CFO Talk: Leading a Data Analytics Team

Andrew Codd, the Founder and Lead Producer of The Strength in the Numbers Show, joined us on CFO Talk to share a side of him his audience doesn’t see very often; his role leading a global data analytics team. His story includes a childhood dream of being a navy fighter pilot that was replaced with a desire to learn more about business after his first job in sales.

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CFO Talk: A Case Study in Digital Transformation

In this CFO Talk with Tamer Abomosalam we explore Tamer’s digital transformation journey as the Global Services Supply Chain CFO at NCR. Tamer is responsible for the data aggregation and reporting for 86 countries. His frustration with legacy systems, disparate data and a fortuitous conversation with a friend were the catalysts behind his successful adventure.

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Can we really “Stop using Excel”?

An article from the Wall Street Journal recently stirred up a commotion in the Finance world. The article, Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staff, is about Microsoft Excel.

A few days after, the astonished author wrote another article, Finance Pros Say You’ll Have to Pry Excel Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands, based on all the responses the first article got.

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ERPs and Budgeting—What the Excel?!

There are two remarkably persistent conditions in the world of Finance Technology that concern budgeting and ERPs. It’s surprising, because the complexities that Finance departments must address have increased dramatically over time. Ask a Finance professional involved in FP&A, performance management, budgeting, forecasting or any exercise that includes data planning (with corresponding analytics and reporting) and you will almost certainly validate the following Two Persistent Things:

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How Feasible Are Your Strategic Objectives?

Every organization sets out its goals and objectives, to accomplish its mission and vision. The two often seem like two interchangeable phrases but there is a distinction.

A goal is a desired result you want to achieve and is typically broad and vague. An objective, on the other hand, defines the specific, measurable actions each employee must take to achieve the overall goal.

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