Financial Excellence with Game Changers, presented by SAP

By Bonnie D. Graham

About this podcast   English    United States

Game-changing technologies are transformational, exciting, and can move you in amazing new directions. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow –driving efficiency for existing finance operations, but also driving transformational change for the entire business. They shake up your status quo.
Take your Coffee Break with Game-Changers on Tuesdays at 9 AM Pacific Time and 12 Noon Eastern Time for our special series on achieving FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE for your company. Learn how you can become the savvy innovator who takes your company across the finish line as you look ahead to the next breakthrough strategy.
Financial Excellence with Game Changers, Presented by SAP, Tuesdays at 9 AM Pacific Time and 12 Noon Eastern Time on The Business Channel.
In this podcast
April 10, 2018
The buzz: “Disruptive technologies…will be used in the office of the CFO to increase productivity, simplify processes, and support decision-making” (Thomas Zipperle). Attention CFOs: Your Finance department can become a “smart” steward to drive fiscal and operational decisions for your business. How? By using real-time data access, next generation visualization, AI, Machine Learning and other modern technologies. But to be truly “intelligent”, Finance must enable collaboration, not just discussion, to link plans across the business. The experts speak. Julien Delvat, TruQua: “I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow” (Horatio Nelson Jackson). Thiagu Bala, Deloitte: “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance” (Nathaniel Branden). Rob Jenkins, SAP: “We should seek the greatest value of our action” (Stephen Hawking). Join us for The Secret to Intelligent Finance Planning: Collaboration.
March 20, 2018
The buzz: “Working capital optimization is increasingly on boards’ radar as they look for opportunities to enhance shareholder value” (Rich Rorem). Responsibility for managing inventory, payables, receivables, and cash is spread unevenly across finance, operations, supply chain, marketing and sales, procurement. Your CFO needs to think holistically about working capital optimization across the full value chain to make it part of the organization’s daily operations. How? Automation and artificial intelligence enable the CFO to guide all operational units. The experts speak. Gerhard Urbasch, The Hackett Group: “I wish human beings were as transparent as a jellyfish so we could identify the source of their pains” (Wilhelm C. Röntgen). Denise McGuigan, Deloitte: “The best way to predict the future is to create it” (P. Drucker). Andy Baxter, SAP: “When you are finished changing, you’re finished” (Ben Franklin). Join us for Optimizing Working Capital: Cashing-In for Your Bottom Line.
Feb. 27, 2018
The buzz: “Finance professionals are spending just 17% of their time on strategic activities, with a lack of automation serving as the culprit for much of this inefficiency" (Henner Schliebs). As the role of Finance changes to strategic advisor to the business, it’s critical to increase day-to-day process efficiency. How? Re-imagine Finance with Intelligent ERP that uses machine learning, in-memory technology and simplified data structures. The experts speak. Nilly Essaides, The Hackett Group: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” (Pres. Barack Obama). Prof. Dr. Karin Graeslund, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences: “The magic always results from the details” (Theodor Fontane). Matthias Haendly, SAP: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them” (Ernest Hemingway). Join us for Machine Learning and Finance: Process Automation to the Next Level.
Feb. 6, 2018
The buzz: “We are all ‘data subjects’ and we live in a world where key aspects of our lives will be ever more determined by the data held about us…where that same data is more at risk and open to compromise than ever” (GDPR – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, Tripwire). GDPR takes effect on May 25, 2018, requiring organizations to safeguard the personal data they're handling of European Union citizens and residents – whether or not the company is operating on the continent. Non-compliance will incur steep fines. It's almost time. Need help? The experts speak. Jeff Sanchez, Protiviti: “Every single day, Every word you say, Every game you play, Every night you stay, I'll be watching you” (The Police). Nadine Mueller, EY: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (Animal Farm). Dr. Neil Patrick, SAP: “They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having them” (A.A. Milne). Join us for GDPR Is Coming: Coping Strategies to Get Ready.
Jan. 16, 2018
The buzz: “As the CFO, you're the go-to source for accurate information about company performance—no excuses, no delays.” (Bright Talk webinar) Finance organizations have changed dramatically, shifting from looking backwards for financial statements, to helping define the company’s strategic direction via forward-looking insights. Oxford Economics found today’s successful CFOs collaborating with business counterparts on the operational side, and taking a greater role in identifying risks: financial, supply chain, marketing, talent management. How? State-of-the-art technology including machine learning. The experts speak. Brian Kalish, Kalish Consulting: “Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking” (Malcolm X). Birgit Starmanns, SAP: “The human spirit must prevail over technology” (Albert Einstein). Kevin McCollom, SAP: “Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast” (Tom Peters). Join us for Finance Leadership: Ready to Be a Tech-Savvy CFO?
