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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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Quote by Christopher Lah, Revenue Cycle Senior Director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Putting the right information into one place should enable better decision-making, but first you need to avoid the most common design traps.

If you’re driving a car, you probably only glance at the dashboard every now and then — you know, to check your speed vs. the speed limit, to make sure you have enough gas and so on. No one expects the dashboard to tell you how to actually drive. Financial dashboards are no different. Or at least, they shouldn’t be. Continue reading How To Build Dashboards that Overcome the Doubters

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Major merchants can’t seem to hold onto their finance leaders. Those with staying power need to work differently.

The whole point of success in retail is getting customers to stick around for a while — or at least until they can make a purchase. Lately, however, the bigger challenge seems to be finding CFOs who don’t make a break for the exit prematurely. Continue reading The Revolving Door of CFOs In Retail Shows Where Analytics Is Headed

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