Business Innovation with Game Changers
April 7, 2015
The buzz: Supply chain health. As global barriers for business commerce are being torn down, enterprises have unparalleled opportunities to create unique advantages within their supply chains. The upside: enterprise spending now spans more diverse geographies and suppliers than ever before. The downside: supply chains are infested with supplier risks, savings leakages, and procurement inefficiencies that often go undetected. Can cutting-edge analytics and real-time supplier visibility help you mitigate the risks, as well as drive trusted and confident spending decisions? The experts speak. Featuring Rahul Raj, Deloitte.
Coffee Break with Game Changers
July 28, 2015
The buzz: Only digital natives need apply. Two worlds collide. By 2020, about 75% of the world's workforce will be millennials (born 1982–2004). Employers are seeking future workforce skills in analytics, cloud, mobile, and social media (Oxford Economics Sept. 2014). Good news: Millennials, the Digital Economy natives, have these skills. How can your organization prepare to meet the demands of these digital natives as well as your need to grow through globalization? The experts speak. Featuring Ben Dollar, Deloitte.
The buzz: School days. All children start with the same passions, imagination, and desire to learn. But according to UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report, “Ensuring that all children access upper secondary education by 2030 will remain beyond the grasp of the international community unless priorities are re-considered.” Is it just the responsibility of parents, governments and schools, or the private sector, too? Are enough jobs ready for youth who get an education? The experts speak. Featuring Karim Ramji, Deloitte.
June 10, 2015
The buzz: Invisibles. Visible healthcare wearables like smart wrist bands and watches are commonplace. What if you prefer non-obvious tracking devices? Almost-invisible-to-invisible innovations are entering the market, hoping to gain your trust and improve healthcare outcomes. Coming soon: under-clothing heartrate tracking strips that detect and report epileptic seizures; “smart pills” that measure blood pressure, pH, body temperature; tattoo-thin strips that store health data and even deliver medications. How easy or hard is it to launch innovative health devices and gain profitable market share? The experts speak. Featuring Harry Greenspun, Deloitte.
March 18, 2015
The buzz: Safety first. After record vehicle recalls in 2014, automakers are under intense pressure from consumers and regulators to be proactive about product quality and safety issues; protect consumers; and minimize the duration, scale, and cost of recall events. How? Advanced analytics. The experts speak. Featuring Mark Gardner, Deloitte.
March 4, 2015
The buzz: Health. Wearables like wrist bands, watches, glasses, and contact lenses are the NBT. Why? They can now measure body conditions and use the data to support healthier living, disease prevention, and faster rehab. But will patients actively track and share wearables-generated data, despite privacy concerns? And are wearables precise enough to meet medical device quality standards? The experts speak.Featuring Greg Reh, Deloitte.
Digital World with Game Changers
May 12, 2015
The buzz: Happiness. Enterprise software has been delivering increased functionality for years, but too often at the expense of ease-of-use. Why? Good design is notoriously difficult and thus not addressed or measured by most IT teams. UX projects are a business investment, where satisfaction must translate into performance to calculate ROI. Should UX be part of project development from the get-go? The experts speak. Featuring Jaco Van Eeden and Michael Romero, Deloitte.
Financial Excellence with Game Changers
July 13, 2015
The buzz: Sizzle vs Steak. Many CFOs’ wish lists include improved collaboration, embedded analytics, easier deployment and streamlined maintenance. As a result, Cloud-based EPM solutions will appeal to current and new users of performance management solutions. But what will EPM in the Cloud really offer to organizations? How does it differ from traditional on-premise approaches? And as we observe the rise of the "Analytical CFO”, does EPM fit? The experts speak. Featuring Joe Mastro, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
July 6, 2015
The buzz: Onward! Take a good look around your finance and accounting offices. Does it feel like your finance team is on the cutting edge of innovation and leading the charge to add strategic value to the business? Or do you see endless piles of paperwork, and hear grumblings about deadlines, information requests and other typical back office headaches? If the latter, it’s time to learn how to leverage data, benchmarking and metrics to modernize your finance function. But where and how do you start? The experts speak. Featuring Eric Merrill, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
June 29, 2015
The buzz: Salud! The integration between Finance and Operations has evolved from time-lagging batch processes to now real-time information. Since operational information ultimately impacts both your revenue and cost planning, changes across your entire value chain must be reflected in finance. Savvy CFOs now see their functional scope widening from core accounting to include catalyst and strategist roles. And digitally mature organizations are enjoying up to a 26% increase in profitability. It’s all good. The experts speak. Featuring Eric Bramley, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
June 22, 2015
The buzz: At risk. Recent research and surveys suggest that enterprise boards of directors and CEOs want, need, and are demanding more and better information on enterprise risk management from the CFO and Office of Finance. It’s becoming so urgent that some boards are starting to exercise an oversight role. Reality check: A serious gap persists between what the CFO is delivering and what the business requires. Could this put CFOs at risk, too? The experts speak. Featuring Elvia Novak, Deloitte.
