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CFO Article Archive: Business Technology

Deloitte writes and compiles a regular stream of CFO-centric content and timely features, including research, topical digests, perspectives, and insights and technical analyses, in a special section of CFO Journal, an online publication from The Wall Street Journal.

The articles below and others are available in PDF. Also see our CFO Insights bi-weekly thought leadership.

How CFOs can use social software to add value in closing the books

Despite CFOs’ wariness of social software tools, employing them in the close-the-books process can help make it more transparent, efficient, repeatable and defensible. Understand six steps to integrating social business tools into the financial close and potential benefits.

Getting the CFO-CIO relationship “right”

Technology, social media and the growing threat of cybersecurity are forcing CFOs and CIOs to work more closely together, but their relationship can be bumpy. Learn steps they both can take to enhance their relationship.

Financial services companies bolster security amid evolving cyber threats

Information security at financial services companies is showing improvement, but at a potentially unsustainable cost, according to the 2012 Global Financial Services Industry Security Study from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

Managing social business risks: How CFOs can craft governance and compliance policies

Social business may expose publicly traded companies to increased compliance risk. Learn how CFOs can help their organizations govern social business activities and comply with the evolving regulatory environment.

Data-driven: The new CFO/CIO dynamic

Learn about the new dynamics in the CFO/CIO relationship, why the focus on data may lead to improved decision-making and questions CFOs should ask CIOs to get the information they need.

As the importance of social business grows, so does the need for C-suite support

A report from MIT Sloan Management Review in collaboration with Deloitte found CFOs only half as likely as CEOs to view social business tools as important to their organizations.

M&A simulators: Training IT teams for the deal

Using M&A simulation exercises, CFOs can help their IT group develop practical experience without the pressure of a real M&A event, and better position an M&A team for the tasks ahead.

Evaluating IT security:Issues for audit committees and CFO board members to consider

Understand questions to ask in assessing IT security and management's preparedness and steps that can be taken to steward an organization toward more effective cyber-threat risk governance.

Mid-market companies plan to invest in technology to boost productivity and growth

Mid-market companies are investing in new technologies to improve productivity, revenue growth and operating margins, according to Deloitte's latest Mid-market Perspectives report.

Steps the C-suite and board can take to guard against cyber threats

Safeguarding against cyber attacks requires an enterprise-wide approach to be effective.  Learn about steps that can be taken to establish a cyber threat risk governance program and issues to address.

Social business: What are companies really doing?

A study by Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review provides insight into the social business landscape and a framework to help executives realize value from social business investments.

Five questions about managing cyber risk for executives and boards

With cyber attacks becoming common, executives and board members should examine how their organizations are managing and mitigating cyber threats.

Is your business ready for the postdigital age?

Tune in to Deloitte Insights to learn how companies can harness benefits from social technologies, mobility, analytics, cloud and cyber security to increase revenue, customer-reach and talent opportunities.

Leveraging technology trends for financial services

Bringing together trends in social business, mobility and gamification can unleash product innovation, extend brand loyalty and change the customer experience.

Technology M&A: Moving beyond the boundaries

Acquiring a company with a different business model requires a multidisciplinary approach to planning and implementation with a significant focus on integration.

How CFOs can make social software work for their companies

John Hagel, author of the book "The Power of Pull," and co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, discusses how companies can leverage social software to enhance business performance.

What cloud computing can do for business

When determining an approach to cloud computing, businesses should take into consideration cost, flexibility, enablement and other factors for an effective strategy.

How CFOs can protect digital assets as online privacy protections loom

As online privacy protections loom, CFOs can help protect the value of their companies' business models by setting 'community standards' that address transparency, enterprise risk, and compliance and operations.

Mobile banking: Challenges, opportunities and leading practices

Leading practices in mobile technology for banks include developing integrated channel strategies to reduce costs, increase revenue growth and create an integrated sales and service experience.

For the CFO boardmember: IT literacy in the boardroom

With the growing complexity and pervasiveness of IT, tech-savvy directors and audit committees will likely become indispensible to organizational success.

Social software for business performance

Social software presents senior executives an opportunity to measure and track operating metrics that can matter most to financial performance.

Mobility in the enterprise: Finding advantage in disruption

Mobility—businesses’ ability to interact with stakeholders or assets without being tethered to a specific place or infrastructure--presents opportunities to improve and reshape business models and business practices.

The future of information security

Disruptive technologies, privacy issues, cyber threats and stronger regulations have raised the bar for information security. Learn what organizations can do to keep data safe.

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