To coincide with the launch of the DGBS qualification, the CGBSP program is making available for download on a complimentary basis its first GBS research piece: "Building New Career Paths: The Emergence of the Global Business Services Professional," at http://bit.ly/2dn01fp. A self-assessment tool, available at http://bit.ly/1X6kIMK, is also available to help organizations and professionals determine which of the certification programs is best suited to their needs."It's exciting to be able to announce the availability of the final element of this comprehensive training and certification program," said Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman & CEO of The Hackett Group. "As companies become more mature and sophisticated in their GBS operations, it's critical that they improve the agility and flexibility of their workforce, to better meet the changing needs and expectations of the business. The success of a GBS organization is highly dependent on the knowledge and capabilities of staff, and the training and certification we're offering can play an important role in helping companies accomplish this." "We are proud to bring to market a unique offering that combines CIMA's training expertise with the empirically-proven best practices and intellectual property only The Hackett Group can provide," said Mr. Fernandez. "The combination of training, testing, accreditation and a knowledge centre to help staff keep up with new developments and trends is unique and fills an unmet need across the GBS organizations we work with." Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive of CIMA, said: "We believe this is a major step forward for the GBS industry. Now that this final part of the offering is in place, GBS professionals have industry-standard qualifications available to them no matter where they are in their careers. We believe this will help the GBS and shared services sector, allowing organisations to provide their staff with the necessary skills to reach their full potential."
"We are living in a fast paced world and people need the right competencies to adapt to new challenges. Our program uses the latest technology and we are able to provide the opportunity for long-term success."The Hackett Group's research clearly quantifies the bottom-line benefit of GBS excellence. World-class GBS organizations generate far greater initial savings over baseline costs than typical GBS organizations (35 percent savings versus 20 percent). They also drive 40 percent higher savings on an annual ongoing basis. Finally, better talent management drives an array of bottom-line benefits, including nearly 50 percent higher return on equity and higher net profit margins and EBITDA. Training plays a key role in achieving these results, with world-class GBS organizations offering managers and staff nearly three times the training hours of typical organizations. The research also shows that the GBS evolution is accelerating. The Hackett Group estimates that there are now over 6,000 GBS centers globally, with a total staff of more than 4.5 million. The majority of GBS organizations have moved beyond single-function centers, to establish multi-function centres. But less than 10 percent of all GBS organizations have completed the evolution to create fully integrated services environments with an end-to-end process orientation and a comprehensive service catalogue. For more information on the Certified Global Business Services Professionals program and its Advanced Diploma in GBS, please visit: http://www.thehackettgroup.com/expertise/gbs-training. About the Certified Global Business Services Professionals Program The Certified Global Business Services Professionals program is a collaboration between The Hackett Group and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This unique collaboration combines CIMA's certificated global professional development program capabilities with The Hackett Group's global business services (GBS) best practice intellectual property. This brings to market the first comprehensive talent management and professional development qualification program specifically tailored for GBS and shared services professionals. By working together, The Hackett Group and CIMA are addressing the need for GBS and shared services organizations to provide clear, consistent and structured talent development programs based on best practices to grow the professional skills and knowledge needed to achieve and maintain world-class performance standards.
About CIMAThe Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919 , is the world's leading and largest professional body of management accountants, with over 229,000 members and students operating in 176 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers' choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders. Professionalism and ethics are at the core of CIMA's activities with every member and student bound by robust standards so that integrity, expertise and vision are brought together. CIMA has formed a joint venture with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the global quality standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting. The designation recognises the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance. CIMA is proud to be the first professional accounting body to offer a truly global product in the fast-moving area of Islamic Finance. For more information about CIMA, please visit www.cimaglobal.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CIMA_News About The Hackett Group The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT) is an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices implementation firm to global companies. Services include business transformation, enterprise performance management, working capital management, and global business services. The Hackett Group also provides dedicated expertise in business strategy, operations, finance, human capital management, strategic sourcing, procurement, and information technology, including its award-winning Oracle EPM and SAP practices. The Hackett Group has completed more than 11,000 benchmarking studies with major corporations and government agencies, including 93% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 86% of the Fortune 100, 87% of the DAX 30 and 52% of the FTSE 100. These studies drive its Best Practice Intelligence Centre™ which includes the firm's benchmarking metrics, best practices repository, and best practice configuration guides and process flows, which enable The Hackett Group's clients and partners to achieve world-class performance.