May 11, 2015
The buzz: Rev Rec. Revenue recognition is the single most important item on your company’s financial statement and to your organization. The IASB and FASB already announced new converged revenue accounting standards – but they may be delayed a year. If you haven't started planning for the impact, what should your next steps be? If you have started, should you adjust for the delay?
April 20, 2015
The buzz: The CFO. The concept of the strategic CFO – responsible for more than just numbers – is not new. But now there's a new technology-driven dynamic in Finance, a nexus of powerful forces driven by in-memory, cloud, mobile, and social. It's not only changing how CFOs can operate, it also gives them the potential to re-imagine the processes underpinning the Finance function, as well as their role as information steward and advisor to the business. How exactly is this impacting the way CFOs are evolving the Finance function and their role within the business? The experts speak. Featuring John Steele, Deloitte.
September 23, 2014
The buzz: Revenue recognition. Now that the IASB and FASB have announced their converged revenue accounting standards, it’s time to prepare for these new requirements. It’s not a matter of whether these will impact you, as well as organizations across the world and across industries. It’s a matter of how much. What can you do to prepare? Have you read the entire 700 pages about the new rules? The experts speak. Featuring David Furgason, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
The Future of Business with Game Changers
January 8, 2015
The buzz: Complexity vs. Simplification. Breaking-down internal complexity to achieve simplification is top-of-mind for business leaders as we enter 2015. Why? Boston Consulting Group reports that effectively managing complexity can help a company grow profit margins by 25 percent or more. To achieve this level of transformation, your organization needs radically-thinking, agile leaders who can change employee mindsets and behaviors, and reduce business complexity. Are you ready? The experts speak. Featuring Neil Neveras, Deloitte.
HR Trends with Game Changers
November 23, 2014
The buzz: Build or buy? Does your company prefer to invest in a current employee’s training to promote them up the ladder, or bypass them for a more experienced, already trained outside superstar? Wharton’s Matthew Bidwell found that external hires are paid 18% more on average, but receive significantly lower performance reviews their first two years and are more likely to get laid off or fired than internal promoted staff. What’s up with this? The experts speak. Featuring Dr. Katherine Jones, Bersin by Deloitte.
September 22, 2014
The buzz: Technology at work. The debate rages on about how technology affects jobs and the people who do them. With each advancement, tech often creates highly skilled and lowskilled positions, and eliminates semi-skilled roles. Dumping people into the economy who cannot compete for jobs does not nurture a stable society. Who wins? Who loses? How is your company re-skilling the lost workforce? And where will it all end? The experts speak. Featuring Bill Briggs, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Internet of Things with Game Changers
June 4, 2015
The buzz: Money on the go. The Internet of Things is affecting everything around us, including your money and payment methods. Information from your home, car, every place you go, can all be connected to your transactions, to help you better manage your financial life. Is the IoT coming to a wallet near you? The experts speak. Featuring Val Srinivas, Deloitte.
Transforming your Business with Game Changers
July 14, 2015
The buzz: Share and share alike. Following the lead of now-established startups like Airbnb and Zipcar, more companies are offering a unique customer experience designed for convenience, trust and comfort. And this is causing more people to wonder what they can share, borrow or rent as a business opportunity. Have we evolved into an altruistic society? How is the digital economy enabling this to unfold? The experts speak. Bill Briggs, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
June 30, 2015
The buzz: Money can’t buy you love. As the complexity of workforce challenges deepens, so will the demand for quantitative approaches to address the people-related questions central to your organization’s simplification and success. According to 2014 Oxford Economics and SAP research, employees want higher compensation and more career opportunities. How is your company keeping valued talent engaged while measuring performance against the right metrics and incentivizing them to help achieve your goals? The experts speak. Nathan Sloan, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
June 2, 2015
The buzz: You know. As technology makes the global marketplace increasingly more accessible, all size companies must effectively distribute that knowledge across their entire organization. Why? Knowledge networks enable businesses to cross physical and virtual boundaries, innovate and collaborate at scale, and maintain human relationships where colleagues work virtually. However, research is limited on how to establish and run a successful network. Ready to learn what a well-built knowledge network looks like and how it could positively impact your business? The experts speak. Featuring Michael Gretczko, Deloitte.
April 7, 2015
The buzz: Leaders and the bottom line. According to research from SAP and Knowledge@Wharton, 51% of leaders today believe simplification is of strategic importance, yet only 17% feel their efforts have been successful. Why does it matter? Because effectively managing complexity can result in at least a 25% increase in profit margins. Leaders now need to step-up: learn or enhance their skills around organizational design, analytics, and more. The experts speak. Featuring Josh Bersin, Bersin by Deloitte.
March 10, 2015
The buzz: Human Capital. According to Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey, employee engagement and culture issues have risen to become the No. 1 challenge facing companies worldwide. Why? As the economy grows, skills become more specialized and global competition for top talent increases. Too few organizations are using talent analytics or strengthening their leadership pipeline. Now all business leaders – not just HR – are realizing that culture, engagement, leadership, development and retention must be their top priorities. What best practices can you implement now to prepare your organization and your talent for the future? The experts speak. Featuring Ben Dollar, Deloitte.