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Analytics-Driven Cost Management
Using AI to Combat Inflation – an Analytics Driven Approach to Cost Management
During inflationary times, CEOs and CFOs increase their emphasis on cost management. However, traditional approaches that focus on individual line items, hiring freezes, and decree absolute cost reduction targets, while marginally effective in the short-term, are largely based on intuition/gut-feel. With few unbiased analytics applied to the cost/value relationship, traditional cost management often fails to meet its targets, and is disconnected from strategy and medium/long-term revenue growth.
Therefore, in today’s supply-constrained and inflationary environment, it's necessary to have analytics-driven cost management, which delivers unbiased insights to integrate with business strategy and revenue expectations. Top-line scenario planning becomes an essential aspect of the cost management approach to identify specific actions to be taken to execute an inflation fighting plan. Understanding expected results from actions combined with the actual and predicted results, allows managers runway to course correct and focus on areas with the highest impact/reward.
During this webinar, we will discuss the following:
• Traditional cost management limitations
• The need for and benefits from analytics-driven cost management
• Framework of our proprietary Target Operating Model
• Roadmap for implementing an analytics culture of data driven decisions
• Use cases in applied analytics and scenario planning
• Value gained from analytics-driven cost management
ROBERT J. ZWERLING is a high-tech entrepreneur, global speaker and thought leader on AI and analytics, and has co-authored dozens of papers and books. He is Managing Director at Aurora Predictions, providing AI-Enabled analytics with an intuitive/no-code platform to automatically reveal insights for better forecasts, planning, and decision-making; and Managing Director of the Finance Analytics Institute, which teaches how to implement analytics through papers, surveys, benchmarks, and the Analytics Academy. He holds two degrees in engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.
GREGORY DERDERIAN – is Managing Partner, Aegis Advisory Partners. He is a Finance, Risk & Compliance leader with over 30 years’ experience as both an industry practitioner and consultant in the design, construction, and deployment of the underlying processes, data, information, tools, and technology. He architected the firms Target Operating Model framework and is a frequent speaker and author on finance improvement and business insights.
LAWRENCE S. MAISEL is President of DecisionVu Analytics, a management consultancy specializing in Performance Management, Data Analytics, and Operations Improvements. He is an experienced executive with proven leadership to drive efficiency and control through planning and analysis, AI-enabled analytics, and operating process redesign. Maisel is a CPA, MBA, and CGMA. He co-authored “AI-Enabled Analytics For Business”, with Robert J Zwerling and Jesper H Sorensen. He is a former Senior KPMG Partner and an Adjunct Professor, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
ERIN BENGTSON-OLIVIERI - is a strategic senior finance leader and business partner with extensive experience in transformation, maximize performance and growing organizations. She was most recently CFO at AllianzGI US and held various CFO and leadership roles Deutsche Bank and D.E. Shaw. Erin has worked across a variety of business models (asset/wealth/investment management and hedge funds) in both project and line roles. She started her career at Grant Thornton focusing on financial services. Erin has a BA in Accounting from Hofstra University.