Integrating Multiple Data Sources Challenges CFOs

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2015-11-11 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Integrating Multiple Data Sources Challenges CFOs

    Not only is the amount of data that CFOs need to analyze increasing rapidly, most of the systems that contain that data are not well integrated.
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    2 - Amount of Data Being Accessed
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    Amount of Data Being Accessed

    Nearly one-third of CFOs anticipate a 26% to 50% increase in the amount of data their teams will have to manage over the next five years, while more than a third anticipate an increase of more than 50%.
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    3 - In Pursuit of the Truth
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    In Pursuit of the Truth

    Just over a third (38%) of CFOs said their organizations have been able to achieve a single source of truth, with another 45% saying this is a work in process.
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    4 - How Data Is Gathered
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    How Data Is Gathered

    Nearly half (47%) manually aggregate data, while 32% rely on ERP applications, 27% have a business intelligence application for accessing a data warehouse and 24% have done custom integration of apps. Only 5% of CFOs gave their team a top ranking in integrating this data.
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    5 - Number of Data Sources Regularly Accessed
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    Number of Data Sources Regularly Accessed

    Just less than a third (30%) are managing data from five or more source systems. A full 69% of CFOs surveyed believe that keeping data in silos is one of the biggest financial mistakes that most companies make.
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    6 - Most Important Data Attributes
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    Most Important Data Attributes

    A full 65% of CFOs cited "accuracy and integrity of the data itself" as the most or second most important characteristic of the data, while 42% of CFOs pointed to the "timeliness/shelf life of data" as the most or second most important categories.
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    7 - Most Important Non-financial Data
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    Most Important Non-financial Data

    Sales data came out on top, with 58% ranking it as the most important or second most important type of non-financial data.
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    8 - Forecasting Ability
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    Forecasting Ability

    Only 17% of CFOs stated their team's top-line forecast of actual results was within 1% to 3% on a regular basis. A full 41% said they miss their top-line forecasts by 7% or more and 4% said they miss it by 26% or more.
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    9 - C-Level Executive Relationships
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    C-Level Executive Relationships

    A full 66% of CFOs reported that the chief operations officer (COO) is the executive they work with most closely besides the CEO. HR received the second highest ranking at 34%, followed by the CIO at 30% and the CTO at 29%.
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    10 - Prevalence of Key Performance Indicators
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    Prevalence of Key Performance Indicators

    The majority (54%) of CFOs do make use of company-wide key performance indicators, while 33% said this is a work in progress and 13% reported not having any company-wide KPIs.
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    Greatest Risks to the Business

    The vast majority of CFOs cited competition (81%) as the biggest risk, followed by economic uncertainty in their region (71%), product obsolescence (50%) and interest rates/inflation (44%).
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    Most Important Business Factors

    Factors CFOs said they consider in their planning include interest rate increases (48%), expected merger and acquisition activity (38%) and cyber-security (32%). Nearly 64% believe the U.S. presidential elections will have little-to-no impact on their company’s business and 42% believe the elections will have very little-to-no impact on the global economy. However, CFOs pointed to political volatility (29%) and China's current economic situation (26%) as higher concerns.
 

Given the fact that chief financial officers are the ones who ultimately pay the bills for large-scale IT projects, it behooves solution providers across the channel to better understand what issues are top of mind for CFOs. A global survey of 435 CFOs conducted by Adaptive Insights, a provider of corporate performance management software, finds that not only is the amount of data that CFOs need to analyze increasing rapidly, most of the systems that contain that data are not well integrated. As a result, the ability of those CFOs to accurately forecast top-line revenue is severely compromised. For solution providers, that one issue clearly creates an opportunity to have a conversation about the pressing need for data integration across multiple silos of data, especially given how many CFOs are trying to ascertain the true state of their business. The real challenge in the first place is bringing all the major C-level stakeholders who have a vested interest in integrating multiple data sources together to get a data integration project off the ground. Here's a look at key findings from the study.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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