The 1994 movie, Stargate, represented a gate that led to two dimensions. In today’s time, the stargate opens to accounting on one end and planning on the other.
Accounting starts today and goes back to records of the past with increasing detail. Planning, on the other hand, starts today and heads straight to the future with increasing summary and aggregation.
However, many find the two to have similar looking tables. The accounting system has an income statement, a balance sheet, and a Cash Flow statement. The business plan has these three statements “proforma” or projected results. Although these three statements are almost identical in form, presentation, and order of appearance, the information they carry are not the same.