadius system implementation, an integrated platform that optimizes cash flow through automation of receivables and payments processes across credit, collections, cash application, deductions, electronic billing, and payments. The client chose four modules to implement: Cash Application, Claims Processing, Deductions Management System, and Collections System.... View Article

Article

How to Proactively Improve Operational Costs

Financial Planning & Analysis
Turnaround & Restructuring
Business Stabilization
We are living in an unprecedented era. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to rethink their liquidity risk, resulting in massive layoffs in an attempt to stay afloat. However, should it really take an adverse event to focus on cutting costs? Looking back, it’s likely that companies could have avoided massive layoffs if they... View Article

Article

KPIs & Scenario Planning: Tracking the Right Business Metrics for Modeling

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
The impact of COVID-19 has challenged business leaders with continuing to protect the health of their employees and businesses while adapting to a “new normal” of working. In the midst of economic challenges and uncertainty, leaders must reclaim control from unprecedented headwinds while discovering new ways to thrive. It is vital for leaders to develop... View Article

Article

Supply Chain Management Strategies During and After COVID-19

Business Stabilization
Manufacturing
Effects and Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Border closures, business interruptions, consumer trend changes, and social distancing have been brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. This has forced industries to rethink their business model, and many are now faced with supply chain challenges. Businesses will need to address these challenges through quick adaptation in the... View Article

Article

Capitalizing on Zero Interest Rates and Restructuring Debt Obligations

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
“COVID-19” and “Coronavirus” are now everyday talking points. Many corporations have implemented remote working arrangements and have either significantly scaled back or completely halted operations. Layoffs have been widespread, and the economy is under tremendous pressure. With revenues declining or eliminated, corporations with substantial debt obligations are faced with the challenge of meeting debt payments—and... View Article

Article

Return to Work Planning for Accounting and Finance

Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Business Stabilization
This has been, to put it mildly, an interesting first quarter. We are facing challenges and disruptions on a global level that affect almost every aspect of our lives. Everyone has had to adapt in order to function during this time. Businesses are no different. Some very hard decisions have had to be made, and... View Article

Article

Optimizing Cash Flow in Challenging Economic Times

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
In turbulent and uncertain economic times, it’s more important than ever to fully understand and forecast your company’s cash flow. We’ve offered thoughts into how to build cash flow forecasts in past posts, but it’s equally as important to take actions toward optimizing cash flow. You can also put good practices in place that will... View Article

Article

Adjusting Film Ultimates in Response to COVID-19 Impacts

Entertainment
Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
The COVID-19 pandemic will force studio finance professionals to make changes to their film ultimates for this year’s film slate, and it will have a lingering impact on revenues for the foreseeable future. Theaters will reopen to lower attendance that will likely remain low for an extended period. Since theatrical revenue is generally the largest... View Article

Article

4 Steps to Stronger Customer Profitability Analysis

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Discover who is truly contributing to the growth of your business. Every business needs customers. Customers are the reason for walking into the office (or jumping on a Zoom call, nowadays). Without them, it’s impossible to generate revenue, so it’s safe to assume that the more customers you have the better, right?… Not necessarily. Success... View Article

Article

Notes From the Field: Life in the CFO Consulting Services Group

Interim Financial Management
One of the many reasons I like working within the CFO consulting services group at 8020 Consulting is the constant challenge of the engagements, ranging from assisting an up-and-coming movie production company in Hollywood to aiding in the restructuring of a newly acquired technology company in the Silicon Valley. We are sought out for our... View Article

Article

Scenario Analysis and Sensitivity Analysis in Financial Forecasting

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Whether the business environment is firing on all cylinders or there is economic turmoil, a successful business responds to any type of change. Financial forecasting is critical when times change. This article offers examples of Sensitivity and Scenario Analysis, explanations of each type, when it should be used, and the advantages of each. It is... View Article

Article

Maximizing CARES Act PPP Loan Forgiveness

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law in order to address the unprecedented public health and economic crisis. This act is the third round of the government’s coronavirus economic stabilization legislation and totals $2 trillion. A significant component of the stimulus package involves loans issued under the purview of the Small Business... View Article

Article

The Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Film Ultimate Revenue

Entertainment
Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on almost all businesses and industries. The film industry is no exception, and it is more likely than most to have sustained permanent changes even after the outbreak subsides. This event will likely accelerate the years-long trend of digital revenue making up a larger share of total... View Article

Article

Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Act

Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Business Stabilization
Our team has reviewed the 880-page Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in detail. To help businesses across Southern California, we’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the CARES Act into a free PDF.

Article

Building a Balanced Scorecard & Using SMARTER KPIs

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Let’s say you’re planning a road trip. You know where you want to go, and you even know how you’re going to drive the route. You’ve circled your stops for gas and food. Once you leave, you’ll even count down the hours until you arrive – and maybe shout the lyrics to “Life Is a... View Article

Article

How SKU Rationalization Can Increase Profitability and Improve Working Capital

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
In times of economic and business uncertainty it is critically important for a business to be agile and proactive with expense and working capital management. SKU Rationalization, also known as SKU Optimization or Product Rationalization, is the process to determine if a particular SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) should be kept, discontinued and whether a company... View Article

Article

5 Easy Tips for Capital Investment Strategies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Business Advisory
Business Stabilization
Even though it seems like the world is in a constant state of flux, there’s one thing that remains unaffected – and that’s the need for cash. Cash is king, and that’s not changing any time soon! That’s why smart businesses need to be especially discerning about capital expenditures. Of course, when something like crucial... View Article

Article

Read Our Article on Dynamic Cash-Flow Forecasting on CFO.com

8020 in the News
Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
We’re proud to announce CFO.com recently published a new article by 8020 Consulting’s CEO, David Lewis!

Article

How to Build a Cash Flow Analysis to Manage Liquidity Now

Financial Planning & Analysis
Business Stabilization
Many businesses are adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. During a time of uncertainty, companies should more than ever reevaluate their operational strategy and profitability forecast. Most importantly, management must have good visibility into the company’s potential of liquidity difficulties and opportunities, which means building a cash flow analysis. A well thought-out and dynamic cash... View Article

Article

Supply Chain Management: Sourcing Backup Suppliers

Business Stabilization
Manufacturing
The Coronavirus lockdown has reminded us that unforeseen crises can impact manufacturing and supply chain lines in the short and long term. For any company, particularly in a time of crisis, it’s critical to mitigate the risk of disruptions to manufacturing and supply chain channels. Sourcing backup suppliers or alternates is an important task in... View Article

Article

Employee Engagement in a New Financial System Implementation

Financial Systems
Change is hard. Change is good. Change is coming. Haven’t we all heard these words at some point during our careers, and then immediately started to worry about what it all means? We are creatures of habit, and we all like our routines. Work is no different than life when it comes to developing a routine for each day, each... View Article

Article

Sell-Side Finance: Building an M&A Management Presentation

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
In sell-side finance, a management presentation usually represents the first in-person meeting between the seller’s management team and a group of prospective buyers who have been selected to participate in the final bidding process. It allows the management team to present a detailed view of the company and answer any questions the potential buyers may... View Article

Article

Best Practices for Your Data Room in M&A

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
In any corporate debt or equity financing, merger or acquisition process, there will come a time for the two parties to exchange information in order to asses interest and assign value. Data exchange typically occurs during the due diligence process but may occur before or after, depending on the transaction type. To facilitate this need, companies... View Article

