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Strategic Finance October 2003

October 2003
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Features

ERP Merger Mania
By Spencer Arnesen and Jeff Thompson
Consolidation in the financial and accounting software business challenges those companies who rely on ERP packages to run their businesses. Here is the experts' take on what is going on and what your company should do to protect its current software investment and what factors to consider when making a new investment.


IMA News
Robert Half and IMA Recognize the Financial Executives of the Year. Twenty-one financial executives from around the nation are honored as financial leaders.


Becoming a Business Partner
By Gary Siegel, CPA; James E. Sorensen, CPA; and Sandra B. Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA
Management accountants took leadership roles at McDonald's and Caterpillar by learning the business and showing how their expertise could be used to not just record the bottom line but to increase it. Accounting knowledge is essential to playing a bigger role, but more important is the willingness to look for opportunities to support the organization's growth.


The Case for Management Accounting 
By Paul A. Sharman, ACMA
Management accounting is caught up in the meat grinder of financial reporting, a situation underscored by the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The paradox is that management accountants have more tools at their disposal than ever before. What they need now is a disciplined and prescriptive methodology to bring back accountability to operational managers supported by a cadre of professional management accountants.


The Mobile Professional: Palm or Pocket PC? 
By Duane M. Brandon, John Briggs, and Jennifer M. Mueller
More and more professional businesspeople are relying on palm-sized computers to keep up with their appointments, things to do, and names and addresses. Whether it's a PDA (personal digital assistant) or a miniature computer, the choice often comes down to price and functionality.


Stock Options: Still Alive? 
By Sam Shah
Stock options aren't dead despite a probable FASB rule that will require them to be expensed. Here are some of the alternatives that companies can use to reward and keep valuable employees.

Columns

PERSPECTIVES
Are chapters important?


IMA
Remembering Bob and Andrea Bell.


STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Performance measures that drive the goal tenets of strategy.


BEST PRACTICES 
Confident listening.


CAREERS
Achieving appropriate staffing levels.


TAXES
Depreciation after the 2003 tax act - Part 1.


XBRL
The digital reporting evolution: IMA leads the way.

Departments

STREETWISE
Developing ethical financial leaders
FASB delays stock option ruling
Corporate responsibility: high priority for CEOs
Congress not expected to add to Sarbanes-Oxley
Improving accounting efficiency


TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Writing tools.


TECH FORUM
Co-opting the hacker culture.


TRENDS IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Bankers' complicity in Enron's fraud.


STRATEGIC FINANCE QUIZ
Successfully answer 70% or more of the questions based on selected articles from this month's issue, and you will earn three CPE credits.


END NOTE
Bank transfers and bonsai kittens.


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