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  • Nov 14, 2013
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    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 experience a “coming of age” and shift from bean counters to bean growers....More
  • Gary Cokins
    Oct 13, 2013
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    Some Accountants are the Blind Leading the Blind 1

    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 other accountants....More
  • Sep 27, 2013
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    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 or behaves like a mosquito. They do not always see opportunities – the opportunities to apply analytics....More
  • Gary Cokins
    Jul 30, 2013
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    Are CPAs Joining the Dark Side? 2

    CPAs have a reputation of being more reporters of history compared to being deep analysts and strategic advisors. Does that reputation continue to have merit, or are CPAs changing their ways on how to contribute more to their organization’s performance?...More
  • Jul 1, 2013
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    CFOs – Vanguards or Villains? 3

    Many magazine articles proclaim that the CFO has expanded to a role of a strategic advisor. But does the evidence support this assertion? Many companies retain managerial accounting practices that are arcane, flawed, misleading, and incomplete. Commonly accepted explanations of why some CFOs are not progressive hide the root cause reason which is more behavioral than technical....More
  • May 29, 2013
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    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 adequately serving the needs of their managers and workforce when they report flawed and misleading information needed for insights and better decision making? Should we place shame on them or shame them? There is a difference....More
  • May 18, 2013
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    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 impressive work. They may be wrong. The analysis may be too complex or is not answering the question the user is seeking. How can analysts focus more on people than the technology they have mastered?...More
  • Aug 27, 2012
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    Business Finance

    Map Out and Adapt to Future Scenarios

    Scenario-based planning allows companies to map out various futures and then adapt their plans as needed, explains David Axson, executive director, finance and enterprise performance, with Accenture's Cleveland practice....More
  • Jan 12, 2012
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    Business Finance

    Focus on Growth, Not Cost Control 1

    Finance executives have been focused on cost and cost control throughout the enterprise, but it may be time to invest in the capabilities finance can bring to the table to drive growth, says Paul Boulanger, managing director of Accenture Management Consulting's Finance and Enterprise Performance practice....More
  • Dec 14, 2011
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    Business Finance

    The Keys to Successful and Ongoing Benchmarking

    Chuck Wise, senior principal, finance and performance management, Accenture speaks with Business Finance about the importance of benchmarking and how it can improve the performance of key corporate functions....More
  • Sep 2, 2011
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    Business Finance

    Evaluating the State of SOX

    Nearly a decade after the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, companies are finding the corporate accountability law not nearly as costly and onerous as initially feared. Bob Hirth, executive vice president of Protiviti's global internal audit practice, tells Business Finance that compliance has actually forced companies to adopt more efficient accounting procedures -- and save money in the process....More
  • Aug 17, 2011
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    Business Finance

    Integrating Cost and Price to Drive Growth

    Slashing costs across the board might have worked during the recession, but to reignite growth in a time of uneven demand means aligning price and costs. Accenture’s Greg Cudahy talks to Business Finance about how companies can best optimize pricing in an era of permanent volatility, grow more cost-effectively, why cost-cutting programs are often unsuccessful and how to manage unanticipated economic jolts faster and more intelligently....More
  • Jul 22, 2011
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    Business Finance

    The Competitive Advantage of Managing Risk

    Accenture’s Chris Thompson talks to Business Finance about why companies that are adding chief risk officers, developing comprehensive enterprise risk management programs, incorporating risk management into decision making, aggregating risks and collecting data will be the long-term winners in this increasingly complex and global business environment....More
  • Jun 21, 2011
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    Business Finance

    Blowing Up the Forecasting Process

    Scott Brennan, Accenture’s director for the Enterprise Performance Management practice, talks with Business Finance chief editor Peter Alpern about the necessary tools and technologies to gauge future performance, how they are best integrated and why more efficient and accurate planning, budgeting and forecasting begins by blowing up the process....More
  • May 25, 2011
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    Business Finance

    Keeping Ahead of Supply Chain Risk

    Risk has become uncomfortably ubiquitous with globalization. As the geographic scope of a business grows, so does its exposure to upheaval. Michael Chagares, executive director of Risk Management at the management consulting company Accenture, talks to Business Finance about ways to fix and strengthen the links in the supply chain....More
  • Dec 4, 2010
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    Business Finance

    How to Prepare for a Carve Out

    With today’s uncertainty around the economic recovery, CFOs are in many cases spearheading the evaluation and rebalancing of their organizations’ business unit portfolio with M&A’s and divestitures. Jeff Weirens, leader of Deloitte Consulting's Merger Integration and Divestiture practice, explains what steps CFOs need to take to be a prepared seller....More
  • Nov 19, 2010
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    Business Finance

    New Savings From Indirect Spend

    Clyde Dornier of the Hackett Group's Procurement Transformation Practice speaks to Business Finance editor-in-chief Jack Sweeney about how organizations can increase savings on their indirect spending....More
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