Article

Financial Software Implementation Price Negotiation Strategies

Financial Systems
When it comes to a financial system implementation, there are a few best practices to reduce implementation and future ongoing costs and to reach the Go Live date faster. These strategies can be used regardless of the type of software being implemented or the implementing company’s industry. Let’s review them in no particular order: 1.... View Article

Article

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): a Finance Planning Perspective

Financial Planning & Analysis
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a critical component for the success of any company developing goods or services. The process by which a company creates new products and services determines speed to market and thus becomes a driver for growth as well as keeping the company’s offerings relevant to consumers and ensuring that these products... View Article

Article

Effective Trade Spend Management

Financial Planning & Analysis
The relationship between a retailer and a manufacturer can be quite dynamic. A fruitful relationship can lead to increased distribution and brand awareness for the manufacturer, greater consumer purchases for the retailer, and of course, better financial returns for both. One of the biggest aspects to a better relationship is effective promotional strategy. Let’s take... View Article

Article

3 Tips for Responding to Requests in the Sell-Side Due Diligence Process

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Entering a sell-side due diligence process? Here are 3 things to consider when responding to diligence requests. #1 – Understand the bigger picture. It is easy to get swept up in a sell-side process (especially one with multiple buyers) and be overwhelmed by the volume or difficulty of various data requests. We can avoid some... View Article

Infographics

Sell-Side Due Diligence Decision Tree

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
This flow chart offers a process for fielding sell-side due diligence requests from potential investors, supports decision making and provides related best practices.

Article

BI & EPM Planning and Budgeting: Automation and Acceleration Tips

Financial Planning & Analysis
Budget season for companies can be extremely challenging if the budget process is manual, inefficient or not-scalable. An Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) / Business Intelligence (BI) software tool is needed in order to negate those process issues. Best practices also exist that can be adopted in the budgeting process, while using the selected tool. Let’s... View Article

Article

Startup Finance: Building Operations Through Two Rounds of Funding

Financial Reporting & Accounting
After several years as Director of Finance at a major entertainment studio for domestic TV production and distribution, I was excited to be hired for a startup finance position – as the first finance/accounting/back-office person and the company’s 12th employee. The company eventually became a multi-platform media destination offering Olympic and lifestyle sports programming on... View Article

Article

Global Inventory Management: Strategies, Risks and Metrics

Manufacturing
In a previous role, I oversaw the global inventory management strategy and risk for a $7-billion Information Technology and Networking distributor, reporting directly to the CFO. On a consolidated basis, the on-hand inventory balance was between $400 and $500 million at the time.  On the heels of the 2008/2009 financial crisis, management of working capital... View Article

Article

Notes from the Field: Private Firm Valuations

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Creating a valuation for private firms requires more analysis and consideration than their public counterparts. Many recent private startups present rapidly evolving business models that differ from publicly traded companies, which, along with a lack of public information, can make finding comparable transactions difficult. In my experience with private firm valuations on both the buy-side... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Supports Soldiers’ Angels

8020 in the News
Careers
As a company, we are moved by the sacrifices our servicemen, servicewomen and veterans have made. What would our lives be like without their courage? In the spirit of the holidays, the 8020 Consulting team came together for a fourth season to sponsor post-9/11 wounded and disabled veterans and their families through Soldiers’ Angels. As... View Article

Article

Best Practices in Post-Acquisition Finance Integration

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
In my experience in a Fortune 500 company, the excitement around closing a “deal” and the public announcement that followed always created high energy and exciting times at the acquiring company. The flurry of activity ensuing in the Due Diligence phase is the precursor that kicks off the long and often arduous, complex, and sustained... View Article

Infographics

Post-Acquisition Integration Team Infographic

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
This infographic offers insights into post-acquisition finance integration team structure and gives advice for managing successful projects!

Article

How Scrum Tactics Could Help Your Next Financial System Implementation

Financial Systems
Project Management
Scrum tactics are a great fit for a complex problem like a financial system implementation. Ultimately, Scrum seeks to uncover better ways to deliver a complex work product in a collaborative environment, in as short a time as possible. The ideal Scrum Team consists of 3 – 9 people, focusing on just one area of... View Article

Article

Key Questions When Implementing a Global Consolidation and Reporting System

Financial Systems
This blog is based upon my previous experience managing the global roll out of SAP Business Process and Consolidation (SAP BPC) for a multinational company. The company I worked for was a $7B IT Distributor that was organized along four geographical regions: North America, LATAM, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. In our case, the company was... View Article

Article

How to Create an Internal Business Plan for a New Company Initiative

Business Advisory
Business plans for start-up companies have become mainstays in the business world. But more and more company initiatives and projects have begun to require business plans as a way of validating prudent investments and company spend as maturing businesses look for innovation within to drive future revenue growth. A time may come in a business... View Article

Article

Tips from the Trenches: Salesforce Sales Forecasting

Financial Planning & Analysis
At the end of 2012, I joined a Finance team supporting the International TV Distribution sales group of a major entertainment company. As the year was coming to an end, Sales strongly voiced its frustration regarding the extremely manual and archaic sales tool that was available for sales forecasting. Their homegrown tool was created many... View Article

Article

How to Develop a 5-Year Strategic Financial Plan

Financial Planning & Analysis
This blog is based on my experience of developing and implementing 5-year strategic financial plans for several Fortune 500 companies. Recently, I had the opportunity to create the first-ever 5-year strategic plan for the categories within a Consumer Product BU, requiring me to work across category teams and functional groups to deliver a product that... View Article

Infographics

5-Year Strategic Planning Timeline

Financial Planning & Analysis
Project Management
Download our free timeline to get insight into creating a 5-year plan, including recommended timings for critical phases.

Article

Workiva Wdesk: Benefits and Key Attributes

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
Whether your Company is a private enterprise planning to go public or an existing, publicly traded Company, leveraging a powerful, cloud-based platform like Workiva Wdesk offers a wide range of benefits. It can improve data accuracy, increase productivity and efficiency, manage risk and compliance. It can also streamline the SEC reporting process by using connected... View Article

Article

Brand Partnerships, Part 3: Metrics and Fiscal Impact

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
From selling your own advertising and custom content, to partnering with other brands for marketing campaigns/events, to managing branding resources and integrating with external clients – Finance has an important role in the commercial aspects of a successful “Brand Partnerships” operation. In Part 1, we covered the importance of a brand partnerships business having a... View Article

Article

10 Basic Internal Controls for Small Business Fraud

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Internal Controls
How susceptible is your business to fraud? As an interim controller, I see all too often that owners are so busy growing their business that they become vulnerable to one of the costliest threats happening right under their noses. Fraud is more common than you might think – and in most cases, it’s start-ups and small businesses who... View Article

Article

Brand Partnership Finance, Part 2: Finding Balance

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
We discussed in Part 1 that starting a brand partnerships business could mean a lot of things – from selling your own advertising and custom content, to partnering with other brands for marketing campaigns/events, to managing branding resources and integrating with external clients. We also focused on the operational finance aspects of incorporating a revenue-generating... View Article

Article

Three Ways IPO CFOs Can Drive Success

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Prepping for an initial public offering can be an exciting time for chief financial officers. It can also be wrought with challenges. Many organizations find themselves facing long hours, accounting inaccuracies and frazzled finance teams, putting them in a position where they’re going public without truly feeling ready. In this blog, we’ll explore a few... View Article

Article

Building a Brand Partnerships Business, Part 1: Financial Throughline

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
So, you want to start a Brand Partnerships business? From selling your own advertising and custom content, to partnering with other brands for marketing campaigns/events, to managing branding resources and integrating with external clients, that shift could mean a lot of things. But whichever Brand Partnership business model you choose, a financial throughline – beginning... View Article

Checklists

Automated Budget & Forecasting Tip Sheet

Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
Get simple tips and strategy for automating budgeting and forecasting and system selection in our two-page checklist.

