A pause for thought
In hectic times characterized by many keywords, especially in the context of digitization, it is not always easy to keep track of and organize the numerous terms. It is very important to correctly classify the respective contributions of the topics for successful corporate management, because to do otherwise can quickly become dangerous. Scarce resources are wasted, or misunderstandings lead to wrong decisions. One example is the topics of forecasting, predictive analytics, and operational and strategic planning. It is easy to overlook that they have very different meanings. A good “pause for thought” for the necessary clarity is regularly provided by our exchange of experience in the form of our practice groups, for example at Infineon in Munich, where we focused on controlling. We hope to see many of you at one of our next exchange rounds.
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Dynaplan’s security management is ISO 27001 compliant
As of 3 April 2019, Dynaplan complies with the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard for information security management.
Together with Watchcom Security Group, we have evaluated and further developed our Information Security Management System. The system helps us ensure that data are handled according to best practices and legal requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union.
Controlling practice group
Another edition of the Controlling practice group took place 8 May 2019, this time at Infineon in Munich. The overarching topic was driver-based business planning and simulation with presentations from Infineon and ZF.
Among other things, participants were discussing the challenges they face in their planning processes, especially with regard to automation and digitalisation. Here the distinction between long-term planning and forecasting proved to be useful, with the former being characterised by a strategic focus and the latter by a rather operational focus.
Long-term strategic planning strives to find the right balance between accuracy and lucidity, qualitative and quantitative information, as well as bottom-up and top-down planning. On the other hand, short to mid-term forecasting faces challenges with regard to the right timing, the transparency and consistency of premises, and intercompany and cross-national differences.
After demonstrating the latest Dynaplan Smia features to support long-term planning as well as forecasting, the community discussed how driver-based business planning and simulation models can even further help them to cope with the identified challenges.
If you missed this event, you do not need to wait for next year’s Controlling practice group to get an idea how Dynaplan’s solutions can help you with your challenges in financial planning and controlling. Instead, you can get your personal demo tour, or explore by yourself the value of our simulation approach in the context of controlling.
HR Match Starter – Introductory Webinar
With HR Match, we offer what is probably the most efficient way to get up to speed with strategic workforce planning. In this 45-minute webinar, we will show you helpful tips and tricks with regard to data handling, scenario simulation, and risk analysis. Without any prior knowledge being necessary, you will quickly be able to realise the greatest value for your organisation by drawing the right conclusions concerning the strategic orientation of HR. Register now for the free webinar and get access to our planning tool HR Match Starter.
HR practice group
Last Monday, SWP experts of different customers met again for the biannual HR practice group, this time hosted by the Techniker Krankenkasse in Hamburg. The group elaborated on the connection between diversity management and strategic workforce planning (among others: age, gender, background). Afterwards, participants discussed in little groups criteria for segmenting job clusters with regard to strategical relevance and procurement risk. The day concluded with an exchange about efficient handling of data in the context of initialising and using models. Thereby, the focus was on making better use of already existing ERP data to derive model inputs. Automated interfaces can help here. However, they cannot be the sole source for future-oriented assumptions.
A lack of workforce in hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities is a perennial problem. With this perspective, we decided that Dynaplan should contribute, and be part of the hospital management congress 2019 in Hamburg. Two fully-fledged discussion rounds underlined the importance of the topic strategic workforce planning, while highlighting the need for action. Our simulation solution has been supporting hospital management in Norway for many years.
Dynaplan @ Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is now supporting its strategic workforce planning with Dynaplan. We are very pleased with the joint completion of the modelling exercise this spring, and wish for a successful operation of the simulation model.
How to handle time in row-based input tables when rolling the forecast forward
Row-based input tables provide a very concise way to enter values, especially if input values are identical for many elements of the considered dimensions.
In the example below, the columns ‘Job cluster’ and ‘Location’ are empty in the first row. This means that for the year 2018 and onwards, all job clusters and locations will use the same hiring rate. On the second row, a specific rule for Norway has been created. Starting from 2019, a different hiring rate will be used for Norway only. The generic rule on row number 1 continues to be used for all other locations and job clusters.
Used in this manner, row-based tables allow us to input sophisticated rules using minimal space. However, when we use ‘rolling forecast’ to adjust the time horizon of a model, rules relating to times outside the new time horizon will be deleted. In the example above, row 1 will be deleted when the rolled forward time horizon starts in 2019.
When rolling the forecast, rules relating to times outside the new time horizon are deleted, even when they also apply to times inside the new time horizon. Read on to learn how you can prevent such rules from being deleted when rolling the forecast.