RGP Academy

Every major business initiative and regulatory mandate presents its own unique conundrum for global business. The RGP Academy helps our clients approach these undertakings armed with practical intelligence that helps them plan and execute effectively and avoid pitfalls that other companies have encountered.

Our complimentary webcasts (many offering CPE credit) help educate you and your team. We provide insights, case examples and subject-matter expertise from those who have been on the front line working with business leaders - as part of their teams - to solve problems, transfer knowledge and drive change from the inside out.

Recent webcast topics have included: the new Revenue Recognition Standard, Conflict Minerals, COSO Framework, Supplier Programs and Supply Chain Best Practices, Business Intelligence, Change Management as well as other issues affecting global enterprises.  The Academy also offers regular Financial Reporting Updates.

Live CPE Sessions, Roundtables and Onsite Training

Live sessions are available to our clients through regional RGP offices. Our industry roundtables and onsite training allow executives to share experiences and discuss difficult issues in small affinity groups. Our CPE sessions provide insights by sharing case studies and real examples of practical problem solving.

Please contact a local RGP client service director at 800-900-1131 for more information and regional offerings. Or click here to send an inquiry via email.

To see all current webcast offerings, register for an upcoming event or hear a recorded webcast, please click here.

The following webcast presentations and recorded webcasts are proprietary and confidential property of RGP. They are provided by RGP strictly for informational purposes only, do not constitute or contain legal or other professional advice, and are provided without representation or warranty.

Our latest offerings

Our recorded webcasts

  • Recorded on April 27, 2016
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director and Steve McKechnie, Managing Consultant, RGP
The new Revenue Recognition standard (Rev Rec) has implications beyond an organization’s accounting department. In fact, Rev Rec impacts systems, enterprise wide, from purchasing to manufacturing, from sales to human resources. There are change management and process management considerations as well. In this webcast, RGP Rev Rec experts discuss the how the new standard impacts an organization’s information management systems and offers practical advice for leading change across your organization.
  • Recorded on April 21, 2016
  • Presented by: Dave Christensen, Managing Consultant, RGPs Finance and Accounting Practice
On February 25th, the FASB announced the long-awaited new leasing standard which represents significant change to the balance sheet. While it will affect lessees the most, there are components of the standard that could impact almost all organizations to some degree.

Please join RGP for a webcast which will provide a high-level overview of the new lease standard, including information about its effective date, early application, and transition requirements as well as highlight some of the differences and similarities of the new standard compared to current GAAP. The webcast will also suggest what companies need to do now in order to adopt the new standard.
  • Recorded on March 24, 2016
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Sr Practice Director, Brian Aratani, Director and Kaush Oza, Managing Consultant, RGP
The FASB and IASB have released a new Revenue Recognition standard which sets out a more consistent method for how companies book revenue, becoming effective for public companies in 2018. Though 2018 may seem far away, for companies choosing to restate prior results for comparability, 2016 and 2017 data will need to be presented. This converged standard will impact most companies, public and private, and its implementation will have effects beyond the Finance & Accounting organization. Centralized contract management and the ability to maintain visibility and systems integration across performance obligations and over the contract lifecycle will become a key enabler to implementation and ongoing compliance for this new financial accounting standard.

The intent of this webinar is to prepare companies that have limited or highly manual contract management capabilities and/or companies that seek to better support their organization’s finance and accounting function to meet the technical accounting requirements of this new standard. The webinar is essentially geared towards sales & marketing, information technology, procurement, and legal stakeholders/professionals and will focus on the process, systems, people and governance elements needed to develop an effective Contract Lifecycle Management capability based on RGP’s differentiated framework. Please note that this is not a technical accounting webinar.
  • Recorded on February 18, 2016
  • Presented by: Balaji Bondalapati, Managing Consultant and Paul Rundzieher, Sr Practice Director, Information Management, rgp
With the rise of the digital economy, more business processes are moving to the cloud and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is no exception. Traditionally, ERP systems have been on-premises with an IT infrastructure. However, the new trend is to move ERP systems to a web-based platform, reducing costs and streamlining efficiencies. Yet, there is much that an organization must consider before making the transition to a cloud-based system.

