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The Financial Transformation Maze – Developing A Roadmap To Help CFOs

Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 09:11 AM / by Trevor Lovegrove posted in S4HANA, s4/hana cloud, Financial Innovation, financial transformation, CFO

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By 2020, corporate finance professionals are going to have some pretty big challenges on their hands. Compliance requirements are changing, and the inherent limitations of existing legacy finance and ERP systems are going to be at threat.

There’s a maze of complexity that’s becoming ever harder to navigate, but your competitors are finding smart ways to get through it.

And that’s a problem for CFOs who need to get up to speed on new-generation systems and best practices for business transformation. Doing nothing isn’t an option. You need to start moving – and fast.

The financial transformation maze – developing a map to help CFOs

1-CFOCommon challenges for CFOs

There are a couple of main challenges I see CFOs having to get their heads around in the next couple of years:

  • It takes too long to reconcile, analyze and report on financial data.
  • The accuracy and consolidation of financial data difficult and time-consuming to achieve.

 

In other words,

  • You’re grinding your gears just to pull together the basic financial data needed for month-end & year-end close processes.
  • You’re wasting time reconciling reports because of conflicting data sets.
  • You’re stuck when you need quick ad-hoc and agile reporting to support operational decision-making.
  • Your current data infrastructure makes it almost impossible to predict business performance.

 None of this is satisfactory. And that’s not the end of it.

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Compliance and regulatory changes

On top of the challenges of getting timely, accurate data, you have to think about looming compliance changes, such as:

  • Revenue Recognition Changes (ASC 606 and IFRS 15) 
  • Lease Accounting Changes (ASC 842 & IFRS 16) 
  • Financial Instruments Impairments & Disclosures (IFRS 9) 

 

While you wrestle with all this, you have to keep your business imperative in mind: to provide the strategic and tactical thinking that supports growth while keeping your competitors from edging you out.

Before you give up in desperation, don’t lose sight of what financial transformation can help you achieve: better client engagement, increased service profitability and lower costs, and streamlined processes.

These are things all ambitious CFOs want to deliver for their organizations. But you need a plan.

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Developing a plan of action for financial transformation

Getting out of this maze of transformation isn’t quick or easy – but the map is at least simple in construction.

Here are my suggested steps:

 

  1. Think about your starting point – take stock of your current capabilities. What are the pain points holding you back?
  2. Plot the roadmap – work out which platform or solution can help you make progress, and assess the funding needed.
  3. Start moving – proceed to implementation now. It can take 2–3 years for a financial transformation plan to march to completion.
  4. Monitor, manage and adjust course continually - A well-planned implementation should yield incremental benefits throughout the process.

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How to plot the roadmap

You’ve already been feeling the pain of not having accurate and timely data. Now you want to draw up your plans to sort it out. What to do?

Good news: there’s a growing set of tech solutions that will help you keep on top of regulatory requirements while also cracking the chronic pains of dealing with inconsistent data.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Real-time and predictive analytics – engage with your customers and optimize cashflows.
  • Combined core ERP and finance systems – use a modular approach to provide best-of-breed capabilities in multiple streams.
  • In-memory consolidation of data and transactions – dump the islands of disparate data and make month-end and year-end closing easier.
  • ‘Single version of the truth’ – end the era of letting opinions overrule data. Get data that everyone can agree on to help you speed up and improve the way tactics are decided.
  • Intuitive user interface – access your data through unified systems (including mobile) that are built to support regular reporting but that also cater for ongoing management and ad-hoc decision-making.
  • Cloud-based implementation – reduce time-to-operation, keep costs down and scale easily.

You could spend a long time researching financial transformation solutions and tie yourself up in knots working out what’s right for your organization - or you can work with a partner that knows the landscape.


Many of those solutions tackle some of the above issues to a greater or lesser extent. But do you and your staff really have the time to research multiple pieces to the puzzle and to assembly them for your specific needs? So, what’s right for you?

S/4HANA – a trusted route through the financial transformation maze

At Bramasol, we collaborate with busy CFOs at companies with revenues in nine figures (hundreds of millions) or above.

