Perspectives

Latest: Investing in the cloud

The "Crunch time" series for CFOs

Rare is the company that does not have some sort of cloud initiative underway. Cloud is rapidly becoming the standard in how technology solutions are developed and delivered, bringing benefits such as reduced time-to-market, scalability, and a pathway to innovation. But that does not mean cloud is easy to implement and manage.

This guide shares answers to CFOs’ frequently asked questions about cloud investments anywhere in the enterprise, as well as within Finance. Learn the opportunities and challenges that come with investing in the cloud so you can make more effective cloud decisions.

Crunch time VIII: The CFO guide to Cloud

At just about every organization across every industry, the cloud is top-of-mind in the C-suite.

With 93 percent of organizations either adopting or considering the cloud, it is essential for CFOs to determine its value proposition and its implications for accounting, contracting, security/risk, and other areas of the business.

As CFO, you know cloud will be part of the future, whether driven by the need for innovation, cost reduction, or both. By making more effective cloud decisions, you may get a jump on competitors in terms of innovation, agility, and cost.

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Crunch time VII: Business reporting in a digital world

What will reporting look like in five years? More specifically, what will we actually see on the ground in leading finance organizations around the world? The laborious grind of management and financial reporting today won’t exist in the future. People will be insight generators, not report builders. The talent pool in Finance will expand to include business people with finance backgrounds, data scientists, and storytellers—all collectively enhancing Finance’s ability to support the strategy of the company. In addition, we see three key characteristics transforming how reporting will get done in the future. Reporting will be intelligent, interactive, and real-time.

Crunch time VII: Business reporting in a digital world

Much of traditional reporting has been defined by the steps required to produce the reports themselves: collecting data, constructing reports, and disseminating them. That’s changing – this video replicates a discussion a CFO may have with their team in the context of how reporting gets done today and how it might get done in the future.

Crunch time VI: Algorithmic forecasting in a digital world

Traditionally, forecasting has been a mostly manual process with people gathering, compiling, and manipulating data, often within spreadsheets. There’s another way. Organizations are shifting to forecasting processes that involve people working symbiotically with data-fueled, predictive algorithms.

Our Algorithmic Forecasting guide shares the basics of algorithmic forecasting and how it changes forecasting processes, the workforce, and decision making. Find out how organizations are using algorithmic forecasting to create more accurate and timely predictions—and the lessons they learned along the way.

Crunch time VI: Algorithmic forecasting in a digital world

In the area of forecasting, CFOs can champion an innovative, data-driven approach that will help people predict the financial future of their business. The below video highlights the many benefits of algorithmic forecasting.

Crunch time V: Finance 2025 (Our predictions)

Whether it’s phone apps, home automation, or cashless commerce, digital disruption is the new normal for consumers today. It’s changing what we do – and how we get things done – in countless ways. What does this have to do with the future of Finance? Everything.

Explore Crunch time V: Finance 2025, which offers eight bold predictions about how finance organizations might evolve over the next several years, becoming better, faster, and probably less expensive.

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Crunch time IV: Blockchain for Finance

"Blockchain for finance" is a practical guide for finance organizations that want to understand options for blockchain and make effective decisions about moving forward. It features more than a dozen frequently asked questions finance teams can use to make sense of blockchain technology, as well as a high-level roadmap for adoption. It also includes a seven-point checklist for CFOs who are thinking about embarking on the blockchain journey.

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Crunch time III: CFO's guide to cognitive technology

"The CFO’s guide to cognitive technology" explores how organizations can deploy emerging cognitive technologies to help create a more efficient, insightful, and controlled Finance function. Included in this guide are a collection of examples based on what technologies we’ve seen companies begin to test and adopt, and our experience working with many Finance organizations.

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Crunch time II: CFOs talk off the record

Thirty CFOs share their unfiltered thoughts and experiences around a broader discussion of finance and what it means to make the digital journey. Deloitte knows that one way to stay abreast of new developments is to join in focused conversations with other finance leaders, across multiple industries and geographies, so this is a good place to start.

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Crunch time I: Finance in digital world

Deloitte's original point of view, "Crunch time: Finance in a digital world" - based on extensive research with finance executives, including in-depth interviews with CFOs of global businesses - explores the various digital disruptors and may be the quickest way to understand what's in store for finance organizations as they hurtle toward the future.

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