Andrew Childress

Andrew Childress is a former FPA & CFO with a passion for simplifying, understanding, and analyzing financial data. He founded the FP&A consulting firm Beyond a Number to show others that great financial planning really starts once you go beyond the spreadsheets and numbers, and truly understand the data in front of you.

Microsoft Fabric for finance professionals: What you should know

Recently, Microsoft announced the launch of Fabric. Maybe you met Fabric for the first time when you logged into PowerBI and found new branding, options, and features! So, what is in Microsoft Fabric for finance professionals? Microsoft Fabric is marketed as a “unified data analytics platform.” The goal is to bring together datasets across your […]

3 examples of Microsoft Copilot for financial planning & analysis

As artificial intelligence grows in popularity, every company is now competing to launch tools that leverage AI inside their existing apps. Microsoft’s launch of Copilot, an AI assistant tied into the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, plants their flag in the world of AI. It’s no surprise that you might be asking yourself: How can I integrate […]

Project cost management: Adjustable forecasting and the Excel OFFSET function

Today we’re talking project cost management with adjustable forecasting and the Excel OFFSET function. Follow along below, or watch the tutorial on YouTube by clicking here. The first time you heard about a forecast, it probably had nothing to do with project cost management. The team of weather experts behind that forecast used a range […]

Contractor payments and pay reports made easy with Beebole

If you have a team of contractors, paying them in a timely manner is a must. You need a speedy workflow to review submitted hours, analyze your contractors’ work, and set up a payment to them. Many contractors work on hourly arrangements. That means it’s important to not only measure their time, but pay them […]

How to calculate project profitability using time tracking data: Everything you need to know [Excel tutorial]

If you bill clients based on the time you spend, here’s a pop quiz: which projects make the most money? Or even more importantly: which projects aren’t profitable? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, it’s time to start thinking about project profitability, a measurement of revenue billed versus time and cost expended. […]

How to install & use the Beebole add-in for Excel: Power up your spreadsheets with time tracking data

The Beebole Microsoft Excel add-in has arrived! With this new tool, you can connect spreadsheets directly to your Beebole account. That makes it easier than ever to analyze and work with your time tracking data. Let’s learn how to set up the Beebole add-In in this tutorial, as well as how to use it. At […]