I recently returned from our annual Ariba LIVE conference had the opportunity to sit in the Working Capital 20/20 session with Mary Driscoll, senior research fellow at APQC. Mary is responsible for identifying and disseminating best practices and metrics used to improve the effectiveness of the office of the CFO at APQC; she was also founding senior editor at CFO magazine and is the author of Cash Management—Corporate Strategies for Profit, published by John Wiley & Sons - so if there is anyone who knows how the CFOs thinks - it's Mary Driscoll.
At LIVE, Mary discussed some of her research findings for a report due out this summer. Her research includes survey responses from 355 senior finance executives at large U.S.- based organizations, and on-the-record comments from CFOs and other senior finance executives. Mary found that the key topics that were on the mind of the finance professionals are: