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Why Your Procurement Staff and Sales Department Must Work Together
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For many companies, the procurement department and the sales staff might as well speak different languages. After all, one group is busy working with vendors to buy raw materials while the other is working with customers to sell finished product; their job descriptions are so different they would seem to have nothing in common. These differences give the perception that by working together they won’t add much value to the business. In fact, it is these differences that make their collaboration so valuable for their companies.

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Technology Investment Strategies for Business Success
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It has never been more important for businesses to make the right technology investment decisions. Businesses currently spend an estimated 2 to 5% of their revenue on technology purchases. Studies show there is a strong correlation between profitable growth and well-aligned technology especially when the investments are focused on differentiating the business in the marketplace. Unfortunately, technology spending can sometimes be derailed by competing agendas, poor communications, and long wish lists. How can these important business investments move beyond the technical necessities needed to just “keep the lights on” and tackle improvements that solve the bigger problems businesses face today?

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Assessing The Health Of Your Business: The Art And Science Of Accounting
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It pays to do things twice in accounting. Italian friar Luca Pacioli established that when he published the first book on double-entry bookkeeping in 1494. The practice is still being used today. Like Pacioli, who was well versed in a wide range of subjects, the art and science of accounting is all about timing and balance. Double-entry bookkeeping, which requires two-sides to every journal entry, gave birth to the income statement and balance sheet. Together with the cash-flow statement, they create a financial reporting system that keeps your books in equilibrium. ​

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Governance & Controls – structure and controls.

Transaction Recording – systems, transaction processing and closing the books.

Reporting - efficient, timely and accurate information for decision making and meeting compliance requirements.

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Accounting

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Business Planning - provide the financial roadmap for the company with supporting analytics.

Financial Forecasting - integrate the company’s current performance relative to budget with the real-time business environment.

Investment Analysis - the framework to analyze new opportunities as they present themselves.

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Finance

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Cash Management - the discipline to ensure cash is available to operate the business normally.

Funding - Planning for and raising funds to meet the needs of the business.

Risk Management – Identification and mitigation of key business risks.

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Self-Awareness - Internal.

Team Building - External.

Strategy & Culture – Motivate people to follow you.

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Leadership

Four Pillars of Executive Expertise

CFO.University is built around the Four Pillars of CFO Success. These Pillars are supported with Core Competencies. Our framework allows you to master your role as a senior financial officer. The Four Pillars are made up of:


Accounting – Governance & Controls, Transaction Recording and Reporting

Finance – Business Planning, Financial Forecasting and Investment Analysis

Treasury – Cash Management, Funding (Capital Raising) and Risk Management

Leadership – Self Awareness, Team Building and Strategy & Culture

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