Oct. 31, 2017
The buzz: “Unfortunately, financial information is a decaying asset. The longer it takes to prepare the statements the less valuable the information becomes” (Steve Rosvold). Financial reports are required to meet statutory and management mandates. Traditional “hard close” reports could only be produced after the end of the period. Good news: Technology now lets your Finance department run a financial consolidation on real-time transactional data. Or maybe it’s not good news. Our panel will debate the value of mid-month reporting. The experts speak. Jeff Hattendorf, Macrospect: “Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking” (“Blink”, Malcolm Gladwell). Sam Parikh, Deloitte: “To innovate does not necessarily mean to expand; very often it means to simplify” (M. Russell Ballard). Stephanie Hudson Miller, SAP: “If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?” (Vince Lombardi). Join us for Real-time Close: Oxymoron or True Value?
Oct. 17, 2017
The buzz: “Predicting better than pure guesswork, even if not accurately, delivers real value” (Eric Siegel). The lines are blurring between the traditionally silo’ed Financial Planning and Analysis department and the Finance team that performs Financial Consolidation. Why? Technology is enabling a more accurate middle-of-the-month predictive close to replace month-over-month planning and forecasting. How can your company leverage innovations for more granualte forecasting and guidance for the business? The experts speak. David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be” (Wayne Gretzky). Tony Guetersloh, TruQua Enterprises: “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time” (The Beatles). Elizabeth Milne, SAP: “Sometimes the light’s all shining on me, other times I can barely see” (The Grateful Dead). Join us for Predictive Close and Predictive Accounting: Getting Granular.
Oct. 3, 2017
The buzz: “In the few years since I began using analytics, the view that it might be ‘just a fad’ has shifted to a growing understanding of its potential” (Frank Friedman, Deloitte CEO / former CFO). Digital Transformation is flooding the Office of the CFO with information and data sources, and instant actuals replace periodic. How can your CFO harness the data deluge, adopt Dynamic Planning, and guide the business beyond numbers? The answer: Analytics, BI and Visualization. The experts speak. Rob Jenkins, SAP: “All models are wrong, but some are useful” (George E. P. Box). Patrick Hickey, Jump Analytics: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” (Beckett on Wawrinka). David Den Boer, Column5 Consulting: “It sounds logical to ask customers what they want and then give it to them. But they rarely wind up getting what they really want that way” (Steve Jobs). Join us for Visualization, BI and Advanced Analytics: Improving Enterprise Financial Performance.
Sept. 19, 2017
The buzz: “CFOs need to be able to evaluate and prepare for the impact political, economic and societal events may have on their organization…take on a more strategic role in planning” (Thack Brown, SAP). Yes. It’s time for the Office of Finance function to morph from scheduled guidance based on past results to a trusted business guide into the future. How? Digital transformation now gives CFOs instant access to a real-time snapshot of fiscal health and enables them to help business leaders understand how to use immediate access to financial data. Is your CFO there yet? The experts speak. Jeff Hattendorf, Macrospect: “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything” (Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower). Brian Kalish, Kalish Consulting: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic” (Arthur C. Clarke). Thiagu Bala, Deloitte: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right" (Henry Ford). Join us for Dynamic and Agile Planning: The Impact of Real Time Actuals.
Sept. 19, 2017
The buzz: “CFOs need to be able to evaluate and prepare for the impact political, economic and societal events may have on their organization…take on a more strategic role in planning” (Thack Brown, SAP). Yes. It’s time for the Office of Finance function to morph from scheduled guidance based on past results to a trusted business guide into the future. How? Digital transformation now gives CFOs instant access to a real-time snapshot of fiscal health and enables them to help business leaders understand how to use immediate access to financial data. Is your CFO there yet? The experts speak. Jeff Hattendorf, Macrospect: “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything” (Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower). Brian Kalish, Kalish Consulting: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic” (Arthur C. Clarke). Thiagu Bala, Deloitte: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right" (Henry Ford). Join us for Dynamic and Agile Planning: The Impact of Real Time Actuals.
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