Financial Excellence with Game Changers, presented by SAP

Financial Excellence with Game Changers, presented by SAP

Game-changing technologies are transformational, exciting, and can move you in amazing new directions. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow profitably – driving efficiency for existing finance operations, but also driving insight and transformational change for the entire business. They shake up your status quo. Take your Coffee Break with Game-Changers for our special series on achieving FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE for your company. Learn how you can operate profitably and adapt continuously, to become the savvy innovator and visionary who takes your company across the finish line as you look ahead to the next breakthrough strategy. Financial Excellence with Game Changers, Presented by SAP, on The Business Channel.

Episodes

July 20, 2021 55 min
The Buzz 1: “AI will optimize or transform ‘nearly every activity in finance.’” (Craig Wilton, Gartner, quoted at www.cfodive.com/news/artificial-intelligence-gartner-finance-trends-2020/573233/) The Buzz 2: “Tech is in everything… 2021’s CFOs need to be more tech-savvy than ever. Indeed, with so much big data, A.I., and robotics technology available for CFOs to utilize, learning and incorporating tech into the traditional finance...
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The Buzz: “I’m not paid or evaluated on the accuracy of my crystal-ball predictions. I’m paid to enumerate every possible outcome and do something about every possible outcome well in advance, when it’s still possible to do something, because once it’s happened it’s too late.” (Marty Chavez, Former CFO, Goldman Sachs) Is your organization struggling with finance transformation and future steering? How differently should you approa...
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The Buzz 1: “Indirect attacks against weak links in the supply chain now account for 40 percent of security breaches.” (Accenture Security / Third State of Cyber Resilience Report, www.ironnet.com) The Buzz 2: Cybersecurity in the supply chain cannot be viewed as an IT problem only. Cyber supply chain risks touch sourcing, vendor management, supply chain continuity and quality, transportation security and many other functions acr...
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The Buzz: “A majority of executives and investment professionals agreeing that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs enhance shareholder value…Finance leaders can help spur companies to develop sustainability goals by articulating the financial benefits of sustainability projects and establishing criteria for funding the company’s ESG investments that account for their full range of benefits.” www.cfo.com Sustainabi...
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The Buzz: “As companies craft their responses to the COVID-19 crisis, CFOs are in the thick of the action. They need to make sure that their organizations weather the immediate business shocks while preparing them to emerge from the crisis in the best possible shape.” (https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/cfo-leadership-in-the-covid-19-crisis) As we move to what is hopefully the b...
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The Buzz: “The original inspiration behind the title 'Ripped from the Headlines' was the Warner Brothers film studio’s stock tagline, 'Torn from today's headlines!', used often beginning in the 1930s to promote the gritty realism of their 'social problem' films. The Evil Twin of this trope is “Could This Happen to You?” [tvtropes.org] What’s the latest news on the street that impacts FP&A? Or perha...
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The Buzz: “CFOs have recognized that surviving is not enough…2021 promises to be an epic year for CFOs and the companies they lead…the struggles of 2020 have taught us all many hard lessons, and these lessons will be used by elite CFOs to create a faster, more flexible, more competitive, and ultimately more profitable organization.” (forbes.com) Our first Financial Excellence Radio show of 2020 – January 28 – focused on a bright f...
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The Buzz: “CFOs have recognized that surviving is not enough…2021 promises to be an epic year for CFOs and the companies they lead…the struggles of 2020 have taught us all many hard lessons, and these lessons will be used by elite CFOs to create a faster, more flexible, more competitive, and ultimately more profitable organization.” (forbes.com) Our first Financial Excellence Radio show of 2020 – January 28 – focused on a bright f...
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The Buzz: “CFOs are focused on the battle to survive and maintain cash flow during the COVID-19 crisis. But…finance leaders are learning valuable new ways to manage risk in the future.” (fm-magazine.com) In the past when we predicted the future, “2020” was far enough out that possibilities seemed endless, near-term enough that predictions could be extrapolated from historical trends. But no one saw “this 2020” coming, and now we ...
