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 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.

Analytics Maturity: Getting the Intersections Right

Mary Driscoll's picture

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.

5 Things You Are Ignoring About Managing Process Improvement

Jeffery Varney's picture

Lean this, improve that, cut operating cost by x%... whatever the approach might be, the drive to improve performance within our departments and work groups is always there. Even in times where we are just looking to sustain what we do, maintain market share, or stabilize a product; human nature compels us to look for ways to make things simpler, easier, and less challenging. And when department and personal scorecards and compensation are at stake, the impulse is even stronger.

Eagerly Anticipating My First Data and Analytics Pilgrimage

Michael Sims's picture

As part of my professional plan this year, one of my goals is to increase my expertise in the area of analytics. That’s why I decided to ask my manager to send me to an analytics conference. What better way to bolster my analytics knowledge than to surround myself for 48 hours with world-renowned analytics experts from every industry?

Cognitive Computing and Analytics Will Bring Big Changes

Carla O'Dell's picture

Cognitive computing will be as disruptive to organizations in the next decade as social media was in the last. Maybe more. 

Cognitive computing, along with its engines machine learning and predictive analytics, will radically transform the way we interact with content and each other in our digital lives. Content management, collaboration and the entire search experience will change and become more personal, more customized, and more automated.

So “Algorithm” Is NOT a Musical Term? The New Vocabulary of Analytics

Michael Sims's picture

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the phrase “data and analytics”? For me, it’s numbers. Numbers being crunched, twisted, and spit out by a large mainframe computer in a heavily air-conditioned room.

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How to Make Running Your Business Look Easy: Analytics at Netflix

Michael Sims's picture

I confess that I have a burning passion for movies.  I constantly seek out new movies to watch and I am always at least somewhat (and often very) distracted if a movie happens to be playing wherever I am.  My girlfriend knows this and, quite kindly, acts as a second set of eyes out there for me, helping me make sure that I don’t miss out on any great films.

Why Companies are Failing at Digital Transformation

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Andrea Stroud's picture

One of the top competitive issues facing companies today is the need to become an agile, digital business. Yet, most companies are failing to make the transformation.