2016

A Holiday Gift: A Lesson in Budgeting and Planning from Santa

“A proper planning prevents from failure”, Santa says. “If I not perfectly plan my tasks, I could never deliver the toys in time”. That’s why his motto is “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Fourteen Years Later, No Regrets

When Astaldi implemented CPM software in 2002, the company was taking a huge leap of faith. Read the lessons learned and advantages gained by this early adopter.

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Enterprise Performance Management from C-Suite Future Diaries

What might C-level executives write in their diaries in the future? My crystal ball is crystal clear. Seven years from now in 2023 here are the personal diary entries of the executives of a fictitious corporation reflecting on their experience implementing EPM methods.

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Be Like Water my Friend. A Bruce Lee Approach to Corporate Performance Management

Empty your mind and be inspired by this Bruce Lee approach to be formless and shapeless, like water!

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A Circle of Blame for Failure – Part II

Here is a fictitious story. But how true could it be? The long journey to determine who is at fault when your loss unexpectedly doubled each quarter. Lessons Learned.

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A Circle of Blame for Failure - Part I

Here is a fictitious story. But how true could it be? The long journey to determine who is at fault when your loss unexpectedly doubled each quarter.

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Eliminating IC Profits in Inventory: The Challenge of IFRS 10 - B86(c)

Eliminating profits on intragroup transactions that are recognized in inventory can be a real challenge to the office of finance. How a consolidation software solution can be utilized to address this challenge.

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Regtech: "How Compliance Investments Can Improve Business Performance"

How regulatory technology is improving the entire reporting process, helping companies to better understand their compliance risks

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Predict the Future with a Rolling Approach to Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting

Benefits of using a flexible budget with rolling forecasts rather than the traditional annual budget

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John Hancock Details Experience with Tagetik

An interview with Jeff Nataupsky on the financial software that speeds up final changes and provides special functions

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Stitching Together a Better Consolidation and Reporting Solution

Read the Bristol Bay Native Corporation experience and just think on what you could do with all that free time not spent manually processing report data

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Why should CFOs Care about Digital Self-service Reporting?

How to make your financial storytelling faster, easier, personalized and intuitive: an experience from the field.

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Don`t Get Caught on the Hop. Be Prepared for the New IFRS 9 Standard

Facing the upcoming requirements for calculating loss provisions

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Now What? How “Finding Nemo” Can Inspire Us to Manage Info in a Better Way

Your numbers are talking...are you listening?

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Bend It Like Brexit: Navigating Uncertainty in a Post Brexit World

When the only certainty is uncertainty, the best way you can prepare is being certain that your financial processes and business operations will help you prepare and support you in your decision making before any maddening changes come to fruition.

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Dissatisfied with Finance Analytics? Maybe your Analytic Tools are Part of the Problem

Exploring the differences between OLAP and ROLAP to understand the basics you need when selecting the analytics tool that best meets your business requirements and expectations.

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IFRS 17 - Are you Ready to Take Action?

As IFRS 17 moves closer to its “go live” date, CFOs and the Office of Finance will feel the pressure to increase efficiency and achieve a higher level of integration between finance, actuarial and risk processes. This begs the question: will you be prepared for action? Or stuck in reaction?

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Smart Payroll Planning and Monitoring

A management decision about human resources, new hirings, increases, bonus plans, will have an impact on the current year as well as on all subsequent financial years. Overall, companies can statistically determine where they are heading, but when you break things down, into business units in particular, the answers are less obvious.

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Are Two Gartner CPM Magic Quadrants Better Than One?

Two Quadrants, Twenty Vendors, a Lot of Variables. CFOs have more options for Corporate Performance Management than ever before.

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Enterprise Performance Management as a ‘West Side Story’

An interesting comparison between a Broadway musical and an EPM/CPM system. Read what are the essential parallels according to Gary Cockins.

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In Case of Fire Break Glass: When you Might Need to Hire a Single System Administrator - Part II

Let’s discover the 3 fundamental variables to consider when choosing your SSA

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In Case of Fire Break Glass: When you Might Need to Hire a Single System Administrator - Part I

The Single System Administrator is a hybrid figure combining accounting, planning and control skills most closely linked to the management of CPM to support the CFO and all the system users. They are not consolidators, nor are they system engineers…

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Are you Ready to Deal with Uncertainty of Brexit?

Risks and benefits of Brexit. How should finance functions respond to change and uncertainty on such an unprecedented scale?

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Finance`s Role in Driving Profitability

Achieving profitability is hugely challenging in today's complex, highly volatile, and global business environment. Discover how to meet your expectations.

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The CFO’s New Competitive Challenges

Today's CFOs face more challenges, and more opportunities, than ever before. CFOs are constantly under pressure to be more forward looking and strategic yet the tactical demands placed on the Office of Finance continue to expand. How can today's CFO reconcile these two conflicting trends?

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The Budget Paradise Part 2

Read the last part of the budget journey and discover how to transform your budget into a Paradise!

