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How to win backing for your finance transformation

The playbook will guide senior leaders in what it takes to gain board buy-in for digital transformation. It will provide the rationale for transformation as well as information on the required technology, teams and process to drive fast digital change and growth. Packed with actionable advice, the guide includes statistics, insights and case studies that CFOs and CIOs can use as supporting evidence in their board proposal. Download our white paper on how to win backing for your finance tranformation. {{ vc_btn: title=Download+Now&style=flat&shape=square&color=peacoc&size=lg&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fuploaded.systemsaccountants.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2023%252F01%252F13141155%252FFINAL-systemsaccountants-playbook33403-web-1-Edited.pdf&el_class=download-btn }}

Women in Finance Systems: 5 key takeaways

SystemsAccountants recently hosted our ‘Women in Finance Systems’ event 2022, an engaging and thought-provoking evening which successfully brought together over forty ERP, EPM and Finance Transformation professionals to discuss the triumphs and challenges being faced by women in the industry today. Our guest speakers were two experienced finance transformation managers, Ruvini Fernando and Abigail Round, who covered a range of topics including cultural narratives, gender expectations, mentoring, the importance of soft skills and having the confidence to be your authentic self. Download our white paper on the five key takeaways from the September event. {{ vc_btn: title=Download+Now&style=flat&shape=square&color=peacoc&size=lg&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fuploaded.systemsaccountants.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2023%252F01%252F03125817%252FWomen-In-Finance-WP_v4.pdf%7Ctitle%3ADownload%2520Now%7Ctarget%3A_blank&el_class=download-btn }}

How is the CFO role evolving? Finance chiefs at Block, Meta, Workday, Nordstrom, and Estée Lauder explain.

How is the role of CFOs changing? That was a topic of discussion during “The New CFO” panel at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, on Monday. I had the opportunity to talk with finance chiefs at Block, Nordstrom, Workday, The Estée Lauder Companies, and the incoming CFO at Meta about what they’re experiencing. “I really see the CFO role as being an increasingly strategic one that helps our company balance aspiration and discipline,” said Amrita Ahuja, CFO at Block, a financial services company. Aspirations are the big business opportunities Block wants to address, and discipline is [...]

HOW MUCH DOES ERP COST? AND HOW TO GAIN BUDGET FOR ADOPTION

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system obtains and structures transactional data, helping to coordinate the company’s resources and producing real-time operational data.

HOW TO DO SUCCESSION PLANNING: 10 BEST PRACTICES YOU SHOULD FOLLOW

Succession planning helps companies retain top talent and enable a smooth handover when a key person leaves. The process ensures that employees are developed to fill important roles within a business, such as an IT manager or Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

WHY CAREERS ARE CHANGING FOR WOMEN IN FINANCE SYSTEMS

Women in finance are still underrepresented at every level. In the UK, women comprise 40% of the finance workforce, but although 52% of finance’s entry-level workforce are women, “their representation falls off at every step”.

ATTRACTING AND RETAINING TALENT AFTER THE GREAT RESIGNATION

Millions of people are leaving their jobs every month, and there is no sign of this epochal movement slowing anytime soon. Dubbed ‘the Great Resignation’, the wave of people who ...

HOW TO LEAD A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN 6 STEPS

Digital transformation fundamentally alters how an organisation operates and delivers value. Get it right and the result can drive new levels of success, but any wrong step, particularly regarding data management, can provoke damaging inefficiency, even dysfunction.

HOW BI & BA GIVE FINANCE LEADERS A SEAT AT THE TOP TABLE

By using data—rather than, say, guesstimates or hunches—to guide decision-making, corporate leaders can drive performance and gain an edge on their competition. However, raw data rarely suffices. Instead, information needs to be assembled, reviewed, and analysed.

CONTINGENT WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT: A GUIDE TO BEST PRACTICE

Organisations are increasingly relying on contingent workers to fill talent gaps and support their business growth. Fuelled partly by the pandemic,the gig economy has seen a huge

THE 5 SKILLS YOU NEED TO LAND A FINANCE SYSTEMS ROLE

It’s a great time to be searching for finance systems jobs. Global shocks and technological advances that upend workforces are nothing new, but there have been few periods of volatility

EPM AND ERP COMPARED: WHAT ROLE DO THEY PLAY IN FINANCE TRANSFORMATION?

While Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) are both software systems that potentially play a major role in financial transformation

MAKE PART-TIME JOBS BENEFIT YOUR CAREER BY ASKING THESE 3 QUESTIONS

A job for life has been replaced for many with a job for the day. Lifestyles and career choices have changed rapidly with technological advance and societal evolution creating trends

FINDING AND STARTING YOUR NEXT JOB REMOTELY

Remote work job listings are soaring. By February 2022, they accounted for more than half of all employment postings on LinkedIn

HIRING EMPLOYEES VS CONTRACTORS: WHICH YOU SHOULD HIRE AND WHEN

Deciding whether to hire an employee or contractor was once a simple choice: contractors were the go-to hire for shorter sprints and employees were appropriate for longer hauls.

