The latest global CFO survey from Adaptive Insights shares insights from finance leaders around their how they leverage big data & analytics, strategic initiatives bringing value to their organization, and hurdles to overcome on the path to CEO. Results indicate strategic leaders are leveraging data and analytics to drive scenario planning, looking to the cloud for new technology and bracing for transformation and innovation. They are achieving a new level of agility not previously possible.
Learn the five best practices used by companies that have successfully harnessed business intelligence (BI) to gain deep, actionable insights into performance. Based on the findings of a landmark report by Dresner Advisory Services, this white paper will help you launch and drive a successful BI initiative at your organization.
The CFO is moving from finance gatekeeper to a champion of strategy and value creation, and finance’s reach and impact now extends throughout the company. Insights from a survey of 533 global CFOs highlight the evolving role of the CFO and the need for deeper collaboration and expanded skills across the entire finance function.
Are you ready for the changing role of the finance function? This report explores the expanding responsibilities of finance leaders and outlines a four-step approach for elevating your role to a more strategic position. You’ll learn how to create a culture of data-driven decision-making that enables insight and drives value.
The latest global CFO survey from Adaptive Insights shares insights from finance leaders faced with increasing responsibility as the amount of data managed by their teams continues to grow. Results indicate strategic leaders are driving their organizations toward a single source of truth.
Gauge and improve your budgeting skills with the help of this excerpt from “Manager's Toolkit: The 13 Skills Managers Need to Succeed” (Harvard Business School Publishing). Fundamentals of the process and budgeting terminology are presented with charts and graphs to illustrate key concepts.
Find insights to make a success of activity-based budgeting in this excerpt from "Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing: A Simpler and More Powerful Path to Higher Profits." Effective activity-based budgeting gives managers much greater spending control over their cost structure, particularly over fixed costs.
Survey results show that nearly half of global CFOs expect to play a more strategic leadership role. This summary report of the research highlights inhibitors to success, current technology challenges, and areas for future investment.
Every business decision depends on forecasting the consequences of the decision. Explore the challenges in creating accurate forecasts, and learn how to overcome bias and oversimplifying the truth. Certain methods incorporate more information into formulating predictions, which improves the accuracy of business decisions.
Read how dashboards help finance executives track operational metrics, as well as make informed, strategic decisions under time-critical situations. Modern CFOs oversee important decisions, so they need the right tools and support, including a supportive finance team and visibility into operational and financial data.
Read intriguing expert insights from the Harvard Business Review that demystify forecasting. The goal of forecasting is not to predict the future, but to tell you what you need to know to take meaningful action in the present, claims the author, who outlines approaches to develop greater forecasting discernment.
Get an on-the-money analysis of budget process woes from the Harvard Business Review. Most agree the process takes too long, costs too much, and adds too little value. That said, the budget process will only move into the 21st century with a new set of management processes and leadership style.