Financial Excellence with Game Changers, presented by SAP

Financial Excellence with Game Changers, presented by SAP
By Bonnie D. Graham
About this podcast
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.
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Latest episodes
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.
Aug. 9, 2016
The buzz: Three’s a charm. The Three Lines of Defense (TLoD) is becoming a globally recognized framework, where Corporate Risk, Compliance and other groups set standards and practices for managing risk and Internal Audit provides assurance. In research commissioned by SAP from Forrester, ~45% of 200+ respondents had implemented or were implementing TLoD, but some executives had significant ongoing concerns. Is implementation only at the fringes of the business? Is deep, rigorous implementation missing? The experts speak. Mark Salamasick, University of Texas System: “Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands” (Clint Eastwood). Elvia Novak Deloitte: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” (Henry Ford). Bruce McCuaig, SAP: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity” (Amelia Earhart). Join us for Three Lines of Defense: Fact or Fiction?
Aug. 9, 2016
The buzz: Three’s a charm. The Three Lines of Defense (TLoD) is becoming a globally recognized framework, where Corporate Risk, Compliance and other groups set standards and practices for managing risk and Internal Audit provides assurance. In research commissioned by SAP from Forrester, ~45% of 200+ respondents had implemented or were implementing TLoD, but some executives had significant ongoing concerns. Is implementation only at the fringes of the business? Is deep, rigorous implementation missing? The experts speak. Mark Salamasick, University of Texas System: “Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands” (Clint Eastwood). Elvia Novak Deloitte: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” (Henry Ford). Bruce McCuaig, SAP: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity” (Amelia Earhart). Join us for Three Lines of Defense: Fact or Fiction?
July 19, 2016
The buzz: No more green eyeshade! Finance departments typically had to wait until period-end – month, quarter, year – for data-compilation-intensive financial reports .Strategic business decisions had to rely on a rear-view mirror. Now technology allows companies from start-ups to huge enterprises to integrate closing tasks, processes and systems with core ERP and accounting environments for a business snapshot at any time. Is your company ready to see the light? The experts speak. Robert D. Kugel, Ventana Research: “There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all. Yet our tools—especially our accounting concepts and data—all focus on efficiency” (Peter Drucker). Suzanne Roelofs, EY: “I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven’t done” (Lucille Ball). Jeff Hattendorf, Macrospect: “Do… or do not. There is no try” (Yoda, Star Wars V).Join us for Continuous Accounting: An End to Rear-View Reporting.