September, 2023

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CFOs Are Changing Roles More Than Ever

Global Finance

Global Finance Magazine - The job market for CFOs is heating up and driving higher rates of turnover globally.

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Upping spreadsheet value in 2023 for digital finance

Future CFO

However, we may belittle it as a product of the late 70s technology, the spreadsheet remains a preferred first tool for organising ideas into some order – whether it is a list of people attending an event or expenses. Earthweb estimates there are up to 1.5 billion people who use Excel – Microsoft's version of the spreadsheet. Wonder estimates up to 2 billion people use Google Sheets every month.

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CFOs are ‘squarely’ in ERP decision process, Deloitte’s Farhat says

CFO Dive

Transformation is a key way for CFOs to cut costs and boost profit, but finance chiefs need to keep compliance front and center, Deloitte’s Isa Farhat advises.

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Why AP automation is a smart investment for CFOs

CFO Dive

When it comes to managing thousands of invoices, artificial intelligence and automation can run a much tighter ship than humans, asserts Medius executive Branden Jenkins.

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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Maintain Food Safety Standards with the Help of ERP

Navigator SAP

When a manufactured food is purchased by a consumer, there is the expectation that the food product is safe and consistent. This safety and consistency is important for the reputation of the food brand in general, but it also is required for public safety reasons.

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Nobody Knows Anything, Dot Plot Edition

Barry Ritholtz

The September Federal Reserve meeting is behind us we still have November and December ahead of us. Markets are nervous expecting another hike before years over before two cuts in 2024. My advice: ignore those expectations as they have been wildly inaccurate over the past few years; they have been mostly inaccurate over the past decade. When it comes to forecasting economic outcomes, the Fed is no better or worse than anybody else.

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Jeremy Grantham, Bubble Historian

The Reformed Broker

Welcome to the latest episode of The Compound & Friends. This week, Michael Batnick, Jeremy Grantham, and Downtown Josh Brown discuss being the “Bubble Historian”, Inflation, Modern Valuations, the Four most Dangerous Words, Real Estate, Impact Investing, and much more! You can listen to the whole thing below, or find it wherever you like to listen to your favorite pods!

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U.S. inflation rose 0.6% in August; what does it mean for TIPS, I Bonds and Social Security?

Tips Watch

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com As expected, rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. inflation higher in August, rising a seasonally-adjusted 0.6% for the month and increasing 3.7% year-over-year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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Runaway cloud spending frustrates finance execs: Vertice

CFO Dive

Finance leaders are almost three times as likely to be concerned about cloud costs than their tech peers, and more than twice as likely to be worried about cloud visibility, a Vertice study found.

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Accounting Software and ERP Readiness Guide

In this white paper, we explore the factors to consider in deciding whether the time is right for your Company to consider a new ERP or accounting software, the total cost of ownership and plans necessary to make the potential leap to these systems.

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An ERP Foundation that Grows with You

Navigator SAP

Each phase of a company’s growth looks different. When a company starts, it needs flexibility and speed. As a business grows larger, process standardization and infrastructure start becoming important. Then when a medium-sized business makes the jump to enterprise status, it needs capacity, rock-solid reliability, enhanced delegation features and the ability to handle extra complexity.

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DPI, Digital Economy, Cryptocurrency: Key takeaways from G20 Summit 2023 consensus

CFO News

Among the key issues discussed at the meeting were building Digital Public Infrastructure, Digital Economy, Cryptoassets, CBDC, among others. The G20 members also agreed to commit to promote responsible, sustainable and inclusive use of digital technology by farmers and an ecosystem of Agri-Tech start-ups and MSMEs.

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MiB: Jon McAuliffe, the Voleon Group

Barry Ritholtz

This week, we speak with Jon McAuliffe , who is co-founder and chief investment officer at the Voleon Group , heading the firm’s investment strategy, research, and development. Previously, he developed and managed statistical arbitrage trading strategies at D.E.Shaw. McAuliffe has a unique track record of successful innovation applying statistical methods to real-life prediction problems, particularly in the financial markets.

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Budget vs Actuals: The Key to Measuring Business Performance  

Centage

Staying on top of your financial performance is vital for running your business. Unfortunately, creating a perfect budget doesn’t mean that you’ll follow it. Budget vs actuals analysis is one of the most effective ways to maintain a clear picture of your company’s performance. Budget vs actuals analysis allows you to assess how well your organization is following its financial plans.

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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.

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10-year TIPS reopening auction should get best real yield in 14 years

Tips Watch

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com This year, for the first time, I’ve soured on buying Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities at auction. Why? Because real yields have often come in a bit below “predicted” market value.

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Paradigm CFO, general counsel to depart in crypto shakeup: reports

CFO Dive

The two executives are reportedly departing as the regulatory attention tightens on the cryptocurrency space, with Paradigm chiding the SEC for growing “regulatory ambition.

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Life Sciences Supply Chain Challenges: How ERP Helps

Navigator SAP

A reliable supply chain is an art as much as a science, especially given recent geopolitical concerns that have added trade friction and highlighted the brittleness of many existing supply chains. For life sciences businesses , supply chain management is even more challenging because there also are regulatory mandates that life sciences firms often must follow.

