Innovation Nation | Winter 2015

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What should you really expect of a world-class CFO? 

We are working in an age when the CFO’s role is growing and expanding into new areas of the business. This gives the CFO more opportunity to improve numbers rather than just report them, but it also means a flood of information to stay on top of. 

In this issue, Christopher Stancombe will set out some of his thoughts on how a world-class CFO should operate in this new environment as well as what tools can help every great CFO. We also talk to Jeff Rutherford, CFO of performance materials manufacturer Ferro, about how BPO helps his company run efficiently.

As part of our feature on the CFO, this issue also looks at how controllership is changing as financial controllers find themselves, just like their CFOs, getting much more closely involved in operations.

Elsewhere, we hear from Jose Duarte, chief executive of Unit4, about how Capgemini’s BPO-as-a-Stack proposition is helping deliver what he calls "self-driving ERP."

We also take a look at our Centers of Excellence, with a special spotlight on the center at Trichy, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

In all, there is plenty of fascinating insight and exciting thinking in this issue, and I hope that you find it useful. As always, these articles are all available on our website and, we would welcome your opinions – so please visit and share your views online.