Please join RGP experts for a discussion of cloud vs traditional ERP systems where they will provide an overview of each type of system, review major ERP vendors and their cloud product offering as well as discuss the major differences in terms of practical implementation and functionality. You will come away with a clearer understanding of these two ERP options and what might be a suitable solution for your organization.
  • Recorded on January 28, 2016
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting, RGP
As financial reporting implementation deadlines approach and projects continue to evolve, 2016 will be a big year for most companies – Revenue Recognition, Financial Instruments and Leasing guidance are all developing rapidly.  How will the latest developments in standard setting affect your organization?  What lies ahead for the upcoming year? Join us for a financial reporting and accounting review and analysis including the latest FASB pronouncements, and SEC and PCAOB standard setting. This session will provide you with what you need to know to comply with these changes and help you to stay a step ahead.
  • Recorded on December 8, 2015
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Senior Practice Director, Supply Chain Management, RGP and Sumit Vakil, Chief Technology Officer, Resilinc

The June 1, 2015 filing deadline brought year two of conflict minerals reporting to a close. While it is apparent that companies have made progress in structuring their programs and filings, much work remains on establishing industry-wide 3TG transparency, as intended by the Conflict Minerals Rule. Adding to this challenge is the uncertainty being created by ongoing litigation surrounding key reporting and disclosure requirements.

Join RGP Conflict Minerals Rule expert and Senior Practice Director in RGP’s Supply Chain Management practice, Marcus Spranger, and Resilinc Chief Technology Officer, Sumit Vakil in a Webcast event where you will learn about:

  • Key recent legal/regulatory developments
  • RGP’s observations from year-two filings
  • What companies are focusing on for year three
  • Developments in technology/automation solutions
  • Recorded on December 3, 2015
  • Presented by: Homer Cully, Consultant, Finance & Accounting and Allan Koodray, Managing Consultant, Business Performance Management, RGP
Organizations large and small are moving their software services to the cloud. However for most, the idea of moving to the cloud can be a stressful and somewhat confusing decision. What are the financial benefits and what are the tradeoffs? What does a cloud based infrastructure mean for security, storage and financial data?

RGP experts will help to dispel some of the confusion. In this webcast, we will begin by defining some of the most commonly used terms and explain the various cloud offerings available. We will then explore the benefits and risks of moving consolidation and planning data off site with a view to giving you a clearer understanding of cloud computing and how it may be applied to your organization.
  • Recorded on November 17, 2015
  • Presented by: Dr. Irving Wladawky-Berger, Consultant, RGP
 With the speed of change in technology, market conditions, and globalization, the ability of companies to adapt to change through innovation is becoming critical to their long term viability.  Join RGP Consultant and noted expert on technology and innovation, Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger for a look at some of the disruptive technologies organizations face today including Big Data, the mobile internet and Cloud Computing.  Dr. Wladawsky-Berger will also discuss some of the key ways in which companies can mitigate and manage disruptive innovation -  and  possibly emerge more competitive than before. 
  • Recorded on October 15, 2015
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Senior Practice Director, Supply Chain Management; Kaushal Oza, Managing Consultant and Richard Adams, Client Service Director (UK), RGP
In today’s complex and dynamic business environment, leading Procurement organizations are leveraging spend analytics to effectively achieve visibility and control over third party spend across the enterprise.

Join RGP as we take you through the key elements of spend analytics, and discuss how to establish a baseline from which to launch effective spend management. We will also highlight RGP’s advanced Spend Analytics solution which combines our expertise, a structured approach and leading-edge Business Intelligence that enables organizations to achieve deeper insights into value and risk mitigation opportunities. Spend Analytics provides the foundation for more rapid delivery of benefits back to the business and directly to the bottom line.

At the end of this webcast, you will come away with a clearer understanding of spend analytics and how to establish an effective program for your organization.
  • Recorded on September 30, 2015
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting Practice, RGP
Join us for a financial reporting and accounting review and analysis including the latest FASB pronouncements, and SEC and PCAOB standard setting. This session will provide you with what you need to know to comply with these changes and help you to stay a step ahead.
  • Recorded on September 24, 2015
  • Presented by: Les Sussman, Senior Practice Director and Eric Gerner, Managing Director, RGP
While Enterprise Risk Management has been adopted by most organizations in some form, many still struggle to create effective programs. How do you create an ERM program that is effective without breaking the bank? In this webcast, RGP will lead you through the best practices to creating an effective and efficient ERM program, with a focus on distributed responsibility and long term sustainability.
  • Recorded on September 17, 2015
  • Presented by: RGP and Leeyo Software

RGP and Leeyo Software have been working together to provide companies with an integrated approach to preparing and managing their data for revenue recognition initiatives. Compliance is important and guidelines can be complex and difficult to understand.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Why data quality is important
  • Data management and quality considerations
  • Steps for improving data quality today
  • RevRec and data compliance considerations
  • What you can do now to prepare for new guidance

It's never too soon to start improving the quality of your data. Join us to see how best to get started today.

