Planning, budgeting and forecasting are important elements of corporate management to align operational business with strategic corporate objectives. In recent years, the dynamics of markets and competition have increased rapidly and many companies are struggling to keep pace. In particular, corporate planning and forecasting are more essential than ever to cope with increasing dynamics. Well-founded decisions based on current forecasts and data analytics, the efficient evaluation of possible future developments in scenarios and simulations as well as the automation of processes and the relief of planners are becoming massively more important. However, successful corporate performance management (CPM) requires comprehensive planning and forecasting, analytics and business intelligence (BI) functionality. This BARC Score focuses on the market for integrated planning and analytics (IP&A) products and portfolios. The combination of these topics is of high importance for a growing number of companies. Based on countless data points from various BARC surveys and many analyst interactions, vendors are rated on a variety of criteria, ranging from portfolio capabilities and architecture to sales and marketing strategy, financial performance and customer feedback.
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