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Governance & Controls – structure and controls.
Transaction Recording – systems, transaction processing and closing the books.
Reporting - efficient, timely and accurate information for decision making and meeting compliance requirements.
Business Planning - provide the financial roadmap for the company with supporting analytics.
Financial Forecasting - integrate the company’s current performance relative to budget with the real-time business environment.
Investment Analysis - the framework to analyze new opportunities as they present themselves.
Cash Management - the discipline to ensure cash is available to operate the business normally.
Funding - Planning for and raising funds to meet the needs of the business.
Risk Management – Identification and mitigation of key business risks.
Self-Awareness - Internal.
Team Building - External.
Strategy & Culture – Motivate people to follow you.
CFO.University is built around the Four Pillars of CFO Success. These Pillars are supported with Core Competencies. Our framework allows you to master your role as a senior financial officer. The Four Pillars are made up of:
Accounting – Governance & Controls, Transaction Recording and Reporting
Finance – Business Planning, Financial Forecasting and Investment Analysis
Treasury – Cash Management, Funding (Capital Raising) and Risk Management
Leadership – Self Awareness, Team Building and Strategy & Culture
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Robotics Process Automation (RPA ) is not new, but it is still not well understand. This is especially true when applying RPA to finance systems. We appreciate Anders sharing some of his do’s and don’ts regarding RPA that will help you use it more effectively in your finance operations.
When it comes to FP&A forecasting, most companies base their long-range forecasts on static planning processes, rather than more relevant, dynamic plans that reflect the complexities of the business.
Relying on a forecast that doesn’t enable continuous monitoring of company performance, instead of implementing a modern, rolling forecast approach, is like using an old-school road map to guide you on a cross-country trip: Why use a paper map when you can get to your destination worry-free with a car GPS system?
Rolling forecasts—forecasts that are updated typically on a quarterly or monthly basis—can be a game changer. They allow organizations to better align with their strategy, perform more-effective business analysis, and derive greater ongoing value from their budgeting and planning processes. Rolling forecasts make organizations nimbler, able to seize potential opportunities, or better prepared for upcoming roadblocks.
By now most effective leaders know that strategy is about the “What,” and tactics are about the “How.” I’m finding a strange conflation of the two, which shows up like this: “We’re planning to improve our gross margin this year by two basis points, increase sales by 5 percent, and increase our pre-tax profit margin by 25 basis points.” (An increase of 25 basis points means that profitability moves from 3.5 percent to 3.75 percent).