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Employee expectations for IT tools and services are being set by products that span work and home — like Excel.

The boundary lines between work and our personal lives may have blurred a lot over the last few years, but that doesn’t mean they have disappeared entirely — as a recent story involving Excel spreadsheets proves. Continue reading Why Consumer-Friendly Technology Has A Place In the Enterprise, Too

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Collaboration between finance and other parts of the business has never been more important. That’s why Excel is a platform for growth. 

When a company reaches a certain level of success, it’s tempting to assume that the investments they need to continue growing are obvious. Good CFOs, though, never stop thinking about costs and value, and about what the right strategy look like. Continue reading Collaboration: Sharing a Spreadsheet, Shaping Business Outcomes

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A report from Amex and Institutional Investor shows a remarkable upswing in how finance departments plan to spend.

Before anyone gets any big ideas, financial leaders might want to put the 2017 Global Business and Spending Outlook in context.

Based on a survey of CFOs and produced by American Express and Institutional Investor, the report suggests, at first glance, that the floodgates are open regarding spending trends. In the U.K., for instance, a whopping 99% said they planned to spend more in the year ahead. Here’s a sample of where some of that money will go: Continue reading As CFOs Loosen the Purse Strings, Here’s Where The Money Will Go

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This article first appeared in Business Review Canada.

Back in high school, one of my first summer jobs was selling insurance to fishermen in Nova Scotia. I would literally have to walk down to a fisherman’s dock and try to sell a policy for cash. It wasn’t an easy sell.

One thing that always stuck with me was the training program, where the big theme was PMA: positive mental attitude. They had PMA in big letters on a board. That job was a great introduction to sales and running a business because you always face a lot of rejection along the way. Through any adversity, you have to stay positive. Continue reading From Fishermen’s Insurance to Finance CEO: Lessons from a Serial Software Salesman

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