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).

Finance professional explaining a financial chart to her coworker.

Finance Is “Going Digital” – So How Come IT Spend Is Trending Down?

3-Sep-2019 | Nilly Essaides

Technological advances are essential to the evolution of the finance organization of the future. We talk about increased investment in digital technologies and the preponderance of technology as it re

Businesswoman explaining chart to his coworker.

Leveraging Finance Technology To Boost Enterprise Agility

5-Aug-2019 | Nilly Essaides

The relentless introduction of new technologies and innovative business models has accelerated the velocity of change in the business environment. To survive and thrive, companies must be attuned to s

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Sizing The Prize: The Digital Finance Advantage

13-Jun-2019 | Nilly Essaides

Everywhere we look, we see finance experimenting with and deploying smart automation solutions, like intelligent data capture, cognitive computing, and robotic process automation (RPA). Finance execut

finance, digital transformation, cloud, robotic process automation, master data management

Three Steps To Accelerating The Progress Of Finance Digital Transformation

11-Apr-2019 | Nilly Essaides

Finance organizations expect digital transformation will have a significant impact on their performance and ability to support the business. But they have a long way to go to realize the promise of

finance, leadership, Hackett Group, digital transformation

New Study: Finance Is Set To Gain Digital Transformation Momentum

26-Feb-2019 | Nilly Essaides

“Are we there yet?” That’s the question that is top of mind for architects of finance digital transformation. The answer is "not yet, but we’re getting much closer," according to The Hackett G

Where Does Finance Stand Versus Digital Leaders?

14-Jan-2019 | Nilly Essaides

In 2018, The Hackett Group conducted a Digital Transformation Performance Study to identify digital top performers (leaders) across finance, IT, HR, and procurement. We used a set of relevant metrics

finance, digital transformation, forecast, IT spending

Why Finance’s Digital Transformation Has Not Fully Met Expectations

13-Dec-2018 | Nilly Essaides

At least half of finance executives in The Hackett Group 2018 Digital Transformation Performance Study said their digital transformation efforts have not met the expectations of management relative to

finance, skills gap, training, workforce development

How Effective Is Your Finance Organization In Developing New Digital Skills?

12-Nov-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Digital transformation is having a big impact on how finance professionals work and the skills they need to perform changing roles. Finance is spending less time on transactional, repetitive activitie

Enterprise Analytics: Decentralized, Centralized, Decentralized?

23-Oct-2018 | Nilly Essaides

When viewed from 30,000 feet, our research and ongoing conversations with clients reveal a vacillating trend in how companies deliver analytics to the enterprise. After a period of decentralization, m

How Finance Can Scale Up Initiatives For Robotic Process Automation

12-Sep-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Finance organizations expect to increase their adoption of robotic process automation (RPA) by over 12 in the next two to three years, according to The Hackett Group research. But the growth will hing