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Netflix or Blockbuster – Justifying the Spend

Digital innovation continues to disrupt industries at lightning speed. Today’s organizations are transforming their entire business – from strategy to operations, technology to culture – to better deliver value to their customers. In 2017, we compiled the top 10 trends leaders needed to know when it came to their digital transformation journey. In this 10-week […]

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Streamlining the Manufacturing and Automotive Treasury Function

The strategic vision of the manufacturing and automotive treasury function is to deliver efficiency, control, and scalability. The logical structure for this transformation includes several key components: business events, centralized demand deposit accounts with banking connectivity, and a reporting data warehouse. A comprehensive finance and treasury transformation program can help improve cash and liquidity management, […]

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BofA CEO Shares 3 Keys To Success For Today’s Banks

Dennis K. Berman, financial editor of The Wall Street Journal, asked one of the simplest, yet greatest questions anyone could ask an executive at a major financial institution. During WSJ’s CFO Network conference, he asked Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan the following: “If you were building a bank today from scratch, what […]

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Survey Says Legacy Systems Not Meeting Current Demands

A recent survey of 1,900 finance leaders released by Oracle and Intel reveals that the CFO/CIO alignment is more important than ever as cloud is viewed as a key strategy to transform their business. The survey, included in a report titled Modern Finance: Driving Transformation from Within, found that: “45% of finance leaders say they’re […]

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Survey Results: Innovation, Agility, and the Cloud

“The Future ain’t What It Used to be.” – Yogi Berra 70% of all computing workloads will take place in the cloud by 2025, according to Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who was speaking at a CFO Summit in Paris earlier this week. Cloud computing, he said, represents “a more material change for this industry than […]

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Insights from Oracle’s Leader Circle Program at #OOW14

I wanted to take an opportunity to share excellent insights while attending the Oracle Leader’s Circle Program while at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. Let me start with the Finance Session that kicked off Day One. This segment was co-sponsored by Deloitte Consulting. The morning’s first presentation – Modern Finance Best Practices in the Digital Age – was […]

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Cognos TM1 – View and Subset Maintenance Considerations

TM1 TurboIntegrator is the programming or scripting tool that allows you to automate data importation, metadata management, and many other tasks. Scripts built with TurboIntegrator or “TI”, can be saved, edited and, through the use of chores, be set up to run at regular intervals.  TI scripts can be used to process existing TM1 data […]

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Building a Data Warehouse from the CFO Point of View

(Part One of Seven) Have you ever wondered why some data warehouse projects fails while others do not?  I’ve often wondered that myself. I‘ve also observed  that more often than not key ingredients are not described robustly enough or even worse not identified at all.  By an ingredient I mean a requirement may not be […]

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CFO Performance Insight – Déjà vu?

Recently, I attended the IBM Vision conference in Orlando. At the conference, I watched a presentation on what our friends at IBM are calling one of their “signature solutions”: CFO Performance Insight. This reminded me of various blog posts of mine, such as: Reengineering the Forecasting Process with Predictive Models (Nov 2nd 2012) and Forecasting […]

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IBM SPSS Syntax for File Operations

My start-up predictive analytics organization “Predictive Performers” wants to do some internal planning. We receive extract files from an an accounting service each month that provide the total hours billed per each of our consultants, along with each consultants hourly rate. The files are saved to a folder on our network: The files also breakout […]

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Predictive Analytic Evangelism

Research In a recent post (SPSS – Making good on an investment), I spoke about a study on the ROI of SPSS. This time, I would like to call out a study performed by Ventana Research of San Ramon, Calif. in March 2012. This study reports on organizations already using predictive analytics: March 7, 2012 […]

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Turning Financial Data Into Powerful Information for Healthcare CFOs

Last Thursday Perficient held a webinar led by Curtis Mahanay who is a Senior Functional Consultant and accountant. The webinar was entitled, “Deeper Insight into Financials with a Driver-Based Cost & Profitability Model“. He presented on the important topic of turning data into information that capital intensive organizations, like hospitals, can use to maintain efficiency, […]

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