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Key Findings Report - TCS 2021 Global Financial Leadership Study

Are you ready for the next era of finance?

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 5 minutes

Explore new insights on how leaders are strengthening financial planning and analysis (FP&A) to achieve sustainable growth

We asked 750 global financial leaders from across 14 industries to share their views on these three topics:

oneWhat is the current state of their FP&A?

 

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 What are trendsetters doing differently to secure an advantage?

 

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How are they preparing to meet the finance demands of the future?


What the research found

1. The TCS 2021 Global Financial Leadership Study revealed four critical areas where FP&A teams can sharpen their capabilities.

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2. Three attributes set Trendsetters apart from their peers.  

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Accelerated: They have higher FP&A maturity levels and rely more on data and analytics, and less on intuition, when planning and forecasting.

Agile: They can more easily adjust to swiftly changing circumstances and execute FP&A functions at speed.

Aspirational: They have moved beyond existing processes and are investing more in transformational FP&A capabilities.

Read more details from the study here.

 

3. Finance leaders are rapidly plugging FP&A gaps.

The majority of organizations are increasing their technology investments to close FP&A gaps.

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Percentage planning to increase investments over the next 12 months.

 

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Q&A with Christian Nilsson, CFO, ABB Electrification

portrait imageDuring the 2020 downturn, financial planning and analysis (FP&A) took on a new level of urgency. Listen to the discussion on how new gaps and priorities have emerged for CFOs and senior finance leaders. Topics include: 

  • How the forecasting and planning environment changed as a result of COVID-19 
  • How it might evolve over the next year or two 
  • Automation in FP&A
  • Shifting finance skillsets
     

View the video here


 

Infographics

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams have a key role in post pandemic recovery. But are they ready for the challenge?

FP&A teams are successfully forging ahead in the post-pandemic world. But there’s still work to do.

Trendsetters have higher FP&A maturity levels and rely more on data and analytics, and less on intuition, when planning and forecasting.

Finance executives revealed what they consider their biggest gaps in FP&A capabilities.

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