Stephen Hambling

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How to Become a CFO: 7 key Steps on Your Career Path

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 16/09/19 11:39

So you want to be a CFO?  There's plenty of demand for finance professionals like you to make a difference in the top job, the question is have you the skills to deliver. Take a look at our guide to the modern day skills you'll need to convince any potential employer to hand you the job. 


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Tags: New in Post, Blog, cfo

5 Secrets Successful Disrupters Have In Common

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 10/09/19 11:43

Disrupt or die may sound dramatic, but the competition is fierce. The number of private startup companies and unicorns is rapidly growing. If there isn’t a start-up disruptor in your industry today, there soon will be.

Formulate works with many market disrupters and has found the common secrets behind their success that they share.  Our top 5 factors for disrupter success:


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Tags: Reporting, Growth, Adaptive Insights, forecasting, cfo

2019 Gartner Leaders for Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 29/08/19 12:05

The  Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning  and Analysis Solutions has been released and it shows Adaptive Insights is a leader across the board.  


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Tags: Adaptive Insights, Gartner

Your Essential Guide to Smooth Business Budgeting

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 22/08/19 14:42

Budget season brings weeks of spreadsheet hell for finance teams and functional managers. Laborious hours spent filling in the numbers, reconciling the figures,as well as all the negotiating for a bigger slice of the pie. It is a process that can cause friction between divisions and creates an enormous amount of work for finance chasing, compiling, linking, reconciling and defending. All work which creates no forward strategic outcome.

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Tags: Blog, Adaptive Insights, budget

Formulate chosen by Independent Vetcare

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 06/08/19 10:37

Formulate has been selected by Europe’s leading veterinary care provider, Independent Vetcare Group (IVC) to provide and implement Cloud-based financial planning and forecasting software Adaptive Insights.

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Tags: Company news, Industry News, Adaptive Insights, Implementation

Get the inside track on financial planning - 30 minute webinar

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 03/07/19 20:37

Get the inside track on financial planning for growth with this free 30-minute webinar featuring unique insights from Adam Coxen and Al Eadie.

This unique webinar is aimed at Finance leaders, FD's and CFO's of growth companies looking for investment and will provide the inside track on forecasting.

This webinar covers both investment round demands and financial planning tools to ensure you can deliver what the company needs at the right time.

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Tags: cfo, Implementation

Join the #CFOdebate

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 20/06/19 11:16

Formulate are joining the #CFOdebate at Generation CFO's lively events as proud Technology Sponsor.  These premium events feature a lively debate with four leading CFOs, chaired by Christopher Argent, founder of Generation CFO who’s transformation projects include John Lewis, Amazon and Vodafone. The panel will reveal simple changes organisations need to make and where the focus needs to be, to move fast and to remain relevant.

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Tags: Events, Adaptive Insights, cfo, Implementation


Posted by Stephen Hambling on 13/06/19 17:46

So what do you include in the payback calculation when looking at investment in automation?  Commonly investment V returns in savings or added revenue over a period of time.

But it's often the soft intangibles like time savings, improved morale,  attracting talent, or better decision making, which are tricky to put numbers against, but payback in spades.  This article lists the 5 less common ROI contributing factors, which may not be on your radar when it comes to the decision to invest.

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Tags: cfo, Implementation

tips on taming your spreadsheets

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 23/05/19 11:20

It seems spreadsheets are the route of all  evil if you believe everything you read today. Much like a difficult toddler they make mistakes, often get unruly and difficult to handle and don't share easily. 

Nevertheless we in finance love them. Like offspring we've nurtured the spreadsheet as one of our own. There are times we'd happily scream at them but, like our offspring they have our own stamp running through them. They are tricky to adopt from others, as there are lots of hidden codes to understand and learn so they behave well, and you can build a relationship with them.

So how can we cling to spreadsheets and make them work when all around us are heralding that it's time to let go and move on?


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Tags: Blog, Reporting

a guide to successful finance project delivery

Posted by Stephen Hambling on 15/05/19 09:21

I spent a day with our Delivery manager last week, developing the second phase of our project management system as we recognised we need to keep improving our systems and processes. It got me thinking about the whole continuous improvement conundrum. Let’s face it, change is hard and getting users to change even harder, so it’s no wonder we put off projects which need the mobilising of others.

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Tags: Implementation