April 27, 2023

Wringing Every Drop From a Tight Treasury Technology Budget

Maximizing the potential of existing tools and current employees depends on detailed plans and open communication. Technology budgets for treasury teams have always been tight, and high inflation and low corporate earnings are making it even harder to get new funding. At a recent meeting of Women in NeuGroup, members shared tips on maximizing resources for tech solutions. Two messages came through clearly: treasury teams should make sure they’re using every functionality in existing systems, and a system is only as…
April 20, 2023

Automation Pumps New Life Into a FX Trade Life Cycle

Automating trade operations lets treasury focus on strategy and understanding economic drivers of FX exposures. “Automate the operations, unlock the strategy.” That concise phrase encapsulates the transformational and holistic approach to consolidating and managing data, including exposures, at high velocity within the FX trade life cycle adopted by one NeuGroup member company. And the phrase served as a subheading for a presentation made by a manager in the company’s global treasury FX risk management group at the fall meeting of NeuGroup…
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April 13, 2023

The Challenge of Building Agility Into Finance

How finance organizations can become more resilient amid disruption and demands to accommodate rapid changes in the business landscape.By Nilly Essaides Change, of course, is not new. But its speed and velocity have grown exponentially since the start of the pandemic. And its relentlessness is pressuring finance departments to speed up the delivery of data-driven decision-making support to the C-Suite and business leaders. An uncertain economic environment, a cloudy outlook for interest rates and inexorable technological innovation present CFOs and…
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March 30, 2023

DIY with RPA: A Tool Removes the Pain of CSA Collateral Exchange

UPS and Coca-Cola describe automation solutions they made using UiPath to cut time exchanging cash, reconciling. Artificial intelligence and machine learning may ultimately be major forces in the digital transformation of finance orgs. Right now, though, more NeuGroup members are bringing the future forward and scoring wins with robotic process automation (RPA) solutions that can relieve the pain and drudgery of manual processes that take way too much time. To wit: two members of NeuGroup for Mega-Cap Assistant Treasurers—UPS and Coca-Cola—recently explained how they used RPA…
March 30, 2023

Fed Up With Fees but Finding Few Options to Bloomberg Terminal

Members express frustration with Bloomberg’s data licensing fees and some explore alternatives. The cost of paying Bloomberg’s data fees on top of what the company charges for a Terminal subscription sparked complaints and conversation at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Foreign Exchange 2. The prices present a dilemma for treasury teams that don’t use the high-end tool on a daily basis but haven’t found alternatives they really like. One member said her treasury team only logs on to Bloomberg Anywhere three times…
March 16, 2023

Advancing Analytics: FX is Embracing AI and ML

Rising pressure to protect earnings from currency volatility is prompting FX risk managers to pursue more advanced analytics.Sixty-nine percent: That’s the percentage of participants in a recent NeuGroup for Foreign Exchange monthly session who are already using or are exploring the adoption of advanced analytics solutions. Their reasons include improving the quality of the FX exposure forecast, conducting scenario planning and having a more refined capability to measure hedge program performance in terms of volume, effectiveness and cost. A sweeping trend. The pursuit…
March 9, 2023

Making the Leap: SAP Treasury Solutions That Run on S/4HANA

PwC insights on corporates using SAP treasury tools and S/4HANA to ease automation and data analytics. Implementing S/4HANA, the SAP ERP, and using SAP’s growing number of treasury modules is one way to accelerate treasury’s digital transformation—a route being taken by some multinationals that are deciding to forgo the use of a traditional treasury management system (TMS). PwC consultants discussed the benefits of this approach at recent NeuGroup meetings, including one that focused on the role of cloud-based ERPs and…
March 2, 2023

How Finance Creates Better Partnerships With Business in Asia

Lessons from finance leaders at NeuGroup meetings in Singapore highlight success factors for business partner roles.By Joseph NeuHow to navigate finance-business partner roles and related activities in Asia—where they really matter—emerged as an underlying theme at NeuGroup meetings in Singapore last week. Here are a few of my takeaways from lively discussions with finance leaders ranging from regional treasurers to CFOs. Translator applications. “We are a translator for global corporate strategy and business conditions in each of the regional markets,” explained…
February 16, 2023

Touched Less, Not Touchless: Bringing Automation to Life

Finding key parts of processes to automate can make automation more achievable than end-to-end automation. AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard may conjure up a limitless future of so-called touchless, automated processes that require no human intervention. But for corporates limited by the budgets and sizes of IT teams, end-to-end process automation is often an unrealistic goal. So some NeuGroup members are embracing “touched less” solutions—adopting a mindset that can go a long way toward making automation more achievable.…
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February 9, 2023

Funding Growth-Tech During a Downturn: A Tech Banker’s Insights

Bank of the West’s Andreas Bubenzer-Paim on markets, ChatGPT and bankers helping tech firms weather recessions. The collapse of the IPO market in 2022 is just one factor weighing on growth-tech firms that need financing as they prepare for a possible economic downturn while watching many mega-cap tech companies eliminate jobs. That’s the backdrop for this timely Strategic Finance Lab podcast conversation with Andreas Bubenzer-Paim, managing director and head of technology banking at Bank of the West. You can listen to it…