Excel

CFOs and their teams should know that some of the best minds in sports and music love the same tools they do. 

“I can’t live without Excel.”

You’re never going to get a better testimonial than that, especially by someone being interviewed by one of the largest newspapers in the United States. Yet the spreadsheet fan recently profiled by the Los Angeles Times was not a CFO or someone else who works in a corporate finance department. It was Tom Telesco, general manager of the L.A. Chargers. Continue reading From NFL To Pop Music, It All Starts With Excel Spreadsheets

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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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New research indicates that finance leaders feel over-burdened, and companies may not be doing enough to groom a more diverse group of successors. 

Everyone has their breaking point — including the most ambitious senior executives. CFOs may be getting closer to theirs than ever before.

Just look at the results of a survey by Dun & Bradstreet, where more than 200 financial leaders were asked to discuss how they feel about their role, their workload and the pressures they face. It’s not a pretty picture, as an article on Credit Strategy shows:  Continue reading The Only Ways To Solve A Rise In CFO Stress

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A survey says workers would be a lot more productive if the systems they use were more interactive. The solution may already be within reach.

Stop what you’re doing. Close your most recent files and sign out of your usual applications. It’s time to do some group problem-solving, and that means it’s time for all of us to boot up our team collaboration system instead. Continue reading The Immersive Collaboration Tool Everybody’s Already Using

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This article first appeared in Banking Technology

Spreadsheets, say some, should just fade away into the dustbin of innovations’ past, but in my opinion, they might be the best bridge between the “old way” of working and the new.

A couple of years ago, online magazine Backchannel published a surprising article with the headline, “A spreadsheet way of thinking.” It was surprising because Backchannel normally tends to focus on the next-generation of technology, so you certainly wouldn’t expect to see something as “obsolete” as Excel spreadsheets featured. Continue reading A Spreadsheet Way of Thinking: Why the Future of Financial Services Still Lies in Rows and Columns

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