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Go Beyond Disruption

Release Date: 05/13/2020

Agile Finance. Discover the Future By Disrupting The Present. show art Agile Finance. Discover the Future By Disrupting The Present.

Go Beyond Disruption

"The single pivot point we SHOULD be considering today is the disruption of the finance function in the digital era". (147)   This week’s episode is all about becoming an 'agile' accountant, and our guest is a man who knows all about agility in a fast-changing world. Aubrey Joachim FCMA CGMA MBA was the first CIMA President from outside the UK and Ireland. He discusses finance transformation, agile accounting and why he thinks it's time we dropped the word 'accountant' from our lexicon - because the word simply doesn't convey the scope and pivotal importance of today's professionals...

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"Data is the life blood of finance ...IT Logic is the set of rules to leverage and control that data." (146). Finance professionals need to be able to explain complex things to other people, so this conversation could really help. Kristen Hughes is Associate Director of Technology with the AICPA & CIMA.  She is joined from Chicago by David Kovar, and from Virginia by Amanda Wilkie, one of this podcast's very first guests from back in mid-2018. Amanda and David are members of the Information, Management and Technology Advisory Committee of the AICPA.  Talking Points. This...

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"ANYONE can use a smart contract, but it's going to be in the context of blockchain technology." (145)  Accounting Professor Cory Campbell joins us from Indiana, USA, to discuss Smart Contracts and their dynamic connection with other leading technologies like blockchain and cybersecurity. Why do they matter to today’s businesses? What are the elements of Smart Contract technology? And where does the vital role of the accountant fit into it all?  Resources. Use these links to find out more about this topic, or to access free and paid-for resources to implement in your own team or...

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"We think of just the initial signing of a vendor to perform a service, but we don't do a good job of monitoring ...THEIR vendors" (144). Our first featured Technology Advisory episode of 2021 is hosted by Audrey Katcher of Rubin Brown LLC.  She's joined by Torpey White of Wipfli LLC, and Mardhani (Danny) Wirapratama of Celestica Inc. They share definitions, actions plans and ways of framing practical discussions about managing risk in supply chains involving vendors, providers, and partners. Talking Points. This conversation touches on these and other topics and considerations: ...

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"It addresses fundamental questions about whether it's killing the way we work... or actually creating a world of new possibilities." (143)  What's your company's strategy to develop and maximise the resources provided by what some call the "alternative workforce", but most simply refer to as "gig" workers? Board-level strategist and integrated thinker Samantha Griffiths (BSc (Hons), MBA, FCCA) of Sagenius joins in from her base in Birmingham, UK. Sam started her career in a large international bank and transitioned to a role in the Treasury for a large multinational engineering...

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""With all of the disruption going on around the world, businesses are going more than ever to their finance people." (142)  It takes a wide-ranging professional skillset to link the CGMA designation, the AICPA annual series of CFO Conferences, and the role of 'Chief Turmoil Officer'. Our guest, Ken Witt, joins us to do just that. He explains what the CGMA accounting designation is, outlines the AICPA's 'CFO Conference' events for 2021, and introduces an excerpt from the first in a series of conference rebroadcasts. In that clip, Steve Adams from Gartner presents the concept of 'Chief...

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"We've looked back so we could give you something to look forward to." (141). With the weekend here, we invite you to take some time away from the breaking news headlines with this extra short episode featuring a collection of special playlists, one for each of the main topics we've been covering since 2018. Your Dedicated Episode Topic Lists. Click on any topic to open its dedicated episode page. (As topics can overlap, you may see the same episodes on more than one list). Technology content includes , , , ,  and . Human Intelligence content including and ....

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"It's really important to understand those risks and why it's DIFFERENT than the remote auditing of the past." (140). Guest host Les Nettleton of CPA practice Bourgeois Bennet wraps up the year with this final monthly Cybersecurity Advisory episode of 2020. He's joined by Emily Di Nardo of BakerTilly US, and Warren Averett's Paul Perry. Talking Points. This conversation touches on these and other topics and considerations: Future risks and planning. What's working, and what isn't. The elevated risks associated with firm-client interaction. How companies could emerge from the pandemic...

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Building your skills and your practice with data analytics. show art Building your skills and your practice with data analytics.

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"In today's world, CPAs NEED to have Data Analytics skills" (139) Are you at the beginning of your Data Analytics journey? In this audio version of 2020's final "Hear From Your Peers" LinkedIn Live session, AICPA & CIMA's Kristen Hughes speaks to Maria Pollieri, until recently the PeopleSoft national lead for Oracle, and returning podcast guest Jim Gilbert CPA. They begin their discussion with a look at why it's important that every CPA has data analytics skills.  Resources. Use these links to find out more about this topic, or to access free guidance and resources to implement in...

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First Steps for Firms. RPA, Data Analytics, and AI. show art First Steps for Firms. RPA, Data Analytics, and AI.

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"It's a great time to be in the accounting profession because now you're FULLY equipped with all these options" (138) How would a firm get started with RPA and automation technology? In this audio version of their October 2020 LinkedIn Live session, AICPA & CIMA's Penelope Johnson speaks to previous podcast guest Jotham Ty of Gappify in California, and Lesley Mast, a CPA at REA and Associates in Ohio. They discuss firms' key questions and considerations about RPA (robotic process automation), data analytics, and AI (artificial intelligence). Resources. Use these links to find out...

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