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Choose to be great--"address the complexity factor".

Current business models are impacted by a number of forces, including increasing global competition, mergers and acquisitions, e-business, fluctuating costs, global sourcing, operational growth pressures and shorter economic cycles. Choices are made in finance that determine a businesses' ability to execute and support these increasingly complex requirements. CFOs are starting to recognize the immense detriment the "structural complexity factor" is to their ability to execute superbly and support profitable growth. In order to proactively decrease current "structural complexity factors," CFOs are now mandating efficient organization structures with robust process management, stronger compliance and reduced risk, lower technology complexity, integrated, and insightful information capabilities, and greater cross-functional collaboration. How are your structural choices impacting your ability to execute, and how are you evaluating these choices? Here's what we've heard on the subject.



With IBM's acquisition of Equitant, IBM expanded its capabilities in Finance & Administrative (F & A) process transformation and outsourcing services to help clients achieve a higher level of business performance. Welcome to our inaugural column. My name is Donniel Schulman and I am Vice President, Global Finance & Administration Solutions, Business Transformation Outsourcing (BTO) for IBM Business Consulting Services (BCS) and responsible for the development and deployment of BTO F & A offerings worldwide. I look forward to your comments and can be reached at

With 20 years of industry and consulting experience, Mr. Schulman has worked with Fortune 50 company executives, CFOs and Finance organizations to design and implement finance and accounting business process/organization transformation and technology solutions across the enterprise. Mr. Schulman is a leading expert in assisting companies increase shareholder value through better finance; his principal focus has been to forge the connection between strategic intent and operational excellence through enabling technology for clients. He has worked across numerous industries, including manufacturing, high tech, consumer products, chemicals, media, financial services, and telecommunications. Mr. Schulman's work experience prior to joining IBM, BCS includes positions as Partner and Global FMS leader at PwC Consulting, practice leader of the REL Consultancy Group in New York, and line management posts at Bankers Trust, FGIC, and Royal Insurance.
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Title Annotation:Manage Your assets
Author:Schulman, Donniel S.
Publication:Financial Executive
Date:May 1, 2005
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