Interactive Assignment

Company Selected: Microsoft

Prior to beginning this Interactive Assignment, review the sections of Chapters 5, 8, and 9 in the Abraham’s textbook on Assessing the Company and Operational and Budget Planning. Also read the online articles Analyze Investments Quickly With Ratios (Links to an external site.) (Elmerraji, 2017) and com/annualized-budget-42668.html”>What Is an Annualized Budget? (Links to an external site.) (Ashe-Edmunds, n.d.).

Using the same publicly traded company you used in the Environmental Scanning Interactive Assignment, and the downloadable Operating Budget Template, research the company online by accessing the Mergent Ashford University Library online database which offers company financials, descriptions, history, property, subsidiaries, officers and directors. Also, access the Business Insights: Global Ashford University Library online database which offers information on global companies, and industries. It includes SWOT reports, market share data, financial reports, case studies, business news, and company comparison charts. (View the Mergent tipsheet and Business Insights tipsheetdocuments for suggested methods of searching Ashford University Library databases generally as well as specific advice for searching these two databases). You can always conduct research using credible online sources of corporate financial information, just be sure that wherever you obtain financial information that you cite your source.

For this Interactive Assignment, you are going to look at the financial statements for the company you selected and, using the previous quarter’s financial data, interpret the data and propose a budget for the next Quarter based on your current and previous analysis of company performance. Complete the budget template using this Operating Budget Template:

List your current sales, discounts and allowances, net sales, margins, operating costs, and earning before and after taxes.
Choose a minimum of two financial ratios (below) and include in your analysis.
Prepare the next quarter’s budget based on your interpretation of past data.
Include at least two of the following types of relevant financial ratios in your analysis. Review the online article Analyze Investments Quickly With Ratios (Links to an external site.) (Elmerraji, 2017) and Chapter 5 in the Abraham’s textbook to help with this portion of the budget:

Profitability Ratio
Liquidity Ratio
Solvency Ratio
Valuation Ratio
Leverage Ratio
(NOTE: Incorporate the feedback you receive from your instructor and peers and save your work. It will be part of your Strategic Plan Final Project for this course).

Initial Post: In your initial post, provide a brief description of your company and provide a summary of your Operating Budget along with a rationale that supports suggested budgetary changes. Attach your Operating Budget Template to your initial post for review by your instructor and your peers.

Required Resources
Text
Abraham, S. (2012). Strategic management for organizations. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

Chapter 8: Operational and Budget Planning
Chapter 9: ImplementationStrategies
Web Pages
Ashe-Edmunds, S. (n.d.). What is an annualized budget? (Links to an external site.) Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/annualized-budget-42668.html

This web page’s author describes the key components and design of an annual operating budget that will assist you in your Operating Budget discussion forum this week.
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Elmerraji, J. (2017, January 30). Analyze investments quickly with ratios (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/06/ratios.asp

This web page’s author provides information about the most commonly used financial ratios in use by investors today that will assist you with your Operating Budget discussion forum this week.
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Surbhi, S. (2015, June 29). com/difference-between-strategic-planning-and-operational-planning.html”>Difference between strategic planning and operational planning (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://keydifferences.com/difference-between-strategic-planning-and-operational-planning.html

This web page’s author provides information about key differences between Strategic Planning and Operational Planning that will assist you in your Strategic vs. Operational Planning discussion forum this week.
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Recommended Resources
Articles
Clark, D., & Legge, B. (2013). The right way to execute your strategic plan (Links to an external site.). Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2013/05/08/the-right-way-to-execute-your-strategic-plan/

This article provides tips to successful strategic planning and may assist you in your Strategic vs. Operational Planning discussion forum this week.
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Deeb, G. (2013). If you build it, they may not come: Budget ahead for startup marketing (Links to an external site.). Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgedeeb/2013/11/06/if-you-build-it-they-may-not-come-budget-ahead-for-startup-marketing/

This article reviews the importance of budgeting ahead and may assist you in your Operating Budget discussion forum this week.
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Moore, J. (2012). 7 tips on building your business with better metrics (Links to an external site.). Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2012/07/09/7-tips-on-building-your-business-with-better-metrics/

This article discusses metrics to consider when building a business and may assist you in your assignments this week.
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