A key part of our thought leadership work on technology and the profession focuses on real-world research – we ask questions such as, how are our members using technology to do things differently, what are the practical challenges and what are the implications for jobs and skills? Building deep knowledge and understanding of how change is actually happening is vital in order to prepare for the future.
Our Tech Faculty’s latest publication - Digital transformation in finance functions - focuses on practical experiences, drawing on interviews with around 20 CFOs or digital transformation leads in finance functions from the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia, and shares key lessons about the challenges of transformation in practice.
The role of digital technology in finance is clear – it can be used to automate standard, repeatable processes and thereby free up staff to spend more time on higher-value work, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and business partnering.
But our research highlights a range of challenges that typically need to be addressed, and the report focuses on three important messages in this regard:
These points mirror a lot of the conversations I have with members around the world, where finance transformation is a key priority but challenging to deliver.
The research was conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and this international dimension provides a richer and more diverse range of experience. Our partnership with ISCA, a fellow member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, is a great example of the profession working together to share learning and experience.
Please view or download a copy of the report here and consider how well your finance function is prepared for the changes at hand.