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The Financial Close: Optimizing Performance and Driving Financial Excellence
“Financial close” is a company’s ability to complete accounting cycles and produce financial statements for internal management and external legal reporting@and

financial ad hoc analysis  of information during the financial close process, business users can leverage the ad hoc analysis and reporting tools available to them to perform more inprocess analysis, thereby increasing insight and further contributing to reducing the time needed for the financial close. Automated Internal Control Processes As global regulatory mandates multiply and grow more stringent, manual approaches to control activities are becoming untenable. By embedding automated controls into your financial close process,

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