Executive Q&A: The intelligent finance imperative

The recent economic disruption has accelerated the evolution of finance. Business demands that finance and accounting teams provide tighter integration, increased automation, better visibility into operations as well as more sophisticated planning and reporting capabilities. This interactive panel examines:

  • How finance and accounting teams are adapting critical priorities when it comes to planning, visibility, and providing real-time insights for the business
  • How companies are integrating intelligence into their finance processes that extend far beyond simple automation
  • What ROI and business benefits early adopters are seeing and how they are measuring success
  • What skills and steps organizations are taking to incorporate intelligent capabilities within their core end-to-end finance and accounting processes



MEET THE AUTHORS

Rizal Ahmed SAPinsider
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Rizal (Riz) serves as Wellesley Information Service’s Chief of Content. He oversees content and business planning, helping WIS’s global customers and partners discover new ways to leverage content for competitive advantage. Prior to WIS, Riz was a Research Associate with Forrester Research and a reporter for the Manila Times in the Philippines. Riz earned dual degrees from Dartmouth College in History and Economics.

Karthik Amirtharajan Microsoft
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Karthik Amirtharajan is a Director Specialist in Microsoft’s Apps & Infrastructure SAP solutions business advising customers in the Americas enterprise majors’ segment to help Create and Capture value from IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS capabilities on the Azure cloud platform. He helps articulate Azure’s business value and TCO to the C-Suite, collaborate with their solutions team to discover, validate, and enable customers to commit their SAP workloads on Microsoft Azure. Karthik helps lead SAP journey to Azure conversations for Microsoft’s customers within the Retail & Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Financial Services industry groups to enable them on the path for Digital Transformation. Karthik has 21+ years of overall industry, strategy, and consulting experience. In his prior role, he spent 10+ years of his consulting career at Accenture. Karthik helped manage a $400M book of Azure business in North America, developing, enabling, and executing joint go-to market strategies Microsoft aligned to SAP workloads. Karthik helped originate, shape, and deliver large strategic SAP journey to Azure transformation engagements for Fortune 100 clients. He is a Trusted Advisor for clients in the Retail & Consumer Goods, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Media & Tech and Financial Services to help realize the business value of Cloud. He has managed large scale global consulting teams, journey to cloud and digital transformation programs for clients with annual revenues of 50-100 billion dollars.

Vinod Raghavan Deloitte
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Vinod Raghavan is a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Enterprise Performance – SAP offering. He serves clients across Life Sciences, Consumer and Retail industry driving Global Finance Transformations. Vinod leads large, complex programs focused on Finance Transformation enabled by ERP (SAP S/4HANA) and Next-Gen solutions supported by cloud hosted infrastructures. Vinod also serves within the SAP Offering as the US Finance Market Offering Close, Consolidation and Reporting leader, driving forward the strategy and creation of Deloitte's thought leadership. Vinod also helps CFO’s and CAO’s rethink their ‘Finance organization of the future’ with a focus on digital core and automation.

Sheeraz Iqbal Protiviti
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Sheeraz Iqbal is an accomplished IT Leader with expertise in ERP solutions. Sheeraz exceptionally delivered Business and Digital Finance Transformations, Financial Planning & Analysis redesign, Global Roll-Out solutions with Parallel Accounting/Local GAAPs, Statutory, Management Reporting and Analytics. He is a strategic leader with experience and proficiency in SAP solutions, Business Process Optimization, aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. He has extensive expertise in delivering SAP S/4HANA, Central Finance, Suite on HANA, ECC, BPC, BI/BW, Data Services solutions. Sheeraz is a Subject Matter Expert in Global & Digital Finance process integration with Shared Services, Supply Chain, Operations, Order-to-Cash, Reporting, Consolidations and FP&A.