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How to Manage Your Lender Relationships

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 01:44 PM

Is The Treasury Function Ensuring Superior Financial Services for Your Company?

The treasury function at a company bears responsibility for managing financial transactions, safeguarding deposits, earning a return on reserves and obtaining credit. At a minimum, the staff of the treasury function selects and supervises providers of financial services, such as bankers and lenders, who will produce superior results at a fair price. In companies that apply leading practices, the treasury function staff develops relationships with bankers and lenders who provide more than simple banker-to-customer services: the relationships progress into collaborative business partnerships where the bankers help the company manage financial risk and develop the resources worldwide to meet its strategic financial objectives.

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Topics: accounting/finance, cash and treasury, performance management/measurement, credits and collections

How to Build an Effective Business Process

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Jun 01, 2018 @ 01:35 PM

Key Performance Measures Improving the Process

An effective business process is built on a set of well-defined and clearly-stated business objectives. These key objectives articulate the ideal performance results that the company expects from that process. To monitor a business process so that it stays focused on reaching the key objectives, the company chooses appropriate performance measures. In fact, careful selection of the performance measures takes a company a long way toward improving a business process. Thus, to build and then continually improve an effective business process, a company establishes:

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Topics: accounting/finance, financial reporting, laws & regulations, performance management/measurement

How to Successfully Manage Supply Chain Distribution Channels

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 02:11 PM

What Is Channel Effectiveness Risk?

Channel effectiveness risk is the risk that poorly performing or positioned supply chains or distribution channels may threaten a firm's capacity to effectively and efficiently interact with suppliers and inhibits the ability to access current and potential customers and end users.

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Topics: KL Tools, accounting/finance, inventory and materials management, vendor management, risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement, supply chain

What is Process Accounts Receivable, Credit and Collections?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

In recent blog posts, we’ve discussed KPIs for various processes and even gave a concise description of what they are (see Guide to Managing Mergers and Acquisitions KPIs). In this post, we’ll be looking at KPIs again and this time it’s for Accounts Receivable (AR), Credit and Collections and we have a great document on KnowledgeLeader that goes more in-depth.

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Topics: KL Tools, accounts receivable,, cash and treasury, credits and collections, performance management/measurement, accounting/finance

Guide to Managing Mergers and Acquisitions KPIs

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 05:03 PM

mergers-acquisitions-300x201_0-1.jpgFew things can be as fraught with stress and complication for top executives and business owners as evaluating mergers and acquisitions. Some mergers are consummated to capitalize on new geographic or demographic markets, expand product offerings, facilitate the acquisition of key employees, boost productivity, reduce competition by absorbing a rival company, or even more long term strategies. Whatever the reason, the process and outcome must be measured to determine if it was successful in meeting business objectives.

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions, performance management/measurement, accounting/finance, initial public offering, KL Tools

What is Strategic Forecasting?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

Budgeting is a systematic process for:

  • Expressing future plans in formal quantitative terms
  • Allocating resources to achieve strategic goals
  • Monitoring progress toward goals
  • Controlling spending
  • Predicting cash flow and profits
  • Serving as a vehicle for communicating plans in an orderly manner throughout the organization
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Topics: KL Tools, audit planning, accounting/finance, budgeting

Improving Controls Through Integrated Business Planning

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:49 AM

Most organizations are struggling with a disconnect between financial planning and the planning that goes on in operations/production, which leads to challenges in execution of strategy and errors in planning. This makes it difficult for businesses in general (and CFOs in particular) to deliver predictable results. The goal of integrated business planning (IBP) is to connect these disjointed teams, currently planning in their own silos with limited regard for the business realities of the other teams. 

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Topics: accounting/finance, performance management, performance measurement, internal controls

Is Your Financial Close and Reporting Process Too Manual?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Most organizations continue to invest a significant number of hours every month in a particular set of activities related to calculating, manipulating and validating critical financial reporting data using spreadsheets. Organizations should be asking whether this level of effort represents incremental value to the financial reporting process and whether this actually does needs to be done in spreadsheets.

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Topics: financial reporting, accounting/finance, performance management, performance measurement, close the books

Guide to Managing Large-Scale Business Projects

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 03:24 PM

It seems like everybody is wearing a lot more hats these days and finance leaders are no exception. Of course, this means that they are finding it increasingly difficult to balance the multitude of responsibilities and non-routine initiatives facing the finance function.

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Topics: accounting/finance, change management, ERP, performance management, performance measurement, project management

Close-the-Books Guide: Reduce Financial Close Risk

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Aug 04, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

A fast, close-the-books process provides multiple benefits for the finance function and for the company. First, a fast close process creates more time for finance professionals to focus on strategic activities for the company, such as identifying warnings in financial data and providing the corporation's financial direction. It also reduces the cost of the finance function, since fewer hours are needed to close the books. And it demonstrates that the company's controls and systems are well organized; the company sends the message to its competitors and to the investment community that it is expert at performing business processes.

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Topics: close the books, accounting/finance, financial reporting, risk assessment, performance management, performance measurement

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