The Heart of Your Planning

Modeling is the main substantive task in your planning project. Your model describes how to display your business and defines the structure and dependencies of your enterprise data (expressed in structural terms such as key figures, years, associations, etc.), along with your processes and data flows.

Our consulting experts work closely with you to understand where you are and to lead you through the process of developing a new model. With the experience gained from multiple planning projects, we will help you bring your project team together to develop the right model architecture for your business.

How We Work

To set up the right plan of action, we first need a thorough understanding of your business: What causes costs? What causes profits? Then we need to analyze how data is structured in your business (e.g. what does your product structure look like? What kinds of distribution channels do you have? etc.).

We will discuss all of these questions with you in our initial meeting.

In many cases, the necessary planning model proves to be more complex. To deal with this, we recommend that you start modeling early in the process with a simplified prototype.

Based on the prototype, we will discuss the planning model with you and modify it directly in the application, so that we can see all effects of the planning architecture.

Our planning solution is ideal for this evolutionary planning approach, allowing for flexible, fast adjustments to the model – even without any programming effort.

In the current volatile markets, every business has to be able to react to current events (e.g. sudden increases in raw material prices, political developments, etc.).

Most planning models do not remain constant over time. Our consultants are always available to discuss any changes that are necessary or advisable, so that you can keep a close eye on your business. 

We Put Our Modeling Expertise to Work for You

Get the most from our consultants’ expertise. You can support your TN consultant by evaluating the planning model for:

  • Economic quality criteria (e.g. in relation to audit compliance)
  • Efficiency of the planning process
  • Complexity
  • Flexibility of future adjustments
  • Technical implementation.

Driver-Based Planning

Driver-based planning provides an established modeling approach for a very efficient, flexible planning process.

We are talking about planning that focuses on the drivers of your particular business. The planning model describes monetary and non-monetary factors (drivers) and their impact on corporate figures. By adjusting the driver in the planning process, changes in your business can be displayed quickly and transparently.

Example

A mail order company starts an “advertising campaign for ordering in its online store”. This campaign is a driver. It increases online sales and therefore profits. At the same time, costs are incurred, not only from the campaign costs, but also from related costs, such as shipping and handling and the potential cost of returns and customer support.

To read a detailed case study about driver-based planning from our 2014 holiday card, follow this link.