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Mining the Minds – Leverage the Workforce’s Knowledge

Feb 13, 2015
Business intelligence (BI) software tools are useful but not sufficient for potentially better decision making. New technologies are surfacing that...
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Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) for Santa Claus Inc.

Dec 02, 2014
The Christmas operations for Santa Claus, his elves, and reindeer need to adopt 21st Century methods to improve service levels to children and...

Intelligent People but Stupid Choices – Try Using Analytics

May 01, 2014
Smart people can routinely make poor decisions. This is due in part to how our brains, inherited from thousands of years of evolution, are wired....

How are Retired Italian Men Like Us EPM-ers?

Apr 07, 2014
The adoption rate of business analytics and progressive enterprise and corporate performance management (EPM / CPM) methods is disappointingly slow....

A Passionate Appeal for Activity-Based Costing (ABC)

Feb 11, 2014
Old school accountants, and there appear to be many of them, are providing a disservice to the users in their organization. User need accuracy of the...

2014 Academy Awards and Analytics-based Performance Management

Jan 24, 2014
I always find the acceptance speeches at Hollywood’s Academy Awards to be inspirational. The ones I enjoy most are Oscar recipients who thank...

How is Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Similar to Football?

Jan 02, 2014
There are many similarities between a football team, both game-related and for individual players, and an organization implementing and applying...

Can Accountants Grow the Beans Too?

Dec 12, 2013
There is a difference between what management accountants report and what managers and employee teams want. This difference gap is being caused by a...

An Accountant's Coming of Age Story

Nov 14, 2013
Accountants are a strange breed. They love math and numbers. Many love the feeling of control. They start out young. Later in their career most...
Gary Cokins

Some Accountants are the Blind Leading the Blind

Oct 13, 2013
Do you want to read one more story of accountants behaving myopically? Here is one where the advice to an accountant is based on the misbehavior of...

Analytics: Like a Mosquito in a Nudist Colony

Sep 27, 2013
Analytics are like a mosquito in a nudist colony. Why? Because there are so many opportunities! There is a problem, however, that not everyone thinks...
Gary Cokins

Are CPAs Joining the Dark Side?

Jul 30, 2013
CPAs have a reputation of being more reporters of history compared to being deep analysts and strategic advisors. Does that reputation continue to...

CFOs – Vanguards or Villains?

Jul 01, 2013
Many magazine articles proclaim that the CFO has expanded to a role of a strategic advisor. But does the evidence support this assertion? Many...

Movie Sequel – 'Accountant Pirates of the Caribbean'

May 29, 2013
Are accountants being unethical or just irresponsible when they misallocate costs to products, service-lines, channels, and customers? Are they not...

Analytics – Equip the Man, Not Man the Equipment

May 18, 2013
Analysts often presume that the users of the findings and results from their analytics-based studies will immediately understand and appreciate their...
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