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Managing Suppliers and Enterprise Spending: Letting the Numbers Do the Talking

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.

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Templosion, Technology and the Future of Finance - Part 3

August 31, 2016

The buzz: Knock Knock! Futurist Edie Weiner coined the term ‘templosion’ to describe rapid and massive changes in increasingly shorter timeframes. As the templosive acceleration of digital transformation – Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Smart Machines – disrupts tech-laggard Finance, do they need a new business model to adopt and adapt? The experts speak. Featuring Sam Parikh and Srikanth Tamma, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The Behavior Side of Preventive Medicine: Workplace, Employees and Pharma

April 13, 2016

The buzz: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…I’m feeling good.” Bravo to your HR for offering employee health strategy programs! That means everyone is so healthy and fit that attendance and productivity are way up. Not so much? Perhaps they forgot to address how workforce behavior – do they WANT to improve their health habits – and circumstances impact illness prevention, or the importance of engagement, commitment and alignment among employer and insurer plan sponsors, healthcare providers and individual workers. What now? The experts speak. Featuring Michael Maniccia, Deloitte.

Pharma and Preventive Medicine: Future or Failure?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 

The buzz: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day… and I’m feeling good.” We know prevention is better than cure. But without a systematic approach, it is still up to each of us to decide whether we choose to live healthy or not. Now consider this: If life sciences companies would make prevention a core competency, then physicians, insurers, patients and pharma companies should be able to work together to broadly improve prevention and create a win-win for ‘every body’. But how? The experts speak. Featuring Ralph Marcello, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

Game-Changers 2016 Predictions - Part 3

December 16, 2015

The buzz: The future is almost here! Searching for a crystal ball to see what 2016 holds for your company, industry and the world? We’ve got the next best thing: our 3-part annual Predictions Special bringing you insights from a total of 48 thought leaders covering the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete better in 2016 and beyond. Featured guests included Val Srinivas, Deloitte and Anthony Abbatiello, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Transporting Your Factory in the Future Now - Part 2

October 7, 2015

The buzz: Now! Attention, manufacturers. If it's a surprise that we’re mid-way into the 4th industrial revolution, here’s a news flash. Your manufacturing facility needs to take advantage of the exponential advances in technology, big data and innovations – or you’ll soon be out of business. How can you catch up? Harness the power of in-memory computing, IoT, wearable technologies, additive manufacturing and predictive capabilities. And stop underestimating customers’ evolving expectations (your competition isn’t). The experts speak. Featuring Mark Frank, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Performance Management: Are today's practices working?

September 30, 2015

Performance Management (PM) began informally around World War 1. By the late-1950s, many companies adopted formal, personality-based PM practices without a self-appraisal component. Complaints arose about their effectiveness. Fast-forward to today. Most organizations are using a PM strategy intended to drive the right behaviors toward a specific outcome, but 80% believe it’s not delivering. Is your PM maximizing or hurting your employees’ productivity? It’s time to examine the good, bad, and ugly of PM, plus improvement strategies you can use now. Featuring Josh Bersin, Bersin by Deloitte.

Health Wearables Part 3 - The New Life-Changers?

September 16, 2015

The buzz: Connected health systems. Wearable devices can track and automatically report body traits, therapy adherence and lifestyle to patients, doctors, and more. But if taken to a new level, they could have more dramatic impacts. How? Individuals would change their health thinking and behavior, health insurers would pay per outcome vs. cost, and life sciences companies would focus on prevention as well as cure. Is this the impossible dream? The experts speak. Featuring Harry Greenspun, MD, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Transporting Your Factory into the Future Now - Part 1

September 9, 2015

The buzz: Hurry! Calling all manufacturers! We’re mid-way into our 4th industrial revolution. If your manufacturing facility isn’t taking advantage of the exponential advances in technology, exploding big data and amazing innovations, the handwriting is on the wall: you’ll soon be obsolete. What will it take to catch up? First, learn to harness the power of in-memory computing, IoT, wearable technologies, additive manufacturing and predictive capabilities. Next, stop underestimating the changing dynamics of your customers’ expectations (your competition isn’t). Want to know more? The experts speak. Featuring Mark Frank, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

The Future of Work in the Digital Economy

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.

