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Our Annual Look at the Top Stories of the Year

Lynne Sampson
Managing Editor

The holidays are a time for celebrating traditions and reflecting on the year just ended. Here at The Modern Finance Leader, we’ve developed our own traditions and reflections; every year at this time, we take a look back at the year’s most popular stories.

This year’s crop ranges from ground-breaking research, to customer success stories, to “how-to” articles, to comparisons between cloud providers. The wide range of interests are a reflection of how the finance profession is expanding to include new skills. Let’s begin our list with an extensive study of what the finance leader of tomorrow will look like.

10. Are You a Digital Finance Leader? New Study Uncovers the Key Traits

Our ground-breaking research with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants found a strong correlation between digital finance and profitability. Read more findings from our survey of more than 700 global finance leaders.

9. 2019 Change Agents Show How to Win in Finance

Everybody loves a winner, and this year, we got to celebrate 10 of them in Las Vegas. Read their stories and get inspired by their success in finance.

8. Global Tire Manufacturer Replaces Infor with Oracle ERP Cloud 

This company replaced an aging Infor-Lawson system with a combination of financials and supply chain in the cloud, and is on the road to achieving its goals.

7. The Shape of Scottish Water: Cloud-First Strategy Helps Utility Embrace the Future

This story is one of my personal favorites of 2019. How often do we see a public sector organization delighting its customers and its employees? Scottish Water is doing both, and has reduced customer complaints by a stunning 85 percent. The video that accompanies this story is inspiring (and pretty!).

6. CFO’s Office Needs to Expand Skill Set to Stay in the Game

The AICPA’s Ash Noah leads a team that trains and educates finance leaders across North America. So who better to advise our readers on the skills they’ll need for the future of finance? Here, he shares how the role of the CFO is changing in a world of digital upheaval.

5. How to Cloud: First Steps to a Successful Oracle ERP Cloud Project

A majority of finance leaders say they plan to move their systems to the cloud. The bigger question is, how do they do it? This story answers some of those questions and advises on where to start.

4. Oracle ERP Cloud Named Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for 3rd Consecutive Year

Analyst reports are always a hit, and this one is no exception. The bigger story is how Oracle was named a Leader for the third year in a row. Sweet!

3. Oracle a Leader in Two Gartner Magic Quadrants for Enterprise Performance Management

Analyst firm Gartner issues two reports related to EPM: one for planning and another for financial close systems. For the 2nd year in a row, Oracle was the only company named a Leader in both.

2. Oracle vs. SAP: What You Need to Know

This is an update of one of our most popular stories from 2018. SAP’s woes with S/4HANA implementations continued to pile up this year, with several high-profile customers experiencing expensive delays. We look at some of the issues cited in public media coverage.

1. Oracle vs. Workday: 5 Things You Need to Know

Tis the season for shopping, and clearly there are a lot of comparison shoppers looking at cloud technologies! For the 2nd year running, this proved to be our most popular story, updated with a new list of 5 things to look for. More than ten thousand finance and HR leaders dropped by in 2019 to get the scoop. Maybe you should, too!

Happy New Year from all of us here at The Modern Finance Leader!

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