Article

Subscription Business Model Metrics: A Systems Check

Financial Planning & Analysis
Clothing retailer Bloomingdale’s recently launched a fashion-rental-subscription service, just one example of the growing trend towards “subscription” businesses. When executed successfully, the appeal of subscription revenue is apparent – recurring revenue, increased customer lifetime value (LTV), and reduced customer churn. However, because subscription business model metrics aren’t always planned from the outset, this business model... View Article

Article

5 Ways to Speed Up Your Month-End Close Process [Tip Sheet]

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Is your company plagued with that ever dreadful lengthy month-end close? Is it taking weeks to get the books closed and financial reporting out to management? How can you improve your month-end close process, close earlier, prepare timely financials, and give management the time they need to make the right business decisions necessary to stay... View Article

Infographics

Improve Month-End Close Infographic

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Learn 5 things you can do to speed up month-end-close, prepare timely financials and give management more time to make business decisions.

Article

Retail Marketing KPIs & Other Retail Finance Performance Strategies

Financial Planning & Analysis
As the success of online retailers skyrockets and online shopping continues its rise in popularity, brick-and-mortar retailers have seen a significant decline in business. While most subscription-based and online businesses have a strong digital marketing team and marketing plan in place, many brick-and-mortar shops are lagging in their knowledge of retail marketing KPIs and strategies.

Article

Post-ASC 606: Using Your CRM to Ensure Timely Billing

Financial Reporting & Accounting
With the implementation of ASC 606 Revenue Recognition for public and private companies, it is more essential than ever for sales and finance to work together. Additionally, Finance will need to collaborate with the legal department and the back-office teams overseeing shipping and invoicing, as increased effort will be required to properly comply with ASC... View Article

Article

New US Tariffs: 3 Recommendations for Manufacturing Finance Executives

Manufacturing
As a wave of new US tariffs went into effect September 1st, industries that are directly and indirectly affected are developing and implementing strategies to mitigate the impact these geopolitical changes will have on product costs, customer pricing and profitability. The strategies that companies are using include country of origin adjustments, product exclusion requests, reclassifications,... View Article

Article

6 Factors That Impact How to Value a Content Library

Entertainment
The past few years have seen dramatic changes in the entertainment industry. The success of streaming video on-demand (SVOD) services such as Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu has spawned a rush of imitators. Seemingly every media company has announced plans to launch an SVOD channel with hopes of capturing those direct-to-consumer subscription dollars. This has led to a... View Article

Article

5 Keys for Your Customer Lifetime Value Model

Financial Planning & Analysis
As more companies move from single-transaction to recurring-revenue relationships with customers, estimating and tracking customer lifetime value (CLV) with care is critical for every business model. While CLV is not an exact fit within annual income statements, it is a useful financial modeling tactic for marketing ROI and potentially valuation. We believe there are 5... View Article

Article

About the Proposed Delay of ASC 842

Financial Reporting & Accounting
During its July meetings, the Financial Accounting Standards Board voted unanimously to propose delaying the effective date of some of its major accounting standards, including ASC 842 for privately held companies, nonprofits, and small reporting companies. The delay of ASC 842 provides an extra year to adopt in these organizations – adopting for annual fiscal... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Gets Involved with Operation Gratitude

8020 in the News
Careers
On August 24th, 8020 Consulting came together and volunteered their time with Operation Gratitude. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas. In addition to stuffing care packages for troops overseas, volunteers assembled “Survival” bracelets, stuffed Battalion Teddy bears for children of the deployed, prepared Recruit... View Article

Article

Notes from the Field: Leading a Customer Profitability Initiative for a F1000 Company

Financial Planning & Analysis
An annual customer profitability analysis is a crucially important process for organizations to undertake. To put it simply, this process offers the opportunity to determine which customers are making your business money and which ones are not. It shows which customers have underserved opportunity to grow and which ones are a time drain for sales,... View Article

Article

Notes from the Field: Avoiding Surprises in ERP Stabilization Projects

Financial Systems
This blog is based on my recent experience with a client that had implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX/Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. That enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers benefits such as end-to-end system connectivity, resulting in profitability, transparency, and efficiency. It’s robust, but agile at the same time, and has a very familiar Microsoft... View Article

Article

Optimizing Your Price Increase Strategy

Financial Planning & Analysis
Price increases are a fairly controllable tactic for Finance teams looking to improve profitability. Ultimately, price increase strategy can come in several forms (e.g., adjusting rebates or cost to serve) and may only apply to select customers. After collaborating with leadership, sales, and marketing teams to select the specific product/solution(s) for which to raise pricing,... View Article

Article

NetSuite SuiteAnalytics: Leveraging Built-In BI

Financial Systems
While NetSuite has long been a leader in embedded analytics, Oracle clearly recognized the need for more robust reporting and analytics tools. As a proxy to and an improvement upon other third-party, plug-in solutions, Oracle developed its own solution natively embedded within its already industry-leading ERP. Netsuite SuiteAnalytics is a built-in analytics and reporting package... View Article

Article

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud: Benefits of the First Hyperion EPM Product

Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Systems
Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is a subscription-based planning and budgeting solution built for and deployed on Oracle Cloud. An application of Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) suite and based on Hyperion Planning, PBCS has enabled organizations of various sizes to quickly adopt world-class planning and budgeting applications with no CAPEX infrastructure investments. It offers... View Article

Article

5 Things to Consider When Deploying Sales Performance Management Software

Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Systems
Companies with high-growth trajectories and those that reach a modicum of complexity with their incentive plans will want to invest in a robust Sales Performance Management (SPM) software system. Those organizations that are poised for sales force expansion will want not only a system capable of calculating commissions and incentive plans but also automating them. Once a... View Article

Article

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Rights Management Systems (RMS)

Entertainment
Financial Systems
Managing the rights related to its proprietary content is core in every entertainment company. With technology, more media formats and platforms exist than ever before. Contracts are also more complicated and multi-layered than they have historically been. Managing content contracts across all media platforms has become extremely challenging and complicated. Today’s companies have multiple internal... View Article

Article

Common Mistakes When Creating a Film Ultimate

Entertainment
Financial Planning & Analysis
Creating a Film Ultimate has become a common exercise for studios as they look to estimate the total revenues from a film to justify the large production costs of making a movie. Although studios have been creating Ultimates for years, several common mistakes often take place during the Ultimates process. Some of these mistakes are resource... View Article

Article

Entertainment Finance: Perfecting Film Ultimates

Entertainment
Financial Planning & Analysis
The Ultimates Process is an important part of evaluating a film’s performance. In this blog, we offer insights into the process and how to build and refine a Film Ultimate.

