How Finance Leaders Can Use the Cloud to Lift Forecasting Speed and Accuracy
Date: Thu, Feb 20, 2014
Time: 02:00 P.M. ET
Duration: 1 hour
Forecasting has long been considered more of an art than a science. But with the emergence of cloud computing, the prospects for boosting the speed and accuracy of forecasts are looking up, especially for finance leaders who understand how to apply the technology effectively.
Indeed, the challenge for many companies is how to develop forecasts from what is often an overwhelming amount of financial data streaming in from a variety of departments -- and in a multitude of formats. During this Webcast, you'll learn how to employ a cloud-based approach to streamline forecasting, produce timely analysis and reduce errors.
Among the challenges of forecasting we'll address are how to:
- Provide line-of-business managers, as well as senior executives, with secure access to financial information, regardless of their locations;
- Reduce the time your company spends on manual entry of financial data, which, in turn, minimizes the risk of errors; and
- Monitor how the use of the cloud increases the efficiency and accuracy of forecasts, as well as how to identify opportunities for further improvement.
This is one Webcast you will not want to miss if you aim to discover what it takes to get the most from a cloud-based approach to forecasting.
About the Panelists
David A. J. Axson, Managing Director, Accenture
David has more than 27 years of consulting, industry and entrepreneurial experience working with clients and enterprises in more than 40 countries.
An accomplished author, David specializes in advising clients on the challenges of doing business in an uncertain and volatile global marketplace, focusing on strategy, performance management, risk management and analytics, as well as guiding clients on their journeys to high performance.
Rich Clayton, Vice President, Business Analytics Product Group, Oracle Corporation
Rich Clayton is vice president of Oracle's Business Analytics Product Group and is responsible for driving global adoption of Oracle's Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Enterprise Performance Management solutions. He has a passion for helping companies transform their operations with analytics and driving change in financial management processes. Mr. Clayton is continually researching industry trends, interacting with customers and partners, and presenting at finance forums, big-data events and analytic symposiums around the world on Oracle's strategy and the future of analytics.
Prior to joining Oracle, he was vice president of product strategy for Hyperion, where he was responsible for go-to-market planning, product positioning, market strategy, pricing and sales enablement. Mr. Clayton has also held several executive marketing positions for venture-backed cloud startups. Before joining the technology industry, he served in a variety of corporate finance roles and was a public auditor with McGladrey in Chicago.
Mr. Clayton earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He is currently on the Board of Regents for Loras College, where, in collaboration with faculty and administration, he led the development of the first MBA program in the state of Iowa focusing on business analytics.
About the Moderator
Celina Rogers, Vice President and Editorial Director, CFO Publishing
Celina Rogers is vice president and editorial director for CFO Publishing. In that capacity, she sets the editorial agenda for the company, including CFO magazine, CFO.com and CFO Research.
In her ten years with CFO Publishing, Celina has researched and written on a variety of topics in business and corporate finance, including performance management, information technology, regulation, corporate governance and strategic decision making. She is a frequent speaker in the United States and in Europe on finance and business topics.
Prior to joining CFO Research, Celina served as an associate at Ropes & Gray, a leading national law firm, and as managing editor on the Boston College Law Review. A graduate of Boston College Law School and Harvard University, Celina is based in Boston.
David A. J. Axson
Vice President and Editorial Director