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The Buzz: “CFOs are focused on the battle to survive and maintain cash flow during the COVID-19 crisis. But…finance leaders are learning valuable new ways to manage risk in the future.” (fm-magazine.com) In the past when we predicted the future, “2020” was far enough out that possibilities seemed endless, near-term enough that predictions could be extrapolated from historical trends. But no one saw “this 2020” coming, and now we ...
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The Buzz: “Treasury is still a very young and new function. In sociology, we would speak of generation X…New regulations, new technologies, an interconnection and correlation between markets, economies and continents – will force the treasury function to evolve.” [linkedin.com] The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has forced treasurers to re-evaluate their cash management and working capital strategies. While trying to keep up...
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The Buzz X 9: We’ll ask finance experts Birgit Starmanns, Pras Chatterjee and Kevin McCollom at SAP to share their POV on the real stories behind nine recent business, media and popular press headlines: * Is Working Remotely the Future of Finance? (cfo.com) * Temporary Layoffs Just Became Permanent for Millions of American Workers (cnn.com) * Stock Futures Point Higher After Chaotic Weekend (seekingalpha.com) * How CFOs Can Be Be...
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The Buzz: “Gaining a greater understanding of your profitability requires more analysis than a financial statement and a balance sheet. By doing a profitability analysis, companies can identify areas in need of attention.” centage.com Profitability analysis is among the key benchmark criteria for profit-making organizations, providing the “bottom-line” marker of success. What role should it play in times of uncertainty like today...
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The Buzz: “We’ve come a long way in finance and accounting. From purely manual bookkeeping carried out in large, dusty, paper ledgers, through to Excel-based solutions and advanced accounting systems, we’ve been plunged into the exciting world of intelligent automation.” www.digitalistmag.com Finance is used to a “white box” set of tools for analysis, with traceable logic and steps. But a “black box”, with hidden inner workings, i...
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The buzz: “As companies and government agencies send their employees home to avoid contact with the coronavirus, many cyber-security teams are facing the unenviable challenge of securing sprawling, vulnerable networks. Every time an employee connects to their corporate network from home, they’re creating possible access points for hackers to exploit. When this happens 1,000 times on a single network almost overnight, as it has amid...
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The buzz: “Unlocking the potential of machine learning for the office of finance remains a hot topic for financial planning and analysis (FP&A) leaders….” (financialexecutives.org) During these tumultuous times, organizations more than ever need better tools and technologies to predict the future. Why? The CFO is under immense pressure to make sense of all internal and external factors, evaluating the impact of lines of credit...
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Financial Excellence with Game-Changers, presented by SAP, presents a special one-on-one conversation with Birgit Starmanns, the Global Head of the oCFO – COE Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs for Finance and Risk at SAP. Birgit is a co-sponsor of this series. Birgit speaks with host Bonnie D. Graham about how change management has never been more crucial to executing Finance tasks and minimizing risks today. “As Finance a...
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Financial Excellence with Game-Changers, presented by SAP, presents a special one-on-one conversation with Pras Chatterjee, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Planning & Analysis at SAP focusing on SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation. Pras is a frequent panelist on this series. Pras speaks with host Bonnie D. Graham about how, despite all the changes in today’s economic climate, the Finance fu...
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The buzz: “There’s limited precedent into how a global pandemic like COVID-19 will impact financial services organizations as they prepare to complete their first virtual close” (www2.deloitte.com). Every CFO and finance team needs to close the books at period-end. But now, as the current pandemic has pushed accountants and other white-collar workers to their home offices, there’s talk about a “Virtual Close” and whether companies ...
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The buzz: “Creating a strong FP&A team comes down to two things: innovation and engagement” (Nevine White). Amid global uncertainty, new pressure is on your Finance Department’s Planning & Analysis resources to go beyond budgets. They’re being asked to model dire scenarios and potential opportunities on the fly, gather inputs and steer the enterprise with as much ‘certainty’ as possible, given the immediate impact of previo...
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