At BlumShapiro we are constantly looking for ways to provide value to our clients above and beyond the specific services we provide as part of an engagement. Whether it’s helping a client decipher a new tax law, providing some insight into the state of the credit market or helping them solve a technology challenge, our clients have always appreciated the breadth of our knowledge and experience.
These interactions, however, have often taken place in a very ad-hoc, organic way, typically by the engagement partner, the client and the relevant partner expert getting together for lunch. While this certainly won’t stop, we were looking for a way to formalize this activity, provide a forum for CFO peer interactions and to do so on a more regular basis. Thus was born the BlumShapiro CFO Forum.
The BlumShapiro CFO Forum is a breakfast seminar series for CFOs and Finance Directors that:
- Brings CFOs of large to mid-size organizations together across industry groups
- Provides a forum for CFO peer interactions
- Allows open discussion on hot topics and issues facing finance
- Provides information CFOs can use today
Our upcoming forum is titled “IT Topics Keeping You Up at Night”.
With topics ranging from cloud computing to social-media strategies to data security, technology concerns are in the news daily. They’re also on the finance chief’s mind, according to CFO’s latest Deep Dive Survey, which asked more than 200 senior finance executives about their top technology concerns this spring.
“Data security ranks as CFOs’ top IT management worry, with 55% of survey respondents citing it as their number-one technology concern. Technology costs overall come in second, followed by data accuracy and integrity. Rounding out the top five: finding ways to apply IT to innovation and managing the cost and risk of employees’ mobile devices.” – CFO.COM
We’ll talk through these topics and attempt to bring some clarity and consistency to the importance and relevance of these within organizations. Are there other topics you should be concerned about, but not included in this list? We think there are and you should know about them. Further, as this is a collaborative forum we will determine what resonates and plan for these topics in future forums.
These forums are by invitation only. If you’re interested in attending, please contact us.
As a partner with BlumShapiro Consulting, Michael Pelletier leads our Technology Consulting Practice. He consults with a range of businesses and industries on issues related to technology strategy and direction, enterprise and solution architecture, service oriented architecture and solution delivery.