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Best Forecasting, Planning & Analysis Software | Software Awards 2020 shortlist


Cashflow forecasting has surged on to the accounting frontline 2020 as advisers picked up tools that would help them steer businesses through the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

11th Nov 2020
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Forecasting, planning & analysis software took off in 2020 as lockdowns and health restrictions disrupted revenues across the whole economy and put millions of businesses into cash survival mode. In response, the proportion of accountants rating forecasting software apps more than doubled in this year’s Accounting Excellence software awards.

The emergency coronavirus loan packages and government support grants were desperately needed, but greatly increased demand for cashflow forecasts. Businesses needed forecasts to complete loan applications - and just as important, to see if they were likely to keep up with repayments when they came due in a year’s time. 

As our 2020 forecasting, planning and analysis software shortlist demonstrates, developers that specialise in cashflow forecasting have had a good coronavirus crisis. The full 2020 shortlist includes:

  • Clarity

  • Float

  • Fluidly

  • Futrli

  • Workday Adaptive Planning

Float, Fluidly and Futrli are on familiar ground here, having made the final for the forecasting, planning and analysis software category for the past three years running.

Adaptive Insights for Finance, also marketed under the banner of its parent group as Workday Adaptive Planning, is back in contention as a representative of mid-market and enterprise level forecasting and planning. In these times, the need to keep an eye on and manage cash is just as important in the corporate world as it is among small businesses. 

After launching into the market last year, Clarity has broken through a crowded field to take on these more established names.

Who will walk away with the first place? Come back on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 when we announce the winner of this year's Forecasting, Planning & Analysis Software of the Year Award.

The 2020 shortlist

Clarity is the global business advisory solution for accountants, bookkeepers and advisers – making business simple sign up. Get clarity for your firm and increase net profit by 125%. Actionable strategies, systems and tools to build your ideal firm and create more money, time and freedom.

Read more about Clarity

Float will give you an accurate picture of your past, current, and future cash flow so you can plan for the what-ifs, make more informed decisions, and unlock a brighter future for your business. It’s the smarter way to be more proactive with your cash.

Read more about Float

Intuitive cashflow forecasting powered by AI. Fluidly is for modern businesses that want to know exactly what their financial future holds and how to optimise it. Fluidly takes transaction data from your accounting system and uses this to automagically forecast your financial future in minutes and down to invoice-level detail. No more sleepless nights, just complete cashflow confidence.

Read more about Fluidly

Futrli is the all-in-one forecasting and reporting platform that helps business owners and accountants make great business decisions. Our suite of powerful visualisation and forecasting tools enable advisors to understand the current position and the future potential of a business, making light work of business planning.

Read more about Futrli

With Workday Adaptive Planning, you can collaboratively plan across the enterprise without manual spreadsheets or clunky legacy systems. Get business agility in a fast-moving world.

Read more about Workday Adaptive Planning

Accounting Excellence Software Awards 2020

Every year, the Accounting Excellence Software Awards celebrates the very best in accounting technology. Voted for by the UK public in what is now proudly the UK's biggest survey of accounting software, independent voting across multiple criteria means that the Software Awards are valued by both the audience and the winners alike. 

This year, the Accounting Excellence Software Awards will be run online via the AccountingWEB and Accounting Excellence websites. Shortlists and winners for each of the categories will be announced on AccountingWEB with the keenly-fought Practice Suite of the Year announced live at the Accounting Excellence Firm Awards 2020. 

Read the full Software Awards 2020 shortlist rundown

AccountingWEB Forecasting, Planning & Analysis Software Reviews

Read more about the best forecasting, planning and analysis software for UK accountants at our dedicated Software Reviews page.

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