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Controllership Perspectives Green Room podcast

An audio series featuring insights for those in the controllership function

Deloitte's Dbriefs live webcasts give you valuable insights on significant developments affecting your business. Bringing together Deloitte specialists and finance leaders, participants have been able to gain practical knowledge and a deeper understanding of complex issues facing the industry.

Introducing Deloitte’s Green Room podcast

While Dbriefs discussions answer an abundance of questions, participants often wish to dive a little deeper and get answers to questions not covered in the initial Dbriefs. Well now, your wish is our command.

Introducing Deloitte's Green Room Podcast. Our new podcast features Dbriefs guests and Deloitte specialists discussing topics in depth and answering additional questions from listeners.


Controller’s guide to the galaxy: Planning for ERP cloud implementation

The benefits of a new cloud-based ERP platform are often presented in technical terms. But for controllers, what does life really look like after implementation? We'll discuss:

  • Practical questions controllers can ask as they head into unchartered territory, including should we still be implementing robotic process automation (RPA), will we centralize more activities and reorganize my group, will we be able to close faster, and does the quality of our financial reporting improve?
  • A practical view of how controllers are embracing technology changes to redesign their future organization and what to expect after the transformation.

Participants will gather insights into the complexities of ERP implementation to better navigate life in the cloud.

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Controllership talent model: Embracing the workforce of the future

Emerging technologies and digital transformation are disrupting the controllership function even as the workforce of the future comes of age. What should the ever-evolving talent model in finance and controllership look like going forward? We’ll discuss:

  • How digital transformation continues to drive changes in the workforce and what those changes mean for the controllership talent model.
  • What finance organizations are doing to retool and build new skill sets within existing teams to benefit from the new talent model.
  • How academic institutions can integrate learning, teaching, and training to prepare the new-hires of tomorrow.

Participants will learn how the shifting talent model can support controllers with digital transformation and the new workforce.

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Demystifying blockchain for controllers: Is a revolution coming?

As blockchain becomes more widespread within finance organizations, controllers might find themselves challenged to make sense of unfamiliar territory. Now is a good time to learn about blockchain, but what should you know? We’ll discuss:

  • Blockchain 101–what is it, how it is used, and how it could impact finance and controllership in the future.
  • How to blockchain–practical use cases for blockchain with the accounting process and controllership function.
  • Planning ahead–how controllers can better prepare for and integrate blockchain technology into their organizations.

Participants will gain insights into blockchain technology, how it applies to controllers, and the importance of preparing for blockchain sooner rather than later.

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Lease accounting: A Q&A with public company finance leaders

As public companies implement the new lease accounting standard and private companies continue to prepare for the January 2020 effective date, we pulled together a group of industry executives to take part in a special Dbriefs to answer questions and discuss their lease accounting compliance efforts. Continuing the discussion, Anne Bernath of American Airlines Inc. and Tiffany Moseley of Valero Energy Corporation join us provide further insight into their lease accounting implementation journey and answer audience questions from the live webcast, including:

  • How precise is the Q4 SAB 74 disclosure supposed to be?
  • How have you organized this to make it a sustainable process for your organization?
  • Did you encounter any difficulties using the correct foreign exchange rates fixed at the specific rates dealing with very old leases?

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New Lease Accounting Standard (ASC 842) for public companies

With the effective date of January 1, 2019, for the Financial Accounting Standard Board’s (FASB) new lease accounting standard (ASC 842) around the corner, companies are entering the final stretch before implementation. Sean Torr, advisory managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and James Barker, audit & assurance partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, join our host Beth Kaplan to continue the conversation around implementation hurdles, experiences with lease accounting software solutions, as well as answer questions presented during the October Dbriefs webcast.

A lot of companies in the marketplace are going through testing of systems, which is a healthy process and should be a definite focus. The company is learning the new system, training the people involved, but also vetting any bugs that may exist in the system or integrations.

– Sean Torr, advisory managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Digital risk management and controllership

When shifting to digital, many organizations move to implement new technologies swiftly without giving full consideration to the various risks involved or taking the time to ask the questions that arise with each new digital solution. Julie Velayo, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and Chirag Patel, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP, join our host Beth Kaplan to continue the discussion around the ways controllership functions are managing the new digital risk landscape.

Everyone is coming up to speed very quickly on digital…so finance and accounting organizations will definitely need to be prepared to answer questions on how they have considered DRM concepts in their adoption of digital.

– Julie Velayo, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Lease accounting: Implementation enters the final stretch

In the follow up to our special edition Dbriefs, special guest Todd Sears, vice president and assistant corporate controller, Walmart; James Barker, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and Sean Torr, managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP, continue the conversation with additional questions and further guidance on how companies can manage the implementation process and address data challenges of the new lease accounting standards, ASC 842, Leases.

We started quite a while ago in socializing this project. It’s the way that we’ve approached it, and gaining CEO and CFO support that has trickled down has been absolutely critical in overcoming roadblocks.

– Todd Sears, vice president and assistant corporate controller, Walmart

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Accounting automation

Special guest Justin Wallen, who leads Global Decision Support for Pfizer, continues the conversation with additional questions and further discussion about process automation—including how to develop a business case for robotic process automation (RPA) and proof of concept articulating benefits of RPA and identifying the ROIs of automation.

RPA is not emerging—it is here now and mature and if people aren’t looking at it, they should be.

– Justin Wallen, Global Decision Support leader, Pfizer

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Managing the close process

Chris Brown, senior director of global controlling operations at Nike, delves into the close process and provides valuable insights into how organizations can create a more efficient close process with more accurate and timely information.

…although we’re still closing on a four-day timeline, it is a much more manageable workload on a day-to-day, hour-to-hour basis because we have those measurables in place and we’re able to monitor and put the right resources against the issues that may come up…

– Chris Brown, senior director of global controlling operations, Nike

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Learn  more about the Center for Controllership  

The Center for Controllership provides chief accounting officers (CAOs), controllers, and their teams an opportunity to collaborate and obtain direct access to resources and research meant to help build world-class controllership capabilities.

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