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.
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.
ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 181,500 chartered accountants and students worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.
insightsoftware, now joined by Longview, 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.
Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is changing how enterprises compete and grow, by delivering faster, simpler and flexible business management, without the complexity of typical ERP systems.
Designed for the demanding enterprise users, it introduces a faster way to manage all business processes –from procurement to warehousing, production, sales, customer service and financial management– and offers real-time insight across the supply chain, on a global scale. Built on a flexible, Cloud and mobile technology platform, it is easy to configure and to extend with industry-specific applications, and is ready for innovation, offering a cohesive, simple solution for all enterprise management needs today, and well into the future.
Serrala is a global B2B fintech software company. We optimize the Universe of Payments as we add efficient cash visibility and secure financial processes within all inbound and outbound payments for organizations. As an SAP Partner, Serrala supports over 2,500 companies worldwide with advanced technology, intelligent automation and personalized consulting. Our comprehensive end-to-end portfolio automates inbound and outbound payment processes as well as the management of related data and documents.
With offices in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and over 600 employees, we are proud to be a trusted solution provider to customers of all sizes and in all industries.
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.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organisations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.
Workiva, provider of the world’s leading connected reporting and compliance platform, is used by thousands of enterprises across 180 countries, including more than 75 percent of Fortune 500® companies, and by government agencies. Workiva customers have linked over five billion data elements to trust their data, reduce risk and save time. For more information about Workiva (NYSE:WK), please visit workiva.com.