Before you get started building your Jirav model, learn how to navigate Jirav and a few key terms you'll see throughout Jirav.
There are two navigation bars within Jirav:
General Application Navigation
Context menus are available throughout Jirav to present a set of additional choices that can be made based on the area of the application the context menu belongs to. There are three styles of context menus available:
Helpful Hint: To activate hidden context menus, hover to the left of an element or the top right-corner as shown in the examples below.
A Plan represents a specific planning scenario. It could be a Budget, a Forecast or a What-If Scenario, all of these considered Plans in Jirav.
Each Plan will produce integrated 3-way financials; Income Statement, Balance Sheet & Cash Flow based on the Drivers within the Plan.
Each Plan has an Actuals Start Date and a Forecast Start Date. Periods between the Actuals Start Date and Forecast Start Date will display Actuals from your Accounting System.
Plans can be created as completely blank for a zero-based budget, or they can be cloned from an existing plan as a starting point. Once the plan is cloned, it is completely independent of the original plan.
A Plan can either be an Active Plan, Archived Plan or Plan of Record (POR)
- Active Plan
An Active Plan is just as it sounds, an active planning scenario. This is a live plan where you can adjust drivers and inputs and immediately see the results flow through to your P&L, BS & CF.
- Archived Plan
When a plan is archived, calculations for that plan are no longer stored in memory and it cannot be modified or referenced in reports. A plan can be moved from an Archived Plan back to an Active Plan as needed.
- Plan of Record (POR)
Making a Plan a POR freezes the plan and it can no longer be modified in anyway. Once a plan is a POR, it cannot be made editable again. However, it can be cloned into an Active Plan which is editable.
Be Aware: There are some system wide settings can impact your POR, e.g., deleting an account. Check with Jirav Support if you are unsure if a change you are making will impact your POR.
The Jirav Picker is available in Dashboards, Reports & Planning. The Picker allows you to quickly reference any data points within your Jirav model. Based on the Category selected, the dropdowns will update accordingly. For example, if you select a Staffing Category you can filter by Role whereas if you select a Revenue Category, you can filter by Revenue Sub-Account.
Additional Resource: Universal Picker
Drivers are formulaic expressions associated with an Account and Department which drive the Plan. Each Driver has an Output, Driver, Function, Rate, Start Date, End Date & Description. An example:
This Driver would calculate the forecast for Subscriptions revenue for the Sales & Marketing department as Cumulative Customers * Subscription Cost/Month.
Additional Resource: Setting up Drivers in Jirav
The Cutover Date is the Forecast Start Date for your Plan. For example, if you have a March Reforecast Plan that displays Actuals through February, the Cutover Date would be March. In other words, this means that the forecast begins in March. When creating Drivers, the default Start Date will be the Cutover Date.
Custom Tables hold data specific to your business that does not exist in the general ledger. For example, website visitors or number of customers. Custom Tables are completely customizable, can have actuals & forecast and can represent $, # or % metrics.
Additional Resource: Create Custom Tables