The CFO & Technology: Is the Future of Finance New Technology or New People?
Drawing on our 2018 Sentiment Report that surveyed over 500 CFOs and finance leaders from around the globe and in-depth interviews with dozens of CFO Alliance Members, we are gathering together at our Q2 Roundtable Series to discuss,debate and dissect how CFOs can build and lead a finance function that embraces technology to improve performance, increase efficiencies and enhance confidence and understanding across the enterprise.
Where once its purpose was predominantly that of a reporting function that focused on balancing the books, finance has become the data-driven decision-center.
Join your peers as we gather to explore the future of the finance function and its two connected parts: Technology & People
Learning Objectives / Key Takeaways
Technology - Ongoing advances in new technologies — such as in-memory computing, the cloud, analytics, mobility, business intelligence (BI), and process automation — offer CFOs an exciting opportunity to redesign what the finance function can and should look like. In addition, many CFOs are now leading the effort in driving adoption of these technologies more broadly in the organization, and in leading the transformation that ensues from technology innovation.
- How do new technologies help enterprises save costs, manage risks and increase insights?
- What are the most effective ways that finance leaders can challenge assumptions and encourage experimentation with new technologies?
- How can finance leaders most effectively take calculated risks and manage the inherent risks associated with technological innovation?
People - CFOs must make bold moves to build a finance function that has the right people, with the right skills, to complement and get the most out of new technologies, and success as a CFO will depend on combining the intelligence of smart technologies with the intellect, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills of talented people.
- What are some ways that finance leaders can identify the right people to build the finance function around?
- How do finance leaders combine people with technology to enhance culture and improve performance?
Featured Member Case Study Guest:
Christopher Macies is the Finance Director for Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges. Sidewalk Labs mission is "reimagining cities from the internet up." Sidewalk Labs is currently planning Sidewalk Toronto, a joint effort by with Waterfront Toronto, to combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centric neighborhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.
Christopher completed B.A. in Architecture and Economics at Columbia University, and his MBA at Columbia Business School's Executive Program (expected May, '18). Prior to joining Sidewalk Labs, he began his career at Deloitte, where he was part of Deloitte’s CFO Program, which aimed to develop next generation finance leaders. While at Deloitte he was focused on helping organizations build capabilities to delivery large scale infrastructure and capital projects, drive organizational design changes and implement innovative operating models within the finance organization, and deliver CFO Transition Labs to help the CFO be successful in their new role.
8:00 - 8.30 Networking
8.30 - 8.45 Welcome/Opening Remarks
8:45 - 9.15 CFOA Member Case Study Q&A
9.15 - 9.45 Table Discussions
9.45 - 10.15 Group Share
10.15 - 11.00 RT Summary, Key Takeaways, and Next Steps
11.00 - 11.30 Networking/Meet the team, Global Advisory Board + CFOA Team Members will be available to meet with you