June 2017

CFOs are becoming more proactive about helping organizations see what the future holds. 

Clark Patterson Lee sounds like it’s in good hands with Jen Rees.

The architectural and design firm’s CFO was among the financial leaders recently profiled in the Rochester Business Journal, where she discussed how she used scenario planning to figure out what acquisitions or divesting of certain business lines would mean for the company. The same article also quoted an expert from Deloitte who suggested this future-looking focus is where modern finance needs to be. Continue reading Why the Evolution of Financial Forecasting is Picking Up Speed

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If you haven’t started looking at this best practice model for seamless management, there’s no better time than now. 

When you walk around the office — maybe while giving a new employee the grand tour on their first day, for example — everyone looks like they’re part of one cohesive team. It’s only when things seem to go wrong that finance, HR, sales, and marketing start to look like little fiefdoms. Continue reading The No. 1 Reason to Get Serious About Integrated Planning

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Finance leaders at companies large and small are seeing the strategic management of information as a way to boost collaboration and innovation. 

Ruth Porat is well aware she has occasionally been called “Ruth Vader” behind her back.

In fact, the CFO of Google laughed off the rumors during a recent appearance at a technology industry conference. After all, keeping costs under control is one of the things those in her role have always been expected to do — being a little ruthless about it could be considered a sign she’s particularly good at her job. On the other hand, that’s not why CNBC recently said Porat was “the perfect fit at Google.” Continue reading The Real Value of Clear Data to Top CFOs

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Excel’s place in business is so firmly cemented it gets the NPR treatment, but an economics expert says we should place even more trust in its capabilities.

Of all the possible subjects for the producers at National Public Radio to explore, you’d think that spreadsheets would not be very high on the list.

Two years ago, however, NPR’s ‘Planet Money: The Economy Explained’ devoted an entire episode to charting the history of programs like Excel and why they’ve remained such powerful tools for all kinds of business professionals. NPR recently decided to re-air the episode and has also made it available to stream or download on its website. Continue reading You Should Hear What They Said about Microsoft Excel on the Radio

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