Finance automation is a big deal now. Actually such a big deal that finance automation is the new big data. And big data is quite new. I believe the most important role of finance has always been, and will always be, one thing: To bridge the gap between the the numbers and the people who…

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A few years ago the Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked by an analyst how important iMac sales were to Apple. He said that iMac sales were $22 billion. He could have left it there. Except he knows something that a lot of us don’t. He knows never to leave a number hanging. He knows that…

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There’s always been a gap between data and the people who need to make decisions based on it. Today we live in a World of big data, which basically means there’s a lot of it. More than we can really imagine. And it’s getting bigger and faster. Meaning the gap between the data and the…

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During World War II, Germany sent coded communication message using their Enigma machine. Hundreds of people in Bletchley Park, England spent every day intercepting the messages, cracking the code. But there were just too many messages to process. As soon as they started to look at one messages, another would arrive. Then another. And another. So…

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