It's safe to say that most of us will be glad to wave goodbye to 2020. While there's encouraging news with the start of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, many parts of the world still face restrictions as we combat the spread of the virus.
That said, we're optimists. We'll get through this year, and we're confident we'll be stronger for it. Over the last few months, we've talked to colleagues, clients, and partners about how COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change. We're heartened by business leaders' stories on reimagining how work gets done – and done better. Particularly in the world of CFOs and their teams.
This was the topic of a recent LinkedIn Live session that we were part of. Alison Close, research manager in digital business operations and analytics services for analyst firm IDC, facilitated the discussion and also shared some of the firm's latest research findings.
We explored how the challenges posed by the pandemic have uncovered new ways for finance as an enterprise function to improve agility and decision making. We covered a wide range of topics, including:
- How digital technologies are supercharging the finance function
- Advice on how to make the business case for new investments
- The need for new talent and operating models
- The new roles finance plays as the guardian of enterprise data, catalyst for change, and business strategist