Finance in a digital world – It’s Crunch time for CFO’s!
A series on digital disruption in Finance
Explore “Finance 2025,” the newest addition to our Crunch Time series, which offers several predictions about how finance organizations might evolve over the next several years, becoming better, faster, and probably less expensive. You can also examine specific digital disruptors and their impacts in our other Crunch Time reports. Whatever your interest, one thing is clear: From cloud computing and robotics to analytics, cognitive technologies, and blockchain, a new class of digital disruptors is transforming how the work of finance gets done.
- Cunch time IV: Blockchain for Finance
- Digital tools for CFOs
- Talent essentials for digital transformation
- Framing the future
Crunch time V: Finance 2025
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.
The technologies needed to reimagine Finance are here and will only get better. Plus, we can learn a lot from other business functions. Modern factories give us a glimpse of what automation can deliver. Smart contracts show us new ways of tracking assets. The lessons are out there, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We can focus instead on adapting and adopting.
Crunch time IV: Blockchain for Finance – what CFOs need to know
Ten minutes into a discussion with a group of blockchain professionals, one CFO shook his head. “This is ridiculously ambiguous,” he complained. And it didn’t take long for others to agree. In response, we set out to demystify blockchain for CFOs, focusing on how finance organizations can apply blockchains to streamline processes, improve controls, and transform finance operations.
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.
Digital tools for CFOs
Some of the new digital tools available to finance focus specifically on updating core systems and existing capabilities. Other tools, "exponentials", are designed to deliver new and different capabilities. Together, they form a toolset finance can use to improve its own performance and serve the business more effectively, especially when they are used together.
Our research suggest that seven technologies have growing interaction and relevance for how the work of finance get done:
Talent essentials for digital transformation
The growth of digital business is already reshaping the talent marketplace, far beyond finance. As organizations seek to upgrade their workforces in all areas, they are placing a premium on people with
- Leadership: A sharp view into the future and a clear roadmap for getting there
- Culture: Less predictability, more
- New skills: Technology savviness combined with business understanding
- Engagement: An opportunity to learn,
grow,and innovate for digital natives or Millennials
“Digital transformation is fundamentally human-centric because it’s about imagining new ways of value creation. For that to happen, people have to be digital enablers as well as users of new digital capabilities.”
Framing the future
Which path makes sense for you? What kind of roadmap will you need to realize the benefits of digital transformation? In the end, organizations will need to chart their own courses. But no matter which future you envision, the leaders will likely be those who figure out how to make digital work for finance—and for the whole business, too.
“Not having a roadmap would be really dangerous these days because the pace of transformation is speeding up in every industry. Be on the lookout for quick wins and use them to validate your direction.”