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The "Crunch time" series for CFOs

A series on digital technology and transformation in finance

Examine specific digital disruptors and their impacts in our "Crunch time" report series. Whatever your interest, one thing is clear: From cloud computing and robotics to analytics, cognitive technologies and blockchain, a new class of digital disruptors is transforming how the work of finance gets done.

Latest: Lights Out FinanceTM

Lights Out Finance™ is about working smarter. It’s time to take a lights out approach to your back-office finance operations with touchless processes and intelligent automation. You might even be surprised to learn that you have many of the resources to become truly digital—it’s just a matter of fine-tuning the dials. Ready to flip the switch? Learn more in our new Crunch time report, Lights Out Finance™.

Additional "Crunch time" reports

What do finance workers want? We asked them about topics like flexibility, compensation, and meaningful work. Their answers reveal trends that are forging the workforce of the future. Learn more in our Crunch time report, The finance workforce of now.

Imagine a future in which disruption becomes opportunity. When Finance becomes dynamic, it can act with greater agility and flexibility, taking on any change that comes its way. Learn more in our new Crunch time report, Dynamic Finance.

How an organisation handles the allocation of capital is a complicated question involving shifting priorities, multiple stakeholders, and inevitable tradeoffs. There’s a lot at stake, but so much to gain when you answer these key questions: Where to start and why now? We help guide you through the challenges in our new Crunch time guide, Untangling capital allocation.

Deloitte's original point of view, "Crunch time: Finance in a digital world"—based on extensive research with finance executives, including in-depth interviews with CFOs of global businesses—explores the various digital disruptors and may be the quickest way to understand what's in store for finance organisations as they hurtle towards the future.

Download "Crunch time I: Finance in a digital world"

Thirty CFOs share their unfiltered thoughts and experiences around a broader discussion of finance and what it means to make the digital journey. Deloitte knows that one way to stay abreast of new developments is to join in focussed conversations with other finance leaders, across multiple industries and geographies, so this is a good place to start.

Download "Crunch time II: CFOs talk off the record"

"The CFO’s guide to cognitive technology" explores how organisations can deploy emerging cognitive technologies to help create a more efficient, insightful and controlled Finance function. Included in this guide are a collection of examples based on what technologies we’ve seen companies begin to test and adopt, and our experience working with many Finance organisations.

Download "Crunch time III: CFO's guide to cognitive technology"

"Blockchain for finance" is a practical guide for finance organisations that want to understand options for blockchain and make effective decisions about moving forward. It features more than a dozen frequently asked questions finance teams can use to make sense of blockchain technology, as well as a high-level roadmap for adoption. It also includes a seven-point checklist for CFOs who are thinking about embarking on the blockchain journey.

Download "Crunch time IV: Blockchain for Finance"

"Finance 2025" offers eight bold predictions about how finance organisations might evolve over the next several years, becoming better, faster and probably less expensive. The technologies needed to reimagine finance are here and they will only get better.

Algorithmic forecasting is a transparent way to improve the forecasting process, while relieving finance professionals of tedious, repetitive work. The result? More accurate and timely forecasts–and more informed decisions.

Explore how digital tools like automation, advanced analytics and machine learning are making both financial and internal management reporting faster, more insightful, and less costly—and the lessons learned along the way.

Rare is the company that doesn’t have some sort of cloud initiative underway. This guide shares answers to CFOs’ frequently asked questions about cloud investments anywhere in the enterprise, as well as within Finance. Learn about the opportunities and challenges that come with investing in the cloud so you can make more effective cloud decisions.

When Tax is modernised, it shifts from being mostly a compliance function to a high-value planning and reporting function. Check out this guide that reveals the impact of new data modeling tools and other resources that make it possible to deliver valuable tax insights and implications—in real time.

For many CFOs, deciding when and how to implement SAP S/4HANA could be the most significant technology investment choices of their career. It’s a big deal. Check out this guide that explains the benefits of stepping up to the new system and what to consider for a smooth implementation. technology investment choices of their career. It’s a big deal. Check out this guide that explains the benefits of stepping up to the new system and what to consider for a smooth implementation.

Digital platforms can make finance organisations faster and more effective than ever before. But the devil is in the details. What’s the right digital architecture for your company? When are you ready to begin implementation? How can new technology help you keep pace with expanding business and regulatory requirements—or even meet challenges posed by a global public health crisis? As you consider your options, you’ll want to take a look at Oracle Cloud.

The technology coming into Finance is changing what humans do and how they do it, sometimes a lot. But that doesn’t necessarily mean wholesale workforce changes. CFOs need to align today’s Finance talent to the promise of tomorrow’s technologies—while still maintaining a workforce that can fulfill all the company’s basic financial and regulatory requirements. That’s no easy feat. But those who get it right stand to benefit enormously.

Faced with the challenge of connecting and analysing data from multiple sources, you might think you need to overhaul your core technology platforms. A large-scale ERP implementation is one way to handle the problem. But it’s not your only option.

Faced with the challenge of promoting growth, efficiency, and agility in the midst of shrinking budgets, many CFOs are taking a fresh look at service delivery models. Cost efficiencies are table stakes. Boosting enterprise resiliency and leveraging digital disruptors are the new frontier.

What if you, as CFO, could combine multiple business planning processes into one integrated approach—resulting in a plan all key functional leaders are committed to and measured against? And what if digital tools supporting that plan, combined with human insight, could show you in real time the impact of financial, operating, and commercial decisions?

Change in the business world is nothing new, but today’s realities do indeed feel different. With so many potential investment opportunities—and so much in the market still left uncertain—CFOs are scrambling to make sense of it all. The Crunch time report revisits 8 predictions about the future of Finance and what CFOs can do now.

Digital transformation case studies: It’s crunch time for finance

Want to learn more about topics related to finance in a digital world? See how real clients solved emerging finance issues by adopting digital ways of working and thinking. Read the case studies. Whatever your interest, one thing is clear: From cloud computing and robotics to analytics, cognitive technologies and blockchain, a new class of digital disruptors is transforming how the work of finance gets done.

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