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).

digital finance

How Technology Can Enhance Finance Stakeholders’ Experience

8-Aug-2018 | Nilly Essaides

There’s no longer any question that finance must digitally transform. The Hackett Group research shows that 95% of finance organizations believe digital transformation will affect the survival of t

Leveraging Cloud-Based ERP To Improve Data Management

11-Jul-2018 | Nilly Essaides

Most companies today run on a fractured ERP environment. Over half of respondents to our 2018 "ERP in the Cloud" poll told us that they’re using multiple on-premises ERPs in their organization (see

Breaking The Finance Cost Barrier

12-Jun-2018 | Nilly Essaides

For the past several years, the cost of running the finance organizations has been flat, even for the best-performing organizations. The Hackett Group research shows world-class finance organizations

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