Joanne Griffin

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Finance Ops

How to Shorten the Month End Close

The pressure of the month-end close increases with business growth, complexity in the regulatory environment, and with every new additional system that is added to the Finance tech stack. Here’s how to shorten the cycle.

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Finance Ops

Financial Planning with 2020 Vision

The past year has been challenging for everyone, not to mention those responsible for financial planning. Let’s talk about how to leverage the past year to look ahead.

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Finance Ops

4 Forecasting Models and How to Refine Them in Times of Uncertainty

Whether your company is a small startup or a large corporation, you need a clear view of your starting position (especially in the wake of the pandemic). Establishing solid forecasting models can help you avoid surprises and better project profits and losses.

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Finance Ops

Variance Analysis: The Handoff Between Accounting and FP&A (Part 2)

In our last post, we talked about variance analysis being the only point where actuals meet the forecast, and how it’s critical for understanding what happened in the business. This post talks about how variance analysis can explain why the business is behaving differently than expected.

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Finance Ops

Moving the Month End Close Process Out of the Middle Ages

Every month, without fail, finance teams all over the world “close the books,” often working long hours to hit pressured deadlines. The hours are long—benchmarking firm APQC reports that the median company takes nearly seven days to close the books every month, while the bottom 25% of companies take over 10 days.

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