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Management reporting and management accounting: the cornerstones of informed decision making

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In today’s rapidly changing business environment, it is crucial to not only understand market dynamics, customer behaviour and internal processes, but also to closely monitor the financial health of the company and its long-term development.

Management reporting and management accounting are invaluable tools that lead to a deeper understanding of these aspects and enable business owners and managers to make proactive and informed decisions. We find it all the more striking that, in general, the Czech and Slovak business environment has not even mastered the basic concepts of financial reporting, let alone the habit of using management reporting and management accounting on a regular basis and making it a management tool even for small companies.

In this article, we would like to take a closer look at how these tools can transform strategic business management and how they can be effectively implemented in everyday practice.

 

Transforming Strategic Management

Strategic business management requires a comprehensive view of a range of factors, from financial statements to market trends to internal resources. Management reporting and management accounting bring key information to this process that helps identify not only current performance trends, but also potential risks and opportunities.

Anyway, this information is relatively easy to access for any business owner or manager because virtually every accounting program can present it in at least some form (usually numerical). To make it easier to use and work with such data, it is very useful to visualize it, i.e. display it in the form of graphs, infographics or various diagrams showing the links between individual data.

 

Where can management reporting / accounting help

  • Developing forward planning: With the help of advanced analytical tools and techniques, you can better predict the future development of your business and prepare for possible scenarios. This includes everything from financial modeling to simulations of various market and operational situations.
  • Operations Optimization: Detailed analysis of operational processes and costs allows you to identify areas where you can improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary expenses. This may include improving production processes, optimizing the supply chain or implementing leaner operational methods.
  • Improving investment decisions: Management accounting provides an important basis for making capital investment decisions. Analyzing return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) can help you select projects and investments that bring the most value to your business.
  • Supporting innovation: Tracking financial and operational metrics can also reveal opportunities for innovation in products, services or processes. Thus, management accounting promotes a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Increasing company value: A good understanding of your company’s financial health and the ability to proactively influence its parameters (which you simply cannot do without knowing the fundamentals of financial and management accounting and understanding the relationships between the various ratios) will enable you to increase the value of your company. For example, if you are planning a future sale of your company, activities like this can ensure that you get a lot more money for your company.

 

Implementing Effective Management Reporting

For management reporting to be truly effective, it is essential to ensure that data collection and reporting processes are well designed and integrated into the day-to-day operations of the business. For example, the following can help to do this:

  • Automating data collection: Using modern accounting and ERP systems can greatly simplify and speed up data collection and analysis. Automating these processes reduces the risk of mistakes and allows the business owner to access up-to-date information in real time.
  • Development of customized reports: Every business has specific information needs. Developing customized reports that reflect those needs and provide relevant information for you as the owner or various levels of management is key to successful strategic management.
  • Involving all levels of management: Effective management reporting requires the active involvement of managers at all levels. Regular training and workshops can help raise awareness of the importance of these tools and improve data analysis skills. On the other hand, it must be said that you don’t have to be a die-hard data scientist to understand the basic relationships and parameters of a company’s financial health. It is always good to simplify and work only with the data that is actually needed.
  • Continuous evaluation and improvement: The business world is constantly changing, so it is important to regularly review and update management reporting and accounting processes to reflect the current needs and goals of the business. By this we do not mean that they should conform to current legislation. This is, of course, without question.

Management reporting and management accounting are not just about numbers and statements; they are about understanding the deeper trends and dynamics that shape your business. By implementing effective systems and processes in these areas, you can gain a clearer picture of your business. This will allow you to steer your business in the right direction with greater confidence and strategic agility.

 

Management Reporting at Jaspar s.r.o.

And for this reason, we at Jaspar s.r.o. have created a custom tool for managerial reporting built on the popular Microsoft PowerBI solution. The tool was designed from the perspective of business owners’ requirements, not from the perspective of accountants. It ensures the transformation of accounting data into information crucial for managerial decision-making. Moreover, thanks to the online environment, this information is available anytime and anywhere. If this topic appeals to you and you want to manage your company better, get in touch. We will be happy to introduce you to our solutions and services in this area.

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