What’s Driving Finance Improvement?

Haley Carroll's picture

Today to win, organizations have to outmaneuver the competition, and this is where finance needs to step up and become a better business partner. But how are CFOs, and the finance functions they manage, driving process improvement efforts that lead to this outcome? To answer this question and more, APQC’s Senior Research Fellow in Financial Management, Mary Driscoll, fielded a survey to determine what tools, techniques, and technologies will enable finance to reach its full potential and stay relevant in the eyes of the business.

Three Reasons Why Finance Transformation is Back in Vogue

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Finance process improvement is back in full swing—or is it? Some would argue that it’s not back, per se; they’d say it never left. Surely they are thinking of companies run by CEOs with the will to make process excellence a cornerstone of competitive strategy. But what about those without such support? Preliminary APQC research says finance process improvement is a compelling issue for most. Three reasons stand out.

Three Things I Learned at Strata+Hadoop World

Michael Sims's picture

As I mentioned a little over a month ago, I was pretty excited about the chance I was given to attend the Strata+Hadoop World conference in San Jose. It turns out that that anticipation was justified.

Build-A-Bear CEO Shares Her Secret to Turnaround Success

Haley Carroll's picture

Turning a struggling organization around is a daunting challenge that many people would run from.  Sharon Price John, however, runs toward tough jobs and has a successful track record of turning around unstable brands and unprofitable businesses.

How Cisco is Rewriting the Rules on Performance Management

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The 2016 Great Place to Work® Conference starts today in sunny San Diego and I'm thrilled that I'll be attending the conference! Last week I had the opportunity to interview one of the presenters--Ashley Goodall, Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence, Cisco Systems, Inc. who will be speaking on Making People Leaders Your Biggest Bet. In this interview with Mr.

An Easier Pathway To Better Process Management and Improvement

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I keep telling myself that the world is ready for a new way to manage processes. The next few weeks will show me whether I am right or wrong. I know this because of what I’ve seen and learned in the past 10 years.

How to Build a High-Trust Culture—Lessons from the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, through the Eyes of a Millennial

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Building a high-trust culture should be on the mind of every business leader as findings released by Great Place to Work® reveal the close connection between high-trust organizational cultures and voluntary employee turnover. Organizations featured on the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list have a voluntary turnover rate half that of industry peers. So, what are these organizations doing differently?

Louis Richardson of IBM on Making Social Smart

Carla O'Dell's picture

Virtually every mature KM program has or wants a social collaboration aspect, via SharePoint, Yammer, a wiki, or any one of the myriad open source or inexpensive proprietary and public social networking sites. Employees want to connect as easily at the office as they do in their personal life for a quick exchange, to follow people they like, and to create a personal brand.

Analytics Maturity: Getting the Intersections Right

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In any organization, during the early stages of building analytical muscle, there will be competing views on what the maturity ladder looks like. To sort out what’s what, start with a common language for describing how analytics will serve strategic aims of the enterprise as a whole. Avoid being fenced in by groups of skunk works going after radical but narrow innovations. Beware as well that some people speak only in the dialects favored by the IT profession.