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Business trends change faster than executives can prepare

It has become something of a cliché to hear that the pace of change in business continues to accelerate. Yet based on the evidence from thousands of in-depth interviews with senior executives for the Global C-suite Study over the course of this year, it’s apparent that there is some truth to the claim. At the […]

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Blockchain can help financial institutions take the right risks

The beauty of blockchain stems from its direct transformative impact on a company’s capability to manage risk. Uncertainty is a powerful factor in a business environment, and the ability to properly balance it is paramount to success. Leading financial institutions understand that taking calculated gambles is a necessary part of doing business. Modernization, innovation, growth, […]

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Organizations are reinventing their businesses with AI

A gap is emerging between companies that have embraced artificial intelligence (AI) and those that have not. Early adopters are using AI to rethink and reinvent their enterprises, positioning themselves to discover innovations that were once unimaginable. Those that haven’t yet leveraged AI are missing out on insights and opportunities that could help transform their […]

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The risk of disruption is a regional phenomenon

Nearly half of the more than 7,000 executives we’ve surveyed so far for the IBM Global C-suite Study report little to no disruption in their industries. At first, this finding surprised us. Now, we have a possible explanation for it: Some regions seem to be more affected by disruption than others. If you operate mainly […]

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Companies ignore the threat of disruption at their own peril

Industry disruption is here to stay according to research institutions, top analysts and the business press, but many C-suite executives (CxOs) beg to differ. Almost half of the 6,000 CxOs we’ve surveyed through June as part of the IBM Global C-suite Study say their industry is experiencing little to no disruption today. If disruption really […]

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Alternative payment options threaten to unsettle the business world

As alternative payment options such as PayPal and Google Wallet gain popularity, they also are climbing the list of the C-suite’s top concerns. The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) has tracked global industry trends through its ongoing series of C-suite studies since 2003. Our latest research, which we will publish in 2018, shows that […]

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Finance leaders are stepping into the cognitive era

Pressure on chief financial officers (CFOs) to enable enterprise agility and help their businesses make better decisions is intensifying. Finance organizations must now proactively manage business growth and risk. Cognitive computing can help CFOs improve operational efficiency and create the potential for faster profitable growth. According to surveyed chief executive officers (CEOs), finance is one […]

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Blockchain Explorers are breaking away from the competition

As boundaries between industries continue to blur, new leaders are emerging: the Blockchain Explorers. They are far more open to new possibilities and experimentation. They have the capacity to learn fast and the capability to move even faster. And if past performance is any indication, they’re poised to break away. Who are the Explorers? Researchers […]

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Why having a clear finance vision is important

So you’ve launched various finance improvement projects under a transformation program, but your teams are not firing on all cylinders. Your finance staff understands the idea is to become ‘best practice’ and the typical suspect projects are in play: new accounting transaction or consolidation systems, shift to shared services, close acceleration, and better reporting. However, […]

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Increasing the odds of finance transformation success

  70 percent of organizational transformation efforts fail to meet expectations… Here’s how you can avoid being one of those statistics According to Dr. John P. Kotter, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership Emeritus at Harvard Business School and the Chief Innovation Officer at Kotter International, nearly 70 percent of organizational transformation efforts fail to achieve […]

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Partnering to Reimagine The Way Your Employees Work

Imagine a world where your global employee base is untethered from their desks, able to collaborate, access insight, and make confident decisions wherever, whenever. IBM is leading the mobile, cloud and analytics revolution that is making this vision a reality and enabling unprecedented digital transformation.  From partnerships with Twitter, Apple, Facebook, Box and The Weather […]

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IBM and Workday – Helping Finance Modernize and Chart a New Course

Finance leaders are in a better position from ever to move from the “back of the enterprise boat,” simply staring back at the wake and serving as “back office” scorekeepers and reporters of past performance, to captains at the helm of the boat, helping the company to predict and capitalize on market growth opportunities, chart […]

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