Erik is primarily responsible for all BI within the Finance & Control domain at PostNL, a postal and logistic services provider in the Benelux, Italy and Germany, as well as globally through their Spring network.
Erik Beekhuis holds both Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Business Economics, as well as an Executive Masters in Finance and Control degree (in Dutch: RC). He studied at both Haarlem Business School (bac) and at the free University of Amsterdam (Msc and EMFC).
At PostNL Erik is primarily responsible for all BI within the Finance & Control domain. Here he focuses not only on implementing BI-solutions for the Finance & Control domain, but for PostNL’s Management teams as well. He also focuses on consultancy around Performance Management, Information Management, Visual Design and the communication of business information. Prior to PostNL he worked as a controller and business analyst at other companies within different industries.
- Supporting a company’s management teams is at the core of Finance & Control’s priorities and should be taken on with firm resolve, a clear shared agenda and an open mind for best practices application from relevant areas that Finance & Control professionals are unfortunately not yet commonly accustomed to. Business Intelligence & Analytics and Business Information communication being both examples of such relevant areas.
- Business Intelligence & Analytics (BI&A) can serve as the enabler for delivering strong and enduring improvements by positioning BI&A-professionals as the ‘linking-pins’ between a company’s IT- and the Business communities.
- Combining soundly applied Performance Management, appropriate usage of Business Intelligence & Analytics with an uniformly applied concept for all business communication will ultimately lead to the best results.
- “Things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” (quote by: Albert Einstein).
IBCS® Certified Consultant
Erik Beekhuis has successfully completed the IBCS® certification for successful design of reports and presentations at the HICHERT+FAISST IBCS Institute in July 2018.
Both of my IBCS® sample versions were created with Microsoft® PowerPoint, without any IBCS® add-on software package being used.
Table with both month and YTD actual sales figures completed with absolute variances for three scenarios.
Before... No priority is made explicitly ‘visible’ for the user: All variances were shown in the same numerical way…
...and after Most important variance for current time-period is shown as an embedded absolute variance bar-chart signally signalling strongly where action should be taken.
PostNL’s UCOI and UCOI-margin figures as depicted in PostNL’s Annual Report 2016 on page 50.
UCOI is a special unique financial business result measure used (solely?) by PostNL. The acronym stands for: ‘Underlying Cash Operating Income’.
Before... E.g. depicting PostNL’s UCOI figures (including one negative amount!) with usage of a set of twin pie charts is possibly the best way to make all our stakeholders do all the work in deriving the enclosed messages themselves.
...and after E.g. using bar-charts with PY scenarios for all segments and PostNL visually communicates the underlying message unequivocally and easily.