Blog Entries Blog Entries Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:29:17 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 How the CIO Can Sell the CFO a Collaboration Solution Caution CFOs, your CIO may soon ask you to finance a business collaboration &nbsp;technology solution.&nbsp;Leveraging the best that technology has to offer is always a challenge. CIOs are constantly struggling with how best to articulate to the rest of the C-Suite and especially the CFO of the value proposition of an essential piece of enterprise technology. &nbsp;Procuring and deploying the right business collaboration technology solution is no exception. As CIOs want the best technology avail [...] Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:00:00 +0100 The Chinese Economy is On a Slowing Boat The news about the Chinese economy has been grim at best lately and conjures up the image of a slow boat. This has lead to what most economists and analysts agree is an appropriate response from the largest global banks as they are all cutting their growth forecasts for the world&rsquo;s second-biggest economy.<br />The analysts downgrades will likely intensify investors&rsquo; concerns about fallout in the rest of Asia. Asia exports have been in a free fall from the euro-zone debt crisis and th [...] Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:00:00 +0100 CFOs expect to raise prices, but not employee pay <p>The good: CFOs think the economy is on an upswing. The bad: They also believe the Japan disaster will impact the US. The ugly: More of them than before plan to raise prices. The uglier:&nbsp; Even as CEO pay soars, most other employees can&#39;t expect the same for their compensation.</p> <p>That&#39;s according to a biannual survey of CFOs conducted by Grant Thornton. It questioned 318 CFOs and senior comptrollers, 59 of whom were from the Northeast.</p> <p>Specifically, 48 p [...] Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:00:00 +0100 prices Japan economy CFO CEO compensation career/management The CFOs Perspective on the ROI of IT <p>CFOs today are focused on payback when making investments in IT. The current global economy is making it difficult for many companies to compete and win market share in their industry so investment in technology that leads to innovation and collaboration is more important than ever.<br/></p><br/><br/><br/><br/>{mosloadposition 300x250}<br/> <br/><br/><p>Cloud, big data, analytics, social media and other disruptive technologies can offer huge opportunities for CFOs and CIOs to help their organizations collaborate to [...] Mon, 21 May 2012 23:52:09 +0100 CFOs Define Roadblocks to Innovation According to a recent article I discovered on, &quot;The biggest roadblocks to organizational breakthroughs are a shortage of fresh thinking and too much red tape, according to executives interviewed for a recent Robert Half survey.&quot;&nbsp;This shouldn&#39;t come as a surprise to most project leaders, over the years I&#39;ve noticed that the path most organizations take to innovation is re-invention. According to the Robert Half survey, 35 percent of the 1,400 CFOs surveyed said a [...] Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:00:00 +0100 CFOs should partner with IT leaders in this post digital world <br />By Eric Openshaw and Richard Rorem&nbsp;Chief financial officers face a strategic choice today that could affect their career and their company. Digital technologies are rapidly evolving, converging and becoming C-suite friendly. Will CFOs view them as IT costs to manage or tools requiring a steep learning curve that&rsquo;s best attempted in close partnership with their chief information officer?&nbsp;Two companies, FedEx and American Airlines, have benefitted because their CEOs famously [...] Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:00:00 +0100 CFOs: IT Workers Sense Economy Improving Get ready to pay your IT workers. They have been waiting patiently.&nbsp;A global downturn in economic activity resulting in shrinking IT budgets, the financial crises of 2008, and IT outsourcing or offshoring are just a few of the potential major career disruptions IT workers have had to contend with over the last five years. It workers recognized the need to embrace their jobs because if they were let go there was great uncertainty in the prospect of finding a new job.&nbsp;&nbsp;A recent incr [...] Wed, 08 Feb 2012 23:00:00 +0100 Facebook Access, Smartphone Options Over Salary? <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; color: #454545; font-family: &#39;Trebuchet MS&#39;, &#39;Geneva CY&#39;, Verdana; font-size: 12px; padding: 0px">The headline in Austin Carr&#39;s recent article for Fast Company reads: Half of Young Professionals Value Facebook Access, Smartphone Options over Salary: Report. I have to admit, although I appreciate that money isn&#39;t everything, this blew my mind.</p><p style="margin-top: 0p [...] Sun, 05 Feb 2012 23:00:00 +0100 CFOs lukewarm about adding to staff <p>Chief financial officers are an optimistic group these days.</p> <p>While a slew of recent economic indicators seem to point to a slower growing economy, 90 percent of the finance executives are confident about their companies third quarter growth, according to the latest quarterly survey by Robert Half. What&#39;s more, 43 percent say they are very confident.</p> <p>However, this optimism probably won&#39;t result in a surge in hiring of accounting and finance workers. Just 7 percent o [...] Sun, 05 Feb 2012 23:00:00 +0100 Robert Half Finance Careers/Management accounting and finance jobs accountants Hiring managers more hopeful <p>A survey suggests that hiring should pick up as 2011 progresses.</p> <p>Dice Holdings says slightly more than half (51 percent) of employers and recruiters anticipate hiring more professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. &nbsp;Companies expecting a step-up in hiring in the next six months represented a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, technology, telecom, media, internet, distribution, financial services, consulting and retail.</p> <p>What& [...] Thu, 02 Feb 2012 23:00:00 +0100 hiring managers hiring Dice Holdings Careers/Management CFOs Struggle to find Talent According to Bloomberg Businessweek, a recent survey of CFOs finds that 90% expect growth in their organizations, however there seems to be difficulty in finding and retaining the talent to make it happen.