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.... Show More

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September 8, 2020 55 min
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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March 24, 2020 50 min
The buzz: “Today we are at a turning point in tax.… The new digital tax function is now evolving at great pace to become a strategic component of enterprise transformation” (internationaltaxreview.com). Tax functions in many organizations are yet to fully embrace integrated technology as a critical enabler to tackling a growing reporting and compliance burden. The downside? They’re focusing too much time and effort on reporting an...
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The buzz: “Consumers with a high level of digital trust spend more” (CA Technologies Report 2018). As consumers, producers and employees, we share and use massive amounts of sensitive and private information. The ability to establish and maintain “digital trust” in data protection and privacy is becoming a key businesses competitive differentiator. Digital trust is hard build, but can be lost with a single data breach. How trustwo...
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The buzz: “There’s no question over the last year this new wave of technologies has had an impact on CFO decision making.” (Sandy Cockrell, Deloitte). Integration, big data, in-memory, ML and AI are a few of the disruptions that dominated FP&A professionals’ tech conversations in the 20-teens. Despite geopolitical and economic uncertainties, tech innovation and growth are certain to continue. How should your FP&A team prepa...
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The buzz: “CFOs must recognize their roles as agents of change charged with driving technological transformation across their companies” (digitalistmag.com). We began 2019 with a rush of activity, discussing which industries would emerge, the tech trends that would help Finance and risk professionals, and new disruptive technologies and industry trends where Finance and risk would play a key role. Today, from informed hindsight, th...
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The buzz: “An experience occurs when a company intentionally uses services as the stage, and goods as props, to engage individual customers in a way that creates a memorable event…The question, then, isn’t whether, but when—and how—to enter the emerging experience economy” (hbr.org). To be successful in building new digital experiences, Finance needs to ensure the viability of business models transformation. Finance has an opportun...
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The buzz: “There’s no question over the last year this new wave of technologies has had an impact on CFO decision making …” (Sandy Cockrell, Deloitte). Collaborative Enterprise Planning: myth or reality? Cloud-based planning systems have made it easier to connect and align plans from all departments and business units across your organization. But questions loom large about how deep and detailed your Finance Office’s plans should g...
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The buzz: “Financial fraud isn't new, and the extent of the crime can vary significantly…Most cases have at least one person, but often a group of fraudsters…” (businessinsider.com). CFOs: It’s a fact. While digitalization speeds up business processes, it creates new opportunities for fraudsters to exploit gaps that can escape traditional detection methods. A typical organization incurs fraud-related losses equivalent to 5% of ...
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The buzz: “Contrary to popular imagination, the finance world of the future will not be manned by a robot army. It will, instead, comprise of a team of trusted advisors in the organization utilizing advanced tech (David Chase). Finance leaders now understand that intelligent applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things and predictive analytics can help them improve business processes. How? The...
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The buzz: “Profitability is very important to us or we wouldn't be in this business” (Jeff Bezos). Attention CFOs: You may think you have a grasp of true profitability, but your insights may be incomplete. Yes, you have a good feel for gross margins and direct costs. But do you truly understand how your business consumes variable or overhead costs, how IT costs are consumed and charged, or which customer groups and product line...
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The buzz: “The prevailing theory today is that the data was stolen by a nation-state for spying purposes, not by criminals looking to cash in on stolen identities (Kate Fazzini, cnbc.com). Remember the 2017 Equifax data breach that affected millions of credit card users? Graeme Payne, Equifax SVP and CIO, was held responsible and fired. What does your C-Suite need to know about cybersecurity and its relationship to enterprise and c...
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The buzz: “Contrary to popular imagination, the finance world of the future will not be manned by a robot army. It will, instead, comprise of a team of trusted advisors in the organization utilizing advanced tech (David Chase). Finance leaders now understand that intelligent applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things and predictive analytics can help them improve business processes. How? The...
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The buzz: “We not only possess the tools to take FP&A to new heights, but FP&A will have to soar for organizations to thrive in the 21st century.” (B. Kalish) The Intelligent Enterprise enables Finance to access data from all parts of the organization and to readily combine relevant financial data with operational data to make better decisions. How can the FP&A function become a leader, progressing from helping tomorrow...
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