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    Finance leaders need to move quickly to prep for the ‘tax trifecta’

    U.S. businesses must begin scenario planning ahead of the presidential election to avoid being caught off guard by sudden shifts in tax policy, KPMG’s Rema Serafi writes.

    Rema Serafi • July 19, 2024
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    How CFOs can leverage AI in spend management

    AI can sift through tons of data in seconds, streamlining tax calculations in the employee expense process, among other benefits, writes SAP Concur’s Chris Juneau.

    Chris Juneau • July 9, 2024
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    Harnessing GenAI in corporate finance: Lessons from Microsoft

    Finance teams deploying the technology need a "trust, but verify" approach to outputs, among other best practices, a pair of Microsoft executives write.

    Georg Glantschnig and Cory Hrncirik • June 25, 2024
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    Mind the trust gap: Why C-suite humility matters in the AI era

    If executives engage in the big issues of today without acknowledging there can be a diverse set of explanations, they risk losing stakeholder trust, PwC’s Wes Bricker writes.

    Wes Bricker • June 21, 2024
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    3 ESG lessons CFOs can learn from SOX compliance

    ESG reporting may be a relatively new challenge but there is nothing new about C-suite leaders facing “perfect storm” reporting requirements, Wolters Kluwer's Alessio Lolli writes.

    Alessio Lolli • May 23, 2024
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    The problem that made ‘zero-based budgeting’ unachievable just got solved

    Accounting for every dollar was largely just an elusive aspiration in finance circles — until artificial intelligence arrived, writes Globality’s Seth Catalli.

    Seth Catalli • May 14, 2024
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    Why collections need more CFO love in today’s cash-hungry market

    With higher rates and an uncertain economy, many companies are paying invoices late because they don’t know when capital will be available next, Capchase’s Przemek Gotfryd writes.

    Przemek Gotfryd • May 3, 2024
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    Proposed PCAOB rule risks turning auditors into legal watchdogs

    The NOCLAR proposal would impose on auditors greatly expanded responsibilities for identifying — or even preventing — noncompliance with a very wide range of laws, PwC’s Brian Croteau writes.

    Brian Croteau • April 25, 2024
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    The CFO’s role in curbing third-party cybersecurity risk

    With vendor-related cyber risks spiking rapidly, the stakes are too high for CFOs to treat the issue as merely an IT concern, writes cybersecurity consultant AJ Yawn. 

    AJ Yawn • April 16, 2024
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    How speeding the path to CPA licensure hurts finance teams

    A Minnesota bill offering an alternative route to CPA licensure threatens a secret weapon of accountants and the businesses they serve, the AICPA’s Marta Zaniewski writes.

    Marta Zaniewski • April 4, 2024
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    Fixing the broken state of SaaS purchasing

    A “growth-at-all-costs” mentality has led some SaaS companies to overpromise results and obscure pricing details, writes Olive Technologies CEO Chris Heard.

    Chris Heard • April 2, 2024
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    $29B Microsoft tax bill shows how big transfer pricing disputes can get

    General counsel can help their organization avoid expensive legal battles by ensuring their intercompany agreements align with their compliance policies.

    Paul Sutton • March 18, 2024
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    The fight against cyber fraud: How to up your game in 2024

    CFOs face an increasingly daunting fraud landscape — from deep-fake phone calls to AI-generated text messages, writes Trustpair CEO Baptiste Collot.

    Baptiste Collot • Feb. 6, 2024
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    Holding out for a bankruptcy ‘cram down’? Think again.

    C-suites should take a hard look at the true cost of bankruptcy before filing for Chapter 11, Lowenstein Sandler’s Kenneth A. Rosen writes. 

    Kenneth A. Rosen • Jan. 25, 2024
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    6 AI tips for first-time adopters

    Companies adopting AI for the first time must be ready to do it responsibly and in a way that can deliver real business value, writes Hero Digital’s Arun Kumar.

    Arun Kumar • Jan. 16, 2024
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    AR sobriety: How to cut your losses

    Late payments mean your company is effectively loaning money at zero interest. It’s time to tighten your billings and collections systems, Dean Kaplan writes.

    Dean Kaplan • Jan. 10, 2024
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    Driving FP&A transformation in 2024

    Indirect spend is an area that is perfect for radical automation — the kind that can deliver huge cost savings for a business, writes Globality’s Seth Catalli.

    Seth Catalli • Jan. 2, 2024
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    Human connection is still CFOs’ greatest asset

    Finance chiefs must find the “delicate balance between leveraging the power of digitization and fostering personal connections,” Bob Purcell writes.

    Bob Purcell • Dec. 18, 2023
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    How AI is raising the bar for CFO budget planning

    AI can analyze vast amounts of financial data to predict trends, model budget scenarios, and deliver insights, writes Falconi’s Bernardo Miranda.

    Bernardo Miranda • Dec. 12, 2023
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    Leveraging AI to step up your CFO game in 2024

    While the world is dreaming of big problems AI might solve, business leaders should look to use the technology to address specific company pain points, writes Vic.ai’s Anand Desai.

    Anand Desai • Nov. 20, 2023
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    Why CFOs must remove barriers to growth in a ‘deadweight’ economy

    What sets apart leading efficient-growth companies is the way they remove barriers or “growth anchors” that impede action, Gartner’s Dennis Gannon writes.

    Dennis Gannon • Nov. 10, 2023
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    What businesses can learn from the F-35B fighter jet failure

    When planning complex projects, it’s important to focus on their core purposes without adding nonessential features, project management expert Dr. Te Wu writes.

    Dr. Te Wu • Oct. 26, 2023
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    Out of the shadows: Shining a light on AI use within your organization

    If your policies don’t cover AI use by employees who aren’t aware they’re using it, or are using it outside official channels, it’s a good idea to create a policy to cover this growing shadow AI use. 

    Myriah Jaworski, Melissa Ventrone and Eric Rouseau • Oct. 24, 2023
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    Leveraging AI in your monthly close process

    Savvy accounting leaders who see the writing on the wall are focused on bringing cutting-edge technologies into their teams’ daily tasks, including the monthly close, writes Horváth’s Tony Klimas.

    Tony Klimas • Oct. 10, 2023
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    Forget FOBO: use AI or lose your FP&A job

    Financial, planning and analytics professionals need to adapt to AI — or risk being replaced by someone else who does embrace it, FP&HEY Co-founder Drew Murphy writes. 

    Drew Murphy • Sept. 19, 2023