Strategy

How thinking of failure leads to success

We look forward. From present to future; beginning to end; rags to riches. Our society focuses on moving in one direction. We think and solve issues in the same way. Yet, there is an alternative and powerful way of solving problems. It runs counter to this mode of thinking.

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Finance

Should a tech company capitalise development costs?

Since the mid-70s, intangible assets have become a dominant source of value for public companies. Moreover, Big Tech accounts for more than one-fifth of the S&P 500’s total market cap. As such, capitalisation of software costs is a practice scrutinised by investors. Software development is the lifeblood of a technology company. So it stands to reason that such an investment would deliver long term economic benefits. But, is that the case?

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Finance

Outsource the crunching, not the acumen

Many founders treat finance as an afterthought. Founders know its important. They also see finance as uncharted territory best left unexplored. Except for checking the bank balance. This is a mistake which can cost.

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Performance

Divining your SaaS future

It all starts with searching for an ideal SaaS financial template. A Google query returns about 3 million results. The vast majority are helpful in teaching the mechanics and finance basics. However, they are not especially useful in your attempt at divining the future.

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Finance

The hidden risk of remote work

When employees transitioned to remote work, it exposed a weakness in controls. According to Oversight Systems, a spend and risk software business, abuses surged in certain spending categories. While travel and entertainment expenses dropped 55% in 2020, the violation rate ramped up by almost 300%. This is a of concern as up to 47% of companies will allow full time remote work on a permanent basis. Spending to support remote work has increased 7x in 2020 as compared to 2019.

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Strategy

Is SWOT analysis a relic?

Does a SWOT analysis have any use in the present day? Particularly in the present environment where uncertainty and disruption are the norms?
In days of yore, a SWOT analysis was routinely wheeled out as part of any planning session; whether it be in strategy, marketing, project or other key business function. The 2 x 2 grid was dutifully created: listing all the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities facing your business, function or other facet of your company. The lists wee neatly split between external and internal factors which are either of a positive or negative bearing. Shortly after completion, such analysis was consigned to the bottom drawer. Never to see the light of day again. So, what is the value in undertaking this methodology?

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Finance

Do you know what drives your business?

Most company leaders instinctively know what drives their business. But how many can readily identify, on a quantitative basis, their core drivers of growth **and **profitability? This is where a driver-based model comes to the fore. Such a model provides insight and better decision making for strategic plans and long range forecasts.

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Finance

Should a tech company capitalise development costs?

Since the mid-70s, intangible assets have become a dominant source of value for public companies. Moreover, Big Tech accounts for more than one-fifth of the S&P 500’s total market cap. As such, capitalisation of software costs is a practice scrutinised by investors. Software development is the lifeblood of a technology company. So it stands to reason that such an investment would deliver long term economic benefits. But, is that the case?

Read More »
Finance

Outsource the crunching, not the acumen

Many founders treat finance as an afterthought. Founders know its important. They also see finance as uncharted territory best left unexplored. Except for checking the bank balance. This is a mistake which can cost.

Read More »
Performance

Divining your SaaS future

It all starts with searching for an ideal SaaS financial template. A Google query returns about 3 million results. The vast majority are helpful in teaching the mechanics and finance basics. However, they are not especially useful in your attempt at divining the future.

Read More »
Finance

The hidden risk of remote work

When employees transitioned to remote work, it exposed a weakness in controls. According to Oversight Systems, a spend and risk software business, abuses surged in certain spending categories. While travel and entertainment expenses dropped 55% in 2020, the violation rate ramped up by almost 300%. This is a of concern as up to 47% of companies will allow full time remote work on a permanent basis. Spending to support remote work has increased 7x in 2020 as compared to 2019.

Read More »
Strategy

Is SWOT analysis a relic?

Does a SWOT analysis have any use in the present day? Particularly in the present environment where uncertainty and disruption are the norms?
In days of yore, a SWOT analysis was routinely wheeled out as part of any planning session; whether it be in strategy, marketing, project or other key business function. The 2 x 2 grid was dutifully created: listing all the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities facing your business, function or other facet of your company. The lists wee neatly split between external and internal factors which are either of a positive or negative bearing. Shortly after completion, such analysis was consigned to the bottom drawer. Never to see the light of day again. So, what is the value in undertaking this methodology?

Read More »
Finance

Do you know what drives your business?

Most company leaders instinctively know what drives their business. But how many can readily identify, on a quantitative basis, their core drivers of growth **and **profitability? This is where a driver-based model comes to the fore. Such a model provides insight and better decision making for strategic plans and long range forecasts.

Read More »