Nilly Essaides


Nilly Essaides

About Nilly Essaides

Nilly Essaides is senior research director, Finance & EPM Advisory Practice at The Hackett Group. Nilly is a thought leader and frequent speaker and meeting facilitator at industry events, the author of multiple in-depth guides on financial planning & analysis topics, as well as monthly articles and numerous blogs. She was formerly director and practice lead of Financial Planning & Analysis at the Association for Financial Professionals, and managing director at the NeuGroup, where she co-led the company’s successful peer group business. Nilly also co-authored a book about knowledge management and how to transfer best practices with the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC).

People Are The Engine That Drives Finance Transformation: Part 2

23-May-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Read Part 1 Part 1 of this series set out the premise that finance executives will realize the benefits of financial transformation only if their teams have the right ski

finance, digital transformation, people, talent development

People Are The Engine That Drives Finance Transformation: Part 1

17-May-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Part 1 of a 2-part series You could have 500 robots and the fanciest predictive analytics tool. But that won’t move the needle on enterprise performance – not if your finance team isn’t recep

Six Best Practices For A Future-Ready Finance Talent Strategy

11-Apr-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Talent – the lack of it – is a huge issue standing in the way of finance’s shift to a more digital organization. And becoming a digital organization is a big priority for finance. Finance teams

AI, finance, CIO, artificial intelligence, advance technologies, digital transformation

AI Is Helping Finance Become A More Strategic Partner

29-Mar-2018 | Nilly Essaides

I recently participated in an episode of Financial Excellence with Game Changers, a program sponsored by SAP and broadcast on VoiceAmerica Business radio. Bonnie D. Graham, global director of Thought

digital finance, digital transformation

What’s Driving The Adoption Rates Of Digital Tools In Finance?

14-Mar-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Finance organizations almost universally agree that digital transformation will have a tremendous impact on how they deliver their services and their overall performance. Clearly, they are not underes

Key Issues 2018: Finance Pushes To Improve Its Analytics Capability

14-Feb-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Our 2018 Key Issue Study asks finance professionals to share the impact of digital transformation on the finance function. It encourages them to list their major objectives for the year and what they

New Research Shows A Big Spike In Intent To Deploy Machine Learning In Finance

25-Jan-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Smart machines are here to stay. Not to replace finance executives, but to make their processes more intelligent. In fact, artificial intelligence (AI) is blazing one of the fastest adoption curves of

finance, digitalization, analytics, efficiency, leadership, high performing finance

Top Finance Performers Forge Ahead To Digitize Repetitive Processes And Improve Analytics

12-Dec-2017 | Nilly Essaides

Our data shows that there’s still a big gap between the expected impact of digital transformation and finance's level of readiness. But top-performing finance organizations are not waiting around un

Planning Process Red Flags – And How CFOs Can Fix Them

1-Nov-2017 | Nilly Essaides

To compete in today’s fast-changing business environment, companies need competitive strategies. And competitive strategies are supported by robust planning. Formulating those plans was the number-o

analytics, business intelligence, BI, centers of excellence, user self service, finance

Analytics And BI: Centralize? Decentralize? Both!

4-Oct-2017 | Nilly Essaides

The analytics delivery model is changing. Delivering insight through advanced analytics is a critical capability for any enterprise. Without insight, companies can’t make smart decisions about ho