The simple explanation is that integrated planning aligns departments. It creates an environment where your forecasts and budgets from your Revenue, Sales, Production, HR & Staffing Models use drivers that automatically tie together to make-up your PNL, Balance Sheet and Cashflow with simplicity and automation.
For example, your sales manager enters forecasts for products and services in the Sales Model. The forecast can be fully driver-based so that instead of entering a dollar value you can set up business rules so that the forecast is entered in any unit of measure, such as tonnes, hours, FTE, or anything you like. Once the forecast is complete, Jedox then translates the forecast to a dollar value using business rules defined by you and breaks it down into the appropriate GL accounts. The sales forecast can automatically update the PNL, Balance Sheet, and Cashflow in one simple step. Business rules define how the different cost or profit centres roll up to the company total. This happens automatically and on-the-fly without manual intervention. There can be rules set in place that require each cost centre manager (or likewise) to have to be approved before it is allowed to be pushed into the PNL and to roll-up into the Forecast at the top level.
Integrated planning aligns departments. It improves compliance and controls around the planning process. Integrated planning links financial targets to operational drivers − the activities that each department actually does day-to-day. Users compare actuals with plan, and drill-down below the KPIs to understand ‘why’ it is happening.
Every department has a small number of advanced Excel users; these users can easily become Jedox ‘Power Users’ as the look and feel of Jedox Web and it’s Excel Add-on mirror how end-users operate Jedox. You want to empower these people. Because departmental processes can change rapidly, your planning platform must allow business users to securely access their own data and define KPIs quickly and easily on their own.