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Webcast Summary

In theory, finance teams have immediate access to tools and resources that enable their organizations to bring key trends to the surface based on a combination of financial, operational, and macroeconomic data.

In practice, a shrinking but still significant percentage of finance teams has not established responsibility for translating ever-expanding amounts of financial and nonfinancial data into information their organizations can use to make strategic decisions.

During this Webcast, we will discuss:

  • Why senior executives increasingly expect finance teams to take ownership of analytics,
  • The primary challenges finance teams face with establishing analytics programs within their companies,
  • How to make a compelling case for an analytics program, and a compelling case for why your finance team should lead it, and
  • What types of methodologies, tools, and best practices a finance team can use not only to accelerate its analysis but also communicate the value of the analysis beyond the realm of finance.

About the Panelists

Rachele CollinsRachele Collins, Principal Research Lead, Financial Management, APQC

As principal research lead, Rachele Collins, Ph.D., is responsible for APQC's best-practices research in financial management, including the development of the research agenda, working with partners and alliances, serving APQC's members, presenting thought leadership, and developing new relationships and connections. She previously served as a senior research analyst for human capital and knowledge management with APQC.

Chris DavenportChris Davenport, Director, The Hackett Group

Mr. Davenport applies his more than 17 years of experience with balancing business acumen and technology in leading numerous transformation initiatives. His areas of focus areas are enterprise performance management and executive decision-support systems.

Nilly Essaides, Senior Research Director, The Hackett GroupNilly Essaides

Ms. Essaides has more than 25 years of experience researching, writing, and speaking about finance and treasury issues, with a focus on the way finance adds value to the enterprise through excellence in financial management and planning processes. Previously, she worked at the Association for Financial Professionals, where she led the financial planning and analysis practice. A prolific blogger with thousands of LinkedIn followers, Ms. Essaides writes for a variety of external publications, and co-authored a book about the internal transfer of best practices, If Only We Knew What We Know (Simon & Schuster, 1998).

Nathanael PowrieNathanael Powrie, Vice President, Data Analytics, Maine Pointe

Nathanael Powrie is Vice President of Data Analytics with Maine Pointe, a firm specializing in driving EBITDA and cash improvements in the areas of procurement, operations, and logistics to enable growth. He has more than a decade of experience with helping companies leverage advanced analytics to redesign their business models and drive cost reductions.

About the Moderator

Joe FleischerJoe Fleischer, Editorial Director, Finance Channel, Argyle Executive Forum

In his role as finance channel editorial director with Argyle Executive Forum, Joe Fleischer focuses on developing virtual events on topics that reflect the primary concerns and priorities of senior finance executives. He is based in New York.

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Fields of Study: Information Technology
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
Recommended CPE Credit(s): 1

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