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COVID has forced organizations to change the way they work, from social distancing, remote working, furloughs, responsibility changes to disrupted approval processes and more. Even before COVID, our research confirmed that up to 20% of user accounts for financial applications in major enterprises were outdated and invalid, creating a very real threat of unauthorized access and resultant fraud!… Read MoreRead More
For over three months now, COVID-19 has been our one and only focus. It’s impact on our businesses, people, cash flow and future plans have dictated our everyday lives since early March. Yet, there is a bigger picture still; a substantial recession is predicted.… Read MoreRead More
Managing financial controls effectively is no walk in the park. Global organizations struggle to ensure that financial controls are defined, monitored and managed effectively across end-to-end processes, functions, regions and operating units.
Due to the obvious impact of audit opinion on financial control effectiveness, especially under regulatory umbrellas such as Sarbanes-Oxley, many organizations are in a vicious cycle of reactive fire-fighting rather than focusing their efforts on managing the process proactively.… Read MoreRead More
When we talk about digital transformation, we all have different ideas of how to achieve what can be considered the impossible. And whilst nowadays better, faster and accurate data is helped by the new technology architectures, what sets apart those who achieve transformation success, comes down to good strategy, leadership and execution.… Read MoreRead More
Let’s talk about cash. “Cash is King” right now and top of mind for all CFOs and Controllers. In the current environment, P&Ls are fragile things too!Read More
If you haven’t noticed yet, the current crisis has created a wealth of opportunity for fraudsters and other ne’er-do-wells.
Every finance, shared services and GBS executive I have talked to since the start of the crisis has reported a much higher rate of fraud attempts and over the past several weeks, reports of cyberattacks have increased at a rate of three to five times compared to pre-Covid.… Read MoreRead More
Despite the fact that Global Business Services and Shared Services were originally constructed to drive cost savings through centralization and standardization, there is growing evidence that the case for action is no longer purely cost reduction.
Our own research with GBS and Shared Services leaders shows the tension between the business outcomes DEMANDED by executive management and the aspirations of the GBS leadership themselves.… Read MoreRead More
I recently spoke at and attended the very insightful North American Shared Services Leaders’ Summit in Atlanta. Once again, I learned a lot, met some inspiring people, shared experiences, laughed, and paused for thought.
It was a privilege to speak on Day 1, and the positive collective feedback was gratefully received.… Read MoreRead More
I think this image says so much about decision making, risk management and performance. The ocean race, or business or life, is not about “avoiding risk” but managing it. We can’t always choose the weather, but we need to make best decisions to navigate the prevailing conditions to reach our objectives in the fastest time (lowest cost) achievable whilst keeping safely within the parameters we set.… Read MoreRead More
Whether you are a leader in Finance, Shared Services, IT, Risk management, Audit or Compliance, the promise of everything getting simpler has become a haunting concept. It’s not just the general promise of technology, it goes far beyond that to the principles of business functions and as always, the devil is in the detail…
Experience tell us things are never as good as promised or as bad as we feared.… Read MoreRead More