The major news in business plans and planning software in 2006 is that the plans are intended more for management than money.As most business planning software came into being, in the boom economies of the 1990s, the focus was on how best to launch new enterprises, secure initial funding or lure venture capitalists. While there is still extensive use of the software for these purposes, there is also a stronger emphasis on managing the company by implementing the plan.

This has led to three major changes in both the structure and purpose of the plans.

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