The technological transformation taking place in finance and accounting organizations is causing a major shift for professionals. Explore insights from Deloitte’s survey with the Institute of Management Accountants on finance’s need to evolve across three dimensions: work, workforce, and workplace.

What does our study on automation in finance reveal?

Finance and accounting organizations are empowering their professionals to operate as strategic business partners more than ever before. Finance professionals are now expected to deliver expanded analytic insights to businesses. This evolution to a strategic business partner is occurring in an environment that’s also going through a rapid transformation.

Having a future-ready finance function that leverages advanced technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) may elevate the role of finance professionals. But it may also seem like a mirage in a world of continuous change and new technological landscapes. Navigating this new reality is refocusing finance’s roles and responsibilities. This process involves understanding how automation in finance is changing the nature of the work, determining who can do the work and addressing skills gaps within the workforce, and developing the workplace in which the work can be performed.

In collaboration with IMA, we conducted a global survey between November 6, 2019, and January 6, 2020, of nearly 800 finance and accounting managers, directors, controllers, and CFOs. Our findings, provide insights on the impact of automation in finance and the function’s need to evolve across three dimensions—work, workforce, and workplace—further informing considerations to enhance, optimize, and elevate finance organizations and help make Finance in a Digital World a reality. While this survey was conducted prior to COVID-19, the pandemic amplifies the relevancy of these considerations.

Mind over matter: How financial professionals can leverage advanced technology to elevate their roles

Automation and advanced technologies continue to move finance toward a digital future, allowing professionals to focus less on transactional activities and more on analytics and insights. Our survey of finance and accounting leaders, in conjunction with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), revealed that in order to elevate its role as a more strategic business partner, finance will need to balance human and machine-based competencies while achieving relevance and resilience through the four A’s of future-ready professionals: analytical, adaptive, agile, and anticipatory.

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