TechnologyTreasury Management
January 31, 2022

A Treasurer’s Transformation: A Decade at Oracle to Fintech Venture Capital Investor

Former NeuGroup Tech20 member Eric Ball describes his transition from treasurer to VC investor and more in our debut podcast. Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NeuGroup Insights Podcast! We kick things off with former Oracle treasurer and Tech20 member Eric Ball, a longtime NeuGroup friend who is now general partner and co-founder of Impact Venture Capital—just one of numerous hats he wears. He’s also co-founder and chairman of capital markets startup CapConnect+, chairman of the special purpose acquisition…
TechnologyTreasury Management
January 26, 2022

Looking Forward: Five Thoughts on the Future of Treasury

Balancing efficiency and value, and managing people vs. technology, will be key priorities for finance in the future.By Joseph NeuProviding foresight on the future of treasury is always a crowd-pleaser with NeuGroup members. During sessions over the last few months, I had the privilege of sharing my current thoughts on the topic and hearing member reactions. A shared passion project. Most of these sessions (and more may be coming) have been done in partnership with Jean Furter, now treasurer of Poly,…
January 19, 2022

Eye-Opening: A Tech Treasurer Embraces APIs To See Cash in Real Time

A growing tech company connects with FinLync as it juggles cash, debt and a need to improve visibility.Real-time cash management made possible by wider adoption of APIs by banks has provided one tech treasurer the daily visibility into the company’s bank account balances that he craved for years. “This has become more important to us not just since Covid, but since tax reform in 2017 when we were sitting on a couple billion dollars offshore, like most tech companies,” he told peers…
Talking ShopTechnology
January 19, 2022

Talking Shop: The Status of Bloomberg Disaster Recovery Services

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected] Member question: “We received a notice from Bloomberg that our Disaster Recovery (DR) service was ending on 12/31, but it seems they have kept it on for now. (I have not asked Bloomberg if they have extended due to Omicron.) “We are looking at adding additional licensees with the hybrid work environment.…
January 12, 2022

Automating Together: The Human Side of RPA

One member’s success with automating processes prioritized getting treasury team members on board.Most members attending a recent meeting of NeuGroup for European Treasury reported that they are at the early stages of implementing smart automation tools like AI and robotics to improve treasury operations. One member at an IT company who recently completed an intelligent process automation project emphasized that while the benefits may be significant, it will take employees time to get in the groove. The member worked with…
Cash & Working CapitalESGTechnology
January 4, 2022

NeuGroup’s Top Five 2021 Insights

Reassessing finance organizations under new leadership tops the list of 2021 insights.By Joseph NeuBefore we plunge full throttle into the new year, I wanted to distill what struck me as the key takeaways from 2021, our second year of accelerated change and pandemic-fueled challenges. 1. Questioning the way things have been done. The pandemic encouraged transformational thinking as many legacy business processes and delivery models did not perform well during lockdowns nor in a work-from-home environment. Covid-19 also sparked a new…
January 4, 2022

Moving Finance Beyond Resiliency in 2022 Amid the New New Normal

How to approach finance this year while addressing unknowns and going beyond best practice, toward innovation.By Nilly EssaidesIn 2021, finance organizations focused on building their companies’ capacity to withstand shocks and bounce back. They automated existing processes so they can be executed remotely and with fewer staff. They forecasted more frequently. They continued to pile up cash (see companion piece by NeuGroup founder and CEO Joseph Neu). They integrated planning activities and embraced scenario analysis to account for a lack of relevant…
ComplianceTalking ShopTechnology
January 3, 2022

Talking Shop: Use a TMS for Audit and Confirmation of Bank Accounts?

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected] Member question: “Has anyone had success using their TMS for audit and confirmation of bank accounts? We are in the midst of our annual audit process. We have a number of accounts confirmed by Confirmation and the remaining have to be confirmed by treasury providing bank statements from bank portals. “We are…
December 15, 2021

Milestones of Automation on the Road to a Brighter Treasury Future

New technology such as RPA and data analytics help free up treasury staff to help the business meet strategic goals.Assistant treasurers (ATs) highlighted their teams’ milestones over the previous year at a recent NeuGroup meeting, with several citing the development of skills and capabilities that helped automate time-consuming tasks inside and outside treasury. Massive debt deals and prolonged adoptions of SAP systems ranked high on the list of major accomplishments for several ATs, whose hard work brought the projects to…
TechnologyTreasury Management
December 15, 2021

The Path to Treasury Value Creation: Automation as an Ally

Technology holds the key to treasury transformation. So how can people on treasury teams add value in the future?The strategic value that treasury teams provide to corporations depends in large part on the ability of finance leaders to adopt and adapt to technology that is transforming treasury while at the same time developing the skills and expanding the roles of the people on those teams. That takeaway surfaced during discussions on the future of treasury by Jean Furter, the treasurer of tech…