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How Do I Choose the Best pro Forma Software?

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Choosing the best pro forma software depends upon the needs of an organization. The complexity of the product will typically depend on the size and scope of operations. It is also important that the program be able to handle the needs of a specific entity, be it corporate or not-for-profit. Effective pro forma software will also typically be able to easily compile several different kinds of information, from various statements to their supporting schedules.

Having the ability to easily make forecasts for a wide array of time periods can be a useful feature with pro forma software. This includes being able to easily compare different periods. It may also be beneficial to have a feature which can easily hide and reveal certain periods so that it is easier to shift focus where necessary.

Another helpful feature in pro forma software is the ability to create one model from which several different kinds of projections can be made. It can reduce the effort needed to create different forecasts, while ensuring consistency in the creation of different scenarios. This can include varying time periods, different financial situations, and input from various sectors.

It can also be useful to have pro forma software that can also handle several models. This is primarily so that different scenarios can be compared. The more models a program can handle, the easier it can be to remain flexible while making forecasts.

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Automated updates are another feature which can be useful in pro forma software. Products with the ability to download new information as it is posted can streamline the process of continuing financial analysis. This can include data from balance sheets, cash flow, and profit and loss.

Program format is another element to consider when purchasing pro forma software. Products with features and functionality that are similar to those already used by a company may be more easily assimilated. They can also be easier to use together as they will require a similar skill set.

Formatting features can be another important factor of pro forma software. Many of the materials generated from this kind of program will typically be used for presentation to internal and external professionals. For this reason, having a program that produces simple, easy-to-read reports may be particularly useful. Products that provide features like these that are easy to use and customize can save a significant amount of time.

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