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42% of Mid-Market CFOs Expect Workloads to Increase in 2024! Data visualization and workflow initiatives top the list of tech initiatives planned for 2024.

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2024 CFO Sentiment Report

Philadelphia, Thursday, January 25, 2024 - The CFO Alliance, a leading organization of finance professionals, is pleased to announce the release of the 14th edition of the Mid Market CFO Sentiment Report. This comprehensive report encapsulates the collective insights and intentions of finance leaders from emerging and mid-market enterprises for the upcoming year.

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A CFO's Quick-start Guide to Diagnosing Top Line Shortfalls - PART 2 (Thumbnail)

In Part 1, top line growth was referred to as “the elephant in the room” during 2023. Growth plans faced an uphill battle right out of the gate at year-start. With the ball dropping at midnight in Times Square on the 31st, how and to what extent do we expect business conditions and performance to change over 2024?

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A CFO’s Quick-start Guide to Diagnosing Top Line Shortfalls – PART 1 Thumbnail

Top line growth has been the elephant in the room throughout 2023. Four quarters of dialog with hundreds of CFOs and finance executives at The CFO Alliance Roundtables has underscored waning confidence in meeting revenue goals. The Mid-2023 CFO Checkpoint Report (download here) signaled that for many enterprises missing revenue targets was apparent from very early into the year. Now, on the eve of ...

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Becoming a Human-centered Finance Leader Thumbnail

The times. They are . . . changed. As social aspects of cultures have evolved, the nature of work and workplaces have undergone change in lockstep on a parallel track. The speed of change has felt near ballistic. Catalytic events like the COVID pandemic and fears of AI’s cannibalistic potential have simply compounded employee sentiments about work and leadership that have been brewing for years. A ...

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2024 Plan Designs and AI's "Fit" Blog Thumbnail

The 4th Quarter has always been a misnomer in practical terms for CFOs. The short planning runway for the year ahead makes any Q4, in totality, feel more like New Year's Eve. Certainly not the celebratory side of it but the side that says, “Here’s hoping we’ve got next year planned right.” As CFOs button up the last cycle of puts and takes on their budgets, credit the revelations and experiences ...

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The State of AI in Finance: Insights from The CFO Alliance Roundtable Series Thumbnail

To launch The CFO Alliance Q4 2023 Roundtable Series, CFO Alliance founder Nick Araco and First Water Finance CEO Ben Lehrer hosted Ranga Bodla of Oracle NetSuite for an interactive discussion with CFO Alliance members on the state of AI adoption in the finance function. The virtual roundtable event serves as the kickoff for quarterly events held around the country, spurring the dialogue that ...

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What is the Difference Between Machine Learning in Accounting & Finance VS. AI in Accounting & Finance? Thumbnail

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are closely related fields, but they have distinct differences. In accounting and finance: Machine Learning typically involves the use of algorithms that allow systems to learn from data and make predictions or decisions without being explicitly programmed. For accounting and finance, ML can be used for tasks like fraud detection, risk ...

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Building a High-performing Finance Team Requires a Better Playbook Thumbnail

A trove of research studies tracking employee sentiment over the last two years indicates that leaders intending to build and retain talented workforces will face challenges of a higher order well into the future. While organizations are seeing many of the traditional employee-employer-manager issues play out, new employee motivation and satisfaction criteria have emerged. And besides more ...

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Expert Insight Series: Optimizing Financing Heading Into 2024 In October, The CFO Alliance welcomed Chris Vargo and Bryan Flory of PNC Bank to its monthly member "Expert Insights Series" event. Hosted by CFO Alliance founder Nick Araco and First Water Finance CEO Ben Lehrer, the group engaged in an interactive discussion highlighting current market trends and a look inside the decision-making ...