Newsletters

On a regular basis we inform you via a Newsletter on interesting topics and events from the field. Not discriminating on source, we strive to give you value content on the topics we care about in our professional lives.

Internal Audit’s Ongoing Resistance to Data – Five Whys!
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“You like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh yeah . . . “

We seen to find a lot of “elephants” in a lot of “rooms” these days.

Maybe that it as it should be.

Nicola Osinaike, founder of Audit Data Hub, and an experienced Internal Auditor and Manager, has shared an important article on the five reasons behind Internal Audit’s ongoing slow progress in embracing data analytics.… Read More

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6 GBS leadership lessons and 3 rarely discussed qualities
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“You gotta roll with it . . . “

What seems like the simplest of activities to the casual observer can turn out to be one of your most complex end-to-end processes.  

Steve Fox, former VP Global Business Services at Thermo Fisher Scientific shared his leadership lessons in a recent discussion targeting the “missing link” in process transformation and digitization.… Read More

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The 4 Frictions – Overcoming the barriers to the change you want to achieve
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“Crosstown traffic, all you do is slow me down . . “

Have you ever come up with an idea to improve a product, service, process or team, that you thought had “legs”, but which never really got traction in the organization?Read More

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Decisions – Risk, Opportunity and the 70% Rule
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“I’m standing at the crossroads, believe I’m sinking down . . “

OK, so he isn’t the most popular guy in town . . .

But he must be doing something right. He has built a global business that delivers value to millions, and he changed the face of e-commerce.… Read More

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Why So Many Data Science Projects Fail to Deliver
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“I fought the law, and the law won . . . “

The business value of data is as seductive as it is compelling.

We all want to be “data driven” in our operational execution, transformation and process improvement.

But data strategies are much harder to deliver than we expect or than they should be.… Read More

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Is Simplicity the Ultimate Strategy?
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“Blame it on a simple twist of fate . . . “

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Steve Jobs, or was it Leonardo da Vinci or Albert Einstein?

Opinions vary as to the original source.

Complexity is at the root of a lot of process, technological and organizational failures.… Read More

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Are You Missing Something in Purchase to Pay (P2P)?
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“I ain’t missing you at all since you’ve been gone away . . . . “

What is the missing link in Invoice to Pay (I2P), Purchase to Pay (P2P) and Source to Pay (S2P) performance? 

You have worked on PO policies, vendor governance, invoice management, electronic invoicing services, P-Cards, V-Cards, end-to-end process governance, catalog guided buying, e-procurement suites, ERP consolidation, RPA and further digitization.… Read More

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Governance, Performance, Risk and Confusion?
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“We’re fated to pretend . . . . “

We often focus on “Governance” when trying to drive end-to-end business performance, process change or transformation. There is particular emphasis when we are working on transversal, cross-organizational process issues that cut across the “silos” of the business.… Read More

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Are We There Yet? On the Road from Cost to Value
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“No stop signs, speed limit, nobody’s gonna slow me down . . . “

Sometimes you just feel like the little kid in the back of the car on a trip with the adults. “Are we there yet?”

Strategies have evolved, objectives have matured, aspirational outcomes are becoming clearer and even the organizational vocabulary has morphed.… Read More

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Be kind first, be right later . . .
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“And when she’s weary, try a little tenderness . . . “

Business partnering skills across all functions are becoming highly prized assets. Human engagement, communication, mutual understanding, collaboration – core qualities of human empathy.

We like to think we have these skills and are open minded, objective professionals.… Read More

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