CFOs have never had access to more data about their organization’s operations and outputs, but they can’t leverage this resource with legacy systems and manual processes.
Of all the business functions that stand to benefit from the digitization process, finance is first in line.
As finance chiefs, we have to be capable of quickly adapting to changing circumstances, making decisions with multiple timeframes and improving efficiency. But many of us are hobbled by legacy systems that make our jobs more difficult.
These challenges are why finance leaders are making digitization a focus in 2023.
Outdated technology and unreliable data processes are major obstacles to improving performance, discovering business opportunities and remaining competitive.
But digitization isn’t just about technology adoption – it also requires companies to make cultural and organizational changes to ensure the right people are in the right places. It falls to CFOs to bring stakeholders together around a process-driven growth agenda. That will help the company scale in an agile and sustainable way.
Leaving manual processes behind
Despite the reliance of finance on data aggregation and analysis, many companies still depend on manual processes to manage their data.
According to Ventana Research, 70% of companies use spreadsheets as their “preferred technology supporting a broad range of planning processes.”
Ventana found that 88% of spreadsheets in field audits contained errors.
Finance teams are moving away from legacy data management or top down BPM practices and focusing on tech-enabled agility and a process-driven approach. This allows companies to adapt to changing market and economic conditions, increase the speed of decision-making, identify inefficiencies and opportunities and plan for the future. The companies that make the technology transition will have a competitive edge in the coming years.
Digital transformation came out as the top “investment plan around the future of work,” a reminder that technology and people are directly related to one another. When our partner adopted a centralized digital ERP, the commercial team was immediately able to identify errors and make corrections.
Because all relevant information is accessible via a single system, a significant cultural and organizational shift was necessary to take advantage of the company’s new data management strategy.
Cultural change is crucial to make any digital transformation successful. When companies adopt tools like centralized ERPs, employees and managers need to know how to use them.
Our partner, for instance, can now make predictions based on year-over-year changes, ensure that these changes are incorporated into the relevant terms and conditions and analyze how price shifts will affect profits.
With the predictive power of data, the finance team is able to avoid sudden changes in costs, delivery schedules and other critical changes that can undermine trust with suppliers and partners.
Now the company has increased its rebate income, improved clarity of margin, centralized and streamlined cash collection and increased visibility on deal performance. This means it’s able to negotiate more mutually beneficial deals.
Technology can strengthen your workplace culture by providing employees with digital resources that will help them cooperate and work productively, from cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms to centralized data hubs where everyone has access to the same information. But it’s vital for employees to be capable of deploying these tools effectively.
When today’s finance talent is aligned to tomorrow’s technologies, digital transformations will be seamless and sustainable.
CFOs will always be responsible for fiscal discipline and tracking how companies are allocating resources, but they’re also becoming proactive in strategic planning.
According to Gartner, 93% of finance leaders say they “expect to see a function that is leaner (with fewer employees), digital and data-driven” by 2025.
CFOs are making digital transformation a priority because it will help them identify and respond to trends, build resilience by targeting enterprise risk, evaluate interventions in terms of concrete performance indicators like ROI, consolidate data and make sure key stakeholders have access to it, and offer data-driven predictive insights.
Companies often struggle to aggregate, format and harness the power of data, but the right technology can help them do so.
Effective CFOs use data to help companies diagnose problems and determine what can be done to address them.
We have never had access to more information about the company’s operations and outputs, and they clearly recognize that this information is indispensable to the development of a more agile and evidence-based finance function.
The immediate challenge will be overseeing digital transformations that allow finance leaders to gather and analyze large quantities of data, move beyond inefficient and outdated tools like spreadsheets, and build cultures capable of fully leveraging technology.
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