CFO Publishing Launches Data-rich “Metric of the Month” Column

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The "Metric of the Month" column takes a smart, practical, data-rich approach to questions that finance executives face in today’s working environment.

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"Senior finance executives interested in stimulating ideas about how to use data to help them do their jobs better should read Mary Driscoll’s column on CFO.com every month"

CFO Publishing’s new “Metric of the Month” column is designed for the analytically minded senior finance executive. Penned by finance author Mary Driscoll, a senior research fellow at APQC, a non-profit business-research firm, the column takes a smart, practical, data-rich approach to questions that finance executives face in today’s working environment.

This month’s column looks at why CFOs are skeptical about claims that process automation is the cure-all for excessive costs of the finance function. Based on a recent assessment by APQC, Driscoll finds that benchmarking various cost categories of the finance function can help to clarify how one’s finance group compares to other organizations in terms of cost-efficiency—and where less resource allocation would be wise. To read the full column visit http://ww2.cfo.com/financial-planning-analysis/2015/07/metric-month-finance-function-costs/.

Previous columns have explored the strategic implications of total finance costs and accounts payable processing. “Senior finance executives interested in stimulating ideas about how to use data to help them do their jobs better should read Mary Driscoll’s column on CFO.com every month,” says David M. Katz, Deputy Editor of CFO Publications.

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