Majority of CFOs lacking visibility on transactions
A study of more than 500 chief financial officers (CFOs) has revealed that more than 60% of CFOs lack complete visibility into the transactions within their organisations.
The research conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), commissioned by Coupa Software, also found that 76% think leveraging new technologies or improving processes would enable their organisations to work better with other functions to execute corporate finance strategy.
The study, titled, “The Strategic CFO in a Rapidly Changing World,” takes an in-depth look at how CFOs and senior finance professionals are responding in a rapidly evolving world where new technologies, uncertainty, and emerging threats abound.
Qualitative interviews were completed with CFOs from Ally Financial, Driftwood Acquisitions and Development, Hays, Micron Technologies, and Zendesk.
“The results of this study are not surprising – visibility remains a huge challenge for CFOs in today’s dynamic and ever-evolving business environment,” said Rob Bernshteyn, chief executive officer, Coupa.
“It’s critical that CFOs adopt a cloud-based strategy for Business Spend Management that enables them to have visibility and control over their spend to make more strategic and informed decisions about their business.”
Additional findings include:
- 67% see process or technology improvement as critical to managing risk.
- To better manage costs, 60% believe process or technology improvement is critical.
- Breaking down silos and improving cross-department collaboration is key. Nearly 60% who assess their organisations as most able to manage risk, cost, and capital also describe their companies as collaborative.
- Automation and cloud computing are the top two emerging technologies that finance executives most expect to help execute corporate finance strategy.
- Business performance risk is the number one threat with the potential to impact the financial position of those organisations surveyed.