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, 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

Collaborative Enterprise Planning: Reality Or Utopia?

23-Aug-2018 | Nilly Essaides

On the August 7 broadcast of the Financial Excellence with Game Changers radio show, I joined host Bonnie Graham and panelists Yuval Atsmon, senior VP at Globality, and Pras Chatterjee, senior directo

finance leader discusses digitalization efforts with his team in a meeting room

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