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Webinar Summary

Does your company define financial planning and analysis (FP&A) only as a department within finance? If so, then your company is not generating as much value as it can from FP&A.

Recent technological advances, especially in analytics and business intelligence, are enabling companies to better understand the financial impact of operational decisions. But companies typically circumscribe FP&A within the finance function, which traditionally has focused on financial metrics. When finance teams confine their analysis to individual spreadsheets that are inaccessible beyond the computers on which they reside, then companies lack visibility not only into their financial performance but also what they need to achieve operationally to fulfill their performance goals. 

What can you do to elevate FP&A from a department within finance to a center of excellence that informs key decisions throughout your entire company? By attending this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why companies tend to isolate FP&A within the finance function, 
  • What finance leaders need to know about advances in analytics and business intelligence,
  • How finance leaders can apply advances in analytics to align financial and operational performance, and
  • How CFOs can use business intelligence to broaden the purview of FP&A beyond finance to support their companies' strategic decisions.

About the Panelists

Will Cairns, Principal Data Scientist, The Hackett Group

Will Cairns is the Principal Data Scientist with The Hackett Group, where he has led large-scale data science and machine learning projects for clients. Prior to joining The Hackett Group, Will held senior positions in data science practices with MapR, Vertica, and Teleglobe. In addition, Will has worked independently as a statistical consultant in a number of industries. Will's specialties include statistics, machine learning, deep learning, and data mining.
Eli Lindes, Manager, EEA (ERP, EPM, and Analytics) Transformation, The Hackett Group

Eli Lindes is a Manager with The Hackett Group's EEA (ERP, EPM, and Analytics) Transformation practice. He has more than 15 years of experience in finance transformation, enterprise performance management, analytics, reporting, business intelligence, planning, budgeting, forecasting, enterprise resource planning implementation, and shared services.
Philip Peck, Vice President, Advisory Services and Finance Transformation Practice, Peloton Consulting Group
Philip has more than 30 years of consulting and industry experience with a specific focus on planning, forecasting, reporting, and analytics assessment efforts; digitally-enabled business process transformation; and optimizing technology investments to enable superior performance. Prior to joining Peloton, Philip led the Performance Management Practice for the Palladium Group. He was also a key leader in the Planning and Performance Management Group for Answerthink Consulting. Before entering consulting, Philip worked in various business planning, finance, strategy, and sales operations capacities for Chicago-area companies, including Océ-USA, Ameritech, Apollo Travel Services, and RR Donnelley & Sons.

About the Moderator

Joe Fleischer, Editorial Director, Finance Channel, Argyle Group
In his role as finance channel editorial director with Argyle Group, Joe Fleischer focuses on developing webinars about topics that reflect the primary concerns and priorities of senior finance executives. He is based in New York.
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Field of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
Recommended CPE Credit(s): 1 

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