Article

IPO Readiness: Avoiding Pitfalls When Going Public

Business Advisory
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Initial public offerings can be downright brutal. Very little will put a company under as much stress or cause as much disruption as the “all hands on deck” push toward an IPO. While we won’t go so far as to promise business as usual during the IPO process, there are some things a company can... View Article

Article

The Key Benefits of HFM: Hyperion Financial Management

Financial Systems
Regardless of the size of your company, you undoubtedly made a significant investment when you purchased Oracle’s Hyperion Financial Management (HFM). It probably took your finance team several months to design, configure, test and convert historical data. Yet even though the HFM website notes that the financial consolidation, reporting and analysis tool is designed to... View Article

Article

Interim CFO Consulting: Turning Management Transition into Opportunity

Business Advisory
Interim Financial Management
Whether your CFO has just resigned unexpectedly or you decided it was time for a change, management transition can cause worry, disruption, and sometimes a fair amount of chaos. It doesn’t have to be this way. In the hands of an experienced Interim CFO, transition presents a valuable opportunity to reevaluate the position and realign... View Article

Article

Excel Tips: The Value of SUMIFS for Multiple Criteria

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Excel Tips
VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP are probably the best-known formulas for getting data from another table. It is relatively simple to use as long as you are looking to just retrieve one data point using one criteria and the table (number of columns) never changes. However, SUMIFS are quickly becoming more used as users are looking at... View Article

Article

Using Goal Seek in Excel: 8020 Quick Tips

Financial Planning & Analysis
Excel Tips
Goal Seek is a useful Excel tool that allows you to see how one data item in a formula impacts another, similar to a cause-and-effect scenario, providing an answer to the “what-if” question.

Article

A Summary of NetSuite for Growing Companies

Financial Systems
NetSuite’s ERP solution has grown rapidly in popularity across middle to large-size corporations since it was founded 20 years ago by the then-Chairman and CTO of Oracle. It is widely viewed as the first cloud software ERP, and as opposed to many cloud solutions today, NetSuite has always been offered on a SaaS-basis. Today, NetSuite counts... View Article

Article

8020 Sponsors 2 So. Cal Veteran Families for the Holidays

8020 in the News
Careers
In the spirit of the holidays, the 8020 Consulting team came together for the third season to sponsor post-9/11 wounded and disabled veterans and their families through Soldier’s Angels. As a group, the company supported 2 families and 8 children with gifts of their choosing, including toys and clothing as well as gift certificates totaling... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Participates in 3rd Annual Volunteer Event at the LA Food Bank

8020 in the News
Careers
On November 10th, our team volunteered once again in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, to help those in need in the LA community. We greatly admire the work done by LA Food Bank to support the 1 in 7 hungry Angelinos and would encourage you and your team to do the same. For more information... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Congratulates MarVista Entertainment on 15 Years

8020 in the News
8020 Consulting celebrates MarVista Entertainment on 15 years of business success—as featured in the October 10, 2018, edition of The Hollywood Reporter. We would like to congratulate Fernando, Tony, Darrell, and the entire awesome team at MarVista, and we look forward to many more years of successful partnership.

Article

New Leasing Standard Implementation: Creating an ASC 842 Project Plan

Financial Reporting & Accounting
The accounting community has been discussing the new leasing standard (ASC 842) since February of 2016. If your company hasn’t already developed an implementation plan, then now is the time. The new standard takes effect for public companies with annual periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2018 and for all other entities for annual periods beginning... View Article

Guides

Financial Reporting & Analysis Whitepaper

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Learn about financial reporting & analysis solutions that can bridge the implementation time gap and keep pace with business demands.

Guides

Operational Finance in Entertainment eBook

Entertainment
Get our best practices guide for making your mid-level entertainment studio more competitive through operational finance.

Article

Why Building FP&A Infrastructure is Critical for Growing Organizations

Financial Planning & Analysis
A well-structured Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team can facilitate the direction of a company, leveraging organizational strategy to guide departmental objectives. Think of FP&A infrastructure as the financial nucleus of an organization. It keeps the movement and momentum of the organization synchronized—financially and operationally.

Article

Transfer Pricing Methods & Other Insights for Multi-Company Operations

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
As businesses grow and business leaders look for new opportunities and markets for their product, the idea of expanding into foreign geographies becomes attractive and strategically appropriate. However, favorable market conditions can lead executives to move forward before fully considering the business arrangements between the U.S. entity and the newly formed foreign entity. Let’s cover... View Article

Article

How FP&A Can Help You Get the Most Out of Your Sales Budget

Financial Planning & Analysis
Getting sales and finance to work together cohesively can be a challenge. Often, these two departments see each other as an impediment to reaching their respective goals. Because finance is tasked with ensuring the company meets its bottom line goals, it can come into conflict with the sales task of driving revenue and its tendency... View Article

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A Look at the Trump Tariffs and Their Financial Impact on International Supply Chains

Manufacturing
Since the Trump tariffs started early this year, companies with global supply chains have been working to understand and manage the real-world impact.

Article

Concur & Expense Management Systems: From the Implementation Trenches

Financial Systems
At 8020 Consulting, we’ve worked with a variety of companies that want more visibility and greater control of their expenses. Those companies might start with obvious questions:

Article

Sell-Side Due Diligence: Best Practices for Target Entities

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
While M&A transactions can be daunting tasks for both buyers and sellers, generally the management of the seller (i.e., the “Target”) faces the most stressful phase of the process: the initial financial due diligence. This phase can be challenging for three reasons:

Article

The Unnecessary Risk of Poor Accounting Process Documentation

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Internal Controls
Written documentation of accounting procedures is often given a low priority in the accounting department. Many companies have seasoned employees, who may not need step-by-step directions to complete the monthly close process, prepare account analysis, or complete account reconciliations. In the interest of completing other business-critical tasks, they push updating written procedures to the back... View Article

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How Hiring Financial Due Diligence Professionals Helps Close Deals

Business Advisory
M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Many owners dream of growing scalable businesses and have worked hard to achieve “optimal readiness.” Now there’s an offer on the table. This is the moment to rally the finance and accounting teams and round-up the typical A-Team transactional advisors, including the investment bankers, CPAs, M&A attorneys, and tax specialists.

Article

Notes from the Field: Finance in Entertainment Startups

Entertainment
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Years ago, I led the financial team at Overture Films. Overture was imagined and run as a filmmaker-friendly studio, and it was built by experienced executives from the MGM of yore. It ran similar to a startup in that we operated lean, independently, and flexibly, but as a subsidiary of Liberty Media, we had the... View Article

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What is a Most Recent Financial Audit Timeline? Best Practices for Your First Financial Audit

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Internal Controls
Preparing for your first financial statement audit can be a daunting and nerve-wrecking task. What is a most recent financial audit time line? Some companies often don’t know where to begin, so they spend countless hours preparing things that are not applicable for the audit and put unnecessary strain on their time and resources. If... View Article

Article

Follow These Data Best Practices When Switching to NetSuite

Financial Systems
Even if you’ve done your shopping and selected NetSuite as your preferred Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, it’s likely you still have concerns about migrating your data from your current systems into the cloud. We’ve worked with a lot of companies through the migration process, and we want to share some best practices we’ve picked... View Article

Guides

Financial Forecasting Process Guide

Financial Planning & Analysis
Get this guide to learn financial forecasting process best practices and dive into the three core elements that drive accuracy.

