March 2016

If Bruce Nolop isn’t an expert in corporate finance, it’s hard to say who would be.

As if being the former CFO of both eTrade and Pitney Bowes wasn’t enough, Nolop is also the author of The Essential CFO: A Corporate Finance Playbook. No wonder the Wall Street Journal recently asked him to offer his personal picks for the top 10 technologies that have changed our working lives. Continue reading The Case for Cloud-Based CPM Has Never Been Clearer

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When you hear the name J.K. Rowling, you probably think “Harry Potter,” “best-selling author” and possibly “imaginative.” The surprising thing is, you could just as accurately think “enterprise business,” “forecasting” and “spreadsheets.”

After all, Rowling’s success as a writer is on an order of magnitude, from a financial perspective, that plenty of businesses only wish they had attained. And as a recent article on Radio Times recently revealed, she approached her work with the kind of granular planning that isn’t far removed from the average finance department. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Spreadsheets that Told His Future

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Albany, NY (March 29, 2016) – Vena Solutions, the fastest growing provider of cloud-based corporate performance management (CPM) software, is proud to announce that Nucleus Research has named it a market leader in its annual CPM Value Matrix report. High marks in usability and functionality established Vena as a CPM leader, alongside other vendors including IBM, Oracle and SAP. Continue reading Vena Solutions Named Leader in Corporate Performance Management

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In baseball, there was the Field of Dreams. In IT and finance, there was the BI dashboard.

While business intelligence software has been around for decades now, the promise of a one-size-fits-all dashboard with the most actionable data has proven maddeningly elusive. This may be because, in most cases, integrating BI across all the disparate parts of an organization is so complicated that funnelling relevant information tends to be almost a bespoke project created by IT and then passed on to areas like finance.

A recent post on The Next Web suggested that, after years of trying and failing, it’s time to retire the idea of a BI dashboard entirely. In fact, it’s a metaphor that my never have really worked to meet the kind of challenges most business leaders face, including the CFO:  Continue reading A New Way To Think About BI Dashboards

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CFO Coffee Break delivers the best and most applicable finance stories and best practices from the web straight to you.

We know it’s hard to keep up with what’s new in the world of finance, so we’ve made it easier for modern financial leaders to keep up with the latest developments in the finance world.

Every month, you’ll be among the first to hear breaking news from the world of finance, including research and industry-backed best practices about KPI measurement, account reconciliation, reporting, and everything in between.

Enjoy your break. You’ve earned it.

What the Experts are Saying

1. Five Financial Reporting Priorities for the Modern CFO 

Corporate demands compel financial leaders to examine their procedures and implement broad changes as the total cost of financial reporting continues to rise for most enterprises.

2. Top 5 Reasons the Annual Budget is Losing to Rolling Forecasts

For the last couple of decades, financial experts and executives around the world have pointed to the same fact: the annual budget is well past its useful life, and companies who incorporate a rolling forecast, experience increased revenue and profitability, smarter and faster decision making, and greater shareholder value.

3. 3 Ways to Start Thinking Differently about KPIs

CFOs need to find KPIs that will not only look at profit and loss but intangible assets as well. If every metric is a KPI, then none are KPIs. Here are a few ways to get the best of both worlds.

Learn the Best Practices 

Mitigating Excel Process Risks: Bringing Control, Automation & Workflow to Manual Excel Processes

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