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NFRA has powers to check past audits: Ex-chief Rangachari Sridharan

CFO News

There is no option available to an alleged violator to choose a forum other than the one notified under the law as possessing the jurisdiction, he tells ETCFO.

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PowerPoint Best Practices for Creating Stellar Presentations

Mastering data visualization in PowerPoint will help accelerate your career because it positions you as someone who can present data that drives business decisions forward. think-cell's PowerPoint Best Practices eBook was created specifically for professionals aiming to master the art and science of data-driven storytelling. What’s inside: Practical Insights: Uncover valuable tips for crafting engaging and persuasive presentations.

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Unemployment Up 0.3% = Fed on Hold

Barry Ritholtz

The Fed is done. It’s unimaginable that they will do anything at the September FOMC meeting, and barring any radical change in the data, it’s unlikely they will be doing anything in November. I have been saying since June 2022 that inflation had peaked; the data has been leaning that way since May 2022. If you were watching the video instead of the still pic , it was apparent that the biggest risk to the economy then was less rising prices than a tardy FOMC over-tightening.

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Cyberattacks against SMBs sees threefold increase in Singapore

Future CFO

Singapore sees a threefold increase in cyberattacks against SMBs, with 453 attacks targeted at this type of businesses in 1H2023 compared to 112 in the same period last year, said Kaspersky recently. In 1H 2023, SMB employees here encountered malware or unwanted software disguised as business applications with about 50 unique files being distributed in the time period while there were only 24 unique files being distributed in the same period of last year in Singapore , the firm noted.

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5 Ways Sage Intacct Customers Can Benefit from Report Automation

Lime Light

In a world of exponentially growing data, getting insights for your organization might be comparable to ascending Mount Everest with only a couple of hours to prep. If you are like many of us trying to navigate change in your organization, supporting multiple functions and jumping from one system implementation to the next, you might be wondering if there is one one solution for everything.

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Half of digital transformation investments fail: KPMG

CFO Dive

Success requires collaboration among key stakeholders, including the CFO, who can help ensure a “clear line of sight” toward achieving a return on investment, says KPMG’s Atif Zaim.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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How to Tell If You Need a New ERP Support Partner

Navigator SAP

ERP is supposed to solve operational problems and make a business more efficient. But that’s only the case if your ERP solution is configured correctly and modified as needs change. “If you implement correctly,” says Christopher Beck, the former global head of IT as shaving product supply company, Harry’s, “an ERP can free up your time from manual tasks so you can perform more value-added work.

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What does revision in banks’ investment classification norms imply for banking?

CFO News

The revised accounting norms for investment portfolio, which are effective from April 1, 2024, and are in line with the global financial reporting standards, are expected to enhance the quality of banks' financial reporting, as well as improve disclosures, say experts.

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The Least Bad Choice

Barry Ritholtz

I have been watching various sentiment polls and Right/Wrong Track questionnaires with detached bemusement. Bemused because they are so silly, and detached because I know I can’t change human nature. What I can do is share a few modest insights; hopefully, these will allow you to gain a fresh perspective you might not have otherwise considered or perhaps even garner a better understanding of what is happening right here and now.

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What it takes to be a leader with competence and capabilities

Future CFO

“I think we need to recognise that the CFO role can mean a lot of different things in different businesses. It really depends on the type of business, their strategy and the type of skills they want the CFO to lead on.” Dan Wells, CFO at GrowCFO Charisma. Persuasive. Powerful. These are qualities we often equate with leaders of the past. But times have changed.

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Acterys: Revolutionizing CIO & CFO Decision-Making

Welcome to the Future of Technology for CIOs & CFOs! Ever stood on the precipice of a technological revolution, feeling the energy of change? Ever been captivated by the whispers of a software that's not just innovative but genuinely groundbreaking? Acterys unveils a groundbreaking technology tailored for CIOs and CFOs. This state-of-the-art solution streamlines data integration, analytics, and forecasting, empowering leaders to make informed decisions quickly.

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Why CFOs could unlock economic growth

CFO Talks

Written by Staff Writer Nicolaas van Wyk recently spoke on a #CFOClubConvo webinar about the project he is spearheading with the Gauteng MEC for Finance Jacob Mamabolo to boost collaboration between the public sector and private sector CFOs to grow Gauteng’s economy. Finding enlightenment in Indian While attending last year’s International Federation of Accountants conference in India, Nicolaas van Wyk, CIBA’s CEO, came across an enlightening idea.

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Flawed data ranked as top AI risk: Workday

CFO Dive

While AI error risks can be reduced, many firms are unprepared as they “wrangle huge volumes of information across patchwork systems, static spreadsheets, and fragmented processes,” Workday says.

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How ERP Helps with Clincial Trails

Navigator SAP

Enterprise resource planning solutions (ERP) play a critical role in helping life sciences businesses scale. But they also can play an important role earlier in the lifecycle of a life sciences business by greatly improving the efficiency and accuracy of clinical trials.

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