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Dec 02, 2014

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) for Santa Claus Inc.

The Christmas operations for Santa Claus, his elves, and reindeer need to adopt 21st Century methods to improve service levels to children and....More
May 01, 2014

Intelligent People but Stupid Choices – Try Using Analytics

Smart people can routinely make poor decisions. This is due in part to how our brains, inherited from thousands of years of evolution, are wired....More
Apr 07, 2014

How are Retired Italian Men Like Us EPM-ers?

The adoption rate of business analytics and progressive enterprise and corporate performance management (EPM / CPM) methods is disappointingly slow....More
Feb 11, 2014

A Passionate Appeal for Activity-Based Costing (ABC)

Old school accountants, and there appear to be many of them, are providing a disservice to the users in their organization. User need accuracy of the....More
Jan 24, 2014

2014 Academy Awards and Analytics-based Performance Management

I always find the acceptance speeches at Hollywood’s Academy Awards to be inspirational. The ones I enjoy most are Oscar recipients who thank....More
Jan 02, 2014

How is Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Similar to Football?

There are many similarities between a football team, both game-related and for individual players, and an organization implementing and applying....More
Dec 12, 2013

Can Accountants Grow the Beans Too?

There is a difference between what management accountants report and what managers and employee teams want. This difference gap is being caused by a....More
Nov 14, 2013

An Accountant's Coming of Age Story

Accountants are a strange breed. They love math and numbers. Many love the feeling of control. They start out young. Later in their career most....More
Gary Cokins
Oct 13, 2013

Some Accountants are the Blind Leading the Blind

Do you want to read one more story of accountants behaving myopically? Here is one where the advice to an accountant is based on the misbehavior of....More
Sep 27, 2013

Analytics: Like a Mosquito in a Nudist Colony

Analytics are like a mosquito in a nudist colony. Why? Because there are so many opportunities! There is a problem, however, that not everyone thinks....More
Gary Cokins
Jul 30, 2013

Are CPAs Joining the Dark Side?

CPAs have a reputation of being more reporters of history compared to being deep analysts and strategic advisors. Does that reputation continue to....More
Jul 01, 2013

CFOs – Vanguards or Villains?

Many magazine articles proclaim that the CFO has expanded to a role of a strategic advisor. But does the evidence support this assertion? Many....More
May 29, 2013

Movie Sequel – 'Accountant Pirates of the Caribbean'

Are accountants being unethical or just irresponsible when they misallocate costs to products, service-lines, channels, and customers? Are they not....More
May 18, 2013

Analytics – Equip the Man, Not Man the Equipment

Analysts often presume that the users of the findings and results from their analytics-based studies will immediately understand and appreciate their....More
Apr 01, 2013

Stupid Executives Should Be Fired!

April 1, 2013 A potential risk is lurking for opportunistic organizations losing sales. That is, there is a danger for companies that are making....More
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