We have worked hard and stretched our communal brainpower to put some important thoughts together on some important topics. We hope you find the results useful.
Today’s global business challenges together with the recognition that working capital is the fuel for the organization’s growth engine create a compelling case for action to dramatically improve the management of this most valuable of assets.
Introduction – World Class Finance
World class finance functions enable the optimisation of four key objectives:
Continued changes in the economic, regulatory and competitive landscape have refocused attention back on Working Capital Management (WCM) and the opportunity for the Finance Function to partner with the business to protect and create value.… Read MoreRead More
Assuring the organisational cardio-vascular system, insights for the CFO and the Audit Committee
Today’s standard practice in business assurance is focused on symptoms of problems, followed by diagnosis and cure. This approach has significant risks in itself. If you consider the human body, we have learned in recent decades that for many illnesses there are markers in the blood system long before a medical problem exhibits symptoms.… Read MoreRead More
Challenging assumptions with practical experience
‘Continuous Audit’ has been discussed and written about for decades. Conferences are run and books get written on the subject. But to this day, the definition is hard to pin down and there is quite a lot of semantic debate about what it is and is not.… Read MoreRead More
Claiming for travel, entertainment and other expenses is a regular part of many people’s working lives. There is a whole range of expenses that can be legitimately claimed for and most companies will have a documented policy to define what can be claimed and allowable limits for different expense types.… Read MoreRead More
Order to Cash (O2C), or the receiving and processing of customer sales, is one of the key business processes to be monitored within organisations, as the efficiency of the incoming cash cycle can severely impact organisational health and growth prospects.
In recent years efforts to improve and optimise O2C have become a strategic priority.… Read MoreRead More
The reasons to acquire a tool to control authorizations within critical enterprise wide systems may vary. The goal is always the same – manage risks. In the case of SOD issues the risk lies in the abuse of rights granted to individuals within critical enterprise systems.… Read MoreRead More
A Compliance tool environment is where the fusion between rules containing one or more conditions used to identify risks in a business process and the data extracted from ERP tables to produce exception reports. In a Compliance Tool framework these exceptions allow for further corrective action.… Read MoreRead More
Driving continuous improvement “The aggregation of marginal gains”
Accounting Shared Services are a central plank of any transformation towards a world class finance capability. They are a key finance tool for efficiency and an enabler for strategic flexibility, but achieving the process standardisation required to drive the desired cost efficiencies is a difficult business in practice.… Read MoreRead More