Data integrity: Why should you be as mad as hell?

In the 1976 motion picture ‘Network’, Peter Finch plays broadcaster Howard Beale who makes an impassioned speech live on air. It starts: “I don't have to tell you things are bad.&... More >

  • 2016-07-21 13:17:30
  • Mark Spicer
  • Data integrity, Internal control environment, Continuous improvement, Marshaling of resources

FP&A – Do we face a FINEXIT?

Being in the back office has never limited my opportunities, if anything, the evolution of systems has meant I have worked on major companywide projects and change management. I am sure I am not al... More >

  • 2016-07-12 14:17:16
  • Darryl Bannon
  • FP&A, Finance Function, FREXIT

Is the future of the finance function in the right hands?

CFOs must first examine themselves to see if they have the right skills to take the finance function into a more strategic future, and then ensure that the rest of the finance team can support and ... More >

  • 2016-06-30 09:21:01
  • Gary Simon, CEO
  • Future of the FInance Function

Are CPAs Joining the Dark Side?

The reputation of CPAs, perhaps exaggerated, is that they are precise, introverted, and conservative. Whether they are employed by a public auditing firm or by an organization, a CPA’s tradit... More >

  • 2016-06-14 21:30:57
  • Gary Cokins
  • Activity-based costing, management accounting, CFO, profitability analysis

Process and systems design: How do you get to Damascus?

There’s an ancient story in one of the books in the Bible – the Acts of the Apostles. Chapter 9 tells of the conversion to Christianity of Saul of Tarsus, later known as the Apostle Pau... More >

  • 2016-05-18 20:09:45
  • Mark Spicer
  • Effectiveness, Efficiency, Process/Systems Design, Cost of Ownership

Abolish cost variances, monitor Cost Structure Trends (Part 3)

Some say budgets are a hindrance, in fact the renowned businessman Jack Welsh of General Electric thought “they hid opportunity and stunted growth”. Hope and Frazer, authors of ... More >

  • 2016-04-27 10:10:23
  • David Willcox
  • Budgeting, BP&F, Cost analysis, Management Accounting,

Innovation - why it’s time for the modern finance function to be more assertive?

Innovation is rising up the corporate agenda. Companies wedged in a low growth economy with little or no pricing power and having already cut costs to the bone have nowhere else to turn but to inno... More >

  • 2016-04-17 15:38:59
  • Gary Simon, CEO
  • modern finance, innovation

How should CFOs respond to the era of ‘postmodern ERP’?

After decades in which business applications have coalesced, the world now seems to be shifting into reverse gear, accelerated by the gradual demise of large ERP suites, the complexity of multi-ven... More >

  • 2016-04-08 09:52:07
  • Gary Simon, CEO
  • Cloud, ERP, legacy systems

The unconventional guide to the kick off meeting agenda

Even though YOU may be enthusiastic about communicating a forthcoming change, you have to consider the possible reactions from your staff. I'm talking about the all-important kick ... More >

  • 2016-04-05 10:39:40
  • Daniela Bensi
  • change management, kick off meeting agenda, resistance to change

Some Accountants are the Blind Leading the Blind!

I recently met a management consultant specializing in management accounting and FP&A whose intentions were sincere. However his advice was surprising, but not totally surprising, to me. <... More >

  • 2016-03-29 19:24:49
  • Gary Cokins
  • Activity-based costing, management accounting, CFO, profitability analysis

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