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Workday and Deloitte Global CIO survey: CIO-CFO collaboration fuels business transformation

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  • Seventy percent of CIOs and IT leaders surveyed say the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated their finance transformation strategies by at least a year
  • Findings highlight that “Progressive CIOs” drive finance transformation with a more strategic, data-led, and collaborative mindset

PLEASANTON, Calif. and NEW YORK, NY, September 14, 2021 — Workday, Inc. (NASDAQ: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, and Deloitte Global today announced the results of their joint global survey exploring how digital acceleration—prompted by the pandemic—has influenced the thinking of chief information officers (CIOs) worldwide. The research finds that CIOs are helping to lead finance transformation and shifting strategies to meet evolving business and technology demands, with 70% of CIOs surveyed having accelerated their finance transformation strategies by at least a year.

The report, “A More Effective CIO-CFO Partnership,” is based on a survey of more than 600 executives worldwide. Findings reveal that individuals referred to as Progressive CIOs, which represent just 8% of the total sample, take a specific approach to enterprise finance transformation and behave differently than their peers with regard to mindset, collaboration, and technology strategy.

CIOs and IT leaders are facing increased pressures to adapt and accelerate their digital strategies—without disrupting critical business operations. As a result, Progressive CIOs have built strategic alliances across their organizations, with 90% of Progressive CIOs reporting that their IT departments are much more integrated into other areas of the business than they were 12 months ago.

Progressive CIOs support finance transformation in three key areas, including:

  • Leveraging data to fuel decision-making: Progressive CIOs prioritize data aggregation and data management, and understand that building effective data use is critical. Nearly all Progressive CIOs (92%) say that “aggregating enterprise finance data into a single source of truth is their top priority.”
  • Collaborating with finance to drive transformation: When it comes to enterprise finance transformation, there can be serious financial implications when misalignment between IT and the finance function occurs. Eighty-three percent of Progressive CIOs stated that “we will miss our growth targets unless the IT and finance functions work more closely.”
  • Adopting an agile, incremental cloud approach to transformation: Progressive CIOs recognize that modernization cannot be done at the expense of the business. Over half (54%) of Progressive CIOs (compared to 37% of the total sample) are more likely to incrementally deploy capabilities in an end-to-end cloud strategy to modernize their firms’ legacy enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs), minimizing disruption while executing advanced digital initiatives.

Comments on the news
“Our research shows that Progressive CIOs are focusing on IT-finance collaboration, agile execution, and developing the right data capabilities, equipping them to accelerate finance transformation and drive strategic business results,” says Sheri Rhodes, chief information officer, Workday. “Modernizing and automating finance operations has become a—if not the—key digital initiative for today’s enterprises, underscoring the importance of the CIO and CFO relationship in order to meet business goals.”

“Today’s most successful IT leaders are working in close alignment with the finance function to drive toward common goals, processes, and priorities,” says Matt Schwenderman, Deloitte Global Workday Financial Management leader. “While we’re seeing a continued prioritization of digital technologies as a result of the pandemic, our research highlights that Progressive CIOs recognize that the digital disruption triggering finance transformation will focus leadership on business insights and data analytics.”

For more information:

  • Find out how Deloitte and Workday can help drive business impact here.

About Workday
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 50% of the Fortune 500. For more information about Workday, visit workday.com.

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About Deloitte
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Press contact

Vicktery Zimmerman
Deloitte Global Communications
Tel: +1 312 486 1569
vzimmerman@deloitte.com

Samantha Sok
Workday Corporate Communications
media@workday.com

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