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October 2014

Surrounded by a myriad of global issues and threats, Chief Financial Officers both in the United States and Europe are concerned about the financial prospects for their own companies as well as global economic conditions. According to the most recent Quarterly Global CFO Outlook Survey conducted by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, topping their mounting list of worries is the slowdown in the European economy and continued threats to the future of the Eurozone, with CFOs doubtful of a resolution in the imminent future.  The result is cautious spending, coupled with a pause in CFOs’ momentum towards improved business and economic confidence. 
Posted: 10/22/2014 9:27:55 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments

FERF, in collaboration with Robert Half (RH), has launched the 6th annual Benchmarking the Finance Function Survey. Your company's participation in this important survey will provide valuable data for fellow FEI members, regulators and the press, and document current trends in finance.
Posted: 10/13/2014 10:04:19 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments

All companies should be addressing data challenges to support decision-making; if not, they risk falling behind. Currently, businesses are collecting, storing and analyzing more data than ever before, and the trend continues to gain momentum. However, it’s not who has the most data who wins. "There is a big data revolution,” says Gary King, Director of Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, but it is not the quantity of data that is revolutionary. “The big data revolution is that now we can do something with the data."
Posted: 10/7/2014 9:32:51 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments

Financial Executives Research Foundation’s (FERF) annual Audit Fee Survey has been providing valuable insight into audit fee trends for the past nine years. This year’s report analyzes the most recent audit year and provides reasons for changes, either positive or negative, from prior year. These results summarize the responses of executives from 87 publicly-held companies, 104 privately-held companies and 203 nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Posted: 10/6/2014 3:17:56 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments

FEI’s Committee on Finance & IT (CFIT) and Gartner annually collaborate with FERF to conduct the Technology Issues for Financial Executives survey.  In its 16th year, the survey’s goal is to gain financial executives’ perspectives on information technology within the enterprise. New questions this year will ask members for their opinions on the skill sets required by their IT departments and whether their IT projects are achieving their desired benefits. 
Posted: 10/3/2014 10:16:16 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments

Finance has always had a role in corporate strategy.  As technology continues to evolve, business units have access to better business intelligence (BI) resulting in greater strategic influence within the organization.  However, this may be creating a disadvantage for companies that choose to sidestep thorough and qualified financial analysis.
Posted: 10/2/2014 9:43:56 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments

The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable information for effective decision-making. It also provides links to valuable surveys which will help members benchmark their own operations.
Posted: 10/1/2014 1:58:28 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


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