Today, I wanted to spend some time talking about Adjustments in Microsoft Forecaster. This feature often comes up in discussions with customers as something they are not aware of or are unsure how to use.

 Adjustments allow for quick and easy updates at the posting or summary level. This is extremely powerful if you need to increase Total Sales for a specific division. The adjustment  will increase sales proportionally based on the current amounts.

 

For example:

Total Sales - $100,000 with a 15% adjustment

 

Department

Current Amount

New Amount

100

30,000

34,500

200

20,000

23,000

300

50,000

57,500

Sum

100,000

115,000

 

As I mentioned previously, adjustments can be used for summary or posting level data. This means you can update Net Income for a specific department, or update an individual account for a division of the company. You also have flexibility to select if an update should occur for a single period, or multiple periods in the budget.

Common scenarios where this feature is helpful:

  • Creating a Forecast from an accepted budget
  • What-If Scenarios to analyze significant changes to revenue, fees, or other drivers
  • Adjustments to an in-progress budget with unexpected increases in expenses that need to be shared across the company

You can find Adjustments under Setup | Budgets | Adjustments.