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April 19, 2019

By David West, Director at Accountagility

This month the Accountagility Index (AAX) moved up six basis points to 5.09.  Last month it was 5.03.  The Index records UK...

April 18, 2019

By Bjarte Bogsnes, Senior Advisor Performance Framework at Equinor (formerly Statoil), and Chairman Beyond Budgeting Roundtable

Although Beyond Budgeting is about so much more than just budgets, our name tends to draw people, at least initially, towards the budget word. Once there, cost management often...

April 17, 2019

By Nilly Essaides, Senior Research Director Finance/EPM at The Hackett Group 

Business partnering is something everyone is talking about right now. The premise is that the more low-value finance tasks are automated, the more time...

April 11, 2019

By Mason Brady, Director of Finance at Homegrown Organic Farms

Mason Brady holds an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and is fluent in Spanish. He is also a CMA holder and is currently in pursuit of the FP&A certification.

Mason holds years of experience in finance and supply chain management in the fresh produce industry. He started in the industry at 20 years old as a Quality Control Manager and is now the Director of Finance & Supply Chain for Homegrown Organic Farms, a marketer and shipper of organic citrus, blueberries, grapes, and stonefruit.

Mason is a leader and developer of systems that enable growth for companies. He oversees a team with direct responsibility for the organic and food safety compliance, accounting, forecasting and budgeting, quality control, and materials and supplies procurement for Homegrown Organic Farms.

LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/masonbrady/

FP&A in a small sized business is different than in a large, corporate firm. While one can argue that we all face a lack of time and resources, there...

April 10, 2019

By Karl Kern, Accountant / Lecturer / Writer

Karl Kern has a BBA degree in Accounting from Temple University, and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Babson College. After graduating from Temple University Karl started a career where he has established a reputation as a problem solver. Karl’s reputation as a problem solver is based on his ability to create as well as implement initiatives that have helped organizations increase revenues, decrease expenses, and improve cash flows.

Karl’s ability to create as well as implement initiatives is due to being a well-read individual with exceptional organizational skills and passion. It is Karl’s passion that guides him to improve the lives of not only himself but also those around him.

LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlhkern/

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The fourth meeting of the Boston FP&A Board was held on March 26, 2019.  The meeting was held at the offices of Robert Half and was sponsored by not only...

April 9, 2019

By Gary Cokins,  Founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management

Gary Cokins (Cornell University BS IE/OR, 1971; Northwestern University Kellogg MBA 1974) is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and enterprise performance and risk management systems. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina at www.garycokins.com .

He began his career in industry with a Fortune 100 company in CFO and operations roles. He then worked 15 years in consulting with Deloitte, KPMG, and EDS. From 1997 until recently Gary was a Principal Consultant with SAS, a leading provider of enterprise performance management and business analytics and intelligence software.

His two most recent books Performance Management: Finding the Missing Pieces to Close the Intelligence Gap (ISBN 0-471-57690-5) and Performance Management: Integrating Strategy Execution, Methodologies, Risk, and Analytics (ISBN 978-0-470-44998-1). Mr. Cokins can be contacted at gcokins@garycokins.com .

LinkedIn account: www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cokins/0/15a/949


Business schools tend to divide their curriculum between hard quantitative-oriented courses, such as operations management and finance; and soft behavioral...