Innovar Ltd Newsletter    

News update on financial planning for business


June 2014
Hi all,

Amazingly nearly half the year has already gone. I hope any plans you put in place at the start of the year are starting to come to fruition. 

The newsletter this month focuses on change and future planning, both in the economy and within your business. We have an article which looks at the UK's economic growth this year and the impact it may have on your planning system.We also have an article which considers when companies need to face up to the need to change from spreadsheets to an alternative solution. We review the Anaplan Hub 2014 attended by Innovar, where Anaplan revealed its plans for the future and finally we take a light hearted look at the Football World Cup in Brazil and consider the planning lessons that can be learnt from it.

We hope you find this useful and would welcome any feedback you may have. If you enjoyed reading this then please feel free to share this with your colleagues 


Innovar is the expert planning company. We offer Cognos Planning, BOARD and  Anaplan software and implementation services. We provide specialist budgeting and forecasting training and consultancy services and we help solve spreadsheet issues.

In this issue
Innovar Report from Anaplan Hub 2014
Innovar's Thoughts on the UKs Economic Growth during 2014
Are you in denial where your spreadsheets are concerned?
World Cup Planning: An Armchair Guide
And Finally

Innovar Attends Anaplan Hub 2014

From 12-14th May, Anaplanners from around the world, including Innovar gathered in the beautiful city of San Francisco to be part of something special; Hub2014.

In addition to the networking, meeting many old friends and work colleagues and developing new partnerships, what were the main stories that came out of the event?



Read Full Article Here

 Innovar's Thoughts on the UK's Economic Growth during 2014

The BBC have reported that the UK economy is expected to have grown in the first three months of 2014 - Highest UK economic growth figures since 2010 expected. This may well have an impact on your company, but maybe at the moment it is too small to notice.

Read Full Article Here

Are you in denial where your spreadsheets are concerned?

I came across this quote and it got me thinking just how much 'denial' is there in the world of spreadsheets?


"There is literature on denial, which focuses on illness and the fact that many people with terminal illnesses deny the seriousness of their condition or the need to take action. Apparently, what is very difficult and unpleasant to do is difficult to contemplate. Although denial has only been studied extensively in the medical literature, it is likely to appear whenever required actions are difficult or onerous. Given the effortful nature of spreadsheet testing, developers may be victims of denial, which may manifest itself in the form of overconfidence in accuracy so that extensive testing will not be needed". Ray Panko, 2003

Read Full Article Here

World Cup Planning: An Armchair Guide

Planning in our house can be something of a hit and miss affair. Actually, no, scrap that. Planning in our house is something of a hit and miss affair if left to my husband. He has many fine qualities... general forward planning is not, for the most part, one of them. Having said that, there are exceptions. As a teacher, his lessons are meticulously planned; as a Dad his parental swimming rota is planned weeks in advance; and when embarking on his latest fitness enterprise the planning is nothing short of military; the latest quest is in response to a Men's Health article which proclaims, "You, too, can have a body like Wolverine"...yes, quite.

Read Full Article Here
And Finally

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Benjamin Franklin


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