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    Lessons from the M&A front lines

    Early in the deal-making process CFOs should think big and prioritize but they also need to consider steps for setting the tone after the ink dries.

    David Roberson • May 13, 2022
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    With SEC's proposed climate rules, CFOs should listen to investors

    A stakeholder-influenced materiality assessment will help business leaders comply with the SEC's proposed disclosure rules and focus their sustainability efforts.

    Donavan Hornsby • May 9, 2022
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    Collaborative model can be a win for both company and customers

    Making money based on the customer's savings or revenue generated from the product or service is gaining steam but valuation and accounting challenges are still being sorted out.

    Katelyn Horowitz • April 12, 2022
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    Why real-time cost anomaly detection for your cloud is non-negotiable

    Misconfigurations can spin up the wrong number of services in an organization's cloud use, causing cost anomalies. If this spending appears small, it may go unnoticed, but the costs add up. 

    Asim Razzaq • April 8, 2022
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    3 steps to finding Zen in unmanaged spend

    Finance departments have thought of unmanaged spend as a problem rooted in how well we track purchases, enforce T&E policies and consolidate vendors, but the human element is the big factor. 

    Adriana Carpenter • April 1, 2022
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    How growth, inflation and access to capital will play off one another this year

    The rise in prices is complicating CFOs' plans as they continue to focus on talent, transformation and growth as their strategic priorities. 

    Wes Bricker • March 25, 2022
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    3 ways recurring revenue can fund business growth

    Investors are starting to recognize a company's recurring-revenue stream as an asset that can be traded in exchange for up-front capital, a fast, non-dilutive alternative to equity.  

    Harry Hurst • March 24, 2022
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    Fairness opinion could give SPAC target companies peace of mind

    The legal tactic mitigates the management headache that can occur after the de-SPAC transaction if there’s a conflict between the sponsor of the special purpose acquisition company and its investors.

    James Hanson • March 21, 2022
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    What the new R&D tax rule means for life sciences companies

    For established companies with very large R&D expenses, the cash tax impacts can be a billion-dollar issue.

    Mark Drozdowski and Christine Kachinsky • March 18, 2022
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    Private capital is ready to fund climate, social goals, if companies get ESG measurement right

    CFOs can get an idea of what to expect from the SEC and other federal agencies by looking at what California and New York are considering.

    Donavan Hornsby • March 17, 2022
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    Jaw-dropping expenses are just one of many IPO surprises

    Don’t be caught off guard by the demands you and your staff will face as you prepare to go public, whether through an IPO or a SPAC merger.

    Steve Hansen • March 8, 2022
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    Workflow integration gives virtual cards new life

    The digital version of corporate cards is a major innovation for business but you can multiply the cards' utility by making them part of your spend management platform.

    Thejo Kote • March 2, 2022
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    How CFOs can supercharge their organization's sales forecasting

    Virtual processes are faster, more granular in detail and provide a fresh sales forecast in a clean, concise dashboard each morning.

    Michael Ballou • Feb. 28, 2022
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    Make 2022 the year you digitalize your finance function

    CFOs have never had access to more data about their organization’s operations and outputs, but they can’t leverage this resource with legacy systems and manual processes. 

    Nick Rose • Feb. 16, 2022
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    Adoption insight can help CFOs maximize digital transformation investment

    Inefficient use of technology often takes root early. Knowing why employees avoid or underuse new tools can help you leverage your spend. 

    Andrew Casey • Feb. 10, 2022
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    Intangibles are your valuation key, even if capital tightens

    If 2022 is the year investors start applying more scrutiny to the companies they fund, the value of your intangible assets can be the difference in getting, or not getting, the price you want.  

    Tyler Capson • Feb. 3, 2022
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    Treasury doesn't have to lose out to FP&A on forecasting

    The two teams bring complementary strengths that can be leveraged if they work together.

    Bob Stark • Jan. 28, 2022
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    Net recovery rate: the vital KPI you might be overlooking

    Companies are leaving money on the table by writing off too many chargebacks. Better data can make it cost effective to improve your net recovery rate.  

    Monica Eaton-Cardone • Jan. 24, 2022
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    Easing the transition from private to public company

    Finance organizations can prepare by understanding what happens after the IPO.

    Pat Voll and Maureen Ryan • Jan. 11, 2022
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    Unlocking the strategic value of third-party valuations

    Most CFOs plan to continue using valuations as a tool for informed decision-making even if the Financial Accounting Standards Board replaces impairment testing with an amortization model for calculating goodwill, as it's thinking of doing. That's a smart strategy. 

    Bryan Knoepp and Irina Chernova • Dec. 20, 2021
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    Getting started on ESG reporting

    Thoughtful guidance is coming, but there are steps you can take now to meet investors' appetite for reporting that shows your organization is taking environmental, social and governance performance seriously.   

    John Truzzolino • Dec. 16, 2021
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    Consumption-based pricing models: transition guidance for CFOs

    Consumption-based pricing is best used when you can accurately and easily break down your service offering into small, digestible units. 

    Rachel Parrinello, Chris Semain and Ted Grossman • Dec. 10, 2021
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    What to consider before implementing a B2B marketplace strategy

    Not all products and services are a good fit for a scalable marketplace strategy, but for those that are, the advantages include new sources of revenue, reduced marketing costs and new trading partnerships.

    Tom Schröder • Dec. 8, 2021
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    Data products' success relies as much on management principles as analytical assets

    No matter how good your tools are, you can’t leverage them for insights without taking a user-first approach to their design and execution.

    Julie Iskow and Jon DiGiambattista • Dec. 3, 2021
  • Recurring billing increases sales tax complexity

    Organizations new to the subscription model could be surprised by the tax risk they create when they generate more of their sales on a recurring basis.

    Mike Beach and Liz Armbruester • Nov. 16, 2021