Technology and Education: Empowering Youth Worldwide

July 23,2015

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.

Health Wearables Part 2 – The Next Breakthrough?

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.

Time for a Tune-up: Advanced Analytics and Auto Safety

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.

Health Wearables – Hype or Revolutionary?

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.

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Digital Manufacturing: Powering the 4th Industrial Revolution

April 12, 2016

The buzz: "You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one." (John Lennon) The first three industrial revolutions were powered by steam (1700s), electricity (1800s), and computerization (1960s). Today, the fourth is connecting machines and equipment with the ubiquitous Internet of Things – enabling the digitization of business across all industries to revolutionize processes, customer interactions, and business models. The heart of this shift: the industrial machinery and components (IM&C) industry. The experts speak. Featuring Jason Coffman, Deloitte.

User Experience in Enterprise Software: ROI of UX

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.

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Three Lines of Defense: Fact or Fiction?

August 9, 2016

The buzz: Three’s a charm. The Three Lines of Defense (TLoD) is becoming a globally recognized framework, where Corporate Risk, Compliance and other groups set standards and practices for managing risk and Internal Audit provides assurance. In research commissioned by SAP from Forrester, ~45% of 200+ respondents had implemented or were implementing TLoD, but some executives had significant ongoing concerns. Is implementation only at the fringes of the business? Is deep, rigorous implementation missing? The experts speak. Featuring Elvia Novak, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Modernizing Your Finance Organization: Metrics and Benchmarking

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.

Finance and Operations Integration: To Your Business Health!

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.

Board to CFO: Deliver Better Risk Management Data NOW!

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.

Encore: Millennials and Your Finance Organization: Work Style And Business

June 7, 2016

The buzz: Net-net. Brace yourself for news! By 2015, Millennials were the largest generational cohort in the US workforce. And their characteristic work style – caring deeply about workplace satisfaction, social networking, BYOD and mobile – has changed many areas of business, including the historically new-trend-and-technology-averse finance department. As a result, all financial professionals worldwide are now seeing their role and job within the corporate enterprise differently. The experts speak. Featuring John Arellano, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Digital Manufacturing: Powering the 4th Industrial Revolution - Part 2

June 8, 2016

The buzz: Every day is a revolution. Welcome to the future. The upside: The 4th industrial Revolution’s smart factories, connected machines, and IIoT offer limitless possibilities for collaborative robotics, digital twins, and myriad “smart” use cases. At the heart of it all: the industrial machinery and components (IM&C) industry. The downside: Information overload and insufficient cybersecurity are barriers to capitalizing on the near-term estimated $15 trillion IIoT opportunity. Why you should care: This all impacts your business, your career and your personal life. The experts speak. Featuring Jason Coffman, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Future of Finance: Powered by Technology

May 17, 2016

The buzz: "Everybody’s talking. I can’t hear a word they’re saying…". It’s no secret that Finance typically lags in new technology adoption. Or that this leaves most Finance professionals – likely yours, too – ill-equipped to drive real-time and in-depth analysis and insightful reporting on key business metrics and priorities. Reality check: Global markets are harsher. Wall Street is less kind. Finance needs to be able to help your company forecast, plan and predict successful outcomes. But how? Arm your Finance team with the right technology tools to be at the core of driving your organization’s digital transformation. The experts speak. Featuring Sam Parikh, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

New Revenue Recognition: Is it Here Yet?

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?

Millennials and Your Finance Organization: Work Style And Business

April 26, 2016

The buzz: Net-net. Brace yourself for news! By 2015, Millennials were the largest generational cohort in the US workforce. And their characteristic work style – caring deeply about workplace satisfaction, social networking, BYOD and mobile – has changed many areas of business, including the historically new-trend-and-technology-averse finance department. As a result, all financial professionals worldwide are now seeing their role and job within the corporate enterprise differently. The experts speak. Featuring John Arellano, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The Strategic CFO: Re-imagining Finance

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.

