In an era of uncertainty, the key objective for any business is growth. As we embark on a new decade, challenges to productivity and profitability remain more real than ever before as a result of instability in politics, the economy, technology, future workforce and the environment.
The CFO finds themselves in an unprecedented opportunity to take the helm and drive the organisational change required to survive and thrive in the new world. Through exceptional leadership, commercial acumen and by finding the balance between the precision of data and global strategy: the seasoned CFO can identify new areas of value and derive the competitive advantage that will see their business through the storm.
As the Finance function begins to benefit from broader business digital transformation, although many FTSE 250 companies still find themselves at the start of their journey; the CFO and Finance function have the time to take a central role in business transformation and ensure their team and business have the skills, tools and expertise required to predict and adapt to the coming changes within their respective field.
The Finance function has never been under more pressure to achieve more for less and at an unprecedented speed. Those who fail to adapt to the changes will be left behind. For Finance, 2020 marks the start of a new decade where the proactive leaders will be at the helm, navigating their businesses safely through the changes. The CFO Agenda has been divided into the 5 pillars of success which will define 2020 and the decade ahead…
Protect your profit by fully understanding the key geopolitical and broader market changes that will affect you regardless of the industry you are in, as well as the changes specific to the industry in which you operate.
Understanding and unleashing the possibilities of AI, machine learning, robotics and big data will become the differentiator between business failure and success in the new decade. How to use it and successfully and implement it to better anticipate the changes to the market and consumer behaviour will gain the proactive CFO a clear competitive edge.
Driven in equal measure by customer, stakeholder and staff demand; most businesses are finally recognising the pressures of the global environmental crisis and are starting to take action. At the heart of any business progress sits the Finance function and CFOs are recognising their pivotal role in driving the changes necessary to transform into a more sustainable business. With millennials increasingly putting pressures on businesses for increased transparency, sustainability goes far beyond a simple corporate social responsibility plan and has taken its rightful place as a key business priority to achieve growth in the new decade.
Basware is the only procure-to-pay and e-invoicing solution provider that empowers businesses with 100% spend visibility through 100% supplier connectivity and 100% data capture. Our cloud-based technology enables organizations to fully manage their spend, mitigate financial risk and reduce the cost of operations via automation. With the world’s largest open business network and an open technology ecosystem, we are uniquely positioned to deliver the solution required for Visible Commerce, which provides customers with complete transparency into all flows of money, goods, and services around the world. A global company, Basware has offices in 14 countries and is traded on the Helsinki exchange (BAS1V: HE).
Blue Prism is the global leader in intelligent automation for the enterprise, transforming the way work is done. At Blue Prism, we have users in over 150 countries in more than 1,800 businesses, including Fortune 500 and public sector organizations, that are creating value with new ways of working, unlocking efficiencies, and returning millions of hours of work back into their businesses. Our Digital Workforce is smart, secure, scalable and accessible to all; freeing up humans to re-imagine work.
Our award winning SaaS platform, Blue Prism Cloud, simplifies scaling, giving companies access to a pool of cloud based intelligent digital workers. Pre-configured with all the tools and AI capabilities needed to get digital workers delivering business value at speed, Blue Prism Cloud leaves you free to focus your resources on delivering outcomes and rely on us to make sure your digital workforce is available 24/7.
Chrome River is part of Emburse, a global leader in expense management and AP automation solutions, which is trusted by more than 4.5 million users in more than 120 countries. Over 14,000 customers, from start-ups to global enterprises organisations, rely on Emburse’s tailored, highly-configurable solutions.
Chrome River, rated as a Leader in expense management by analyst firm IDC, provides innovative solutions for enterprises, including Grant Thornton, Harman, Masco, and Toyota. For more information about Chrome River’s solutions, please visit chromeriver.com.
Galvanize builds security, risk management, compliance, and audit software to drive change in some of the world’s largest organizations. We unite and strengthen individuals and entire companies through the integrated HighBond software platform. With more than 7,000 customer organizations in 140 countries, Galvanize is connecting teams in 60% of the Fortune 1,000, 72% of the S&P 500, and hundreds of government organizations, banks, manufacturers, and healthcare organizations. Visit wegalvanize.com to learn more.
insightsoftware is a leading provider of financial reporting and enterprise performance management software. We enable the Office of the CFO to connect to and make sense of their enterprise data in real time so they can proactively drive greater financial intelligence across their organization, which is how best-in-class finance teams operate. Over 25,000 organizations worldwide rely on insightsoftware’s portfolio of best-in-class reporting, analytics, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, and tax solutions to provide them with increased productivity, visibility, accuracy, and compliance. Visit insightsoftware.com for more information.
Longview, an insightsoftware company, enables the office of the CFO to seamlessly connect people, processes and enterprise data in real-time, thereby building confidence in your numbers. This results in more proactive, efficient and timely insights, which drive greater financial intelligence across your organization. More than 1,200 customers in over 150 countries across all industries trust Longview’s connected finance solutions to accelerate planning, consolidation, tax, transfer pricing, and analytics, and to provide increased productivity, visibility, and accuracy.
Mercer builds brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.uk.mercer.com.
Sage is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility and efficiency to manage finances, operations and people. With our partners, Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide to deliver the best cloud technology and support. Our years of experience mean that our colleagues and partners understand how to serve our customers and communities through the good, and more challenging times. We are here to help, with practical advice, solutions, expertise and insight.
Soldo is a multi-user spending account, complete with Mastercard® cards, intuitive admin and effortless reporting. Our mission is to simplify the entire business expense cycle, from beginning to end. We use the smartest financial technology to solve the three key business spending problems: delegation, control, and reporting.
Soldo was created by entrepreneurs and banking experts united by the search for a simple and effective way to manage the flow of money inside organisations of any size.
Sempre Analytics enables customers to achieve better business outcomes through the intelligent use of data. We work hand-in-hand with Finance leaders to deliver solutions which increase financial resilience, enhance operational efficiency and power smart decision-making. Bringing together industry expertise and technical knowledge, our experienced consultants help customers including Southern Co-op, Veolia, Crest Nicholson and Kurt Geiger, leverage technology to drive transformation, develop and test forward-looking strategic plans and become even more intrinsic to their organisation’s success.
Vertex, Inc. is a leading global provider of indirect tax software and solutions. The company’s mission is to deliver the most trusted tax technology enabling global businesses to transact, comply and grow with confidence. Vertex provides cloud-based and on-premise solutions that can be tailored to specific industries for every major line of indirect tax, including sales and consumer use, value added and payroll. Headquartered in North America, and with offices in South America and Europe, Vertex employs over 1,100 professionals and serves companies across the globe.
Established in 2003, Cedar is a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the finance, transformation and procurement arenas. Cedar offers highly effective bespoke recruitment solutions to clients in the private, public and not for profit markets in the UK and internationally. We manage an extensive range of permanent and interim opportunities from entry level through to senior executive. Cedar promotes a culture based around the concept of ‘Listen, Advise, Deliver’ – we listen to our clients and candidates, understand their key drivers and then advise them as to the best approach to ensure effective delivery.