Speaking of CFOs, most people would only think of Finance specialists/ officers. However, top CFOs nowadays must go beyond their traditional roles and immerse themselves in the digital world. Technology is getting embedded deeper and deeper in every aspect of business operations, from the manufacturing stage to the financial side of any projects.
In the previous post, we examined the first three biggest Excel spreadsheet failures. In this post, we will go through the remaining four examples of why spreadsheets can become a finance professional’s worst nightmare.
Spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel has long been indispensable to organisations thanks to its ubiquity, versatility, and ease of use. Such attributes, however, also make spreadsheets particularly susceptible to human errors, as demonstrated by the following cases.
How can a hotel chain whose properties are located in many different countries reliably provide its financial professionals with advanced forecasting and reporting capabilities around the clock and across multiple devices? Find out how Kempinski Hotels - the Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group – achieved such a feat.
For many organisations, cloud computing really is the question of “when” not “if”. There are significant advantages of the transition to the cloud, and not just from an IT perspective. The finance functions should be able to reap rewards from this trend as well.
The consulting firm Protiviti and North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management collected responses from 735 board members & finance executives about 30 risk issues that will likely have an impact on their companies in 2017.
The role of modern CFOs in today’s business is much broader than it used to be. They are expected to use technology and their “number-crunching” capability to give other functions as well as the whole business better information to make decisions and move ahead. One key area in particular where CFOs should get involved more is sales forecasting.
Companies are adopting innovative enterprise solutions to help them stay ahead of their competitors. Nevertheless, many still rely on spreadsheets to perform vital financial functions. It is not a promising way for companies to remain relevant in this new digital economy. An EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) application could be the ultimate alternative to using spreadsheets.
What are CFOs’ top priorities for 2016? Consulting firm Protiviti tries to answer this question in its 2016 Finance Priorities Survey. Collecting responses from 650 CFOs, vice presidents of finance, corporate controllers, and other financial management professionals, the survey ranks the priorities using five categories: process capabilities (financial transactions); process capabilities (financial analysis); emerging issues; technical capabilities. The infographic below shows these five main findings.
Jack Welch, former Chairman at GE once said: “The budgeting process…sucks the energy, time, fun, and big dream out of an organization”. Yes, everyone hates it! If there is an effective way to do it without trying too hard will you take its advantages to grow? What you need are just a good planning and budgeting process and the right technology!