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Here you’ll find our opinions, viewpoints and rants. But don’t forget to add your comments – good or bad – on anything you like or loathe. We value your feedback.

Predictions & Contradictions: Automation
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Automation

The advent of new and rebranded tools, aligned with powerful marketing, have given us an exciting couple of years of imagining a digital future. None has had a bigger share of attention than Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which continues …

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Predictions & Contradictions: Alignment
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Alignment

Despite the agreement on the value of globally integrated, “end to end” processes, for many mature global businesses there is an ‘elephant in the room’. While we all ‘talk a good game’ there are still genuine barriers. Effectively aligning …

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Predictions & Contradictions: Global ‘End-to-End’ Process
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Global ‘end to end’ Processes

Driving consumer intimacy and convenience requires a standard operating model. Even the businesses we like to think of as the most entrepreneurial, operate their consumer facing processes with military precision. It becomes clear that all …

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Predictions & Contradictions: Business Transformation & Role of Digital
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Business Transformation and the role of ‘Digital’

Recent CFO surveys indicate that “growth” strategies are set to overtake process optimization as a CFO priority. However, this seems to slightly confuse an outcome with an enabling strategy. Transformation can be both …

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Fraud Prevention & Detection: The Impact of Corporate Governance, Internal Controls & Culture
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We recently hosted a webcast in partnership with Dr Devendra Kodwani, Professor of Financial Management and Corporate Governance at The Open University Business School (OUBS). The professor shared his expertise from academic research and experience with fraud detection and prevention, …

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Is Digital Transformation Driving Up the Cost of SOX?
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In Protiviti’s latest survey of the state of play with SOX, over half of the largest public companies reported their SOX related external audit costs rose again in 2017.

Why is this?

They put it down to a number …

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Refocussing Internal Control Lens on Management Review Controls (MRC)
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Deloitte have recently released an interesting report in relation to the 15 year anniversary of Sarbanes Oxley. While anniversaries are usually an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on accomplishments. Instead of celebration, the 15-year reflection was met by several observations …

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7 Ways Smart Analytics Is Transforming the Purchase to Pay Cycle
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We recently hosted a discussion around Smart Analytics and its transformative effect on the Purchase to Pay Cycle, as one of the big 3 technologies. It was a stimulating discussion, sharing our experience from over 15 years of working with

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15 Risk and Compliance Insights
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Maximising the value from your existing Infor enabled controls monitoring & attestation processes

With a team of experts with 15 years’ experience as a company on this topic, and up to 25 years plus individually, we have been asked countless …

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10 Insights from Shared Services Leaders on RPA and AI Experiences
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It was a privilege to be asked to speak recently at the European Shared Services Leaders’ Summit held in London on 15th and 16th March.

This conference, delicately nurtured, tended and moderated by SharedServicesLink was a case study …

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