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CFOs Growing Less Wary of ERP Consolidation

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A big theme for CFOs this year is to reduce enterprise costs. That’s no surprise. But what is new is that CFOs seem to be inching closer to the idea of ERP consolidation—despite the risks and headaches that would surely be involved.

CFOs Need to Master Predictive Analytics

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Does this sound familiar?

CFO to CEO: “We closed out the quarter and verified that the numbers were right. But we don’t know what caused plan short-falls in two out of six units.”

CEO to CFO: “Tell those two managers that if this happens again, they’re out the door.”

Accounts Payable and Receivable: Companies Still Don’t Get it

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Over the past three years, CFOs developed a fine taste for productivity gains. And my most recent research shows they are looking for more 1.  Surprisingly, some are turning, once again, to the basic transaction-oriented processes such as accounts receivable (AR) and accounts payable (AP). Why? Haven’t these processes already been made as slick as can be?

AP Leaders Really Do It Better

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The latest update of the Accounts Payable Productivity Index (APPI)* shows that investments in AP process automation can be very worthwhile. The top-performers in the index (organizations with top-quartile scores for both efficiency and effectiveness) are gaining ground in their efforts to get suppliers to submit invoices electronically.

Nightmare Scenario: A Cataclysmic Collapse of the Euro

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Nightmare Scenario: A Cataclysmic Collapse of the Euro