The role of the CFO is changing fast. Customers, the board, your finance team, your stakeholders within the firm, and—most of all—technology is driving this change. Of course, change is rarely easy, even if it’s entirely worthwhile. In this case, technology is both the source of your challenge and the solution you need.
Today, it takes a tech-savvy CFO—someone who understands and embraces the promise and power of technology—to navigate this exciting but sometimes uncertain future. A tech-savvy CFO seeks to modernize and transform the company’s business systems (and IT infrastructure) to boost staff productivity and give the company flexibility for the future. Even if you are in the process of becoming tech savvy, in today’s landscape, an effective CFO must have knowledge of how technology will positively impact your company.
Here are five ways the tech-savvy CFO uses technology to get ahead and stay ahead.
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Leaf Software Solutions was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This thirteenth annual program was created by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. The recognition in 2018 is the seventh consecutive year in which Leaf has been named a Best Places to Work.
Established in 1987, Leaf delivers mission critical business solutions to financial institutions, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, and related vertical markets. With 45 employees based in Indiana, Leaf has a track record of providing solutions that allow their customers to rapidly scale their businesses and remain competitive in their respective markets.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Indiana. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Indiana, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.
The final rankings will be announced at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, then published in the May-June issue of the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice® magazine.
Dynamics 365 brings together the best of Microsoft’s CRM and ERP cloud offerings into one cloud service with specific, purpose-built apps for business functions. Sale, Marketing + Adobe, Finance, Project Service Automation, Customer Service, Operations, Field Service along with PowerApps, Power BI and Flow into one unified platform.
The apps are designed so they can be easily and independently deployed, which means you can start with the business area you need and scale as the business demands. All Dynamics 365 apps, plus the larger portfolio of cloud solutions like Office 365, will share a common data model so it will be a breeze to adopt additional capabilities.
Leaf empowers organizations to leverage technology to create efficiencies and become more profitable. By combining your business logic, processes, and people with Dynamics 365 we are able to build custom end to end enterprise business software that manages any of the relationships that are critical to the success of your business.
Dynamics 365 End Users benefit?
First off, it is a gorgeous application that has a modern but familiar feel that your employees love
Converting HTML Emails to PDF in C# .NET
But its not easy to get started. There is a rapidly growing list of services to learn in AWS alone, not to mention the other major providers like Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Most of the vendors in the summit exhibit hall were involved in managing, monitoring, securing, or migrating cloud applications. You don't have to navigate this ecosystem alone. Leaf's Cloud Services team would love the opportunity to help!
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Developer Ergonomics and
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Chris Chalfant shared what he's learned about developer Ergonomics and Repetitive Stress Injuries. Some top tips from discussion included finding a tool to force yourself to take breaks away from the computer, proper posture (feet flat on floor, arms making an L shape when typing, knees slightly below hips), and the importance of learning keyboard shorts rather than reaching for the mouse (VIM lovers everywhere rejoiced!).
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Welcome Screen - Raspberry PI
Andrew Kaczorek gave an overview of the new software used to drive the large LCD welcome screen in our office foyer, allowing Leaf to have a custom welcome message for visitors to our office while being easily updated by office staff. The entire solution is being driven by BizPlay and a Raspberry PI. The custom case was also 3D printed by Leaf's Scott Beardsley.
Jimmy Briggs gave some insight into his passion for mechanical keyboards. Using a hands-on show-and-tell approach, he gave everyone a chance to experience the feel of a mechanical keyboard as well as the variety of switch types that are available out there.
Frederick Myers shared some of the tips that his team uses for optimizing unit tests fixtures for speed, navigation, and consistency.
Mike Warren pulled back the curtain on "Strangify" -- our slack app that uses OpenCV to detect faces on images and replace them with pictures of our own infamous James S.
CoffeeBot - Raspberry PI
James Alexander had not one, but two lightning talks. The first was an overview of Coffee Bot, Leaf's in-house IoT hack to monitor our coffee usage. Using a scale and Raspberry PI, we track when coffee is made and poured with the output of various statistics going on to an RGB LED matrix display.
James' second talk was an overview of the Python Tornado web framework that James is evaluating for IndyPY Web Framework Shootout.
The original agile manifesto has been, by far, the most dominant force the past decade on how organizations and teams go about designing, building, and maintaining software systems. It provides a basis for which requirements, communication, and organization are built around. The manifesto has spawned a dizzying array of well defined methodologies and frameworks, each with their own set of rules, rituals, and practices. Scrum, SAFe, XP, Kanban, Lean, and on and on. These frameworks have their purpose and situations where they shine and provide value. They also have situations where they introduce too much complexity and rigor where at the end of the day, the answer to the question "Does this make us better?" is "No".
By: Frederick Myers
- Value individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Processes and tools should be there to serve a team, not the other way around. Tools are a support mechanism to facilitate organization and communication but at the end of the day, the relationships and skill of the of the people involved is what will generate success.
- Value working software over comprehensive documentation. We believe that iteratively building software with frequent feedback loops will deliver software that meets the customer's needs more efficiently and with a better results. Developers should have the flexibility to experiment with new concepts. Stakeholders should have the ability to evolve their requirements through interaction with the software to help clarify their vision.
- Value customer collaboration over contract negotiation. Ongoing collaboration between the development team and the customer supporting the iterative development of software and ensure development happens transparently and without surprises.
- Value responding to change over following a plan. We need to be nimble to respond to shifting needs – be it technical, customer, or market driven.
Leaf Software Solutions is proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary providing technology solutions to our clients. With major changes happening on a constant basis, it is easy to lose sight at how much technology has grown over the course of multiple decades. We decided to take this opportunity to revisit some of the major shifts that have happened within our industry over the past 30 years, how Leaf has adapted to these changes, and trends we see emerging now in 2017.
By: Andrew Kaczorek and Chris Chalfant
The story of Joseph Graves Associates starts in the heyday of the original IBM PC. The PC AT shown above was driven by a 286 CPU that contained 134,000 transistors and performed an average of 2.66 million instructions per second. Compare this to a modern Intel i7 Haswell processor at 1.4 billion transistors that performs around 238,000 million instructions per second. That means that an average desktop computer is 90,000 times faster than the PCs used when Leaf began.
The next major shift happened in the early to mid nineties as the Internet became widespread. When Leaf began, the standard for business communications was a 2400 baud modem. In 1995, a typical business might have a 1.5 megabit connection, 685 times faster than the modem. A standard internet connection of 1 gigabit today is 500,000 times faster than network speeds prevalent when Leaf was founded.
Expect to see a wide variety of topics including:
- Cloud-native and serverless applications
- Continuous build and deployment automation
- Rapid prototyping practices
- Internet of things
Amazon Web Services
Best Companies Group
Best Places To Work
Chamber Of Commerce
Chief Financial Officer
Cloud Financial Software
Doc Date Verify
Dynamics 365 Apps
Indiana State Museum
Internet Of Things
Joseph Graves Associates
LCD Welcome Screen
Microsoft Dyanmics 365
Microsoft Dynamics 365
Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Visual Basic
Migrating Cloud Applications
Mobility & Security
Not For Profit
Off The Circle
Professional Services Tools Library
Project Service Automation
Python Tornado Web Framework
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Single-Page App Framework
Traditional Vs Machine Learning
Unit Test Fixtures