17 May 2018, by Richard Brown
Financial operations technologies such as agile Order-to-Cash automation platforms are transforming the way modern financial teams operate. Enabling a new level of insight, analysis and transparency over legacy processes, the right Order-to-Cash solution can provide considerable benefits for CFOs.
In fact, with an agile solution in place, CFOs can gain visibility and intelligent insight over their business in a way that allows them to make strategic, data-informed, decisions that will ensure processes are continually optimised; driving cost efficiencies and revenue growth.
Looking at specific benefits, by adopting an agile Order-to-Cash automation solution, CFOs can secure the following benefits:
1. More Manageable Role
For CFOs, increasing responsibilities, large volumes of hard-to-manage data, plus limited time, creates an increasingly challenging role. With a lack of clarity and no time to adjust, CFOs can find themselves in a role where it’s difficult to deliver actionable, forward-thinking insights; which can leave the business struggling to adapt or grow in changing financial markets.
Order-to-Cash process automation helps to clarify this complex cycle by:
- Minimising the time and effort spent on transactional tasks and information gathering
- Maximising time for the CFO to identify risks and opportunities, and respond to changing market conditions, with data-informed decisions, that deliver resilience and growth.
2. Increased Control Over Risk and Economic Volatility
Market risks and a degree of economic uncertainty is always a presence in finance. To see success, CFOs and financial teams need the predictive technology and tools in place to deliver a strategic, informed approach to risk management.
Order-to-Cash automation solutions can help to deliver this. By enabling clarity over customer behaviours and historical data, and by generating predictive algorithms that identify opportunity and intelligently predict risk, they guard against a range of scenarios, for example, upturns or downturns in market conditions, changes in a customer’s business and more. As a result, CFOs are able to predict how to optimise potential revenue, whilst minimising bad debt risk.
3. Enhanced Efficiency Across the Business
Traditional legacy (typically siloed, non-digital) processes, can create substantial efficiency blocks across a business and leave teams with a lack of visibility and insight. Order-to-Cash automation can prevent this issue in a number of ways, by:
- Providing a clear perspective over traditionally dense and widespread data, allowing for more intelligent, optimised business decisions
- Automating repetitive tasks, thereby allowing finance teams to focus more on tasks that deliver greater value.
As a result, CFOs and the wider business can better optimise processes to drive growth and cut cost.
4. Greater Intelligence to Ensure KPIs
Increasing revenue, decreasing outgoing costs, delivering on the needs of the board, deciding on profitable investment strategies, and ensuring transparency over wider company financial performance are all priorities for CFOs.
With the right solution in place, combining real-time reporting, automation and analytics in one central platform, CFOs stand to benefit from greater visibility, insight and efficiency – so can make more informed decisions and predictions to address (and exceed) these KPIs.
5. Business Continuity and Data Integrity
Ensuring data integrity, quality and security is crucial if CFOs are to make informed decisions and implement clear business goals.
With Order-to-Cash automation in place, this task is immediately clearer. Real-time analytics and reporting simplifies complex processes, ensuring instant, accurate and compliant insight, enabling proactive, informed decisions across the business – and of course as a result, delivering greater customer satisfaction.
Why Process Automation?
With the right financial operations technology in place, CFOs are empowered to deliver the best benefits back to their business, gaining the transparency and data-driven foundations needed for greater efficiency, more actionable insight, increased profitability and enhanced risk mitigation.