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5 Signs that Your Financial Close Process May Be Broken

by Elizabeth Milne, EPM Product Marketing, SAP Recently I worked with Deloitte to publish the paper “5 Signs  that Your Financial Close Process May Be Broken (and What to Do about It).” Deloitte is a fantastic partner with massive experience working around the close process and helping organizations shorten the close cycles and improve quality. […]

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Simple Predictive Finance: Why the Dream Is a Reality

by Henner Schliebs, Senior Director, Analytics Strategic Product Marketing, SAP For a couple decades, there was a quote about prediction that everyone seemed to jump on, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” This not very provocative sentence from the first half of the 20th century (by Physics Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr) was […]

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Big Data and Analytics to Drive Productivity

A common mantra for many analysts is that they don’t get to spend enough time analyzing data to extract vital insights because they simply spend too much time preparing data for analysis. Keep Business Running The problem includes the time and effort it takes analysts to download, cleanse, and manipulate data and then create charts, […]

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Banking on Big Data and Analytics to Improve Customer Loyalty

Shifting market forces are shaking up the retail banking industry from new payment platforms – including those from big players like Amazon – to mobile banking, peer-to-peer lending to regulatory constraints and a persistently tough interest rate climate. Furthermore, banks are under-leveraging their existing customer bases and missing out on cross-selling opportunities. That’s according to […]

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GRC Tuesdays: The Risks to Include in the Audit Plan

by Norman D. Marks, CPA, CRMA In my last post, I discussed “What Should Auditors Audit?” My answer was that internal audit should address the risks that matter to the organization, its board, and executive management team: “All risks that could affect the achievement of corporate goals, including unstated objectives such as compliance and safety, […]

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GRC Tuesdays: The Risks to Include in the Audit Plan

by Norman D. Marks, CPA, CRMA In my last post, I discussed “What Should Auditors Audit?” My answer was that internal audit should address the risks that matter to the organization, its board, and executive management team: “All risks that could affect the achievement of corporate goals, including unstated objectives such as compliance and safety, […]

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Shark Week 2014: Taking a Bite with Big Data

By Ian Cook (@ianmcook), Data Scientist, TIBCO Spotfire The world is swimming in data. A vast, open sea of information is everywhere, saturating our everyday lives and shaping the way we make educated business decisions. Now that this year’s Shark Week has just wrapped up, we chomped at the opportunity to take a deeper look at shark attack […]

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Shark Week 2014: Taking a Bite with Big Data

By Ian Cook (@ianmcook), Data Scientist, TIBCO Spotfire The world is swimming in data. A vast, open sea of information is everywhere, saturating our everyday lives and shaping the way we make educated business decisions. Now that this year’s Shark Week has just wrapped up, we chomped at the opportunity to take a deeper look at shark attack […]

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Big Data to Manufacture Insight

While some manufacturers have been able to lower waste and the variables in production from lean manufacturing programs, extreme variability still faces certain processing environments, including pharmaceutical, chemical and mining concerns. Because of the vast number and complexity of the production processes in these and other industries, using advanced analytics to cull through big data […]

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New SAP Press Book Offers Primer on Financial Planning and Analysis

A book I co-authored has been published by SAP Press and is available on Amazon. I’ve been asked by my SAP enterprise performance management (EPM) marketing colleague, Mr. Chris Grundy (who manages our EPM social media programs) to write a blog explaining why we wrote the book, and to describe the whole experience.  In this […]

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