Behold the Digital Finance Professional: Adapting at Lightning Speed

February 23, 2016

The buzz: Faster! s digitalization, advanced analytical capabilities and other technologies disrupt the business world, the finance profession must change. Senior finance execs are seeking sophisticated information tools to support new demands on their role. How can they capitalize on innovations to deliver the highest value to the business? The experts speak. Featuring Srikanth Tamma, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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Don't Fence Me In: Performance in a 9-Box Grid

October 28, 2015

The buzz: 3X3. The infamous Human Resources nine-box grid, the end result of a larger talent management process, is intended to plot the progression of people as resources for the future. But it's often seen negatively by employees striving for the top right quadrant and by managers disputing its motivational value. Ultimately, even great performers can’t reach the perceived pinnacle of success. Is it time for the grid to retire or are we doomed to nine boxes forever? The experts speak. Featuring Anthony Abbatiello, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Getting 'Em and Keeping 'Em

September 30, 2015

The buzz: Values. Does your corporate culture tell current employees and your future workforce, the ones you’ll NEED to hire in the next 1 to 3 years, that you can help them achieve what they value most: better life balance, not just more money? If yes, you need to get that marketing message out to potential hires. What would make me want to join your company? Featuring Katelynn Heckett, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

CHROs: Time for a New Conversation

June 9, 2016

The buzz: Let’s talk. Dramatic workforce and business changes – multi-generations, gender inequity, developing economies, globalization – signal it’s time for the CHRO role to evolve. How? Build transformational value-based relationships with HR supporting the business, engage permanent and external workers in new collaborations, use consumer-style tools and social HR, help improve business strategies. Where to start? The experts speak. Featuring Erica Volini, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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Healthcare and the IoT: Lifesaving Gets Smart

September 1, 2016

The buzz: Getting a pulse. The Internet of Things -IoT- is gradually beginning to impact healthcare by delivering the benefits of life-saving innovations to patients, doctors and nurses. How? Armed with intelligent, connected breakthroughs – from personal devices that measure your vital signs to “smart” hospitals beds and 'smart' medication dosing and tracking – you and your professional healthcare team can now address potentially fatal issues quickly, before they escalate into crises. Where is this happening? All over the world. The experts speak. Featuring Stephanie Huber and Guillermo B. Vazquez, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Medicine by the Slice: Curing Cancer One Patient at a Time

November 19, 2015

The buzz: Up close and personal. The numbers are staggering. The possibilities are promising. From 1990 to 2003, the Human Genome Project discovered and documented the complete sequence of 3 billion pairs of DNA molecules. Fast-forward to 2015. More exciting progress! Big Data analytics and the Internet of Things enable us to analyze the DNA sequences of thousands of different cancer tumors. The impact on society? We can apply this information to personalize therapy for individual patients based on lifestyle and environment. Onward! The experts speak. Featuring Stephanie Huber, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Financial Services and the Internet of Things

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.

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Leaders 2020: Leading Business Simplification

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.

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Collaborative Economy: It's Real and It's Disrupting Enterprises

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.

Are Your Metrics and Incentives Rewarding Complexity or Simplification?

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.

Knowledge Networks: Productivity and Human Connections

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.

Are your leaders equipped to simplify the business?

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.

Managing Your Talent Ecosystem: Best Practices

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.

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Riding the Wave: The Digital Modernization of Logistics

May 3, 2016

The buzz: Surf’s up. The digital modernization of your logistics network–with automated warehouse functions increasin –requires you to have end-to-end, real-time visibility into locations around the world. Why is it worth your while to hurdle obstacles to get there? The digitized logistics world can enable your company to grow faster and more efficiently into markets and channels otherwise not possible before. Ready to learn how? The experts speak. Featuring Parminder Singh and Matt Miller, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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IT Leadership and Digital Transformation: What's Next?

October 4, 2016

The buzz: The heat is on. As technology radically changes how, where, and when companies work, IT is being pressured to redefine its role. Per a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit and SAP: 'Digital transformation is the new strategic imperative—no longer just…competitive differentiation but a must-do for every company, in every industry, and across every geography. The challenges…are testing leadership teams…In the eye of the storm sits the chief information officer -CIO- and the IT team.' The experts speak. Featuring Chris Dinkel, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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