Implementing AI to Automate Cash Forecasting

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Implementing AI to Automate Cash Forecasting

Sarah Dawson, CFO Tech Outlook | Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Leveraging AI in cash flow forecasting activities provide more reliable short and medium-term forecasts and make timely decisions.

FREMONT, CA: To allow firms to automate the recurring cash flow forecasting activities, create more reliable short and medium-term forecasts and make timely decisions thanks to the algorithmic models that form the basis of AI and Machine Learning. Despite it being a buzzword in technology, there is still a lot of confusion about artificial intelligence (AI). In the case of cash flow predicting, these technologies are brilliant for doing scenario modelling firms with high levels of accuracy or predicting future trends or outcomes with the greatest degree of probability.

A cash flow prediction is a key part of decision making in the same method of checking the weather report in the morning. The major reason firms check the weather is to choose what clothes to wear or measure whether or not firms need to pack an umbrella in the bag. Meteorologists may not be exact in their predictions of the climate, so firms can never be certain that they will need an extra sweater, but it assists to know that firms might.

Businesses need to know how to succeed financially and if financial professionals can offer an effective, actionable forecast of its massive value to new businesses and larger companies alike. Often, though, financial professionals focus on the forecasted numbers rather than what the actual numbers indicate. It is vital to make decisions and take smart risks based on a combination of vital data and financial advice. As these systems stand, firms see some limitations that can seriously impact how businesses use forecasts successfully.

Introducing manual adjustments into the forecast takes away from the actual narrative that the historical data tells. Whether the user adjusts sales to be 10 percent higher or optimistically adjusts an expense account to be 15 percent lower, the act of releasing this subjective human bias into an otherwise objective process is complex and time-consuming. Inflicting subjectivity takes away from the power of forecasting because a decision made on hopeful or even irresponsible thinking is likely to yield poor outcomes.

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