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    Using flexible pricing models to keep transformation projects on track

    CFOs that work with their technology providers on payment arrangements can help accelerate their organization's post-pandemic recovery. 

    Sameer Bhagwat and Raakesh Boyapati • June 18, 2021
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    What's behind the SEC's SPAC warrant concerns

    In many of the deals, the warrants don't meet an exception in FASB's accounting standards for derivatives. As a result, they're misclassified as equity in the view of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  

    Matt Smith and Petar Tomov • June 14, 2021
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    3 strategies to create a cash culture

    An estimated $2.5 trillion is tied up in working capital at companies across Europe and the United States. Freeing up that cash could help CFOs reach strategic capital allocation goals.

    Peter Kingma • June 9, 2021
  • CFOs' essential role in promoting employee mental health

    For professional accountants, mental health issues heighten the risk of not identifying errors in financial reports or spotting indicators of fraud. 

    Russell Guthrie • June 1, 2021
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    Despite gains in hard-hit sectors, be realistic on valuations

    The outlook across sectors is better than expected, but forecasts must be achievable.   

    Brian Garfield • April 14, 2021
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    651 apps? How to get your SaaS stack in order

    Software-as-a-Service applications help employees become more productive and innovative. But when unmanaged, too many applications can drain a technology budget and make collaboration difficult.

    Theresa O'Neil • April 8, 2021
  • After digital payments rush, time to tighten security

    Don't be surprised if a vendor you're about to pay turns out to be fraudulent. ACH and other types of cyber fraud surged during the pandemic. 

    Angela Anastasakis • March 30, 2021
  • A winning agenda for the CFO's first 90 days

    Best-in-class finance functions’ total costs are consistently in the range of 0.3% to 1.0% of sales, a benchmark for CFOs as they compare their finance function with that of peers on the basis of head count and costs.   

    Hardik Sheth • March 24, 2021
  • Using a price-volume-mix analysis to improve performance

    Whether you know it as a sales bridge or variance analysis, it can help decode your company's performance at a granular level.

    Dayton Kellenberger • March 17, 2021
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    Remote work is the tax compliance mess CFOs feared

    Data sheds light on CFOs' challenges as they reconcile tax compliance with remote work.

    Steve Black • March 4, 2021
  • Making pandemic-related EBITDA adjustments

    Annualized earnings, 2021 EBITDA and swap outs are three approaches CFOs are taking to show company performance potential in light of COVID-19. 

    Brian Garfield • Feb. 25, 2021
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    GAAP is obsolete; treat talent like the asset it is

    The intellectual workforce that drives company growth should be capitalized and amortized like traditional production investments. 

    Marvin Weiss • Feb. 1, 2021
  • CFOs must consider tax, legal issues before closing offices

    Work with your HR chief to factor in your organization’s talent strategy before deciding how much real estate you want to let go; having permanent remote workers has far-reaching implications.

    Steve Black • Dec. 20, 2020
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    Making 'M&A by Zoom' work through the art of long-form writing

    A return to long-form writing can help offset what's lost in virtual negotiations, Mona Sabet, chief of corporate strategy at UserTesting, says. 

    Mona Sabet • Dec. 6, 2020
  • 6 ways a digitized accounts payable function benefits CFOs

    CFOs need accurate, timely financial data; an automated AP function is the best way of getting there, Shan Haq, vice president of corporate strategy and development at Transcepta, says.

    Shan Haq • Nov. 24, 2020
  • Using data analytics to improve audit functions

    Data analytics let finance leaders employ a risk-based approach to conducting internal and compliance audits and prioritize improvements when problems are found.  

    Greg Buchanan, Michael Costa and Ed Levy • Nov. 8, 2020
  • Chart your exit right from the start

    Waiting to start planning your team's exit strategy until you're showing year-on-year growth, or any benchmark, limits your options.

    Chris Shipferling • Oct. 29, 2020
  • The CFO's critical role in customer retention

    In the midst of a widespread health and financial crisis, retaining customers is more important than ever, and the job often falls to the CFO, SurveyMonkey CFO Debbie Clifford writes.

    Debbie Clifford • Oct. 14, 2020
  • How CFOs, supply chain leaders unlock value amid disruption

    Building a resilient supply chain is less about cost reduction and more about cost optimization, Stefan Reidy, CEO of cargo monitoring service Arviem, says.

    Stefan Reidy • Oct. 10, 2020
  • To succeed post-COVID, CFOs need an attitude adjustment

    The CFO's past objectives were accommodating stakeholders, delivering the right numbers, and profitability. Now, they must center employee connection, wellness and satisfaction, Replicon CEO Lakshmi Raj says.

    Lakshmi Raj • Sept. 27, 2020
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    Using agile planning to return to growth

    Having a fully integrated, bottom-up and agile 12-month plan enables you and your team to react quickly when something like the pandemic comes your way. 

    Darrell Cox • Sept. 18, 2020
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    Real-time planning helps CFOs answer pandemic-critical 'what if' questions

    To forecast today, think in shorter time horizons, identify how COVID-19 changes your business drivers, use large amounts of quality data to weigh "what if" scenarios, and create agile processes, specialists say. 

    Paul Prendergast and Patrick Picha • Aug. 27, 2020
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    3 tips for CFOs looking to migrate to a subscription pricing model

    Tip one: Resist moving revenue recognition outside of your ERP, otherwise you decrease visibility into the success of your subscription model and create reporting, tracking and compliance problems. 

    Katrina Gosek • Aug. 19, 2020
  • Making recovery audits part of your source-to-pay process

    Invoicing errors chip away at margins, eventually turning into large losses, which recovery audits can help address.

    Mark Irwin • Aug. 13, 2020
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    Understand your coverage options in the face of 2020's triple risk threat

    COVID-19, protest-related vandalism, and a severe hurricane season promise to test organizations' insurance against loss of business. 

    Joseph Galanti and Peter Halprin • July 27, 2020