Article

8020 Consulting Runs the LA Big 5K

8020 in the News
Careers
On March 18th, team members from 8020 Consulting participated in the LA Big 5K. Colleagues that exercise together, stay together!

Article

Distribution Finance in Entertainment: 3 Tips for Better Deal-Making

Entertainment
Distribution finance in entertainment is about quantifying and maximizing the value of opportunities. Sounds straightforward enough, but in a field so complex and fluid, it’s not always easy to stay ahead of the knowledge curve. Distribution deal-making can be a particularly thorny area, with even seemingly small decisions having dramatic effects on profits. How can... View Article

Checklists

Sales Compensation Plan Design Tip Sheet

Financial Planning & Analysis
Learn our five best practices to creating effective sales compensation plan models that balance present realities and future goals.

Article

How to Think About Automating Financial Processes With NetSuite

Financial Systems
NetSuite’s flexibility and wide range of capabilities have contributed to its increasing popularity as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform. If you’re interested in automating financial processes with NetSuite, but aren’t quite sure how to get started, here are a few big ideas to consider.

Article

Our Picks for the Biggest CFO & CAO Challenges of 2018

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Financial Systems
At the start of the year, we asked our team of financial consultants about common issues they see in financial offices across Los Angeles. Get our new free infographic for their perspective.

Article

Why Strategic Finance in Entertainment is so Complex

Entertainment
Every industry has its own set of strategic finance challenges and nuances, but the field of entertainment can be particularly difficult to navigate. Money and reputations are unrelentingly on the line, and one bad strategic decision can devastate a studio, production house, or other enterprise. What is it about entertainment that makes this arena so... View Article

Article

4 Thoughts on Moving to a Cloud-Based EPM System

Financial Systems
In corporate finance offices, growth inevitably reveals the limitations of the status quo. Perhaps you find you’re spending too much time reporting and not enough time analyzing. Maybe you and your office mates are tired of maintaining massive Excel files. Or maybe you just want to open a forecasting budget module without a 15-minute load... View Article

Article

Tips for Selling a Privately Held Business for Maximum Value

Business Advisory
M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Many mature, privately held businesses receive third-party advice on how to structure or restructure their companies for improved salability. In fact, 8020 Consulting frequently works with privately held companies across a wide range of industries to help them achieve what we’d call “optimal readiness.” What we’ve discovered, however, is that there isn’t a strict set... View Article

Article

Benchmarking Data Best Practices in Entertainment

Entertainment
Benchmarking data and proper analysis hold the keys to making informed, profitable decisions in the entertainment industry. Greenlighting a project with inaccurate data and/or shaky assumptions could spell disaster for a small entertainment company or a black mark for a larger one. Let’s explore benchmarking best practices and the roles and responsibilities of various departments... View Article

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8020 Consulting Supports Soldier’s Angels

8020 in the News
Careers
In the spirit of the holidays, the 8020 Consulting team came together for the second season to sponsor post 9/11 wounded and disabled veterans and their families in the Los Angeles area through a fantastic organization, Soldier’s Angels. As a group, the company supported 4 families and 12 children with gifts of their choosing, including... View Article

Article

Financial Modeling Best Practices: Stronger Models, Better Value (Part 2)

Financial Planning & Analysis
In Part 1 of this blog post, we asked 8020 consultant Yan Pronin to help us take a broad look at financial modeling, an analytic tool that more and more businesses are utilizing to project future performance. Today, we’ll continue our conversation and dig deeper to discuss financial modeling best practices that support the creation... View Article

Article

Are You Getting the Most Value From Your Financial Modeling? (Part 1)

Financial Planning & Analysis
I’ve seen millions of dollars saved just from the injection of an experienced financial modeler into the mix. Today, more and more businesses are utilizing some version of financial modeling in their financial planning & analysis. Financial modeling can provide essential strategic and tactical information for CFOs and other business leaders, but only if done... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Participates in 2nd Annual Volunteer Event at the LA Food Bank

8020 in the News
Careers
On November 4th volunteers from 8020 Consulting rolled up their sleeves to pack crates of food for low income and homebound seniors in support of the Food Bank’s mission to end hunger in Los Angeles. 8020 joined other volunteers from LA 2028 and other companies to pack enough crates to feed 3860 seniors for a... View Article

Article

3 Important Tips for Designing Sales Compensation Plans

Financial Planning & Analysis
Sales compensation plans can be powerful motivators that spur sales reps to become top performers and attract top talent. But they can also be difficult to design. A wide range of operational considerations can come into play.

Article

Is Financial Data Structure Holding Back Your Business?

Financial Planning & Analysis
Think, for a minute, about how you collect your data. Does it exist in a well-organized framework; one that enables you to leverage multi-dimensional data points to make valuable conclusions about your business? Or, does your data feel a bit more … chaotic? If you’re like many, the components of a well-designed data structure are... View Article

Article

Tips from the Finance Trenches: 2 Key Excel Functions for Organizing Data

Excel Tips
Don’t get us wrong—data is a beautiful thing. But when you have lots of it, displayed in a format that is far from ideal, it presents challenges for those who are trying to view and manipulate that data. So how do you turn large datasets into useful, easy-to-read formats? Here are two commonly used functions... View Article

Article

Entertainment Participation Contracts: What to Look For & When to Audit

Entertainment
Anyone in the TV and film industry knows the importance of participation contracts. Especially when a production is successful, there are often many participants who are entitled to a piece of the pie. But to ensure everyone is getting their fair share based on the terms laid out in the contract, an audit may be... View Article

Article

Struggling to Grow? Add Customer Acquisition Metrics to Your Business Model

Financial Planning & Analysis
As if getting your start-up business up and running isn’t hard enough, business leaders often face an even more difficult struggle in the phase that follows: growth.

Article

Tips from the Finance Trenches: A Better Way to Use Static Reports for Cross-Functional Data Analysis

Excel Tips
For a holistic view of your business, it is critical to integrate cross-functional business data. However, Finance and Business Intelligence professionals often find themselves in situations where they have to work with static crosstab reports that are not easy to manipulate. Furthermore, it can be challenging to use static reports to connect data with other... View Article

Article

Are Organizational Silos Crippling Your Business? Here’s a 5-Step Plan to Break Them Down.

Business Advisory
There’s no two ways about it: your business cannot thrive when organizational silos exist. While today’s corporate workplace seems to change and evolve by the minute, silos remain a long-standing challenge for so many businesses. No matter the size of your company, no matter your industry, the narrative leads to the same outcome: silos are... View Article

Article

How to Avoid Leaving Money on the Table in a Sell-Side M&A Transaction

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
You’re selling your business — and after months of work and preparation, the finish line is finally in sight. Your purchase price is set. Due diligence is wrapping up. The deal is locked and loaded. And then … someone points out a costly oversight; one that could result in you leaving a substantial amount of... View Article

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Operational Review Process Guide

Business Advisory
Financial Planning & Analysis
Get our 5-step action plan for building a successful operational review process and program to maintain traction on enterprise initiatives.