We’ve found that they want a reliable partner that looks to simplify processes and supports them throughout the financial maze described above. We give our clients simple real-time and embedded analytics, all built on the cloud and with intuitive interfaces that support the modern mobile user.

This is where the Digital Core embodied by S/4HANA comes in – it addresses all of the above needs and more besides. And we think it’s the best roadmap available for today’s forward-thinking CFO.

Many clients have trusted us to help them overcome their financial transformation challenges.

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Join Bramasol at SAP Controlling Conference in San Diego, CA Sept. 17-20, 2018

Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 05:54 AM / by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team posted in FinancialTransformation-Hot-Tips, SAP Controlling, SAP Events, S4HANA

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FinancialTransformation-HotTipPlan ahead to join Bramasol and other SAP Professionals at SAP Controlling 2018 conference in San Diego, CA on September 17-20, 2018.

Attend detailed sessions on SAP management accounting including the latest functionality such as S/4HANA. Attendees include end-users, managers, Controllers, CFO's and consultants dealing with master data, transactions, configuration, and reporting for managers.

Conference tracks are grouped together by type of session, as follows:

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  • SAP Reporting/SAP Planning
  • SAP Controlling
  • SAP Product Costing
  • SAP S/4HANA / SAP Material Ledger

Bramasol is proud to be a participating sponsor of SAP Controlling 2018 and we're looking forward to sharing our latest financial controlling and compliance solutions along with hands-on demos of our transformational analytics and S4HANA capabilities.

 

Click here to book a meeting with Bramasol experts at SAP Controlling 2018

 Join Bramasol at SAP Controlling conferance San Diego Sept 17-20 2018

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New eBook: SAP Cloud for Planning

Fri, Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:43 AM / by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team posted in financial transformation, Bramasol, Financial Innovation, S4HANA

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As part of Bramasol’s ongoing series on Financial Innovation, this eBook provides an in-depth look at how the SAP Cloud Analytics platform can be leveraged to provide flexible, integrated Cloud Planning processes across a wide range of enterprise functional areas.

Most conventional finance management technologies have developed to serve specific “stovepipe” functions and therefore lack native capabilities for cross-integration between applications.

Some of the chronic problems that arise from these limitations include:

  • Inefficient separation of analytical capabilities and transaction data
  • Inability to accurately aggregate disparate data for decision-making
  • Lack of support to business transformation initiatives
  • Dependence on IT staff for creating specialized and ad hoc reports
  • Loss of productivity due to users juggling multiple systems and data sources

Because of these issues, most companies are forced to spend an inordinate amount of time coping with mundane but necessary challenges such as “keeping the lights on” and juggling data sources just to keep their head above water. Industry surveys indicate that 70 to 80 percent of time is typically spent on such problems.  A key goal of Financial Transformation is to shift the balance in favor of spending less time on these non-productive activities and more time on driving business innovation.

In contrast, the approach to Digital Transformation for Finance developed by Bramasol in conjunction with SAP overcomes these limitations by bringing together Cloud functionality, Data from a variety of sources, Mobile access capabilities, and seamless connectivity to connect People throughout the enterprise and beyond.

As shown below, SAP Cloud Analytics is built around the core functionality previously known as SAP BusinessObjects (BOC), which brings together data, processes and collaborative communication capabilities within a single unified, interactive and adaptable environment.

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As described in this eBook, the SAP Cloud Analytics architecture and SAP Cloud Planning tool provide a highly flexible environment for extracting a range of different data sets from operational systems, aggregating them for analysis and then modeling a variety of scenarios to inform planning decisions.  The tools are designed to optimize communication between key roles and to enable integration of Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics and Planning processes.

These capabilities provide a vital set of tools for CFOs, planning staff and corporate decision-makers to help overcome the limitations of legacy approaches and to enable Financial Transformation to improve operational processes, productivity, and overall business results in the near term and the future.

Click here to download the eBook on SAP Cloud for Planning

 

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