Corporate Governance is the set of processes, customs, policies, laws and institutions affecting the way a corporation is directed, administered or controlled. Corporate governance also includes the relationships among the many players involved and the goals for which the corporation is governed. The principal players are the shareholders, management and the board of directors. Other stakeholders include employees, suppliers, customers, banks and other lenders, regulators, the environment and the community at large.
If your company relies on passwords to prevent unauthorized computer access, or low-tech memory cards (e.g., swipe cards) for facility access, you have security on par with the average 1980s car. Smart credentials — embedded in plastic smartcards, USB tokens or mobile devices — offer companies advanced and versatile user authentication features.
This white paper discusses the advantages of using smart credentials for multifunction access; describes the hardware and software components used in a smart credential environment; and provides questions to ask when searching for a smart credential solution provider.
Uncertain times and a volatile economic climate have contributed to an expanding focus on corporate governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) across all industries. As global mandates and compliance directives continue to snowball, organizations are faced with an imminent need to adopt a programmatic approach and tightly integrate risk management initiatives with ongoing business processes. Business intelligence and reporting also provide a powerful mechanism for gaining a deep understanding of key factors that impact corporate performance.
A complex and chaotic IT infrastructure has become an albatross around the neck for many businesses. Following guidance from the age-old text, Tao de Ching, this eBook walks you through the 10 steps to achieving enlightenment through Integrated IT Portfolio Management.
This whitepaper discusses a deeper logic to multi-channel communication - addressing the needs of today’s media-savvy customer with your company’s need for an integrated strategy of core beliefs and a foundation to grow on.
Another quarter-end. You know what that means—masses of data to analyze, complex reports to generate, and a looming deadline.
This white paper offers valuable tips and tricks to accelerate your company’s reporting and analysis.
This white paper focuses on best practices that will enable companies to transform the planning cycle into an evolutionary process, bringing tangible and intangible returns for the organization and leadership back into the finance department.
You can improve business management through the application and adherence of budgeting and planning best practices. Read on to learn the twelve best practices that have been adopted by leading companies.
Learn how leading companies employ Corporate Performance Management (CPM) software to automate financial processes (budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and planning) that spreadsheets complete on a manual basis and reap the rewards of advanced data analysis.
Spreadsheets are error-prone and unable to support the critical nature of important financial processes.
Read this free guide to learn how leading companies have broken the spreadsheet habit, adopting packaged applications specifically-designed for budgeting and forecasting.
Built for non-IT professionals, this white paper explains the differences between Business Intelligence (BI) and Corporate Performance Management (CPM), two fast-growing forms of software utilized by leading finance departments today.
Now is the time for the finance organization to step up to the challenges and become a strategic business partner in the deployment of profitability analysis across the enterprise. This requires a fundamental shift—in terms of both vision and execution. Tomorrow’s winners will be the ones that are not content simply to survive this economic onslaught, but work to emerge nimble enough to thrive. Profitability analysis is critical in this context.
Read this whitepaper to learn more about profitability analysis and its benefits.
Profitability analysis is important to all companies. But in times of economic uncertainty, it becomes even more critical because organizations need a comprehensive and forwardlooking view of profitability to ensure that they can remain financially viable, whatever the economic circumstances. For companies to be successful, they need automated systems that enable interactive profitability analysis that can be shared across a broad swath of users. They also need robust, advanced analytics, to provide detailed granular metrics for assessing profitability and measuring performance. IBM offers solutions that can meet those needs.
When an unpredictable economy brings sudden shifts in revenues, costs, and profits, Software solutions can give Finance the ability to anticipate and adapt. But Finance needs the help of IT. Specifically, Finance needs the help of inspiring IT Managers who can lay out the roadmap that will take Finance from the automation of discrete processes to the broader task of transforming the business to compete successfully in a challenging global economy.
By identifying and addressing the symptoms of forecasting illness described in this paper, companies can enjoy the benefits of a health forecasting approach, which, along with specific case examples, will be discussed in future white papers within this series.
The current business environment is still characterized by skittishness, tenuous demand and sporadic growth. It’s no surprise then, that 60% of CFOs plan to make major changes to critical finance practices and processes, according to the 2010 IBM Global CFO Study. In fact, 70% of CFOs claim to be taking a more prominent role in enterprise decision making beyond the traditional role of finance.
Yet many CFOs admit to significant gaps in their ability to deliver on this expanded agenda, particularly in their ability to measure and monitor business performance. The IBM study found that those companies that invest in capabilities to expand their business insight are better able to anticipate and react to the unpredictable external forces affecting the economy.
Work.com (formerly Rypple) is part of the Salesforce.com family. This social performance management system is most commonly used by organizations looking to improve alignment, performance measurement, and employee motivation.
Disclosure management tools ave transformed the so called ‘Last Mile’ of finance, turning a haphazard, time consuming and error-prone process into a much more streamlined, timely and controlled endeavor.
With this book, you find out how a unified CCR process gives leaders timely and accurate insights to make smarter decisions. You also discover features of the ideal CCR solution and learn what to look for in the selection process.
New application performance management systems can deliver rapid time-to-value and ROI for IBM WebSphere implementations by reducing the amount of time isolating problems and repairing them throughout the entire WebSphere stack.