The Hackett Group’s 21st Best Practices Conference
The IQ Business Group is a performance partner with The Hackett Group Inc., utilising IQ’s presence to provide industry-leading benchmarking and business advisory programs to organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Partnership provides CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and senior IT executives with benchmarking, transformation and advisory services that enable objective performance evaluation, utilise proven and leading best practises and guide the design and implementation of client-centric transformation solutions. Real results driven by real facts.
Atlanta & London – (BUSINESS WIRE) – In today’s business environment, globalization has become a driving force and source for generating growth. How companies are responding to the increased opportunities and complexity of a global economy was the focus of The Hackett Group's 2011 North American Best Practices Conference, “Accelerating Global Growth,” at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta May 11-12.
“Our goal was to prompt thought-provoking and engaging conversations, and enable attendees to come away with new ideas and approaches to implement and specific recommendations for accelerating growth within their organizations while also maintaining a globally competitive cost structure.”
The IQ Business Group, a strategic alliance partner for The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT), in sub-Saharan Africa brings you the highlights of the North American Best Practices Conference.
This year’s Best Practices Conference brought together speakers from nearly two dozen of the world’s most successful companies, including CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and leaders in procurement, human resources, and global business services from Dow, Fidelity, Kohler, The Walt Disney Company, Thomson Reuters, and others. Denver Broncos Quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow was also a featured special guest speaker at the conference.
The invitation-only event, which was attended by over 200 senior-level executives from the world’s most respected brands, also featured Hackett insights into the development of world-class transformation strategies and performance levers for Global 1000 companies. Hackett leadership offered previews of the company’s latest research detailing the cross-functional performance of world-class and typical companies in terms of spending, staffing, economic return, and other key efficiency and effectiveness metrics.
At the conference, The Hackett Group also offered a live demonstration of The Hackett Performance Exchange™, a new automated measurement system designed to accelerate companies’ journeys to world-class performance. The Hackett Group Performance Exchange is a breakthrough performance intelligence solution that automatically extracts data from ERP systems and benchmarks results to produce actionable insights - faster and at a fraction of the cost and effort involved in building a custom solution.
“Economies around the world have become more integrated, and increasingly the flow of ideas, capital and goods is transcending borders. Globalization has become a driving economic force and a key source for generating growth,” explained The Hackett Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ted Fernandez. “This increasingly competitive global marketplace has reduced the interval between seeing an opportunity and making the operational changes necessary to respond effectively to it. As a result, organizations have transformed their operating models and performance management capabilities to anticipate and adjust rapidly to the demands of global business.
“The 2011 Best Practices Conference featured an array of companies that have effectively addressed the challenges of a global business platform, while still addressing the operating variations required in established and emerging markets,” explained Mr. Fernandez. “Our goal was to prompt thought-provoking and engaging conversations, and enable attendees to come away with new ideas and approaches to implement and specific recommendations for accelerating growth within their organizations while also maintaining a globally competitive cost structure.”
The following executives presented at the conference:
• Air Products, Wayne Mitchell, VP Global Business Support Services
Multifunctional Shared Services: How Air Products transformed its end-to-end, global transactional processes
• Alcoa, Christie Breves, Chief Procurement Officer
Driving value from the supply chain through global processes, technology
• Covidien, Stephen Rondeau, VP Global HR Business Processes & Systems Management
A Fresh Start: Covidien’s change management evolution
• Cummins, Bruce Carver, VP Cummins Business Services & CIO
The Service-Oriented CIO: The evolving role of IT
• Dow, David E. Kepler, EVP Business Services, Chief Sustainability Officer & CIO
Globalization: A driving force, source for growth and perceived threat
• Fidelity, Brian Johnson, EVP HR
Facing Uncertainty: How Fidelity leveraged its culture to enable growth
• Hasbro, Denise Clark, CIO
Partnership for Profit: Building the IT vision at Hasbro
• HP, Michael Bordoni, VP Finance Strategy & Transformation
Delivery Excellence: HP’s journey to world-class finance performance
• Kohler, Jeffrey P. Cheney, SVP Finance & CFO
Global vs. Local: How Kohler got the balance right
• Pitney Bowes, Jeff Jacobson, GM & VP Finance Global Accounting Operations
From Single to Multifunction: How Pitney Bowes expanded its global support services
• Solo Cup, George Chappelle, COO
Integrated Business Planning: Moving finance from “reporting” numbers to “making” numbers
• The Walt Disney Company, Rick Wertsching, VP Sourcing and Procurement, Disney Theme Parks & Resorts
The Disney Way: Delivering the goods for a high-impact customer experience
• Thomson Reuters, Carl Tobiasen, SVP & GM of Global Business Services
• Thomson Reuters, Pradeep Lankapalli, VP GBS Operations
Going Global: How Thomson Reuters established and optimized its global business services structure
• Unilever, John Transier, VP Finance for Enterprise Support
Micro Business vs. Multinational: How Unilever supports its varied customer base
• Unisys, Peter Mares, VP Finance Operations
Going Global: How Unisys moved from multinational to global operations
• Verizon, Connia Nelson, SVP HR
Verizon’s Journey: Employee engagement in a changing world
More information on The Hackett Group’s 21th Best Practices Conference is available online at: http://www.thehackettgroup.com/events/bestpractices2011/
Source: BusinessWire, May 26 2011, The Hackett Group’s 21st Best Practices Conference Focuses on “Accelerating Global Growth” http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110523006061/en/Hackett-Group%E2%80%99s-21st-Practices-Conference-Focuses-%E2%80%9CAccelerating