Template 1: Subscription Revenue

Use a custom table to build a detailed subscription revenue model.

In this example, you will use a Custom Table, Assumptions & Drivers to plan Subscription Revenue based on # of Customers, Average Deal Size (ARR) and Churn % by following the steps as outlined below.

  1. Create the Custom Table
  2. Define the Assumptions
  3. Add the Drivers

Be Advised: The example below is a simple metholdogy used to plan for subscription revenue. This example should be adapted as needed to fit your business planning requirements. 

 

Custom Table

To customize your Custom Tables to hold your subscription revenue related metrics, follow the steps below:

  1. Create the Custom Table
    Setup ⚙️> Custom Tables > Manage Tables > + Add Custom Table and name it Subscription Revenue 
  2. Define Lines within the Custom Table
    + Add Line for each of the following:

Assumptions

Along with your Custom Table you may also use Assumptions for some of your key revenue drivers. 

To add your Assumptions for your subscription revenue model, follow the steps below:

  1. Define the Assumption Table
    Setup > Assumptions > Manage Tables > Add Assumption Table* > name it Revenue Assumptions and + Add Assumption for each of the following:
    *If there is already an Revenue Assumption Table configured, an additional table should not be created
  2. Define Assumptions within the Table 
    + Add Assumption for each of the following:
  3. Populate the Assumptions in the Plan
    Plans > Assumption > Populate the table and Save

 

Drivers

Now that the Custom Table & Assumptions have been defined, the associated Drivers can be configured. Drivers are formulaic expressions used to calculate the subscription revenue forecast. Drivers can be added from Plans > Drivers > Custom or from Plans > Custom.

As your adding the drivers in the screenshots below, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Be sure to reference Range: Last Month Month for the Drivers referencing the ending balance from the previous month (C2 & M2)
  • The beginning balance assumption for Customers & MRR should only return a value in the month of the Cutover Date (C1 & M1)
  • The Reference line for Contract Revenue (M8) creates the link between the Custom Table and the Income Statement 

Helpful Hint:

In this example the beginning balances for Customers & MRR are entered via Assumptions - an alternative approach would be to import Actuals to the Ending Customers & Ending MRR Custom Table lines rather than using Assumptions.

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