An intensive professional development training course on

Data Management, Planning, Forecasting
& Budgeting using Excel®

We currently have no scheduled sessions for this course. If you are interested in running this course, please contact our Training Department at info@aztechtraining.com

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The Structure

This comprehensive training course in Dubai consists of two modules which can be booked as a 10 Day Training event, or as individual, 5 Day courses.

Module 1 - Data Management, Manipulation and Analysis using Excel®

Module 2 - Spreadsheet Skills for Planning, Forecasting & Budgeting

 

The Course Content

Module 1: Data Management, Manipulation and Analysis using Excel®
Day One: An Introduction to the MS Excel Environment
  • Cell referencing, cell formatting and entering formula
  • Workbooks versus Worksheets
  • Copy and pasting
  • Left click versus right click
  • Paste Special
  • Introductory charts
Day Two: Using MS Excel Functions for Fundamental Data Analysis
  • Use of text function, FIND(), LEN(), LEFT(), RIGHT() and &
  • Use of count functions, COUNTA(), COUNTIF(), COUNTIFS() and SUMIF()
  • Basic statistical functions, Max and Average
  • Filtering, sorting and use of conditional formatting
  • Scatter diagrams
Day Three: Intermediate MS Excel Functions
  • Use of VLOOKUP() and HLOOKUP()
  • Date functions, YEAR(), MONTH(), DAY(), YEARFRAC()
  • Selecting appropriate charts
  • Introduction to Pivot tables
Day Four: Carrying out Statistical Analysis using MS Excel
  • Using MS Excel to calculate mean, mode and median
  • The difference between the various standard deviation and variance function in MS Excel
  • Using MS Excel to examine inter-dependency
  • Drawing histograms in MS Excel
  • Introduction to Data Analysis functions
Day Five: What if and Scenario Analysis Using MS Excel
  • Naming cells in MS Excel
  • Linking cells together to undertake scenario analysis
  • Introduction to solver
  • Advanced charting
  • Sharing MS Excel output with other office formats
Module 2: Spreadsheet Skills for Planning, Forecasting & Budgeting
Day Six: Introduction to Spreadsheets using Excel®
  • The power of Excel® for building financial models
  • The Ribbons of Excel with their commands and functions
  • Using formulae: Copying, anchoring and special pasting
  • Using functions: financial, statistical and mathematical
  • Review of the financial objectives of business: ROI, ROA, ROE
  • Overview of Financial Statements

Case Study: Building a Quick Access Toolbar in Excel® and applying it to the analysis of financial statements of a division.

Day Seven: Proper Planning
  • Classical strategic planning models
  • Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis and Break-Even as a planning example
  • Economic Order Quantity as a planning example
  • What-if analysis to build scenario's and test sensitivity
  • Maximizing and optimizing techniques
  • Linear programming and Solver as optimising tools

Case Study: Preparing a planning model and subjecting it to a range of sensitivity analysis in a manufacturing environment.

Day Eight: Fantastic Forecasting
  • Forecasting in perspective - the Past vs. the Future
  • Necessity to apply a range of different forecasting methods:
  • Qualitative Models used in forecasting
  • Quantitative Models focussing on time series and regressions methodology
  • Forecasting growth rates
  • Recording, applying and modifying forecast assumptions

Case Study: Applying the forecasting functions in Excel® to past data and building a model offering various scenario's

Day Nine: Beyond Budgeting
  • The budget process: Timing and Cycles
  • Setting budgeting objectives and tolerance levels
  • Budgeting Techniques
  • "Beyond Budgeting" compared to traditional budgeting principles
  • Operating and Capital budgets
  • Monthly reporting procedures and timely action

Case Study: Building budget based on assumptions - Operating Budget, Cash Budget & Capital Budget

Day Ten: Putting it Together – Building the Comprehensive Model
  • Considering the financing mix in strategy
  • Considering the Return to Shareholder as the primary indicator
  • Build your planning model
  • Build your forecasting model
  • Build your budgeting model
  • Link these together in review

Case Study: Building an integrated planning, forecasting & budgeting model

The Certificate

  • AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the training course

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