The fast transformation of technology and consumer behavior has upended traditional business models, reshaping the way employees work and how consumers shop. To be successful, CFOs must win the war for talent, become strategic advisors, manage enterprise risks, address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges, and take the lead on digital transformation.
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The CFO’s role is transitioning beyond financial reporting and controlling costs to include business strategy and digital transformation. Successful CFOs must collaborate with the CIO and use artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and analytics to automate mundane tasks, explore digital business models, diversify revenue streams, and position the business for growth.
The role of CFO has evolved from chief bookkeeper to valuable guide for business strategy. Siloed, line of business planning might have sufficed before, but today the focus is about connected and continuous planning across the enterprise. Disruption has become a constant, and plans are now made to be changed, refined, and adjusted continuously. Successful CFOs are partnering with sales, marketing, HR, and operations to make faster decisions using connected, accurate, and timely information. In this new world, connected enterprise planning is not just a best practice—it is a necessity.
Value creation is about managing risk to maximize reward. CFOs, with their holistic view of enterprise risks and business data, are in a unique position to harness risks to strategic advantage. With the right risk management solution, CFOs can engage and align the organization around risk detection and prevention to create a risk-intelligent culture. They can manage anticipated risks and seize opportunities by modeling various problems, events, and possibilities across the business.
Employees are the most valuable asset in any organization. Which is why tomorrow’s CFO must partner with the CHRO to improve the employee experience, commit to diversity and inclusion, reduce employee turnover, and increase talent retention. To build the finance workforce of the future, CFOs must invest in their teams by providing them with modern cloud-based technology as well as resources for upskilling and reskilling employees.
According to a recent study, 70% of people would cancel their relationship with a brand that does not take sustainability and social initiatives seriously. Consumers are buying from sustainable brands, workers are seeking ESG-friendly companies, and investors are funneling capital into eco-friendly ETFs. With the right platform and planning, CFOs can track ESG goals, draw investors, engage employees, and engender customer loyalty.
Oracle has had many discussions with CFOs at large companies in various industries about the challenges of ERP transformation. We found that they all shared the following common challenges:
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