Article

8020 Consulting Volunteers with GOOD+ Foundation to Help Children of Low-Income Families in L.A.

8020 in the News
Careers
On Saturday, June 24, 8020 Consulting volunteers came together at the Los Angeles warehouse of GOOD+ Foundation to sort, pack and bundle a variety of necessities for children of low-income families in the metro area. The team sorted 785 books, 405 pieces of bedding and 2,390 pieces of clothing.

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Tips From the Finance Trenches: Speed Up Your VLOOKUP Formulas With Automation

Excel Tips
As finance professionals well know, the VLOOKUP formula is among the most commonly used function in Microsoft Excel. This relatively simple-but-powerful formula helps you create analysis, summaries, models, and other key reporting elements in your worksheets. However, while the VLOOKUP function is fairly easy to use, Excel users spend a considerable amount of time on... View Article

Article

Expert Analysis: Standard Costing Is Critical to Profitability in Manufacturing

Manufacturing
For manufacturing companies facing profit erosion, savvy financial leaders will know to analyze their approach to costing. In fact, we broadly covered the topic of effective costing. Yet despite the definite, positive impact of effective costing on profitability, there are still many aspects of costing that are misunderstood, and all-too-commonly misapplied. One such aspect is... View Article

Article

Business Fundraising Success! Now 5 Things You Should Do Immediately

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Funding a start-up — or acquiring additional capital for a business that’s already up and running — is no easy feat. In fact, there’s much to consider and prepare for even before engaging in discussions with potential financiers. (Read 5 Ways to Wise Up Your Approach to Business Fundraising.) But what happens once you’ve finally... View Article

Article

Tips from the Finance Trenches: Best Shortcut Ever! Create a Pivot Table In 3 Seconds

Excel Tips
If you are a heavy user of MS Excel, and use pivot tables on a regular basis, you know that utilizing such features can take a long time. By my calculation, it takes about 13 seconds to set up a pivot table containing all necessary data. In this day and age of maximizing productivity and... View Article

Article

Need Capital? 5 Ways to Wise Up Your Approach to Business Fundraising

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
No one ever said entrepreneurship was easy. Sometimes it seems that for every financial hurdle you overcome, a new one awaits. This is particularly true when funding a start-up. Many business owners find that there are several cycles of fundraising: even after a large initial investment puts you on the right path, your ability to... View Article

Article

Tips from the Finance Trenches: A Smart Alternative to Lookup Functions in Excel

Excel Tips
The VLOOKUP is one of the most commonly used functions in MS Excel and serves many useful purposes. But the circumstances aren’t always ideal for this function. While VLOOKUP is useful to traverse a small table for quick lookups, it is often misused in large datasets. This can lead to inefficiencies that bog down complex... View Article

Article

Tips from The Accounting Trenches: The Power of Pivot Tables

Excel Tips
Ever stare at worksheets containing very large data sets of data and have no idea where to start? How do you break down your data to extract what you need in a meaningful way? Welcome to the power of the pivot table. A pivot table allows you to take the systems data dump and quickly organize... View Article

Article

SEC Reporting and SOX Compliance Challenges? The Best Solution May Be in the Cloud

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Few companies would argue: SEC Reporting can be a complex and challenging process that places a significant burden on your internal team. On top of reporting mandates, the introduction of SOX has imposed additional requirements that cause an even greater strain. For executives of publicly traded companies, who are personally held to a signed statement... View Article

Article

The Surprising Truth About International Expansion: Key Findings from the Field

Business Advisory
If your business had a viable means to enjoy a greater financial upside, it would be an endeavor worth considering, right? It’s surprising, then, how many business leaders hastily dismiss the idea of expanding overseas. Many perceive the pursuit to be too daunting, too complex. But in reality, international expansion could very well be your... View Article

Article

Tips from The Finance Trenches: How to Use Variables in MS Excel SUMIF Formulas

Excel Tips
Do you need to find the sum of a subset of cells in Excel spreadsheet that has multiple variables? Here, we’ll take a look at how adding a conditional variable (or variables) can help you get to your desired output – and we’ll also offer a few shortcuts along the way. Keep in mind, this... View Article

Article

Trouble Forecasting Revenue? Try a Collaborative Approach

Financial Planning & Analysis
What happens when your revenue forecast falls short? What went wrong – and who is responsible? In some cases, missed revenue goals can set into motion a wave of negative reactions that lead to finger-pointing and frustration. Morale suffers and along with it, the motivation to drive future revenue-producing initiatives. This all-too-common scenario often signifies... View Article

Article

Tips from the Finance Trenches: How to Summarize Revenue by Region and Sales Lead

Excel Tips
Excel is a powerful tool that allows users to quickly manipulate and analyze key data – yet it’s not unusual for finance and accounting teams to get hung up on practical functions in creating reports and summaries. In this quick tip, we will walk you through five easy steps (with illustrations) to help you summarize... View Article

Article

Conflict Minerals Compliance: Regulations, Challenges & What They Mean for Your Company

Financial Reporting & Accounting
These days, the topic of conflict minerals compliance has been the focus of many conversations. With new financial reporting and accounting regulations requiring companies to report the use of minerals mined in certain geographic regions and used within an organization’s supply chain, many finance leaders are finding compliance to be complex. And now, with existing... View Article

Article

How to Fix 4 Excel Mistakes That Could Impact Financial Analysis

Financial Planning & Analysis
For nearly three decades, Excel has been an integral tool for businesses everywhere. Today, despite the advent of newer, more streamlined cloud-based solutions on the market, nearly 60 percent of U.S. businesses still rely on Excel spreadsheets for essential accounting functions, such as planning and budgeting (Source: Enterprise Times). While Excel proves to be an... View Article

Article

Tips from the Accounting Trenches: Try This Smoother Alternative to “Hiding” Data in Excel

Excel Tips
When manipulating data in Excel, here’s a problem that I’m guessing many of us have experienced at one point or another: you have data that you’d like to keep for reference in an Excel sheet — but you don’t necessarily need to see all that data every time. This includes having rows/columns of additional subcategories... View Article

Article

Implementation of ASC 606 Revenue Standard: Financial Consulting Perspectives from the Field

Financial Reporting & Accounting
With the deadline looming to implement new Accounting Standard, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606), many organizations are hard at work to redefine how revenue is recognized for products/services sold and how contracts are established with customers. The new standard lays out five overarching steps that companies, both public and private, must address. (See... View Article

Article

SEC Comment Letters: 10 Essential Tips for a One-And-Done Correspondence

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Given all the variables in the accounting world, there is one thing you can count on: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will review the accounting disclosures of all publicly traded companies at least once every three years. Based on that review, companies may or may not receive SEC comment letters, public letters typically... View Article

Article

Excel Tips: How to Consolidate and Convert Dates to a Standard List or Pivot Table

Excel Tips
Many times, we deal with datasets that are more granular than what we desire. Take “sales by day” as an example. Most companies prefer to look at the sales data by month or quarter. Follow these quick steps to make the conversion:

Article

Three Rules for Building Your SaaS Revenue Forecast

Financial Planning & Analysis
The Software as a Service (SaaS) industry has exploded into the marketplace in the past decade. For customers, SaaS solutions provide speedier and potentially more secure access to centrally-hosted software that’s available as a subscription-based service offering. And for businesses, executives are readily embracing the sale of SaaS due to its widespread demand and significant... View Article

