SAN RAMON, CA, February 14, 2014 - Ventana Research has launched its newest benchmark research, into business and technological transformations in the Office of Finance. This research will investigate the extent to which CFOs and finance departments are moving to a more strategic role in management of the company through use of technology. It also will determine the directions and rate of adoption of next-generation technologies that enable Finance to gain strategic insights on processes of importance to them and the entire organization. And it will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of critical finance processes including accounting, consolidation, budgeting, planning, reporting, tax, treasury and other functions of the CFO.
“Finance transformation” refers to a longstanding objective: shifting the focus of CFOs and finance departments from transaction processing to more strategic, higher-value functions. Our research confirms that a majority of executives want their finance department to play a more strategic role. A new generation of applications, driven by new approaches and new technology, can help forward-looking finance organizations make this shift.
However, even as finance executives set their sights higher they must ensure that they execute basic core functions as well as possible. For example, our recent benchmark research on the close-to-report cycle found that on average companies are taking a half-day longer to complete the process. Moreover, fewer than half (43%) of companies are able to deliver important metrics and key performance indicators to users within one week of the end of period. A self-examination of the office of finance and its processes and use of technology is essential to determine if the information is readily available and outcomes achieved are within expected ranges.
"Both the increasing strategic inclinations of the CFO and the generational change in enterprise software are significant, and the two dovetail," said Robert Kugel, SVP and research director at Ventana Research. "In software, we are seeing a design revolution that is beginning to resemble in potential impact the seismic shift from the green screen to the graphical user interface that began in the 1980s. Two major factors are catalyzing simultaneously: the accelerating retirement of baby boomers and their replacement by a generation that grew up with computers and video games. Those entering the workforce today have high expectations of what software and computing systems should do."
Those interested in learning more about or participating in this benchmark research can do so at http://www.ventanaresearch.com/OfficeofFinance.
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