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).

The Promise Of Digital Finance: A New Level Of Performance

27-Jun-2017 | Nilly Essaides

World-class finance organizations outperform more typical peers on two important dimensions: They are more efficient and do their work faster at less cost, and they are more effective at delivering se

Tetra Pak: Master Data Is A Corporate Asset

6-Jun-2017 | Nilly Essaides

In 2014, Jeff DeWolf of Tetra Pak put master data management (MDM) near the top of management’s priority list by treating it as a corporate asset. As the company’s director of global master data s

How Digitization Can Help Optimize The Account-To-Report Process

8-May-2017 | Nilly Essaides

There’s a lot that account-to-report (A2R) organizations can do right now to optimize the way they deliver services to stakeholders by standardizing, automating, and centralizing processes and sub-p

Pella Windows: Taking Small Steps Toward Big Data

2-May-2017 | Nilly Essaides

Everyone knows it’s not easy to get management support for Big Data projects. The ROI can be soft and the payoff long term. One way to get senior leadership buy-in is to frame the conversation in te

financial planning

Using Digital Tools To Enhance Finance Agility

10-Apr-2017 | Nilly Essaides

In times of great uncertainty, one of the most effective qualities of the finance organization is agility. Agility means being able to sync up the pace of internal change with that of the external env

Why CFOs Must Become Digitally Savvy

9-Mar-2017 | Nilly Essaides

Digital transformation is all around us. New technologies are revolutionizing how companies do business and engage with customers. They are also changing the way finance delivers services to its inter

finance, CFO, finance operations, digital finance, digital business, big data, analytics

Closing The Gap In Finance’s Digital Execution Capabilities

8-Feb-2017 | Nilly Essaides

Is finance ready for digital transformation? The answer is no, according to the results of The Hackett Group 2017 Key Issues Study. The study respondents expressed nearly universal agreement that dig

Start Preparing Your Talent Now For Digital Transformation

5-Jan-2017 | Nilly Essaides

There’s a big gap between what finance executives say they expect digitization will mean to their companies in general, and their finance functions specifically, and what they’re planning to do to

Closing The Technology Gap In FP&A

10-Oct-2016 | Nilly Essaides

Despite the proliferation of new cloud solutions and growing talk of predictive analytics and big data, there’s still a significant gap between where financial planning and analysis (FP&A) organ

digital transformation, digitization, digitalization, innovation technology

Reaching An Analytics Inflection Point: It’s About Profitability

13-Sep-2016 | Nilly Essaides

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is becoming the analytics hub of the business. Situated in the central point of the organization, it has access to data from multiple sources and can view, a