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Can Technology Make CFO's and Controller's Jobs More Strategic? (Part 2)
Part 1 of this blog series established that by offloading non-essential and non-value-adding routine tasks to third-party business process outsourcing (BPO

bi jobs  their neat array of cubicles filled with accountants working on stuff with their heads down. These CFOs want to be the second in charge or the chief executive officer's (CEO's) right hand that holds the purse strings by default. But then there was this other very different strategic CFO type who would say I hate this people and IT management stuff. I want to be in the boardroom; I want to be making an impact. When I would push back and challenge them But don’t you think your power base is

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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