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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
  • How the Great Resignation is changing finance and testing CFOs

    As more employees reconsider their careers, finance leaders can lead the charge to make their company the career destination of choice.

    Juergen Lindner • Nov. 11, 2021
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    Inflation is one reason SPAC redemptions are rising

    Frank Sinatra sang "That’s life!" and in the SPAC arena that sentiment does not sound so different than "That’s SPAC!" Economic circumstances are not as sweet as they once were.

    Daniele D'Alvia • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Uncertain times turn spotlight on corporate treasurers

    As with CFOs, these behind-the-scenes executives are stepping up strategically to help their organizations navigate volatility.

    Meghan Birmingham Leader • Oct. 26, 2021
  • Third-party vs. in-house functions: a CFO checklist

    When critical but time-consuming finance and accounting tasks limit strategic thinking, outsourcing becomes an attractive option.

    Billy Leigh • Oct. 26, 2021
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    Investment narrative should be high on CFO to-do list as company goes public

    Sophisticated investors won't wait around for a newly public company to build the communication discipline needed to thrive while operating in the spotlight.  

    Jeff Majtyka • Oct. 14, 2021
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    Adapting expense reimbursements to long-term remote work

    A clear policy and an automated tool to ensure compliance can protect your organization from unnecessary costs while employees do their jobs off-site.    

    Jessica Staley • Sept. 29, 2021
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    Retailers missing out on tax incentives for ecommerce retooling

    The types of innovation for which retailers can get state and federal tax credits is broader than many finance leaders realize, and the process is simplified, thanks to automation.

    Ajay Wanchoo and Gregory Bocchino • Sept. 14, 2021
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    3 ways to kickstart subscription business models in Japan

    Although it's a technology leader, Japan has lagged behind other countries in digital subscriptions, making it a growth target for SaaS and other recurring revenue businesses. 

    YiLun Miao • Sept. 13, 2021
  • How CFOs can use metrics to drive connections across the 'macro to micro continuum'

    The most effective way to improve performance is by adjusting the many metrics that underlie larger, top-line metrics. Identifying what drives these smaller metrics gives CFOs more levers to pull.  

    Ross Tennenbaum • Sept. 1, 2021
  • Crypto challenges shine light on CFOs' fiat currency management

    Finance leaders have reason to avoid the volatility of alt coins but their lack of visibility into currency exposure could be leaving them vulnerable to a similar risk with some fiat currencies.

    Bob Stark • Aug. 18, 2021
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    How a Big-4 firm reduced lease agreement review time by 80%

    AI can automate the extraction of information needed to comply with new ASC 842 standards.

    Steve Levine • Aug. 11, 2021
  • Independent auditors provide ESG disclosure assurance

    The expertise external auditors bring to financial reporting can help investors and other stakeholders feel confident as companies step up environmental, social and governance reporting.  

    Kathryn Kaminsky • Aug. 10, 2021
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    Subscriptions are set to boom in Latin America

    Growing consumer credit options, cloud adoption and accommodation of local currencies are paving the way for continued SaaS growth post-pandemic.

    Adonay Cervantes • July 23, 2021
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    Data is a differentiator, but much of it is wrong

    As CFOs step up spending, the integrity of their data could determine whether or not their spending decisions lead to growth.   

    Marc Huffman • July 15, 2021
  • Why CFOs should lead the way on sustainability

    The way forward can feel messy, time-consuming and amorphous for CFOs, but this is an extraordinary time in history to tackle these challenges.

    Anthony Coletta • July 7, 2021
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    How the CFO role is transforming media and entertainment

    The pandemic gave streaming companies low-hanging fruit from which to increase their subscribers. How finance leaders respond as people return to the office will depend on how they leverage analytics.

    Stephen Blume • July 6, 2021
  • Meeting uncertainty with fiscal discipline and operating rhythm

    Organizations may not consider finance central to the decision-making process; some may even consider it an obstacle. It's on the CFO to disprove that, Malwarebytes finance chief Thomas Fox says.

    Thomas R. Fox • June 24, 2021
  • Subscription pricing: Stop relying on the negative option

    Companies hurt the annual recurring revenue model by being less than straightforward in attracting and keeping subscribers and complicating cancellations.

    Krish Subramanian • June 22, 2021