6 Questions a Strategic CFO Knows to Ask
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6 Questions a Strategic CFO Knows to Ask

Today’s CEOs expect their finance chiefs to be strategic partners, growth champions, and masters of best practices. Over the past decade, CFO responsibilities have widened to include managing the company’s business model and overseeing the effective allocation of capital. At the same time, though, nearly half of CFOs surveyed in the… [READ MORE]

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ROI Spotlight: Gentiva

The shifting healthcare industry landscape has led to a new mantra for providers: do more with less. New regulations have reshaped the healthcare business model, pushing home care providers like Gentiva Health Services to rely more heavily on analytics when creating financial plans, budgets, and guiding the future direction of… [READ MORE]

KPI
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Are You Benchmarking Against the Right Things?

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” That’s become classic management advice for a reason: Tracking business performance is a critical first step to improving it. It also aligns with a question I’m frequently asked: What are the right things to benchmark against? Use these three sets of… [READ MORE]

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Break out the Champagne! It’s National Spreadsheet Day

At Boston’s Logan International Airport, travelers are greeted by a permanent display of 49 developments representing four centuries of breakthroughs whose origins can be traced to Massachusetts. The array of innovations is staggering—from the microwave oven to infant formula and a newfangled game first known as “Basket Ball.” For finance… [READ MORE]

FP&A metrics
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For FP&A Metrics that Matter, Try Common Definitions

How does a highly effective finance team take control of complexity and fragmented information? They start by building common standards that help employees across the company integrate information in an efficient way to deliver a single version of the truth. Like many streamlined practices, the idea of common FP&A metrics… [READ MORE]

Are spreadsheets keeping you from improving your financial analyst skills?
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Are Spreadsheets Holding Your Career Back?

Your first spreadsheet is probably a memory to be treasured. But many FP&A professionals can’t think beyond the spreadsheet. Instead of developing other financial analyst skills, they spend time honing their ability to work wonders with Excel. Pivot tables, named ranges, array formulas, and every keyboard shortcut known to humanity—all… [READ MORE]

Data visualization
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Can You See What The Data Is Trying To Tell You?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is one chart worth? For some CFOs, the answer is potentially millions in revenue, increased influence in the boardroom, and a fast track to the CEO position. Here’s why: Finance teams are being tasked with processing more and more data. In… [READ MORE]

Graph Chart Analytics Business Statistics Concept--culture of analytics
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5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Analytics

As just about any finance professional knows, there’s a huge need for FP&A teams to become more strategic partners to the business. When we surveyed more than 300 CFOs for a report on how FP&A can play a broader role in guiding corporate planning and performance, 75% said they wanted their… [READ MORE]

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ROI Spotlight: Berkhamsted Schools Group

Berkhamsted Schools Group is one of Britain’s leading independent education establishments, with 475 years of history and tradition. Frustrated with the inability to run forecasts more than once a term in Excel, the school turned to Adaptive Insights. In this ROI Spotlight, we show how Berkhamsted transformed its finance function… [READ MORE]