Finance transformation” refers to a longstanding objective: shifting the focus of CFOs and finance departments from transaction processing to more strategic, higher-value functions. Our upcoming Office of Finance benchmark research confirms that most of organizations want their finance department to take a more strategic role in management of the company: nine in 10 participants said that it’s important or very important. (We are using “finance” in its broadest sense, including, for example, accounting, corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, treasury and tax functions.) Finance departments have the ability and at least an implicit mandate to improve business performance and enable a corporation to execute strategy more effectively. Yet the research shows that becoming strategic is a work in progress. Most departments handle the basics well, but half fall short in areas that can contribute significantly to the performance of their company. More than three-fourths of participants said they perform accounting, external financial reporting, financial analysis, budgeting and management accounting well or very well. But only half said that about their ability to do product and customer profitability management, strategic and long-range planning and business development.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Performance, CFO, close, closing, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, computing, Controller, ERP, finance, Financial Performance, FP&A, FPM, Management, Mobile, Performance Management, Predictive Analytics, Reporting, Social Media, Tagetik, Tax, Office of Finance
When applying information technology to drive better business performance, companies and the systems integrators that assist them often underestimate the importance of organizing data management around processes. For example, companies that do not execute their quote-to-cash cycle as an end-to-end process often experience a related set of issues in their sales, marketing, operations, accounting and finance functions that stem from entering the same data into multiple systems. The inability to automate passing of data from one functional group to the next forces people to spend time re-entering data and leads to fragmented and disconnected data stores. The absence of a single authoritative data source also creates conflicts about whose numbers are “right.” Even when the actual figures recorded are identical, discrepancies can crop up because of issues in synchronization and data definition. Lacking an authoritative source, organizations may need to check for and resolve errors and inconsistencies between systems to ensure, for example, that what customers purchased was what they received and were billed for. The negative impact of this lack of automation is multiplied when transactions are complex or involve contracts for recurring services.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Performance, close, closing, computing, CRM, Data, Data Management, end-to-end, ERP, finance, FPM, Information Applications, Information Management, Management, Mobile, Operational Performance, Operations, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, Office of Finance, Cloud Computing
Qlik was an early pioneer in developing a substantial market for a visual discovery tool that enables end users to easily access and manipulate analytics and data. Its QlikView application uses an associative experience that takes an in-memory, correlation-based approach to present a simpler design and user experience for analytics than previous tools. Driven by sales of QlikView, the company’s revenue has grown to more than $.5 billion, and originating in Sweden it has a global presence.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Data Visualization, Information Applications, Lumira, Operational Performance, Qlik, Qlik Qlik Sense, QlikView, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, Tableau
Finance and accounting departments are staffed with numbers-oriented, naturally analytical people. Strong analytic skills are essential if a finance department is to deliver deep insights into performance and visibility into emerging opportunities and challenges. The conclusions of analyses enable fast, fully informed business decisions by executives and managers. Conversely, flawed analyses undermine the performance of a company. So it was good news that in our Office of Finance benchmark research 62 percent of participants rated the analytical skills of their finance organization as above average or excellent.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Budgeting, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, CFO, close, closing, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, computing, Controller, dashboard, Data, ERP, finance, Financial Performance, Financial Performance Management, FP&A, FPM, Microsoft Excel, Mobile, Planning, Predictive Analytics, Reporting, Self-service, Spreadsheets, Tagetik, Tax, Office of Finance
This year Oracle OpenWorld conference opened with a fiery speech by Larry Ellison, who has stepped down from his role as CEO to become Executive Chairman and CTO. Filling his rhetoric with claims of market leadership and attacks on competitors SAP and Workday, Ellison set an aggressive tone for those who followed him. In a talk relevant to my research practice, Chris Leone, senior vice president of applications development, asserted that Oracle is making progress in human capital management (HCM) as it enters the fourth year of offering the Human Capital Management Cloud. Leone asserted that Oracle now has 13,500 overall HCM customers, roughly half those being global customers, which is significant as Oracle touts its global capabilities as a differentiator. He provided statistics on growth of the cloud products; one was that over the past year Oracle has gained over 1,000 new talent management customers for its Cloud HCM business.
Topics: Analytics, Business Collaboration, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, Core HR, Employee Engagement, HCM, HRMS, Human Capital Analytics, Human Capital Management, Mobile, Mobility, Oracle, PaaS, Platform as a service, Social, Social Media, Talent Management, TM, Wellness
Tableau Software introduced its latest advancements in analytics and business intelligence software along with its future plan to more than 5,000 attendees at its annual user conference in its home town of Seattle. The enthusiasm of the primarily millennial-age crowd reflected not only the success of the young company but also its aspirations. The market for what Ventana Research calls visual and data discovery and Tableau have experienced rapid growth that is likely to continue.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Data Visualization, Operational Intelligence, Sales Performance, Tableau Software