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When Are Spreadsheets Alone Not Enough?
January 03, 2008

Midsize companies have relied on spreadsheets and manual budgeting and forecasting processes since the earliest days of personal computers, and spreadsheets remain the de facto standard for day-to-day quantitative analysis. Indeed, wellcrafted … more »

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With most U.S. public companies wrapping up their first year of compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, CFOs and other finance executives are taking stock of how the new requirements are changing the way they operate.
January 03, 2008
With most U.S. public companies wrapping up their first year of compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, CFOs and other finance executives are taking stock of how the new requirements are changing the way they operate. Many spent that first year … more »
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Credit departments have often been seen as bottlenecks to the most fundamental business process of firms--the conversion of interested prospects into paying customers.
January 03, 2008
In the spring of 2004, CFO Research Services (a unit of CFO Publishing Corp.) conducted a research program to explore the use of automated credit decisionmaking technology. D&B, a vendor of credit information and technology, funded the research and … more »
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Investment in information gathering and technology transforms finance
January 03, 2008
In the past several years, many companies have invested heavily in technology systems for storing, analyzing, and reporting performance data--and the results of this study show that many of these investments have paid off handsomely. Nevertheless, … more »
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This report, produced by CFO Research Services aims to describe the problems companies face in the area of performance management and explain the successful solutions that companies are pursuing.
January 03, 2008
Managing the performance of an enterprise is becoming increasingly challenging: CFOs and executives are struggling to track how the enterprise is progressing in the face of growing organizational complexity. And the risks associated with “getting it … more »
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A majority of business decision makers don't have ready access to high-quality, reliable, useful information on operating and financial performance at their companies.
January 03, 2008
A majority of business decision makers don’t have ready access to high-quality, reliable, useful information on operating and financial performance at their companies—so say senior finance and IT executives in this global study of information … more »
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Ideally, CRM is a comprehensive strategy that integrates all areas of business that touch the customer.
January 03, 2008
Customer relationship management (CRM) is that part of an enterprise’s business strategy that enables the entire enterprise to understand, anticipate and manage the needs of any current and potential customers. CRM is not an event or a technology, … more »
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Ask ten people to define “performance management,” and you’re likely to get ten different answers.
January 03, 2008
Performance management is, without question, one of the hottest topics among senior finance executives and the analysts and vendors that serve them. Ask ten people to define “performance management,” however, and you’re likely to get ten different … more »
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The combination of new regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and closer scrutiny from investors and boards of directors have made complying with regulation a more costly, higher profile activity for companies.
January 03, 2008
U.S. companies have had to comply with international trade, federal, and state regulatory requirements for generations. But the combination of new regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and closer scrutiny from investors and boards of … more »
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Few senior financial executives are satisfied with their performance management capabilities.
January 03, 2008
Few senior financial executives are satisfied with their performance management capabilities—their ability to plan, budget, and forecast. A survey of senior financial executives at 245 organizations (most of them large, public U.S. companies), … more »
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Sponsored By CFO Research Services
November 01, 2007
Finance faces competing demands: Business managers want the finance function to play a more active role in supporting their planning and decision making, while regulatory pressures pull finance toward a turbocharged controllership role. Senior … more »
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