What are your firm’s Accounting and Finance Transformation Goals and Objectives? How do you actually determine what are the right goals and objectives to target while considering a Finance transformation?

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As for typical goals and objectives to consider and include as a part of your finance and accounting transformation business case and roadmap, here are some broad categories and specific goals and objectives:

Accounting and Finance Transformation Goals and Objectives

Core Finance and Accounting Transactions:

  • Eliminate processing errors
  • Enforce upstream accuracy
  • Decrease time spent on core transaction processing
  • Reduce data errors
  • Embark on policy led standardization of core processes

Enterprise Performance Management:

  • Increase time spent on planning and decision support activities
  • Gear toward a “Soft” close and not be bound by monthly close
  • Provide relevant, timely and actionable finance and accounting data for strategic decision making
  • Introduce ability to simulate business scenarios and forecast financial implications

Finance Organization Structure:

  • Transform finance from a function into a service
  • Introduce a shared services competency center
  • Consider outsourcing for all non-core finance and accounting activities
  • Capability or Service-based organizational structure so as to provide optimal services
  • Introduce communities of practice and centers of excellence

Staffing:

  • A judicious blend of general athletes and specialists
  • Well defined roles with clarity of purpose
  • Mapping of skills to roles

Information:

  • Create a robust finance and accounting data model that is extensible and evolvable
  • Reduce the amount of replication of data
  • Adopt finance MDM
  • Identify single source of truth or golden copy for all data entities

Culture:

  • Change “We will get back to you” with “Here you go”
  • A service orientated attitude
  • A shift in mindset that finance and accounting is a critical business function, not the traditional bean counters of the yore

Technology:

  • Embrace the cloud
  • Open to best-of-breed applications, rather than just sticking to complex and monolithic systems
  • Focus on user experience as well as self-service
  • Multi-entity, global, multi-currency system that can work well with operating entities and subsidiaries

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