The CFO Playbook on Strategy: How Finance Teams Can Apply Analytics to Support Strategic Decisions

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Duration: 1 hour
 

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Webcast Summary

How do today’s finance chiefs manage and leverage their organizations' data resources? According to the findings of CFO magazine's latest survey, which gathered perspectives from more than 200 senior finance executives, nearly half of respondents report that their finance teams set the analytics agendas for their organizations. Yet nearly half of survey participants admit their organizations do not consider their analytical endeavors to be highly effective.

Among the primary obstacles to effective analytics respondents cite are insufficient technology, talent, and time. Even within organizations where analytics are available, survey participants observe that their colleagues don't always know how to make sense of the information they have. As one respondent puts it, the "major challenge is cultural," that is, when "data analytics suggest different findings to the commonly held views."

During this Webcast, we will reveal the results of the survey, as well as the implications of the findings, which include:
  • Why finance teams are taking responsibility for managing analytics throughout their organizations;
  • How CFOs can assess and develop analytical skills among the finance teams they lead; and
  • How finance teams can improve their effectiveness in translating analytics into information organizations can use to support strategic decisions.

About the Panelists

Vince RyanVince Ryan, Editor-in-Chief, CFO Magazine

Vince Ryan is responsible for all editorial content appearing in CFO Magazine's on-line, mobile, and print operations. He has more than 26 years of experience reporting and writing on corporate finance, banking, and information technology for publications such as PC/Computing, Upside, and Telephony, where he won a feature-writing award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Prior to joining CFO Magazine in 2007, he was managing editor at Royal Media Group, where he launched newsletters and conferences targeted to financial services executives. Mr. Ryan is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

Bryan MuellerBryan Mueller, Principal Consultant, Sourcing Advisory Services,
Information Services Group (ISG)

Bryan Mueller is a Principal Consultant with the Sourcing Advisory Services practice of Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. Blending expertise in finance and IT, Bryan helps clients develop, communicate, and implement strategically sound technology solutions founded on reliable business cases and relevant data. He is a subject matter expert for ISG's Technology Business Management (TBM) practice, and he participates as a member of the TBM Council as Co-Leader of the CFO of IT workgroup. Prior to joining ISG in 2014, Bryan was a Senior Director with TransUnion, where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis for global IT.

Dr. Joel BresserDr. Joel Bresser, Ph.D., Senior Director, The Hackett Group

Dr. Joel Bresser has more than 20 years of experience in consulting and in senior executive roles in finance, business development, operations, and management. Dr. Bresser's expertise encompasses enterprise performance management; financial and management reporting and infrastructure; business intelligence; planning, budgeting, and forecasting; financial processes and operations; and shared services and centers of excellence.

About the Moderator

Chris SchmidtChris Schmidt, Senior Editor, CFO Publishing

Chris Schmidt is the senior editor with CFO Publishing, overseeing the development of custom-content Webcasts and other tailored outreach to senior finance executives. Chris also works with CFO Publishing's research team to conduct studies on a variety of topics.

Before joining CFO Publishing, Chris served as director of corporate communications for Oliver Wyman, a global strategy consultancy. He is a graduate of Colby College. Chris is based in Boston.

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