Accounts Payable Metrics—Which View Makes Sense Today?

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The financial crisis of 2008 had ripple effects that we still feel today. Consider that CFOs and treasurers have been rewriting the rules for deploying spare operating cash.

Atypical Risks Take Center Stage

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Large companies that operate globally are now rethinking the way they manage significant risks, whether those risks are operational or financial in nature or whether they stem from weak strategic planning. They are not concerned so much about their well-honed processes for procuring and sourcing components, commodities, assembly, administrative services, etc. Rather, they worry about atypical risks that seem to be pooling into a critical mass.

Embedding ERM in the Organization

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Enterprise risk management leaders recognize the significant value of risk management, but selling the importance within the organization can be a challenge. APQC’s Embedding Enterprise Risk Management in the Organization features effective methods used by best-practice organizations to influence culture, change the mental models, and educate the organization on the benefits of risk management.

Faster, Better Financial Forecasts—Now or Never?

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Economics has long been called “the dismal science.” The reason is that economists tend to make predictions that prove wrong. So, here we are in August 2011, and the consensus view is that developed countries such as the U.S. will experience slow and uneven GDP growth over the next 12 months. I’d bet good money the economists are right this time. And that’s beyond dismal—it’s downright depressing.
 

Looking at the intersection of supply chain and risk

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APQC is studying enterprise risk management (you can check out our newest report on this topic), and so is our member IBM. Now we want to know how organizations align operations and finance to monitor, mitigate, and monetize risk. We invite you to participate in IBM’s global survey on Enterprise Risk Management to share your viewpoints on your organization’s challenges, strategies, and initiatives.

How to Budget Faster and Plan Better

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Don't sweat your financial reporting, budgeting, and planning processes this year. APQC has just released two insightful white papers Fast Delivery of Complex Financial Reports –How Leading CFOs Do IT and How Corporate Financial Analysts are Dealing with Uneven Growth.

Managing Enterprise Risk: Maturity Matters

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Effectively Managing Risk Across the Enterprise is a new and ground-breaking report from APQC on enterprise risk management (ERM). The pioneers featured have crafted mature ERM programs that not only protect them from major negative events, whether strategic, operational, or financial, but also help them to stretch their wings in pursuit of ambitious aims.

True Grit: More Than a Movie

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APQC research shows that a growing number of financial executives have resolved that traditional approaches for managing business performance are no longer adequate.

As large organizations struggle to plan and execute growth strategy in an economic recovery that is hard to read, many are embracing a paradigm shift which, although not new conceptually, now stands a very good chance of changing the way businesses control and deploy resources.

Shared Services Do It Better

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Shared services centers are thriving. Organizations are now brainstorming to discover other departments and services can fit into the shared services center framework. And why? Existing shared services centers are more efficient, more productive, and cost less.

What's the Fuss About AP Automation?

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APQC’s Understanding the Total Cost of Payables finds that managers are now looking beyond the labor costs, and finding the true power of AP automation. Accounts payable automation isn’t just about eliminating the paper and manual entry. It’s about cutting the indirect spending, and increasing the profitability of the organization.