The Critical Role of Forecasting in Business Planning
The inherent uncertainty of the business environment complicates planning and coordination of essential business functions. Understanding fundamental market drivers and their influence in shaping product demand is integral to good business planning and full utilization of company resources.
Additionally, revenue and profitability forecasts are critical for optimizing resource allocation across a product portfolio and driving marketing strategy. Underestimate product potential and you could miss significant opportunities due to manufacturing shortages or lack of budget. Set the numbers too high and you risk overspending, affecting sales force motivation, disappointing investors, and potentially missing out on better opportunities.
Forecasting involves more than generating a series of numbers. The art of forecasting balances the ability to account for significant market factors with simplicity and transparency, empowering your organization to make optimal business decisions.