AFP 2022 Blog

  • Dynamic Financial Planning: A Global Forecasting Transformation with Coca-Cola

    Oct 21, 2022

    Accurate financial forecasting is growing increasingly more important and more challenging in our current dynamic macroeconomic environment. Over the past few years, faster, more directionally accurate forecasting that delivers decision-quality insights continues to be critical to most organizations’ success.
  • 5 Tips to Make the Most of AFP 2022

    Oct 19, 2022

    With educational sessions, keynotes, networking events and the exhibit hall, AFP 2022 is a big conference with a lot to do. Here are our tips to help you make the most of it.
  • Creating High-Impact Budgeting and Forecasting Processes

    Oct 17, 2022

    A mature and impactful FP&A function uses the planning process to drive accountability and encourage robust, informed strategic dialogues across the organization. John Baule, CEO of FutureView Systems, gives a preview of what attendees can expect to learn at his AFP 2022 session Creating High-Impact Budgeting and Forecasting Processes.
  • Finance Transformation 101

    Oct 13, 2022

    Ahead of their Ask the Expert session, Finance Transformation 101, Chris Ortega, chief executive of Fresh FP&A, and Hector Rubalcava, FPAC, director of finance at OCC, discuss why financial transformation matters and what they're looking forward to at AFP 2022.
  • Emerging from the ESG Embryo: Developing an ESG Program at Teranet

    Oct 5, 2022

    Teranet has a strong relationship with our capital markets dealers, and investors really like our company’s business model. However, we have noticed a shift in the capital markets landscape. Teranet’s bond investors — as well as other major customers — have started asking questions about Teranet’s ESG profile, so we realized we needed to develop an ESG program. But where to start?
  • 4 Reasons Why I’m Excited for AFP 2022

    Oct 4, 2022

    The AFP Conference is back, and it’s better than ever! Here are four things Benjamin Wann is looking forward to at AFP 2022, plus some food recommendations from the Philly native.
  • How Building Trust Enables Effective Business Partnering

    Sep 27, 2022

    Many FP&A professionals lament that they do not have a seat at the table. How does one get there? It starts with earning the trust of business partners to demonstrate that we, as FP&A professionals, can really add value. Easy to say, hard to execute, because there can be a hesitation from the business to share information and to invite us in, and because of the historical view of finance as strictly expense hawks.
  • Becoming Sustainable: A Treasurer's Journey

    Sep 13, 2022

    As we prepare to come together for the first fully in-person AFP since 2019, it provides us with the opportunity to pause and consider our world as it is today. Among the many changes we can see is the rise in the prominence and importance of ESG.
  • Reimagine Your Receivables with Digital Technology

    Sep 6, 2022

    The pace of receivables modernization shows no signs of slowing. Companies today are under increasing pressure to be able to offer their customers a variety of options to transact digitally, while also delivering value-added services. This trend is rapidly impacting treasury management.
  • Putting the "S" in ESG

    Sep 1, 2022

    In May 2021, Amazon issued $18.5 billion in bonds that included our first sustainability bond and the first time any corporate issuer built an enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) coordinator role into a single-day bond issuance. I am proud of the way we have prioritized diversity in our procurement approach since 2017 by proactively seeking to engage financial services firms that are owned by women, members of historically marginalized communities, and veterans, an approach that has helped us benefit from the perspectives of these partner firms, while supporting their growth.
  • What FP&A Professionals Can Learn at AFP 2022

    Aug 30, 2022

    Financial planning & analysis (FP&A) professionals act as the bridge between finance and leadership, making the numbers work to determine holistic strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, then tying it all into the goals of the business. Because the profession is so dynamic, FP&A roles require a broad skill set with innovative techniques that evolve with the finance sector. One of the best ways to sharpen your skills and keep up with the latest trends is to learn from the examples of fellow FP&A professionals.
  • Emerging Cyber Risks: The Cyber Insurance Devious Data Dilemma

    Aug 24, 2022

    Cyber liability risks, in the form of ransomware, breaches and other related technological attacks, have evolved as quickly as cyber security professionals have been able to identify and mitigate them. Cyber threats have been, and remain, an ongoing and serious threat to businesses in practically every sector.
  • I’m a Mess, I Must Confess: Help for the ‘Work-From-Home-A-Holic’

    Aug 18, 2022

    We’ve worked really hard these past two (almost three!) years. But we may have taken on some extra baggage, like falling into the “just one more thing” trap — where five more minutes turns into an hour. What other energy-draining, work/life balance-sabotaging practices have eased their way into our daily regimen? If these habits go unchecked, they’ll affect us and how we treat others.
  • What Treasury Professionals Can Learn at AFP 2022

    Aug 16, 2022

    One of the best things about AFP 2022 is the opportunity to learn from leading treasury practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and industries. Curious what we have planned for treasury professionals? Here is a preview of some of the sessions we have in store, curated based on your role.
  • Liquidity Yearbook: There Is No ‘Most Likely to Succeed’

    Aug 9, 2022

    The last few years have been a volatile era for liquidity. In March 2020, interest rates took a spectacular fall and the Fed Funds Rate landed in the zero to 25 basis points (bps) range. Stimulus programs, cheap capital markets, loan drawdowns and enhanced profitability left many organizations (but not all) with more cash on hand than ever before. But 2022 is throwing more unexpected scenarios than even this panel planned for months ago.
  • Automate Payment Reconciliation and KPIs through Data Services

    Aug 5, 2022

    Electronic payments are complex, especially when it comes to back-office reporting, reconciliation, chargeback/fraud management and cost management. This complexity is multiplied with each additional acquirer, gateway, PSP and solution provider, as each vendor has its own reporting portal, uniquely formatted reports, unique codes that require additional work/lookups, and different data naming conventions.
  • Multilateral Netting Programs to Mitigate FX Risk

    Aug 3, 2022

    With currency volatility on the rise, organizations are looking to improve the efficiency and visibility of their foreign exchange (FX) programs. For companies with global operations like Wahl Clipper Corporation, a proven method for mitigating the impacts of FX volatility became increasingly important to protecting stranded cash balances held by local in-country subsidiaries. Delivering an intercompany netting solution to better manage Wahl’s global FX exposure, while building a cost-effective way to move cash, became a key pillar of Wahl’s long-term financial strategy.
  • How to Quantify the Value of Major Projects

    Jul 21, 2022

    If you’re like many finance professionals, you experience apprehension when tasked with forecasting large ventures and capital expenditures. The famous quote, “All models are wrong, but some can be useful,” describes the dilemma we face: We can’t be perfect, but hopefully we can be directionally correct because the consequences of missteps can be enormously consequential. For project-driven companies and those with significant capital expenditures, the success of projects — strategically and financially — is a key to organizational growth and financial health.
  • Do You Possess These Future Skills to Motivate Your Team?

    Jul 20, 2022

    Over the last several years, your workforce has been through a lot. So much so that employees across industries have a whole new perspective on the concept of work/life balance and are walking away from careers they’ve worked so hard to establish.
  • Video Blog: April Rinne and the Flux Mindset

    Jul 19, 2022

    AFP President & CEO Jim Kaitz sits down with Executive Institute Keynote speaker April Rinne. Click through to watch the video.