Article

Demand Forecasting Strategies Every Finance Leader Should Know

Financial Planning & Analysis
A well-designed demand forecast model has powerful potential for your financial planning & analysis. It can deliver profound and meaningful insights about your business that can be used to guide many major decisions. Finance leaders can – and should – rely on these models to analyze and predict sales trends over time, gauge their inventory... View Article

Article

Q&A: How Business Intelligence and Analytics Are Reshaping Interim CFO Recruitment and the CFO Role

Financial Planning & Analysis
Times have certainly changed for Chief Financial Officers and interim CFO Recruitment. No longer viewed as the company number crunchers who summarize revenue and analyze EBITAs, modern-day CFOs are expected to take on a whole new range of responsibilities. This includes expanding their role to become strategic partners with a long-term vision on how to... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Sponsors Four Military Families for the Holidays

8020 in the News
Careers
In an effort to give back to the community each quarter and in appreciation for the sacrifice military personnel and their families make each and every day, 8020 Consulting sought out an avenue to help military families and discovered a fantastic organization, Soldiers’ Angels. Through Soldiers’ Angels, 8020 Consultants and members of the management team... View Article

Article

Why There’s No Such Thing as “The Best” ERP Solution

Financial Systems
It seems that everyone is talking about ERP solutions these days. And rightfully so – a growing number of companies are embracing their powerful potential in new and exciting ways for their business. As a long-time finance leader eternally focused on solutions, I’m often asked the same question: “Which ERP system is the best?” For... View Article

Article

Linking Due Diligence to Your 100-Day Plan

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Any organization that has been through an acquisition knows the importance of a sound and thorough due diligence process. Yet while this process is often characterized by an avalanche of day-to-day details and data requests, it’s also vital to prepare for the days and weeks immediately following the deal. So how, exactly, can you hit... View Article

Article

Should a Financial Planning Team Report on Performance or Drive It?

Financial Planning & Analysis
In every organization, finance performs a number of critical functions that are key for a company to deliver performance results, report out to investors, manage internal functions, and so on. While these core functions are absolutely vital to your business, they are largely supportive functions that do not always drive results.

Article

Check Out Our Brand New Facebook Page

8020 in the News
8020 Consulting is proud to unveil our brand new Facebook page, featuring our Subject Matter Expert blog series, 8020 News and Insights and photo albums featuring our team.  We invite you to “like” and “share” our official 8020 Consulting Facebook page to keep up with all the exciting things we are doing. Click here for... View Article

Article

Quick Tips for Useful and Concise Reporting on Big Data

Financial Planning & Analysis
In the age of Big Data, finance departments collect more data than ever before, and they rely on it to drive initiatives and make critical business decisions. But given the sheer quantity, how do you ensure concise, useful reporting on big data? More importantly, what are some ways you can use that data to influence... View Article

Article

3 Steps to Better Cash Flow Forecasting

Financial Planning & Analysis
Anyone who has ever managed a checking account, scheduled a bill payment, or waited until a paycheck is deposited to make a purchase already knows the basics of cash flow forecasting. In simple terms, cash flow forecasting is about predicting the inflows and outflows of money for a given entity, be it a person or... View Article

Article

Profitability Problems? Effective Costing May Be Your Answer

Manufacturing
We’ve helped numerous companies improve profitability through strategic approaches and financial best practices. (Don’t miss our insights on Supply Chain Management as well.) And for companies experiencing profit erosion, we’ve generated million-dollar-plus profit turnarounds. In this blog, let’s deep dive into effective costing: what it is, why it’s important and how to leverage costing inputs... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Hosts Lunch for The Homeless At Hope Of The Valley

8020 in the News
Careers
On Saturday, September 24, 8020 Consulting hosted a hot lunch for 96 people in need, serving pasta, salad and desserts from Buca di Beppo at the lunch facility at Hope of the Valley Homeless Services Center in Van Nuys, California. On an average day, between 60 and 80 people in need come to the center for... View Article

Article

Audit Ahead! 7 Tips for a More Cost-Effective Audit Process

Financial Reporting & Accounting
An external audit is a little bit like taxes. It’s a part of life in financial reporting and accounting; a regular occurrence that you simply have to get through the best you can, even though you’re not particularly thrilled about it. For most organizations, audits are more or less perceived as a necessary evil that... View Article

Article

Simple Secrets for Improved Financial Reporting

Financial Reporting & Accounting
In today’s data-driven business landscape, financial reporting and accounting demands are becoming increasingly complex. Especially for companies that are growing, new markets, new product lines and new stakeholders mean there’s a heavy reliance on finance teams to interpret large amounts of information. Finance teams are feeling the squeeze: not only are they navigating a more... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting Spotlighted in Top Ten List of Awesome Companies That Are Hiring

8020 in the News
Careers
The Muse, an online career resource center, highlighted 8020 Consulting as one of the “10 Awesome Los Angeles Companies to Check Out This Week.”

Article

The Power of Master Product Hierarchies – And Why They Should Be On Your Radar

Financial Systems
As a finance executive with 15 years of experience in partnering with departments and divisions, Devon Coleman has used financial analysis/modeling, financial systems, negotiation, communication, and software development skills to help companies and divisions achieve various business goals. Devon has held high-profile positions in finance and software development at Disney and CUNA Mutual Group. He has... View Article

Article

6 Fatal Flaws of Executives That Can Lead to Emergency Restructuring

Turnaround & Restructuring
According to business visionary and consultant Perry Marshall, “Good times breed bad habits. Bad times breed good habits.” Sage advice for just about any executive, across just about any industry. When business is booming, it’s easy to take the “it won’t happen to me” attitude – and ignore underlying factors that can erode your seemingly... View Article

Article

An Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Best-Fit Corporate Performance Management Solution

Financial Systems
In our recent blog on Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools, we discussed the evolution of CPM tools (also known as Enterprise Performance Management, or EPM tools) as a viable and often-superior alternative to traditional on-premise financial systems. And while the general trend skews toward cloud-based solutions, there are still a number of factors to consider... View Article

Article

Buy-Side M&A On the Horizon? 5 Process Strategies

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
As with many things in finance, past experiences help us establish rules, procedures and best practices. This especially holds true for M&A activity, where the largest, most acquisitive companies will typically have a standardized process (and potentially a dedicated M&A team) in place. But what about companies who are not frequent acquirers? Often times, less-acquisitive... View Article

Article

3 Tips for a Better Bottom Line: Sales Forecast Methods & More

Financial Planning & Analysis
Sales forecast methods are an integral part of business, affecting nearly every core function within an organization. It impacts your Marketing budgeting and spending; your Human Resources plan for staffing; your Production and Operations plans and procedures, and so on. Produce too much, and you’ve tied up your cash in inventory. Produce too little, and... View Article

Article

How Corporate Performance Management Tools Put You on the Fast-Track

Financial Systems
In the evolving world of data solutions and financial systems, there is one trend that looks like it’s here to stay: corporate performance management (CPM) tools. An increasing number of financial organizations are turning to these solutions to replace traditional methods of data reporting and analysis, and streamline a number of critical functions.