CERTIFICATIONS IN ERP AND EPM

Corporate finance departments are undergoing rapid change. Data-driven technology is enabling them to streamline their traditional accounting roles while

FINANCE TEAM SKILLS

There’s little sign of the talent crunch in finance slowing. The already-problematic shortage of critical skills is growing, and industry groups

CAREER PATHWAY MAPPING

Finance and treasury departments are embracing technology at pace. Data-derived insights are guiding CFO decision-making processes, optimising reporting functions, automating transactions, and making

How to win backing for your finance transformation

The playbook will guide senior leaders in what it takes to gain board buy-in for digital transformation. It will provide the rationale for transformation as well as information on the required technology, teams and process to drive fast digital change and growth. Packed with actionable advice, the guide includes statistics, insights and case studies that CFOs and CIOs can use as supporting evidence in their board proposal. Download our white paper on how to win backing for your finance tranformation. {{ vc_btn: title=Download+Now&style=flat&shape=square&color=peacoc&size=lg&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fuploaded.systemsaccountants.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2023%252F01%252F13141155%252FFINAL-systemsaccountants-playbook33403-web-1-Edited.pdf&el_class=download-btn }}

Women in Finance Systems: 5 key takeaways

SystemsAccountants recently hosted our ‘Women in Finance Systems’ event 2022, an engaging and thought-provoking evening which successfully brought together over forty ERP, EPM and Finance Transformation professionals to discuss the triumphs and challenges being faced by women in the industry today. Our guest speakers were two experienced finance transformation managers, Ruvini Fernando and Abigail Round, who covered a range of topics including cultural narratives, gender expectations, mentoring, the importance of soft skills and having the confidence to be your authentic self. Download our white paper on the five key takeaways from the September event. {{ vc_btn: title=Download+Now&style=flat&shape=square&color=peacoc&size=lg&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fuploaded.systemsaccountants.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2023%252F01%252F03125817%252FWomen-In-Finance-WP_v4.pdf%7Ctitle%3ADownload%2520Now%7Ctarget%3A_blank&el_class=download-btn }}

How is the CFO role evolving? Finance chiefs at Block, Meta, Workday, Nordstrom, and Estée Lauder explain.

How is the role of CFOs changing? That was a topic of discussion during “The New CFO” panel at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, on Monday. I had the opportunity to talk with finance chiefs at Block, Nordstrom, Workday, The Estée Lauder Companies, and the incoming CFO at Meta about what they’re experiencing. “I really see the CFO role as being an increasingly strategic one that helps our company balance aspiration and discipline,” said Amrita Ahuja, CFO at Block, a financial services company. Aspirations are the big business opportunities Block wants to address, and discipline is [...]

The Race to Data-first Modernisation Is On

Data represents a store of value and a strategic opportunity for enterprises across all industries. From edge to cloud to core, businesses are producing data in vast quantities, at an unprecedented pace. And they’re now rapidly evolving their data management strategies to efficiently cope with data at scale and seize the advantage. … Or are they? Well, some are. Those are the data-first organisations, the industry leaders who understand that, amid a flood of data, navigating via data-first principles to radically simplify data management is not only critical to surviving and thriving in the long run, but also essential right [...]

5 benefits of integrating financial processes

While companies are increasingly choosing ERP software and finance systems based in the cloud, many are still operating from legacy systems that aren’t connected to the internet and using processes that create accounting silos. For example, employee expenses and customer sales that run on different systems make it difficult for employers to gain a “live” picture of how the business is performing. Mistakes can also be made as colleagues manually share documents and data with each other. Whether you’re a start-up or a large corporation, integrating your financial processes has many advantages, from cutting costs to helping you plan for [...]

How Much Does ERP Cost? And How to Gain Budget For Adoption

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system obtains and structures transactional data, helping to coordinate the company’s resources and producing real-time operational data. It can drive your company’s success and growth by streamlining processes and consolidating data from disparate functions to provide a single, accurate version of the truth. With this information, leadership can more effectively manage operations and optimise decisions. “ERP systems offer strategic and quantifiable benefits,” says Justin May, Managing Director of Truskey Consulting, which helps organisations leverage technology to maximise efficiencies, cut costs, and drive new revenue opportunities. May says ERP solutions can help companies successfully move into [...]

So you consider yourself a Modern CIO?

One of my great passions is understanding what makes a good leader. This is a complex subject. What made Jack Welch great, may not be the same as what makes Richard Branson successful and Alex Ferguson revered across the world. Undoubtedly they had similarities. As a CIO & IT Leadership head-hunter, it’s been both exciting and challenging to see how the CIO role has developed exponentially under the digital revolution. It’s been fascinating to see how so many CIOs have struggled to develop their skills to meet the demand of today’s technology savvy business stakeholders and end user customer. I […]

62% of CIOs are struggling to recruit talent to drive TRANSFORMATION. Here’s why…

Some 62% of CIOs recognised in the annual celebration of the UK’s leading CIOs, CTOs, IT directors and digital executives told CIO UK that they were finding it difficult to recruit the talent they need to drive transformation. Part of the challenge for a CIO/CTO/ITD in hiring talent is they are often hampered by their own internal process. Almost every organisation is currently looking to drive some form of transformation to try and keep up to speed with an ever increasing technology savvy customer base and a truly interconnected world. As a result, there is an ever decreasing talent pool […]

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