Address Higher Level Business Questions
and Sharpen Your Management Focus
LayeredRock Software's Petranomics Analyzer allows project, business and financial managers to gain focus and decision clarity. Whether you have a P&L model, a cost model or some other form of business financial model to manage, they all can have external and company-specific uncertainties that can make modeling and analyzing your business problem challenging. LayeredRock's Petranomics Software allows you to address business uncertainty with business modeling and analysis.
Analysis - Answer
Key Business Analysis Questions
1. Focus - Which business assumptions matter? +
2. Big Picture - How does uncertainty impact top outcomes? +
3. Exploration and
What-if - How does the plan respond to assumption changes
and fluctuations? +
4. Manage / Evaluate Scenarios - Which
business scenario or case has higher value? +
5. Risk Reduction - Where should I apply risk mitigation? +
6. Plan-Tuning - How can I align the plan with the latest business intelligence?
7. Market Events - When market events occur, how will
they impact my plan and how can I adjust the plan accordingly?
8. Comparing Actuals and Re-Forecasting - How can I better
analyze my actuals and re-forecast? +
9. Aggregate Sensitivity - Can I calculate and visualize scenarios with aggregate
sensitivity for outcomes? +
Find answers to your key business analysis questions with LayeredRock's Petranomics Analyzer's analysis tools. The tools can help guide your focus, evaluate alternatives and provide clarity to your decisions. Examples of key management business decision analysis questions are listed below.
- Focus - Which business assumptions
- Solution - Answering the question of which business assumptions
matter assures you and your team are heading in the right
direction. For example, once the top assumptions are identified,
then risk-mitigation can be applied to reduce your exposure
on assumptions you can control.
- Big Picture - How does uncertainty
impact top outcomes?
- Solution -
Gain the big picture. Discover how business assumption uncertainty impacts the
top business metrics and outcomes from your financial model.
- Exploration and What-if - How does
the plan respond to assumption changes and fluctuations?
- Solution -
Interactively explore how your business plan investment, pro forma or operations
plan responds to changing business assumptions. With interactive what-if capabilities,
you can vary assumption values dynamically and see the response of the outcomes
and business metrics. With this capability, you can understand your model's response
to business assumption fluctuations. Obtain answers to what-if questions such
- "What is the impact if the project
- "If contractors are added to accelerate
the product release date will first year profitably
- Manage / Evaluate Scenarios - Which
business scenario or case has higher value?
- Risk Reduction - Where should I
apply risk mitigation?
- Solution -
Guessing where and how much risk mitigation to apply can be very difficult. With
LayeredRock Software, you can determine where to apply risk mitigation and understand
its potential impact once you know which assumptions matter in your desired scenarios.
- Plan-Tuning - How can I align the
plan with the latest business intelligence?
- Solution -
Once the strategic plan or adjusted operational plan is approved, then it is
time to execute. But you may have to factor the latest business intelligence
into your final plan. With plan-tuning you can balance the values of assumptions
that you can control. For example, you can make trade-offs such as balancing
marketing versus sales expense.
- Address Market Events - When market events occur, how will they impact my plan and how can I adjust the plan accordingly?
- Solution - As events and opportunities occur in the marketplace, quick planning and analysis tools allow you to react with fast analysis and decisions.
- Comparing Actuals and Re-Forecasting
- How can I better analyze my actuals and re-forecast?
- Solution -
As actuals roll in, you always need to adjust for expenses and revenue using
the new forecast. As a result, you can stay on target and react quickly to new
- Aggregate Sensitivity - Can I calculate
and visualize scenarios with aggregate sensitivity for
- Solution -
Evaluate the full spectrum of your top scenarios and visualize the aggregate
sensitivity ranges for your business plan outcomes.
- Answer Key Business Planning / Modeling Questions
1. Business Assumptions - How can I better manage my business
assumptions in modeling? +
2. Model Equation Organization - How can I manage the model's
organization of equations for better manageability and clarity?
3. Fast Modeling[TM] - How can we keep the modeling at the same
pace with the business thinking? +
4. Equations - How can I reduce equation errors in my models?
Find answers to your key modeling questions with LayeredRock's Petranomics Analyzer's Economic Modeling Tools.
- Business Assumptions - How can
I better manage my business assumptions in modeling?
- Solution -
In typical spreadsheet modeling, your business assumptions are often scattered
throughout your business model, which makes it difficult to track, review and
manage them. With LayeredRock Software, business assumptions are clearly separated
from the business equations.
- Model Equation
Organization - How can I manage the model's organization
of equations for better manageability and clarity?
- Solution - Organizing business equations in a logical manner often makes it difficult to manage the transitional needs of reporting and printing. Now you can organize your equations by grouping them in categories and subcategories, which are independent from your reporting organization requirements. As a result, you can organize your model by area such as Expenses Group and by sub-area, such as Operating Expenses Group. You can also use the same grouping capability to organize multiple models that work together. For example, you can group the income statement, balance sheet and cash statement separately as models or connect them as needed. This same model organization established in the Petranomics Analyzer's Economic Modeler is visible and usable within the analysis and reporting tools.
- In a similar way, the business assumption can be grouped by categories and subcategories such as Market Related Group and its subcategories of Pricing Group and Volume Group.
- Fast Modeling[TM] - How can we
keep the modeling at the same pace with the business thinking?
- Solution - Building a plan is an iterative process
that involves many rounds of adding details and increasing
the model behavior to better match the marketplace and the
business. Just when you think you have an adequate level
of detail, a new piece of data requires another version of
the model that incorporates additional products, channels,
regions or better growth indexing.
- With Petranomics Analyzer's Economic Modeler, you can define assumptions and output with dimensions such as Product, comprised with members such as oil and gas. When these assumptions or outcomes are used by any outcome equations, the dimensions and its members are automatically inherited throughout the downstream uses. You can add a dimension to an assumption or outcome by one or multiple dimensions, thus defining the assumption or outcome as a multi-dimensional array. This dimension-modeling capability is called Fast Modeling.
- Equations - How can I reduce equation
errors in my models?
- Solution - With classical spreadsheets, equations are complicated with physical cell and sheet locations that make them difficult to write, follow, verify and review. They often contain modeling errors as well. With the Petranomics Analyzer's Economic Modeler, the outcomes and assumptions use names that you define, making them easy to recognize and understand while reducing errors.
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