Article

The Best New Business Intelligence Toolset is Built into Microsoft Excel

Excel Tips
Finance professionals can feel bombarded with new, expensive reporting and analysis solutions. Every few years, a new BI toolset is in vogue—Business Objects, Microstrategy, Tableau. Meanwhile, under the radar, Microsoft has been building a powerful and flexible business intelligence toolset. And most of us already own it. In recognition of where data usually ends up... View Article

Article

8020 Consulting volunteers at the LA Food Bank, helping to pack 4300 crates of food for seniors in the LA area

8020 in the News
Careers
On Saturday June 18th, 8020 Consulting volunteers gathered at the LA Food Bank’s warehouse in Vernon, California, to support their mission to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community.

Article

Tame the Equity-based Compensation Plan Accounting Spreadsheet Beast (With Cloud-Based Software)

Financial Systems
It’s a jungle out there. Well, not literally. But within the business world, competition to attract and hire the best and brightest employees can be quite fierce. And once they have been brought on board, what is the best way to maintain their motivation and commitment? There are a multitude of techniques and tools that... View Article

Article

Supply Chain Management Best Practices and Pitfalls

Manufacturing
Let’s talk supply chain management: what it is, why it matters, and how it impacts the office of the CFO. Just as importantly, let’s go over a few tips on sidestepping the most common pitfalls in the supply chain, as well as some best practices for effective management. What is supply chain management? Supply chain... View Article

Article

What is an IT Audit? Exploring a New Modern Necessity

Financial Reporting & Accounting
Internal Controls
What is an IT audit? It’s a commonly misunderstood, all-too-often under-appreciated part of doing business in an increasingly high-tech, data-driven economy. As financial functions rely more and more on technology, public and private enterprises of all sizes will need to shore up the weak points and faulty logic in their accounting and reporting systems.

Article

Keeping Customer Analytics Current: New Markets, Methods & Tools

Financial Planning & Analysis
With new technologies transforming the business environment at an ever-faster rate, there’s become a greater need for insightful customer analytics. When it comes to finding trends and making timely business decisions, it’s no longer enough to analyze traditional financial data. Finance departments also need to incorporate operational data – especially customer analytics – into their... View Article

Article

Big Data Grabs a Bigger Role in Forecasting and Planning in Entertainment Finance

Entertainment
Big Data in entertainment finance is making big changes. Insurance, healthcare and other traditionally data-rich, high stakes industries have already been leveraging massive data sets for decades, but production companies are catching up. The truth is, every industry is rife with reams of data these days, and with the sheer amount of available information growing... View Article

Article

Financial Department Change Management: Working With Entrenched Employees

Project Management
Change. It’s the only constant in business, yet financial department change management is tricky. Financial professionals are known for their resistance to new processes, new roles and new technologies. From costs to time constraints to comfort with entrenched methods, finance personnel have a myriad of reasons to keep on doing things the ways they’ve always... View Article

Article

Lessons from High-Growth Companies: Tips from the Finance Consulting Trenches

Business Advisory
For most companies, the periods of greatest growth are also the periods of greatest risk. Even well-funded startups don’t often survive, and those that do rarely make it to the threshold revenues that allow them to thrive in the long run. Some of these businesses lack compelling business models and products, while others fail to... View Article

Article

Proactively Eliminating Barriers to Growth: Studio 71’s Use of PluraVida Atmosphere

Financial Systems
In order to share financial best practices and technological innovations, 8020 Consulting is conducting a series of Customer Spotlights. These clients have demonstrated excellence and forward thinking in their use of financial technology and their implementation of efficient, scalable processes. It’s an all-too-common problem among fast-growing companies: They use whatever tools they can to create... View Article

Article

Financial Consulting Brief: How to Avoid IT Headaches in Financial Project Management

Project Management
Technology has forever changed the role of the CFO. ERPs, analytics tools and other software systems have provided for greater speed and efficiency within the financial department, allowing executives to focus less on compliance and transactions and more on the commercial side of business. Now, the main role of the CFO is to implement and... View Article

Article

Financial Consulting Brief: How Important is Goodwill to Investors

Financial Reporting & Accounting
M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Given her extensive accounting experience, we asked 8020 Consulting’s Sue Chaplin for some information and advice regarding one of the most misunderstood assets: goodwill to investors. While you can’t buy, sell or even electively remove goodwill on a stand-alone basis, it can be an important indicator of growth or stagnation – one that savvy investors... View Article

Article

Top 10 Tips for Troubled Companies and Financial Insolvency

Turnaround & Restructuring
Even well-run companies can hit rough patches and find themselves in states of financial insolvency. Internally, management changes, unscalable systems or a lack of human capital may lead an enterprise into distress. Externally, changes in the economy, social environment, technology, competition and political landscape can all significantly influence the financial conditions of companies. Even in... View Article

Article

Project Management Woes: Conflicts of Interest on Cross-Functional Teams

Project Management
Given her extensive experience in project management, we asked our team member Ellen Vayner for her insights on completing large, complex initiatives involving cross-functional teams – the kinds of projects that are all too often poorly planned, mismanaged and left unfinished. As it turns out, compromise is not the answer. The key to completion is... View Article

Article

When Not to Hire

Business Advisory
“Hire in haste, repent at leisure”, or “be slow to hire and quick to fire”: this wisdom on hiring is often ignored by companies when they lose a key finance team member. The immediate reflex is to contact internal and external recruiting resources with the objective of identifying a replacement immediately. This is a mistake,... View Article

Article

Financial Consulting for Start-ups: Secrets of Success

Financial Planning & Analysis
In our work in financial consulting for start-ups, we’ve found financial woes are all too common, even in start-ups that eventually make it big. Most companies are started by innovators, who create, sell and mature their core products well before they build their financial and operational infrastructures – if they even build them at all.... View Article

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KPIs for Finance and Accounting Departments; Development Tips for Effective Enterprises

Financial Planning & Analysis
We asked our colleague Mitch Browne to share a few tips and best practices regarding the creation, implementation and monitoring of key performance indicators. While most companies are on the right track when it comes to KPIs for finance and accounting departments, quite a few are still missing the mark and negatively impacting their financial... View Article

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Financial Data Analytics: Changes Your Enterprise May Need

Financial Planning & Analysis
While most web-heavy companies have implemented some form of analytics program, many are failing to leverage their financial data analytics to the full potential. Measuring the right metrics, organizing data and creating a system for analysis and testing are key.

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Driving Value and Saving Time: How Sell-Side Due Diligence Really Works

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
Due diligence: it’s a no-brainer for experienced investors, and buy-side best practices are straightforward and well-established. Companies don’t often sell themselves, though, and few executives have the experience and know-how necessary to get the maximum value for the businesses they’ve built. From accounting to operations to HR, a successful sale requires input from all major... View Article

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5 Ways to Guarantee ERP Implementation Failure

Financial Systems
As financial processes become more complex and intertwined at growing firms, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems become must-haves. Accounting, reporting and the disparate solutions used to handle them will effectively lead to an ERP implementation failure unless a proper implementation strategy is leveraged once the company reaches a certain size. Implementing an ERP is easier... View Article

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The Key to a Successful Accounting Integration During the M&A Process

M&A Due Diligence & Transactions
8020 Consultant Scott Longacre has guided accounting integrations in Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) since 2001. As a Consultant, Scott has performed system implementations, re-engineered business processes, created forecasting and budgeting models, and managed internal and external financial reporting. He has successfully filled the role of interim CFO for several companies, managing them through the acquisition... View Article

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