November 2015

The CFO-CIO relationship is now more important than ever, so you gotta look for ways to make sure that relationship is a healthy, cooperative two-way street.

A few weeks ago, the CIO Executive Council, an association for IT leaders, featured interviews with a number of their members in an article called Attention CIOs: Here’s How to Bond With the CFO.” It argued that those developing technology strategies should be in regular communication with the head of the finance department, speak only at a high level about IT, and learn more about the CFO’s top priorities.

In some organizations today, CIOs in fact report directly to the CFO. In most, they are peers in senior leadership who should be collaborating on shared business objectives. In some cases though, the relationship may be disjointed at best and counter-productive at worst. As such, we think it equally useful to share some of our thoughts on what matters to CIOs today so CFOs can successfully communicate with them, because creating a healthy relationship is a two-way street. Continue reading Attention CFOs: Here’s How to Bond with the CIO

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Originally published on the Certent Insider blog. 

If you’re a finance professional, the terms “quarter-end” and “year-end” will evoke a certain emotional response. The quarterly fire drill of gathering documents from different departments with deadlines looming, compounded by the high stakes of ensuring compliance with the SEC is enough to make you pull your hair out. Your company’s disclosure documents tell the world your company’s financial story, and as the author you want to be sure the message is being conveyed clearly. A disclosure management platform allows greater collaboration with team members, control over your data and eliminates the manual processes associated with 10Q, 10K, and more. Continue reading What is a Disclosure Management Solution and Why Does Your Company Need One

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Originally published on the Certent Insider blog.

In a recent poll, Certent surveyed a cross section of public and private company webinar attendees to find out what participants felt was their biggest challenge associated with year-end close. Over a quarter of all attendees agreed that the time crunch makes navigating year-end close significantly more challenging.  In order to beat the year-end squeeze, there are a few activities that you and your team can plan ahead of time: Continue reading Save Valuable Time with these 8 Year-End Equity Plan Tips

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There’s probably a reason why hieroglyphics were some of the first forms of written communication in human history. Long before there were comic books, movies or TV shows, Ancient Egyptians understood the power of using images to convey meaning rather than simply present a series of facts. This is the “show, don’t tell” rule that writing instructors have been drilling into their students for decades, and it may be time to embrace it in the finance department as well. Continue reading Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story: Incorporating Narratives in the Performance Management Process

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By 2020, Finance leaders anticipate a vastly evolved landscape of responsibilities and value – from decision enabling to IT ownership.

When people say “Hindsight is 20/20,” they mean it’s easy to understand how things changed when you can look back at the past. When people talk about “Finance 2020,” on the other hand, they’re suggesting you only need to look five years ahead to get a good sense of the CFO’s future.

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Just a few weeks ago, for example, CFO Research published a report called “Thriving In The Digital Economy: Four Reasons Why Finance Is Excited About The Future,” based on a survey sample of 1,544 people this past September. Among the standout statistics: 86 percent agreed with the statement, “Over the next five years, I expect my work will become more interesting, meaningful and valuable.”

Continue reading This is What the Future of the Finance Department Looks Like

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