From Book-Keeper to Business Partner: Red Bull’s Finance Evolution

From Book-Keeper to Business Partner: Red Bull’s Finance Evolution

The finance department has traditionally been relied on to pay invoices, keep accurate records and prepare the annual budget – and little else. It lacked the strategic and market knowledge to make the big decisions, and it based its forecasts on data that could be months, even years out of date. But there has been an evolution in the last 20 years, a change in the finance model that has seen it emerge into a much stronger position. Today, most ....

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Innovation and Technology for the Future of Finance

Innovation and Technology for the Future of Finance

CFOs, finance leaders, and finance teams are playing an increasingly large role in business operations that encompass people, technology, and digital transformation. To overcome looming obstacles that disruption and market uncertainty brings to organisations, the digital era pressures leaders in finance to meet the challenge through innovation and the implementation of technology. Finance will help drive this change, enabling businesses to successfully navigate new challenges through digital transformation. The ability to identify key problem areas hindering productivity and growth, and ....

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How Etihad Airways is Linking People, Culture and Technology to Drive Competitive Growth

How Etihad Airways is Linking People, Culture and Technology to Drive Competitive Growth

Traditional approaches to sustain profitability are losing relevance in our ever-changing macroeconomic and socio-political landscape. All companies that attempt to compete in a global space are faced with similar challenges and economic forces. Corporate executives are now required to embrace new ways of delivering their promise to shareholders. This requires a holistic examination of people, processes and systems and conscious efforts to have innovation and technology drive sustained profitability. John Thomas Jr, Vice President Finance, Europe & the Americas at ....

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I snapped the picture on the left out of sheer frustration while attending a technology exhibition. I was walking past the big wall of kit when I overheard the group of people animatedly debating the pros and cons of the kit it contained. So why was I frustrated? This was a group of senior IT guys in suits – probably all on high six figure salaries – talking about adding more hardware to their existing empires. They were (figuratively) salivating ....

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How to Spark Creativity in Your People

How to Spark Creativity in Your People

Business as usual is not the new normal. Sure, sure, sure. we have all heard this. The reason we hear it so often is that it’s true. We know that change has always been here however.it has never been so rapid. This can fill people with severe panic chills or tinges of excitement. I like to take the excitement route. The good news is that we, human beings, are hardwired to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. And that brings ....

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