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The Budget Paradise Part 1

Welcome to the Budget Paradise! The budget journey continues and We will meet heroes of finance that had made it to Paradise.

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2016 Marks a Changing of the Guard in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM

This year Gartner has split the Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management into two separate reports. Does this signal a changing of the guard in CPM?

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The New IFRS Wave – Not to be Underestimated

Read this post to discover why the new IFRS 9, 15, 16 require significant work from the corporates

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IFRS 9: Insights into the Critical Aspects of the New Accounting Standard - Part II

Get ready for the new IFRS 9 accounting standard: a deep dive into the basic principles going on in the discussion around the 3 pillars.

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IFRS 9: Insights into the Critical Aspects of the New Accounting Standard - Part I

Get ready for the new IFRS 9 accounting standard: a deep dive into the basic principles

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5 Causes Of Cumbersome Corporate Reporting

Corporate reporting in some cases is a cumbersome exercise – but it doesn’t have to be. Read this blog post to find some key causes of cumbersome corporate reporting.

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The Shift to Predictive Accounting – Part II

This blog post will discuss how to close the gap between financial and managerial accounting.

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Planning Can Be Complex….and Why Not?

Today’s planning systems are and need to be advanced enough for businesses competing in the digital economy that need the ability to handle complexity, diversity and volume without having to worry that their system might run out of ‘steam’.

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How Technology Can Strengthen the Relationship between CFOs and CEOs

The second blog post of the series around the CEO's mind. Follow Manuel Vellutini revealing the value of the ongoing collaboration with his CFO.

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How not to Get Lost in the Regulatory Jungle

Have you ever felt to be a looser in the regulatory requirements game?

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The CFO, a Real Strategic Partner for the Company

How CFOs can have permanent access to a single version of the truth that becomes dynamic, reconciled and aggregated

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The Shift to Predictive Accounting – Part I

Let’s examine the broad landscape of accounting in order to understand the widening gap between what the CFO and accountants report and what internal managers and employee teams want and need.

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Standard Business Reporting to become mandatory in the Netherlands starting with Year-End 2016 Reporting

Standard Business Reporting (SBR) is a worldwide reporting standard that has now come to the Netherlands. What does this mean for your business? Read this blog post to learn more on SBR

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Gartner BI and Analytics Magic Quadrant says BI has reached a Tipping Point. What does this mean for CPM, EPM and CFOs?

In February Gartner published the 2016 version of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytic Platforms. It included a redefinition of the criteria resulting in 'significantly reordering the vendor landscape'.

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How Manageable is your Budgeting and Planning Solution?

Read Jan's 20 year expert analysis on Budgeting and Planning solutions for different organizations.

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Technology enables Integrated Reporting. Integrated Reporting enables Better Valuation (Part 2 of 2)

Read the second post on Integrated Reporting and learn more on the International <IR> Framework, produced by the IIRC, which defines a new direction for corporate reporting.

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Why Integrated Planning & Reporting?

Learn how to implement an integrated planning & reporting approach: start from changing people's mind-set, improve the process and adjust the systems to align people on plans.

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Technology enables Integrated Reporting. Integrated Reporting enables Better Valuation (Part 1 of 2)

Read Jyoti Banerjee perspective on Integrated Reporting and learn why it helps to communicate a clear picture of the value created.

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What’s a CDO? Who cares? If you are in Finance or IT, you Should Care

Why should finance care the Chief Data Officer

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Excel has its place in the budgeting and planning process

Nick Nesbitt explains why it is important to consolidate your planning systems to ensure efficiency and flexibility.

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Is Corporate Modeling part of your planning process? If so, do you do it in Excel?

Modeling is done on financial or operational data and often at a very granular level and isn’t manageable in Excel.

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CPM Top Five Hits

Alessandro Mantini (Mediaset) takes an ironic view of the people involved in the consolidation process by comparing each of them to a famous song... Find out which track best represents you!

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2016: The Year of Big Data in Context

A series of blog post on data-related trends and the impact they are having on the Office of Finance by Marco Pierallini. The underlying theme of all these posts will be the importance of timely access to meaningful information, in context and with confidence.

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Collaboration – the cornerstone of integrated business planning

Collaboration in business planning is far more than the sum of the parts. The true value of collaboration comes from harvesting the different perspectives, ideas, experience and know-how of functional experts from across the business.

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Big data for Finance, is it necessary? - Part II

There were interesting comments on the previous blog on this topic that provided some good food for thought on the topic.

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The Budget Purgatory - Part II

Going forward in the journey, we will meet the souls that believed in a better way and suffered through the budget exercise but fell short of Paradise. Follow me...

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A CEO’s Perspective of Finance Technology

A series of blog post around the CEO's mind. Follow Manuel Vellutini discovering the most useful Finance capabilities and processes from a CEO standpoint.

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The Budget Purgatory - Part I

We'll climb the mountain, purge our past sins and purify our budget process.

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