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Developing Budgets: What You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 08:59 AM

In a previous blog on Managing Mergers and Acquisitions KPIs we discussed what exactly Key Performance Indicators are:

“KPIs are generally defined as quantifiable measures used to evaluate the success of an organization, employee or process in meeting the objectives for performance. In other words, you can only really know if you did well if you know how success is measured.”

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Topics: KL Tools, performance management/measurement, accounting/finance, budgeting, cash and treasury

Key Performance Measures for Improving the Internal Audit Process

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 10:21 AM

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. Careful selection of the performance measures takes a company a long way toward improving a business process. Thus, to build and continually improve an effective business process, a company establishes:

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Topics: KL Tools, internal audit, risk assessment, quality assessment review, performance management/measurement

Currency Risk: The Purpose and Risk of Money

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 01:14 PM

What is Money?

People may say that “money is the root of all evil,” but is it? It may be best to point out that the original quote is better expressed as, “for the love of money is the root of all evil,” which more properly conveys the idea that money is just a thing and not evil itself, but greed and excessive desire for money can be judged morally.

Enough philosophy – let’s get down to brass tacks. Money is useful.

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Topics: accounting/finance, cash and treasury, investments and foreign exchange, enterprise risk management, risk assessment, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, KL Publications

New Pricing Risks Pioneered by the Consumer Perspective

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 09:49 AM

Pricing is defined as the monetary value an organization assigns to a particular product or service.

When setting prices, an organization must consider a wide variety of financial market factors in order to effectively determine prices for products and services.

These factors may include the following:

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Topics: KL Tools, customer satisfaction, inventory and materials management, revenue, sales process & marketing, risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement

Bottom Line – Is a Lockbox Account Helpful for your Company?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

A lockbox is a bank-operated address to which a company’s customers can send their payments. The primary benefit of lockbox services is increasing speed and efficiency in the accounts receivable process. The bank opens the incoming mail, deposits all received funds into the company's account, and scans the payments and any remittance information. Lockbox accounts reduce the effects of processing float and the overall cost of cash processing, which are major risks associated with cash collections. In combination with electronic transfers of account information or outsourced receivables matching, electronic payments and lockboxes will greatly reduce the level of effort required to register payments in customer accounts. Automated cash mobilization (ACM) also helps reduce the effects of processing float.

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

How to Get Your Accounts Payable Process to Work for You

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 09:12 AM

One of our leading practices to consider for your accounts payable process is to develop strategic business alliances with suppliers and involve them in developing better ways to process accounts payable.

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Topics: accounting/finance, cash and treasury, financial reporting, performance management/measurement, accounts payable & purchasing, supply chain, vendor management

6 Successful Warehouse & Storage Strategies You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

There are two main goals that companies with leading practices strive to achieve in the warehousing process: to provide value-added services such as product customization and to move those products through the warehouse into the hands of the consumers as quickly as possible. Companies that achieve these goals follow the leading practices discussed below.

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Topics: performance management/measurement, sales process & marketing, supply chain, change management, inventory and materials management, KL Tools

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

Measure Cost-of-Quality to Track Conformance and Non-Conformance Costs and Support Resource Allocation to Improve Product Quality

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Sep 06, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

Total quality management requires commitment and persistence. Quality will always have a cost, but many companies are demonstrating that investments in quality always provide returns. Cost-of-quality reporting essentially views costs of quality as "good" costs and "poor" costs. The "good" costs are those incurred by the company in delivering customer satisfaction. The "poor" costs arise from:

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Topics: KL Tools, performance management/measurement, supply chain, inventory and materials management, vendor management

The Process of Businesses Managing Productive Governmental Relations

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 01:07 PM

Business and government have long maintained an adversarial relationship. The business community objects to any government interference in commerce, and government believes it has a duty to protect the public interest with laws and regulations that promote fair competition and force the business community to be a good citizen. In recent years, government efforts to protect the public have drastically increased the cost of doing business. As a result, many companies are rethinking their government relations strategies and identifying ways to improve their relationships with government and the general public.

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Topics: KL Tools, performance management/measurement, audit committee & board, compliance, corporate governance, laws & regulations, government, nonprofit industry

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