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Big Data and The CFO (Part deux)
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In Part I of this post I talked about the growth rate of the Big Data wave and analysed the challenges and struggles that practitioners are experiencing in the big data world. You can read Part I here…

The CFO and Big Data

Whilst it is important to consider the data analytics opportunities for consumer buying behaviour, the CFO on the road to World Class Finance should consider that it is not the size of your data that matters, rather it is what you do with it and even more importantly, your focus on the ‘odd-shaped’ data.… Read More

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Big Data and the CFO
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“Rugby is a game played by gentlemen with odd shaped balls” – Anon . . . .

The Big Data wave

BIG DATA is all the rage with every company jumping on the bandwagon to claim they have a ‘solution’ for big data (hmm .… Read More

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Dallas hosts 2013 ISACA NACACS Conference: IS, Audit, Risk and Control
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Last week saw hundreds of IS, Risk, Control and Audit professionals descend on the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas, just two short blocks from the grassy knoll where JFK was assassinated in a different time.

With 63 sessions and 90 presenters the 2013 ISACA North American CACS Conference was a hive of networking and learning.… Read More

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Driving Process Excellence in Shared Services
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The range of available cost efficiency benchmarks are as wide for organisations using a Shared Services model as for those that do not.  There is a major focus on performance measures and continuous improvement, but these have still not delivered the goods.… Read More

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Shared Services Leaders share Best Practices
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I was fortunate to be invited to speak last week at the European Summit for Leaders in Shared Services. Speakers included Shared Services leaders from organisations including Siemens, Coca Cola Hellenic, BP, Robert McBride, COLT Services, Rolls Royce, Shell, Hertz, Balfour Beatty and Novartis. … Read More

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What to expect from 2013. Letter to the C-Suite
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Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2013 and good luck with the resolutions, although mine typically die a nasty death in the second week of January when reality hits.

This year however I have resolved to get fit enough for some serious heli-skiing in northern Canada at the start of February.… Read More

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Top 5 Favourite Posts of 2012
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As I emerge from post festive season recovery and face the new year, it is interesting to review what have been the most read, and therefore apparently the most interesting, topics in this blog during 2012.

Of course, to judge the most popular posts we need to take into account the timings of the posts, and so for a ‘normalised’ hit list, we pro-rated the readership by the length of time the post had been available.… Read More

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Enron – Making a drama out of an accounting crisis!
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I am very pleased to welcome a guest blog post today from Irina Predescu. Irina graduated from London School of Economics last year and has since immersed herself in the world of business risk, financial control, finance processes and compliance. She is too young to remember the events described below first time around .Read More

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Quantum Finance: Are Performance Indicators what they seem?
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There is a popular assertion made by theoretical physicists that in the minutiae of the quantum world, the process of observing an object actually changes it. This is one of those concepts that makes my head hurt and is likely to cause a nosebleed if I think about it too hard.… Read More

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Insights from ISACA’s EuroCACS ISRM Conference
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Munich is always a popular place as October approaches, but I missed the wonders of the ‘biergartens’ in full flourish. Last week I joined a large gathering of IS Audit, Risk and Controls specialists at ISACA’s annual EuroCACS and ISRM conference at the Hilton by the Englischer Garten in the city.Read More

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