<br />The research suggests that effective mangers are the link to drive employee productivity. &nbsp;&nbsp;It has been found that:&nbsp;&nbsp;Effective managers can increase retention level of direct reports by 40% and performance levels by 25%.&nbsp;Managers spend on average 21% of their time [...] Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:00:00 +0100 Economic Illiteracy in the OWS Movement Occupy Wall Street Crowd Blind to Benefits of Capitalism<br />By Gary WolframWilliam Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy&nbsp;Hillsdale College<br />Whenever I watch media coverage of another Occupy Wall Street event I am reminded of an exchange between Jewish protesters in the 1979 Monte Python movie Life of Brian. One of the protesters asks another what the Romans have brought to the area and the conversation goes like this: <p>&nbsp;</p>&quot;All right, but apart from the sanitatio [...] Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:00:00 +0100 CFOs: Projected IT Spending $2.7 Trillion in 2012 Global enterprise IT spending is projected to total $2.7 trillion in 2012. This represents a 3.9% increase from 2011 spending of $2.6 trillion. The increase is reported by research firm Gartner.&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p><br />Enterprise IT spending growth is slowing (IT spending is on track for a 5.9% increase in 2011) despite the fact there remains many global economic challenges. Even in the current environment companies will continue to invest in IT systems and projects in order to remain competiti [...] Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:00:00 +0100 Facebook CIO: Rapid App Development to Save $$ Tim Campos made an appearance at;s Dreamforce 2011 recently to discuss the social media company&#39;s growth and his experiences from a recent major data center project under his direction.<p>&nbsp;</p><br />When you&#39;re the CIO of Facebook rapid deployment and swift execution of project plans are an important part of a successful growth strategy. Tim Campos who addresses the audience in a keynote at Salesforce&#39;s Dreamforce 2011, said massive IT implementations take pla [...] Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:00:00 +0100 CFOs lower plans to boost finance, accounting jobs <p>Here is yet another reminder that job growth will continue to be slow for a period of time.</p> <p>A survey by Robert Half found that an equal percentage of chief financial officers expect to boost hiring full-time accounting and finance professionals as those who plan to reduce their job ranks.</p> <p>Just seven percent anticipate adding to their staff, offsetting the 7 percent that plan personnel reductions. </p> <p>More significantly, Robert Half says this net 0 percent projection i [...] Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:00:00 +0100 Robert Half hiring Finance CFOs CFO Careers/Management Accounting Tech CFOs scaling back offshore outsourcing <p>Tech companies are souring on outsourcing.</p><p>According to a survey of 100 chief financial officers at technology companies by BDO USA, LLP, just 35 percent said they are currently outsourcing services or manufacturing to companies outside of the US. This represents a 43 percent decrease from the 2009 high when 62 percent of companies were outsourcing and a slight decline from 2010 (37 percent).</p><p>What&#39;s more, the 65 percent that are not outsourcing would not consider going oversea [...] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:00:00 +0100 R&D; outsourcing manufacturing IT spending IT Cash AT&T Merger: More US Jobs if Deal Approved AT&amp;T Inc proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is currently under close scrutiny by U.S. regulators - as it should be. As a carrot AT&amp;T has promised to bring 5,000 wireless call-center jobs back to the United States if the deal soon wins approval. <p>&nbsp;</p>The company has not decided where in the United States the positions will be located, AT&amp;T said in a statement.&nbsp;<br />The jobs are currently outsourced to other countries. There has been a noticable movement and inflow of o [...] Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0100 Pessimism Continues to Grip Executive Suites, Wall Street <p>The doom and gloomers are growing in numbers.</p> <p>On a day when the ADP employment report for May showed slower job growth than expected and the ISM Manufacturing Index plummeted in May, at least two new reports were released indicating the business community and investors are becoming increasingly nervous about the future.</p> <p>A global survey of 800 institutional investors and corporate executives found that 86 percent believe there are significant opportunities for growth in fin [...] Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0100 Risk ISM Economist Intelligence Unit Cash BNY Mellon ADP Gen X employees poised to lead job exodus <p>Employers beware. Your rank and file is becoming increasingly restless as the jobs picture brightens. </p> <p>Don&#39;t be surprised if you see an exodus of employee as more and more of your rivals post &quot;hiring&quot; signs on their websites.</p> <p>This is very common whenever we start to emerge from a recession. When workers who survived job cuts take on more and more work over more and more time for the same amount of pay, their resentment starts to grow. This can&#39;t be a surp [...] Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0100 Millennials jobs job satisfaction job dissatisfaction Generation X Deloitte Careers/Management Baby Boomers San Fran tops list for finance jobs <p>If you are looking for a finance-related job, move to San Francisco.</p> <p>Accounting Principals, an accounting and finance staffing provider, says the Bay Area state tops its list of best cities to find a job in finance today. The ranking is based on internal data from its branches around the country, taking into account the volume of job openings in the past quarter. </p> <p>San Francisco ranked first for a variety of reasons, including the city&#39;s proximity to Silicon Valley, its l [...] Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0100 jobs Careers/Management Accounting Principals