The Finance Leader’s Guide to Balancing Risk & Performance

By marketsonline

Published | Friday, October 21st, 2016

Understand the gaps in your ERP system controls to maximize performance

Whether you bear comprehensive responsibility for the finance function or lead a part of the team focused on your own area of operational excellence, your role is fundamentally about balancing risk with opportunities to spur greater performance. The burden of managing financial risk, cash flow, strategic investment and compliance is a complex job, involving a broad spectrum of responsibilities.

How can you be confident that the risks of fraud, error and abuse are being well-managed without getting in the way of achieving your performance objectives? The typical approach is to rely on the types of internal controls that are built in to processes, and in particular, into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. But how dependable is this approach in practice?

Think about it: central to understanding where you stand is your reliance on what your ERP system is telling you. But it is difficult (dare I say impossible) to effectively control business processes and stop leakage from within such a complex platform. In these pages, we’ll share with you the finance leader’s guide to understanding the natural gaps in your ERP system—and the specific actions you can take to grab risk by the scruff of the neck so you can focus on maximizing performance.

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