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CFOs at midsize firms face their top financial challenges
Sponsored by American Express
March 12, 2012
One of the great truisms in finance is that cash -- the most fundamental measure of value -- is king. This study explores the challenges that midsize firms currently face in the management of their cash and working capital, along with their … more »
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Managing the cost of goods sold (COGS) amid volatile commodity and energy markets
Sponsored by Genpact
February 23, 2012
Volatile commodity and energy prices are eroding companies' ability to accurately estimate and manage cost of goods sold (COGS), say respondents in this survey of 180 senior finance executives at manufacturing companies in North America, Europe, and … more »
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Sponsored by IBM
November 15, 2011
Companies no longer have the option of chasing growth at any cost. But in an economy where they also can't afford to stand still, corporate leaders are counting on their finance executives to help them find the smartest strategies to get--and … more »
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Engaging the business for better results
Sponsored by SAP
October 04, 2011
As one interviewee told us, accelerating the "speed of intelligence" is now the fundamental challenge for the finance function. Confronting a stubbornly volatile global economy, finance leaders at many major corporations have been driven to rethink … more »
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Global CFOs on the Art of Constructive Change
Sponsored by KPMG
October 03, 2011
To adapt to an increasingly cutthroat environment, growth-starved companies are hungrily reaching into new territory. More than ever, finance functions are reinventing themselves to escort their companies through this unknown terrain. How can … more »
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Sponsored by SAP
June 01, 2011
In this follow-up study to 2007's The Superstar CFO, underwritten by SAP, CFO Research Services explores companies' ongoing efforts to transform the corporate finance function into a true value-added partner to the business. During the … more »
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Sponsored by KPMG
May 18, 2011
Through two global surveys among senior finance executives at consumer markets companies, this report examines the current state of consumer businesses and profitability in the wake of the economic downturn and recent events in the Middle East and … more »
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Sponsored by American Express
May 17, 2011
The world is finally in the grips of an economic recovery--or is it? As this study reveals, there are actually two very different recoveries underway, which is why finance executives in mature economies and those in emerging markets have to … more »
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Financial Analytic Capabilities for Changing Times
Sponsored by Teradata
May 09, 2011
In planning for renewed growth in 2011, finance executives will need the analytics that help them tie operations data to financial results. However, our survey reveals that finance executives still see gaps between their uses of financial data and … more »
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Opportunities and Obstacles for the Expanding Finance Function
Sponsored by KPMG
April 05, 2011
Through a global survey of over 400 senior finance executives, this research program reveals the agenda for companies' finance teams--both within the finance department and their relationships with other parts of the enterprise. We infer that … more »
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Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Intel
April 05, 2011
This research examines how finance executives in the banking industry are using--or plan to use--business intelligence (BI) applications to help turn rapidly proliferating data output into useful management information. It recognizes the widespread … more »
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Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Intel
April 05, 2011
This research examines how finance executives at manufacturing, retail, or transportation companies are using--or plan to use--business intelligence (BI) applications to help turn rapidly proliferating data output into useful management information. … more »
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Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Intel
April 05, 2011
This research examines how finance executives at healthcare providers are using--or plan to use--business intelligence (BI) applications to help turn rapidly proliferating data output into useful management information. It recognizes the widespread … more »
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Sponsored by Ariba
March 01, 2011
As an economic recovery dawns, finance executives are now getting a clear view of how the downturn has reshaped their businesses. In their drive to reduce both costs and risks, many companies forged partnerships aimed at improving efficiency or … more »
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Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Intel
February 28, 2011
This research examines how finance executives are using--or plan to use--business intelligence (BI) applications to help turn rapidly proliferating data output into useful management information. It recognizes the widespread difficulties companies … more »
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