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CFOs "lack visibility" into their organisation’s spend

Monday 14th May, 2018

A study of more than 500 chief financial officers (CFOs) and senior finance executives conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) commissioned by Coupa Software, reveals that more than 60 percent of CFOs lack complete visibility into the transactions within their organisations.

In addition, 76 percent think leveraging new technologies or improving processes would enable their organisations to work better with other functions to execute corporate finance strategy.

The study takes an in-depth look at how CFOs and senior finance professionals are responding in a rapidly evolving world where new technologies, uncertainty, and emerging threats abound.

“The results of this study are not surprising – visibility remains a huge challenge for CFOs in today’s dynamic and ever-evolving business environment,” said Rob Bernshteyn, chief executive officer, Coupa. “It’s critical that CFOs adopt a cloud-based strategy for Business Spend Management that enables them to have visibility and control over their spend to make more strategic and informed decisions about their business.”

To better manage costs, 60 percent believe process or technology improvement is critical. Whilst 67 percent see process or technology improvement as critical to managing risk

The study also found breaking down silos and improving cross-department collaboration is key. Nearly 60 percent who assess their organisations as most able to manage risk, cost, and capital also describe their companies as collaborative.

Automation and cloud computing are the top two emerging technologies that finance executives most expect to help execute corporate finance strategy.

A cloud platform for business spend management, Coupa helps customers such as Airbus, BAE Systems, lululemon, and Salesforce maximise their spend under management, achieve significant cost savings, and drive profitability.