  • Recorded on August 27, 2015
  • Presented by: Rebecca Snevel, Managing Consultant, RGP
With the list of data breaches cases growing daily, from public companies to the federal government, it is clear that any organization that holds personal data needs a CyberSecurity program. In fact, regulators have identified CyberSecurity as a focus area.  However, what should the program look like?  RGP security experts present the key steps to protect corporate data and provide a holistic approach to CyberSecurity, including Risk Assessment, Vendor/Business Partner Risk Assessment and information security control design.  This session will not only demystify the complexities of Information Security but give you practical steps you can implement to better protect your organization from a security breach.
  • Recorded on August 13, 2015
  • Presented by: Dave Christensen, Managing Consultant, Finance & Accounting Practice, RGP
Join RGP for an update on the status of projects currently being developed by the FASB and IASB. Although these are “joint projects”, we will also review the areas in which the FASB and IASB have diverged. We will also discuss the future of the IFRS in the United States.
  • Recorded on June 18, 2015
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting, RGP

Join us for our quarterly financial reporting and accounting review and analysis.  We will highlight what you need to know in order to comply with these changes and help you to stay a step ahead.

  • Recorded on June 11, 2015
  • Presented by: Kaushal Oza, Managing Consultant and David Matthews, Sr. Practice Director, RGP’s Supply Chain Management Practice

Tail Spend Sourcing is a low risk, cost savings solution that consolidates a large number of low spend suppliers into much fewer key suppliers, without fundamental changes to an organization’s sourcing strategy or procurement infrastructure. RGP’s procurement experts explore this new trend and using illustrative case studies, outline a structured Tail Spend approach that typically delivers rapid savings and a fast return on investment.

  • Recorded on June 3, 2015
  • Presented by: Presented by Scott Gemma, Director, RGP and Nicolas Christiaen, CEO, DiscoverEdge

In this webcast, we explore some of the tried and tested tools and techniques that organizations are implementing to improve their Working Capital (WC) position.  We will review the ABCs of Working Capital, taking financial measurement beyond the finance department.  We will also discuss “WC culture” what it means, and how to develop it and make it ‘stick’ throughout the organization.

  • Recorded on April 23, 2015
  • Presented by: Trey McClure and David Matthews, Senior Practice Directors, Supply Chain Management, RGP

Since Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) made its debut in the 1990s with the promise of aligning demand and supply, balancing customer needs and corporate requirements, many companies have been implementing S&OP processes with varying degrees of success.

What have we learned in the past two decades? Is S&OP living up to its promise, becoming an important and comprehensive planning process? How has technology changed the outlook and use of S&OP? What does the future hold? Join RGP as we use real world examples to give you clearer insight into S&OP processes and how to effectively evaluate and implement them in your organization. This webcast is suitable both S&OP novices and experts.

  • Recorded on March 25, 2015
  • Presented by: Steve Barker, Global Managing Director, Human Capital and Mark Walztoni, Managing Consultant, M&A Transaction Services, RGP

What does it take to become a valued leader during critical business transformations in today’s ever-changing workplace? For example, integrating a key acquisition, transforming an organizational culture, or turning around business unit performance? A robust leadership development framework that's aligned with key change drivers can equip your organization to improve your bottom line and attract and retain valuable talent during challenging times. Join us to learn leadership development strategies that can make you, your team, and your organization more successful navigating large-scale organizational change.

  • Recorded on March 5, 2015
  • Presented by: Althea Davis, Director of Data Strategy and Rebecca Snevel, Managing Consultant, RGP

Dirty data, broken business processes and constraining IT applications are some of the top concerns of C-Level directors. These issues hinder decision making and the ability to manage. One in 10 organizations, have a data strategy and most of these corporations are “application centric.” This approach contributes to very low rate of success of data governance initiatives, longer lead times of project delivery, higher IT costs, lower rate of project delivery and higher risk.

Join RGP as we take a look at an alternative; data centric approach tested by pioneering organizations where data leads to intelligence. Using case studies and real world examples, we explore this data-wisdom evolution and how a data centric mindset, behavior and expectations with a purposeful data strategy, producing sustainable business and organizational success from data and information assets.